by Irene Hannon

Paperback, 2013



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Revell (2013), Edition: 1, 336 pages

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Fiction. Romance. Suspense. Christian Fiction. Tenacious reporter Moira Harrison turns to a handsome private detective to help her solve a mysterious disappearance the police say never happenedâ??but someone will stop at nothing to keep the truth hidd


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336 p.; 8.5 inches



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LibraryThing member alekee
Wow a powerful book, keeps you turning the page....need to find the answers!
When the title says unfortunately means vanished. The poor soul who is taken away, is not missed by anyone. How very sad.
Can you imagine being on a dark road in the middle of a horrible thunderstorm, one that
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you really can't see where you are going? Then out of no where you see a frightened woman on the road? You swerve and hit a tree. You remember someone telling you that help is coming? There is some glass on the feel it?
When help does arrive, there is no woman, and the police think that the concussion makes her believe there was someone there. Unfortunately, Moira Harrisons, was nominated for a Pulitzer, and is no slouch as an investigative reporter. She gets the name of a Private Investigator. Meeting Cal Burke is a changing point for her. He is a with three partners, and runs an upscale PI firm. What both Moira and Cal don't expect is a bit of romance.
This book will keep you on pins and needles all the way to the end. Enjoy!

I received this book Revell Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
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LibraryThing member BookDivasReads
It was a dark and rainy night . . . seriously; it was a dark and rainy night when investigative reporter Moira Harrison got lost and had an accident that she believed involved a pedestrian. Unfortunately by the time the authorities arrive there is no evidence of anyone else being involved in
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Moira's car crash. Moira knows she wasn't hallucinating about the pedestrian or the so-called "good Samaritan" that had offered to call 911 but never placed the call. In order to save her sanity, Moira decides she needs help and seeks out the services of a local investigative firm.

Cal, Dev and Connor are all former law-enforcement agents (police, ATF and Secret Service) that have launched a firm that believes strongly in the premise of "justice first." After Cal's meeting with Moira, he accepts her case. Once Cal has burned the alibi of the primary suspect, he talks his partners into accepting the case pro bono. The deeper Cal and Moira dig into the mysterious accident and Good Samaritan, the more they both realize that this case is much bigger than it appeared. Can Moira and Cal prove their case before it's too late?

Ms. Hannon has provided another clean, happily-ever-after, romantic suspense read with VANISHED. The primary characters aren't wealthy but working middle-class folk that have emotional baggage and difficulties to overcome. Even more important, the faith exhibited by the primary characters, in this case Cal and Moira, keeps them on an even keel and helps to guide them through their difficulties. The religious aspect of these books isn’t overwhelming but simply there as a facet of their personalities and lifestyles. Ms. Hannon has the knack for creating believable characters and realistic scenarios mixed with just the right amount of suspense and romance. I found VANISHED to be a quick and enjoyable read and look forward to reading the next books in this series.
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LibraryThing member love2readnovels
Investigative reporter, Moira Harrison is caught in a thunderstorm on a dark and very rainy night. Suddenly a lone figure appears in her headlights. One with terrified eyes. Moria slams on her breaks but conditions cause the car to slide. She feels a thud against her car right before she hits a
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tree. While still dazed, a man opens her door to let her know he saw the accident and will call 911 and take care of the person she hit. Something poked her leg then her world went dark. When she comes to, she is alone and there are no emergency personnel. What happened? The police are skeptical of her story but the terrified eyes Moira saw drive her to seek a private investigator. Cal Burke is part of Phoenix, Inc. (a PI group comprised of ex-law enforcement) and comes highly recommended. After hearing Moira's story he agrees to investigate further. As they gather clues and the mystery begins to unfold the danger to Moira escalates.

Vanished is a great start to Irene Hannon's new Private Justice series. I enjoyed meeting the men who make up Phoenix, Inc. (Cal, Dev and Conner). Although they're all involved, this story belongs to Cal. Cal lost his wife 5 years ago and has carried the guilt ever since. He never expected to love again until Moira shows up in his office. The relationship between Moira and Cal had a slow build which felt very natural. They complimented each other nicely. One thing I thoroughly enjoyed was the way Cal, Dev and Conner interacted with each other. Lots of good fun, humor and teasing! I loved it! You know who the guilty party is but it was interesting gathering clues along with Cal and Moira. The author keeps you engaged through the entire story and I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed the ending. Now I'll be watching and waiting for Dev's story!

