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 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.
Now this may utterly shock you, but I've never read a book by Irene Hannon before. I know, I know, that's simply crazy to consider when she's written over 35 novels! However, I'm glad to report that I've finally joined the club - and it was worth every minute!
The opening scenes of Vanished were perfect, grabbing me with their intensity and immediately absorbing me into the story. The beginning of Moira's bizarre tale left me wondering what on earth was going on, and as the story unfolded layer by layer I found myself hooked by the suspense, while growing ever fonder of the characters Moira and the PI, Cal. Their relationship develops with a nice touch of romance and one that I found to be realistic rather than over the top, two individuals striving to overcome some deep hurts from their past. The story doesn't spend a lot of time on issues of faith, but does touch on the topic of prayer, morals, and ethical questions. The writing is free of anything that would offend a reader, and as such will appeal to a broad fan base. Irene Hannon is a talented author who can spin a splendid yarn that features solid characterization, action-packed suspense, and romance that will no doubt leave readers grinning. Honestly, what more could you ask for?
I give this book a solid recommendation and a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group
Irene Hannon once again takes us to the creepy side of life with her spellbinding suspense. Moira Harrison is a top-notch reporter that has gone to great lengths to get her story so when she tells the police that come to the scene of her accident she hit a woman; she knows she has hit a woman.
As Moira is traveling on a country road late at night in the pouring rain, a woman appears out of nowhere and in the process of slamming on her brakes in the rain, the car skids, hits the woman and then slams into a tree. As Moira is sitting there stunned a man opens the passenger door and tells her he is calling 911. Moira then passes out and when she awakes an hour later, there is no one around. She finds her phone and calls 911 and when the police show up they try to convince her she hit a deer. Moira knows better but what can she do?
In the days after the wreck Moira cannot get the terrified woman out of her mind, she knows that she must find out what really happened. Since the police won't help her, Moira decides to visit a Private Investigator. When Moira arrives at Phoenix, Inc. for her appointment with Cal Burke, ex-detective she is not sure what to expect. After telling her story once again, Moira is pleased that Cal seems somewhat receptive to it. And when he talks to his co-workers, Dev a former ATF Agent and Connor a former Secret Service Agent, they all agree the story is strange and may not go anywhere but they want to look further into it.
Moira is quit smitten with Cal Burke, not only is he drop-dead gorgeous, he is a kind and understanding man. Moira knows better than to mix business and pleasure but this one time she might just throw caution to the wind.
After hearing a newscast with a man's voice on it Moira is shocked because she is certain it is the same man from the accident. When she tells Cal about it things really take off from there. Will they find the woman Moira hit or will they find something much, much worse? Will they be able to stop a murderer before he kills again or worse yet before he figures out Moira is having him investigated and he comes after her?
I absolutely love Irene's novels; I cannot wait to grab them up as soon as they come out. She has a way with words that makes you lose yourself in the story and it's as though you feel the same terror the heroine or hero feels. This story will pull you in and you'll not want to put it down. Thanks Irene for another satisfying suspense that had me sitting on the edge of my sit until the very end.
Thanks to NetGalley for giving me an ARC of this in exchange for my honest opinion.