Vanishing Point: A Nikki Boyd Novel

by Lisa Harris

Paperback, 2017

Status

Available

Call number

813.6

Publication

Revell (2017), 310 pages

Original publication date

2017

Description

During Garrett Addison's first week on the job as a criminal investigator for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, his team is called out to a murder scene of a young girl. She's the third victim in a string of disappearances with one thing in common -- a Polaroid photo of each victim left behind at the crime scene. The FBI is pulled into the case to help, and Garrett finds himself working with Special Agent Jordan Lambert, the woman he once loved. When yet another girl dies -- number six -- Garrett blames himself and believes he doesn't have what it takes to be an agent. What he'll discover is that, while he may be done with the killer, the killer is not done with him -- or Jordan. Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Harris unveils an unforgettable story of a case that has haunted the public and law enforcement for more than a decade. Fans of the Nikki Boyd Files will thrill to finally discover what actually happened to Nikki's sister, Sarah. New readers will become instant fans after devouring this chilling tale.… (more)

Language

Original language

English

Physical description

310 p.; 8.5 inches

ISBN

0800728483 / 9780800728489

User reviews

LibraryThing member jfe16
Garrett Addison, an agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, finds himself one of several agents assigned to the search for a serial killer known as the Angel Abductor. It’s a frustrating, difficult case with years of dead ends, no answers, and a growing body count.

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FBI agent Jordan Lambert in the case only adds to Garrett’s difficulties: years ago, he and Jordan went through the police academy together and shared a long, intense relationship, one that became a victim of their divergent careers.

Will Garrett and Jordan find their way back to their long-ago relationship, the one that neither of them can forget? Will they find the Angel Abductor before the killer cruelly ends the life of yet another teenage girl?

Followers of the Nikki Boyd series may be dismayed to discover that, although “Vanishing Point” is a Nikki Boyd novel, she is only peripherally involved in the story. However, the resolution of her sister’s disappearance may somewhat salve their disappointment.

The author’s decision to keep the serial killer at large for several years is an effective device to show the ever-growing frustration of the diligent officers who devote their lives to apprehending criminals. As the serial killer case thwarts the law enforcement team with dead ends, their reactions are believable and true-to-life.

It’s harder to believe that Garrett and Jordan, two people with such strong feelings for each other, would continually allow years to pass without making any effort to admit to their love for each other, a story plot point that is likely to exasperate many readers.

Throughout the story, the weaving of the characters’ faith into the narrative is seamless. However, the hospital conversation between Jordan and Garrett feels contrived, as if the delivering of the overly-preachy message is more important than the flow of the dialogue. Readers are likely to have difficulty accepting this sermon-like exchange as a normal conversation between the two characters.

The strength of the story lies with its well-developed characters and the tightly-woven plot filled with twists and unexpected revelations. The ever-building tension ramps up the suspense and many readers are certain to find it difficult to set this one aside before turning the final page.

Recommended.

I received a free copy of this book through the LibraryThing Early Readers program
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LibraryThing member debralu
Early review book: it was good. The author was able to share the frustrations of the main characters with the reader.....I was turned off at the end (after the case was solved) with too much reference to God and the Bible. It seemed totally out of place with the rest of the book.
LibraryThing member tealadytoo
This inspirational romantic suspense novel is part of Harris’ “Nikki Boyd” novels, and follows the efforts of Garrett Addison, a detective with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and Jordan Lambert, an FBI agent, to find a serial killer, “The Angel Abductor”, who kidnaps and a series
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of teenage girls. Garrett and Jordan have a past, having been romantically involved as police academy students, but pulled apart by time and distance as their careers diverged.

The story spans an unusually long time frame for a suspense novel as the search drags out for over 10 years, and the frustration builds as the search hits numerous dead ends, the body count grows, and our couple never seems able to get their relationship off the ground until the end of the story.

