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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
When the title says Vanished...it 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
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!
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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 isnâ€™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.
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)
Dramatic, well written with twists and turns and
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.
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 canâ€™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 didnâ€™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 narratorâ€™s voice, but the story soon took over. And I am definitely looking forward to reading book 2 â€” Trapped.
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
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 Hannonâ€™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.
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
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
WARNING: REMAINDER OF REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. READ ON AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION
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!