I decided to give this book a try after reading The Guardians of Justice series â€•which I truly thoroughly enjoyed. What a winner! It has a good dose of humor (very good dose), wit, fun romance and suspense. Vanished's blurb - along with the title - is quite interesting... intriguing even. I found the beginning not too bad, since I didn't give up on the book.
To be quite honest, I don't think this was Hannon's best. I even kept, while reading, a list of things I found could be WAY better and needless to say that it kept growing.
Cal and Moira's character development is quite amiss. I found that I couldn't connect with them, that I couldn't engage myself into their world. They seem shallow, here-and-there, distanced â€• instead of oozing of the sense of reality that most readers want in a book. Most of us just don't want to be reading about characters only, we want these characters to end up springing off the page and to come alive. It didn't happen in this one, in my opinion, and if the characters seemed shallow then so did their romance. Should we consider romance as being a process: attraction leading to friendship and bonding, leading to a deeper relationship, Cal and Moira's romance mostly stays at the attraction. I couldn't even bring myself to believe in their friendship, since they have their share of awkward moments when they spend time together, unlike the wit and fun that seems to flow comfortably in the relationships in the Guardian of Justice series. (ESPECIALLY Jake and Liz's, which makes them a memorable couple.) Not a very believable romance Vanished, unfortunately.
It wasn't too bad... I just kept looking for more. And I am understanding more and more that writing is not a very easy task. This review is not written to bash the author's work nor is it to say that this is my last read from Irene Hannon...
When I want to read some mystery, suspense and romance that is not nail biting intense, I can count on an Irene Hannon book. I have yet to be dissappointed. Her writing is easy to read and always has a nice flow. The characters in this story are likeable and I enjoyed the plot. I will preorder the next book in this series as I always do her books. Great read.
Once again Irene Hannon has written a nearly perfect book. Within the first few pages of this new series, she has a blam-in-your-face incident that captures your imagination and attention.
Moria and Cal were a great pair and I loved the interaction, especially when they were quoting different philosophers and philosophies. I wish that they had quoted more scriptures though because Cal was written as a believer, and it was unclear if Moria was a believer or not. That annoyed me because it felt like a loose end.
Their budding romance wasn't forced and I liked that fact that it was Moria who was the first to realize her feelings and was subtly trying to get Cal's attentions.
The background characters of Dev and Cooper were good and I can see both of them having their own stories.