There is much to recommend this book. The suspense is quite taut, and the increasing frustration of the characters with their inability to solve the case, and their struggle with the age-old question of why God permits such evil to exist is believable. However, I felt the “slow burn” of the relationship to be a bit too slow for real interest. Until the very end, what relationship there was existed almost totally in the characters thoughts and memories. They badly lacked communication skills. And when they discussed their spiritual dilemmas near the end, it read more as a sermon than a natural conversation. This is a very good book, but could have been better.

Note that although this is billed as part of the Nikki Boyd series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone, with Nikki playing a relatively minor role in the story.
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LibraryThing member kaykwilts
Vanishing Point is book 4 in the Nikki Boyd Files series but she is a secondary character is this book. She does not even appear until after the first 200 pages and not very often then. The main characters are FBI Jordan Lambert and Detective Garrett Addison and their main focus is to find the
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serial killer who identifies himself as the Angel Abductor and is responsible for the murder of several teen girls. The evidence points that he is responsible for the disappearance of Nikki Boyd's sister Sarah but unlike the other girls Sarah's body has never been found. Jordan and Garrett have a history together but they never came get together. Careers and distances keep them apart too many years. They must work together to solve the mystery of the serial killer before he strikes again. There were some twists that I did not see coming.

We find out what happened to Nikki's sister in this book. Is she found alive or did she suffer the fate of the girls who were murdered? You will have to read this keep you up all night book to find out. This could possibly be the last book in the series since several things were wrapped up in addition to the mystery of what happened to Sarah Boyd. I have enjoyed this series and hope that the author writes more romantic suspense books sooner than later.

Vanishing Point is due to be released on November 7, 2017. Thanks to Baker Publishing and the Early Reviewer program at LibraryThing for providing me an ARC to read and review.
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LibraryThing member sherripo
This is the first book I have read by Lisa Harris and I enjoyed it very much. It definitely had a couple of twists I didn't see coming. It was very intense in places and I didn't want to put the book down as I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. I will definitely be reading
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more books by Lisa Harris, especially the first three books in this series.
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LibraryThing member starbritejan
This is my first book by this author! I thoroughly enjoyed the story line! Lots of action and adventure! Looking forward to read more books by this author
LibraryThing member JaymeWill
I have never read any books by Lisa Harris, and I have been missing out! Vanishing Point was a thrilling read that I couldn't put down until the last page. While Vanishing Point is the fourth book in the Nikki Boyd series, it stands alone just fine. I am sad that I didn't read the previous books,
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as all the mysteries are revealed in this story.

I loved the main characters, Garrett and Jordan. They are two people attracted to each other, but each keeps letting the other walk away. The book follows them over the course of a decade as they hunt for a serial killer. All the victims are young, blonde women and Garrett and Jordan know they are connected. But proving it, is harder and harder as the years slip by.

