Most readers associate best-selling author Iris Johansen with her thrillers. Some of us remember when she wrote romance novels for the much-loved series, Loveswept, which started the careers of Kay Hooper, Sandra Brown and many other writers. Ms. Johansen returns to her roots, with a twist, in Pandora’s Daughter.
Doctor Megan Blair has a hard time separating her emotions from her work. She has always empathized with her patients, and in some cases has taken their deaths very badly. In fact, Megan has always been a bit unusual. She has heard voices her entire life. Her mother used to try to convince her that she was imagining things, but the voices are very real. After her mother’s death, she came to Atlanta to live with her uncle, and the young girl found a home and acceptance.
That is all about to change.
After a rough night in the ER, Megan is run off the road by a mysterious man in a pick-up truck. Not seriously injured, Uncle Philip takes her home to recover, and to report the accident to Neal Grady, a member of a psychic investigation group. When Neal arrives in Atlanta, Megan learns that her entire life has been a lie.
She learns that like her mother before her, she has special gifts. These abilities would be valued by some people, and would frighten others. Because she is different, she is also a target. The man who killed her mother has been looking for her for twelve years, and it appears that he has found her. Neal and Philip want to keep her safe, but that may mean leaving her life behind.
Pandora’s Daughter offers readers a new vision on some familiar themes, and presents them in a very plausible fashion. It is easy to believe that a group like this exists, and that there are people in the world with similar talents. Ms. Johansen brings her writing expertise to full effect with a taut, fast-paced novel filled with danger and adventure. The romance and the danger are not fully resolved in this novel, and only add to the anticipation for the next book.