*This complimentary copy provided by Revell through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Revell (January 1, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0800721233
ISBN-13: 978-0800721237
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LibraryThing member mbarkman
Looking for a suspense writer? Irene Hannon to the rescue once again. Vanished, just the title causes one to desire this novel. The blurb on the back is enough to have you pulling out your wallet, if the name of the author hasn't done that already.
Dramatic, well written with twists and turns and
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enough uncertainty and suspense on each page to keep you turning it in anticipation. Difficult if not downright impossible to put down. It is a legal thriller, the first in the Private Justice series, but as always, Irene does a fabulous job of making the dark and heavy work of lawyers easily navigable for the uninitiated reader. It does not take Irene many pages to have the reader deeply immersed in reporter Moira's mind, and to feel the frustration of finding no one who believes that she saw what she knows she saw, the terror of the unknown and the disappointment of the roadblocks she encounters. The characters are well rounded, though not all as well liked as Moira, Cal and Dev. Things are not all as they may appear, and the answer is not easily found. Irene Hannon is one author that is on my Keeper shelf.
I received this book free from Revell Publishing and Julie Warkentin for the purpose of reviewing. A postive critique was not required, only an honest one. The opinions stated are my own.
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LibraryThing member NHNick
I enjoyed this light read (one day). It was a little predictable and I think 3 1/2 stars would have been more realistic, but all in all I enjoyed the story.
LibraryThing member vintagebeckie
I think I just found the perfect series for my vacation reading/listening, at least if the first book is any indication. Vanished, book 1 in the Private Justice series by Irene Hannon, was just what I needed to get my morning walk started off right — mysterious events, a strong and capable
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heroine, a hunky PI on the case and a storyline that kept my interest. And while I walked along with the action, I think the next book in the series will be with me in a lounge chair by the pool or on the beach.

Moira Harrison literally runs into a mystery. While the events of the accident are hazy, she knows that a young woman really has vanished. Determined to get to the bottom of just what happened she enlists a private investigator to take on the case. With not much to go on, the two uncover murder and romantic feelings that they can’t deny.

Vanished is fast-paced with lots of twists and turns. The characters are likable and relatable. The reader is let in early on the mystery, but that didn’t lessen the suspense. There is quite a bit of cat and mouse on both sides of the investigation. If you are a fan of romantic suspense, you are sure to like this one. I listened to the audiobook. It took me a little bit to get used to the narrator’s voice, but the story soon took over. And I am definitely looking forward to reading book 2 — Trapped.

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LibraryThing member Robin661
Irene Hannon

Book Summary: Reporter Moira Harrisons is lost. In the dark. In a thunderstorm. When a confusing detour places her on a rural, wooded road, she's startled by the sudden appearance of a lone figure caught in the beam of her headlights. Though Moira jams on her brakes, the car
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careens across the wet pavement--and the solid thump against the side of the vehicle tells her she hit the person before she crashes into a tree on the far side of the road. A dazed Moira is relieved when a man opens her door, tells her he saw everything, and promises to call 911. Then everything fades to black. When she comes to an hour later, she is alone. No man. No 911. No injured person lying on the side of the road. But she can't forget the look of terror she saw on the person's face in the instant before her headlights swung away. The person she hit had been in trouble. She's sure of it. But she can't get anyone to believe her story--except a handsome former police detective, now a private eye, who agrees to take on the case.

Review: This was a buckle your seat belt, nail biting suspense. I loved the cat and mouse suspense. Much of the mystery was easy to solve it was just waiting for the other shoe to drop and all the blanks to be filled in. I liked Irene Hannon’s writing style and how she developed characters. There were some moments when Moira did some hair brained things that were somewhat out of character for her. Over all the story line was solid and the characters were likable with a good set up for the other books in the series.
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LibraryThing member SusanGibsonSnodgrss
"Vanished" started off with a bang and never let up. The first chapter was incredibly intriguing and the rest of the book is just as good.
I had the pleasure of not discovering Irene Hannon's books until later and was privileged to read 5 one right after the other. I always snag
her books off the
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shelves, or rather, preorder them from Amazon, which nets a better deal.