Lisa Harris is very talented at weaving a story filled with loss, grief, danger, and romance. Her high-paced police chases and heart pumping situations were very realistic and well written. I will definitely be reading her previous Nikki Boyd books and any other future publications.
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LibraryThing member Brenda63
Typical mystery, thriller, suspense novel. This is not a bad thing! The author weaves her story beautifully and the tension mounts toward the climax. I would easily recommend this book.
LibraryThing member lamb521
Title: Vanishing Point (A Nikki Boyd Novel)
Author: Lisa Harris
Pages: 307 (ARC)
Year: 2017
Publisher: Revell
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Most this novel takes place in the past with just the last quarter of the book taking place in the present day. This story focuses on a serial killer that has left
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a string of dead girls, but no clues. The first case occurs in 2002. The task force is formed spearheaded by Garrett Addison and Jordan Lambert. Time goes by and then another body is found or another girl is reported missing. The count gets to six with the team no closer to finding the killer. One of the missing girls is Nikki Boyd’s sister. Garrett and Jordan have been dancing around their feelings for one another, but in the end, they both go their separate ways in 2006. Garrett changes jobs while Jordan continues working for the FBI.
A decade passes with no missing girls and then the pattern starts up again. A young girl’s body is found and Garrett and his old team are reunited to finally try to put an end to the killings. Nikki is on this task force, but only on the perimeter. The focus is still on Jordan and Garrett. Another girl is thought to be taken and a member of the task force is shot. Now, the killer has escalated to taking out members of the task force. Jordan and Garrett are targets, but they have finally figured out who the killer is. Can they catch the killer before the killer catches them?
I like the character of Nikki Boyd and her unfailing desire to find out the truth about what happened to her sister. She has never given up searching for clues or digging through old case reports. With the Angel Abductor cases back in the spotlight, Nikki now might get an answer to what happened to her sister all those years ago. Jordan and Garrett are fairly typical law enforcement agents in their dedication, but they allow their careers and pride to keep them apart for years. However, they both come to realize that God hasn’t abandoned them, especially in the heartbreaking difficulties of the victims of the Angel Abductor. Lisa Harris always writes exciting, interesting and timely stories. I can’t wait for the next one!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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LibraryThing member SBell060112
I loved this book. It kept me interested from beginning to the end. Just enough suspense and romance. It walked you through every aspect of following a serial killer and trying to bring him to justice. I liked the romance between the two main characters. Every time they were around each other you
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thought, ok this is it. I would highly recommend.
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LibraryThing member alekee
I have been waiting and wanting to read this book, I’ve read the others and hoping from the past books that Sarah will be returned home, and the reason Nikki Boyd works with the TBI, and now the same things are happening and no answers.
The main characters in this story are different, but
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unfortunately the happenings are the same. We have two workaholics that seem to love one another, but time after time leave and move on with their lives, will we see them make a commitment, or will they fall victim to evil?
What a compelling read this author has offered us, and you want to read all of the books in this series, there are four, they will keep you coming back for more.
With this read we have the conclusion of the Nikki Boyd saga, but it is going to linger with you and boy do surprises abound, if you like mystery and suspense, don’t miss these!
I received this book through the Revell Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
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LibraryThing member Darcia
Vanishing Point is the first Nikki Boyd book I've read. Jumping into this series at book 4 isn't a problem because this one reads fine as a stand-alone. In fact, Nikki plays an extremely minor role in this book, not even appearing until midway, and then only in cameo appearances. Readers looking to
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spend time with the star character might be disappointed.

When I opted to read this one, I didn't realize that the series is Christian fiction. The Christian aspect isn't overwhelming. Mostly, it's characters dwelling on that age-old question of why God allows bad things to happen to good people.

The writing is fine and the murder case is interesting, but I didn't love the book. I found the two main characters, Garrett and Jordan, annoying. This story spans more than a decade, and these two characters spent that entire decade pining over one another. This drama between the two is a large portion of the story. I wanted to tell them to grow up and deal with their relationship. Consequently, the "romantic" aspect of this romantic suspense grated on my nerves.

We're not given a lot of gory detail on the murders. The story is more about seeing the toll the murders take on the families and the investigators.

*The publisher provided me with an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.*
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LibraryThing member VeraGodley
Vanishing Point has a different "feel" to the story in that it doesn't have Nikki Boyd as the primary character. The plot involves the total career of the serial murderer that caused the death of the sister of Nikki Boyd, Sarah. This book takes the reader back to the investigation of cases prior to
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Sarah's and then leaps to current time when another young woman is missing.

The main characters of Vanishing Point are a local investigatory, Garrett, and Jordan an FBI agent who is called in to help with the local investigation. And coincidentally, Garret and Jordan were once an "item." They both still have feelings for the other but don't act on them, moving on.

But another case investigation brings them back together years later. Following accumulating clues in a series of murders and juggling their feelings toward each other, Garrett and Jordan encounter obstacles that test their fortitude and problem solving abilities.

Thought provoking references to the age old question of "Where is God when bad things happen?" are raised and conclusions worth considering for resolution to this issue are pointed discussions and thought processes in the story.

