What Doesn't Kill You by Iris Johansen


10 Critic Reviews

The author’s trademark dry wit bolsters the bombastic story line.
-Publishers Weekly


It's the deadliest poison known to man.

He's the only one who knows its true power.

She's the only one who can stop the evil.

The chase is on. . . .

Number-one bestselling author Iris Johansen showcases one of her most fascinating characters yet, pitted against one of the most ruthless killers, in a novel that will make you forget to breathe. . . .

Catherine Ling was abandoned on the streets of Hong Kong at age four. Schooled in the art of survival, she traded in the only commodity she had: information. As a teenager, she came under the tutelage of a mysterious man known only as Hu Chang---a skilled assassin and master poisoner. As a young woman, she was recruited by the CIA and now she is known as one of their most effective operatives. Having lived life in the shadows, Catherine is aware of the wobbly moral compass of her existence and even more aware of just how expendable she is to those she deals with. When her old friend Hu Chang creates a formula that's not only deadly but completely untraceable, the race begins to be the first to get it. With rogue operative John Gallo also on the hunt, Catherine finds herself up against a group so villainous and a man so evil that she may not survive in her quest to protect those she cares about: Hu Chang and Luke---the son who was stolen from Catherine and only recently brought home safe. Using all of her formidable skills, Catherine Ling proves the age-old belief that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

Iris Johansen is at her page-turning best in this novel that takes you from the corridors of Langley to the alleyways of Hong Kong and the darkest places of the human soul.


About Iris Johansen

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Iris Johansen is the New York Times bestselling author of Killer Dreams, On the Run, Countdown, Firestorm, Fatal Tide, Dead Aim, No One to Trust and more. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia.From the Paperback edition.
Published April 17, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 413 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Below average
Feb 05 2012

The book, weighed down by a predictable plot, won’t thrill the reader with its super-woman heroine, wickedly handsome love interest and by-the-numbers supporting cast.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Jan 23 2012

The author’s trademark dry wit bolsters the bombastic story line.

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City Book Review

Below average
Reviewed by Rachel Calabia on May 24 2012

...the action is occasionally bogged down by the histories of even minor characters. Too many of them have appeared in previous Johansen novels, and it’s difficult to care for them all.

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Below average
Reviewed by Dave on Jun 11 2012

This one didn't keep me reading into the night as a real page turner will do. The emotional connections of the main characters did not seem genuine.

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Reviewed by Ginny on Mar 22 2012

In Johansen’s capable hands they nearly become flesh and bone! This book is hard to put down so allow yourself plenty of reading time before picking it up.

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Always With A Book

Reviewed by Kristin on May 08 2012

I really enjoyed this story. It's a quick read, full of suspense, twists and turns, and sexual tension between two very strong characters.

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Criminal Element

Reviewed by Susan Amper on Apr 17 2012

Catherine Ling in What Doesn’t Kill You might be the most strong and fierce as she herself is a lethal weapon.

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The Reading Frenzy

Reviewed by Debbie Haupt on Apr 15 2012

The action is non-stop, edge of your seat and always imaginative and the narrative flows beautifully.

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Debbie's World of Books

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Reviewed by Debbie on May 18 2012

I felt like there was too much build up and the story kind of started dragging... if it had been any other author and not about Catherine I would have given up on the book

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Books and Chocolate

Above average
Reviewed by Cindy on Apr 13 2012

Parts of this storyline move more slowly but necessarily so as readers are told the details of Ling's past which explain her present life and choices. Once that is covered, however, the pace picks up and is everything I expected from this author.

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