She writes with such intrigue in her stories that the reader is swept along on the adventure with the characters. Her heros are wonderful and so full of life, too. She also includes the inspirational element and that really appeals to me. There are so few books out there for Christians to read that are not full of profanity and sexuality.

She goes along well with the story, building and building and then the action just flies! I love her books and the only thing wrong with finishing an Irene Hannon book is that, when you close the book, you immediately want more.

Don't miss out on this book!
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LibraryThing member lcarter11
Moira is attractive, intelligent, and stubborn enough to be believable as a MO-born character. When she has a car accident on a dark, windy back road (during a thunderstorm), she can't convince anyone in the public sector that she struck someone with her car. Rather than dropping it, she pursues
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the matter, compelled by a single glimpse of the terror in the victim's eyes. Which brings the story to Phoenix, Inc., a private investigation agency that just happens to have a handsome widower named Cal.
I can't say much more without giving the mystery away, but I'm sure glad a friend of mine recommended this author. There may have been a cuss word or two, but I doubt it. The romantic element was beautifully done and kept squeaky clean. One of my favorite things about this book was that it highlighted the fact that some things should be left to the pros.
The foreshadowing in this book is stunningly well-done. I'll confess, I skipped most of the italicized backstory, it creeped me out, but for those who love psychological thrillers, this guy is quite the psycho and it's not solely his fault.
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LibraryThing member SarahGraceGrzy
Wow! I've heard so much about Hannon, and Vanished did not disappoint!

Moira is a genuine and relatable character, and you quickly find yourself wanting to see justice served as much as she does. Her backstory, if slightly cliche, is intriguing and draws your sympathy. Cal was also a fantastic
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character, with a tragic backstory that tugs hard on your heartstrings. Strangely enough, I liked his character better than Moira, and found myself relating to him more. I also loved the other characters at the Phoenix Inc agency. The camaraderie between them felt so natural, and lended a lighter tone to the story.

The mystery is well thought out and keeps your interest from page one. The villain and his motive was very good and believable - if incredibly creepy. I really enjoyed Hannon's writing style, despite the incomplete sentences that drove me nuts most of the time. I can't say I'm a huge fan of that style in general, but it seems to work in this type of story.

One of my biggest issues with this novel was the "villain backstory dump" a little over a quarter of the way through. I would have prefered that information to be relayed to me more naturally over the course of the book instead of all at once near the beginning.

All in all, I really enjoyed this novel by Irene Hannon, and look forward to reading more!

CONTENT NOTE: There is a hefty amount of violence in this book, including several non-detailed murders, gun fights, a semi-detailed suicide (which was probably the most gruesome part of the book) and kidnapping. Also mentions of an intimate relationship between a husband and wife. Recommended for ages 16 for mature themesviolence.
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LibraryThing member HOTCHA
I JUST LOVED THIS NOVEL! I understood Monica and her passion as a reporter, I was HOOKED from the first page and I couldn't read first enough to get to the end, BUT YOU HAVE TO READ IT YOURSELF TO FIND THE SECRETS!
LibraryThing member JenniferRobb
I've read other books by this author and liked them well enough to add her earlier titles to my TBR list. I listened to this one as an audiobook. The narrator was a female so having her try to voice male characters was kind of interesting and sometimes made the male characters sound a bit whiny
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The formula is pretty standard--3 PIs (all male) take on a pro bono case for a reporter who catches one of the PI's eyes. (3 PIs, 3 books in the series--let's take a guess that each of the PI's is going to meet a client who is his soulmate.) At least the "she's a client" issue isn't overplayed.


I guessed the source of the pain Moira felt in her leg after her car crash long before it was revealed--I was surprised no one else considered it as a possibility.

I guessed what Kenneth Blaine was doing regarding the donations to his charity long before anyone in the book figured it out.

I guessed how Kenneth Blaine was going to end the stand off shortly before he acted. Though I will say that this at least came as a bit of a twist since I'd expected the men to have to save Moira.

It bothered me that Moira, after only a few stakeouts with Cal, thinks she's qualified to tail a suspect on her own (which she does surprisingly well). But I am so tired of female characters who make stupid choices that put them in danger and the men have to come save them. Moira's expecting Cal to call her when he gets her message but she doesn't turn off her cell phone--please!
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