While written in a slow, steady pace in the early portions of the book, a rapid, nail biting suspenseful end wraps up the four book series and places the culprit squarely in the hands of officials.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and are freely given. Giveaway is provided by the author or publisher directly to the winner.
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LibraryThing member polarmath
I've enjoyed watching this series unfold as it takes part from previous books, but has a story of its own as well. This book will keep you reading and have you read the previous books if you have not done so as well. Garrett does not feel that he has done all he can in the case he is working on and
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gets discouraged. He pairs with Jordan, an FBI agent and together they find themselves working together to find out what happens before there is another victim.
I received a copy from the publisher, the review is my own.
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LibraryThing member Becky_L
Review One of the most terrifying Christian romantic suspense bppks I've read, Lisa Harris's Vanishing Point left me shaky, thoughtful and wondering. Shaky because the subject matter was so dark at times. Thoughtful because of Jordan's burning question..."Where was God when these girls were
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abducted and terrified?" How do you answer that?! And wondering because of the trajectory of Jordan and Garrett's romance.

One quote was especially meaningful to me. I think I might memorize it.
Garrett says,"But I'm realizing sometimes you can't fix people or relationships. Sometimes all you can fix is yourself.You have to forgive them, love them, and then move on."

I highly recommend this book if you like very intense Christian romantic suspense. Part of a series, this book stood alone well.
I gratefully received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which in no way affected my opinions which are strictly my own.
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LibraryThing member Virginia51
This is a fantastic edition to the Nikki Boyd Files series. This takes us back in time to learn more about how Nikki’s sister died and why Nikki became a cop. This shows the policeman and the FBI agent that work on the serial killer case that includes Nikki’s sister. I love the romance and the
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suspense. There is a great balance of both. I did not want to put the book down. I received a copy of this book from the author and Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
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LibraryThing member vintagebeckie
I have long been a fan of Lisa Harris’ novels. She always delivers action-packed suspense with just the right dose of romance thrown in. Her Nikki Boyd Files series has been a great-reading ride, and I have been anxiously awaiting the finale, Vanishing Point. This novel is somewhat of a departure
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from the series, but in a good way. I really enjoyed this book and give it a highly recommended rating.

Vanishing Point follows the Angel Abductor serial murder cases over a thirteen year period. Teenage girls in the Nashville area, including Nikki Boyd’s sister, are kidnapped and murdered by an illusive perpetrator. Garrett Addison, an investigator with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and FBI agent Jordan Lambert are assigned to the case midway through the investigation. Throughout the years the case takes its toll on them as they work feverishly to thwart an unseen and unknown assailant.

Vanishing Point is set up unlike the other books in the series. First of all, Nikki Boyd is a supporting character, but that’s okay because the story focuses on the Angel Abductor case that is a subplot in the earlier books in the series. This novel has two main story lines — the Angel Abductor investigation and the relationship between main characters Garrett and Jordan. Harris does an excellent job of illustrating how personal lives are influenced by the demands of family and career, and in this instance, the overwhelming emotional toll of the serial killer case. The pace is also slower than the previous novels as it covers a 13 year span. But as with her previous novels, excellent plotting, complex character development, and a thoughtful spiritual message I have come to love from Harris are present. Although unlike the first 3 books, I think Vanishing Point is my favorite. Both characters wrestle with past regrets and the question of where God is in the midst of heartbreak. Towards the end of the book, Garrett reflects on his struggle —

Over the past decade, Garrett had come to realize more and more that his faith couldn’t rely on what was happening around him, or whether or not he understood how God worked. His faith had to rely on God himself — who never changed — even when he didn’t understand what God was doing. (p. 276)

There is a message of hope in the midst of the bleakest of days.

Vanishing Point can be read as a standalone novel, but I recommend you begin with Vendetta. All four books in the series are available for your binge-reading enjoyment during the holidays — just saying! 😉

Highly Recommended.

(Thanks to the author for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
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LibraryThing member JenniferRobb
I'd read a previous Nikki Boyd book from the Nikki Boyd Files and enjoyed it, so I sought out this book (probably the highest compliment I could give)--I'm still not clear if this is supposed to be a Nikki Boyd Files book--the cover says "Nikki Boyd Novel" and lists others in the series as "Nikki
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Boyd Files" but some online sites list this book as #4 in the Nikki Boyd Files series.

The reason for my confusion is that as I started this book, I couldn't remember any of the characters or how they related to Nikki. Nikki shows up in the second section of the book as an ancillary character, though this storyline does reveal how she ended up where she does. Nikki plays more of an active role in the final section and epilogue. Once I realized how Nikki fit into this book, I enjoyed it much more.

One of the questions the two main characters of this book (Jordan and Garrett) struggle with is "Where is God when bad things happen?" Jordan does make a stab at providing an answer to this toward the end of the book, by reminding us that we live in a fallen world from which God has chosen to redeem us eternally (after death) rather than piecemeal by fixing everything that goes wrong for us in this world.

I do think it realistically show that it can take time to solve a case (vs. the 1 or 2 hour solutions we expect from TV.)

I do plan to seek out more books by this author--again, the highest compliment I feel I can give.
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LibraryThing member ShareeKim
Vanishing Point is book four in the Nikki Boyd Files series. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and Vanishing Point yanked me into the story right from the first page.
Six missing girls over the course of a decade have left Jordan Lambert and Garrett Addison struggling to find the killer. More
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than that, they’ve also had to face their own inadequacies in solving the case.
I think one of the best parts of the book was simply that it took time. Years for the relationship to develop between Jordan and Garrett. It wasn’t rushed, and it was very realistic though at times, I hoped it would happen faster.
The who-done-it was well veiled in this story and had me flipping pages long into the night. I would absolutely recommend any of Lisa Harris’ books and Vanishing Point is a great start.
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LibraryThing member MaryAnnB1964
It's Garret Addisson's first week on the job at Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and he has his first murder case already. It isn't only one, the murder victim is number three in a series of murders. The strange thing is, is that at the scene of every murder there is a Polaroid picture of each
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victim at the scene.

The TBI calls in Special Agent Jordan Lambert, a woman that Garret had a relationship with in police academy. Will their relationship be rekindled?

This is an outstanding murder, mystery romance novel that I have read in a very long time. It was difficult to put down. The author keeps you in suspense on all levels in the story line.

Even though I had not read any of the other" Nikki Boyd " series, it did not affect the story line at all. I was able to really jump in and comprehend the story line without any problems following along.

What I truly enjoyed is how the author brought God into the whole situation and helps explain that God is in everything, even if it does involve suffering; explaining that God sometimes brings us to hard things to help nurture our faith and sometimes to help bring those who are not strong in faith or don't know Him to believe.

An amazing writer I highly recommend this book.


I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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LibraryThing member kibosa
The story was a engrossing crime mystery spanning over years. I enjoyed how the story unfolded bit by bit over time and the characters life events were included. Would enjoy other books with the main characters.
LibraryThing member theeclecticreview
Special Agent Garrett Addison is a criminal investigator for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and his first case is tracking a serial killer named the Angel Abductor with the help of his former love of his life, Jordan.

Special Agent Jordan Lambert is a criminal profiler from the FBI and
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is called in to help the TBI with their investigation of a serial killer who is murdering young girls. She is happy to be coming home, but she doesn’t need the added distraction of Garrett in her life.

See my complete review at The Eclectic Review
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LibraryThing member Melissa_O
I loved this conclusion to the Nikki Boyd series! Lisa Harris took an interesting approach by going back in time to the beginning of the Angel Abductor cases so that readers can see how the whole thing plays out from the beginning to present day. Although readers get to see how Nikki Boyd gets
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involved in law enforcement after her sister is abducted, this story focuses on Garrett and Jordan who were originally assigned to the case. However, Nikki Boyd fans do get some exciting updates!

In the midst of page-turning action, nail-biting suspense, and just the right amount of romance readers will finally have answers to the questions they've had all along about what really happened to Nikki's sister and who is the real Angel Abductor?? What I always appreciate about a Lisa Harris novel is she will keep you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what happens while also giving readers a chance to get to know the characters on a deeper level. In this story, readers will see characters deal with issues of forgiveness, family issues, redemption, etc.

Even though this can be read as a stand alone, do yourself a favor and go back and read the first three in the series first. You won't regret it!

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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