Sunday, January 6, 2013

Review of "Vanished" by Irene Hannon

Rating: 4 Stars

Review: Exciting and fast-paced, "Vanished" by Irene Hannon grasped my attention at the beginning and didn't let go until the very end.  I don't gravitate to suspense and crime dramas in books or on television, so "Vanished" was somewhat of an introduction to the genre.  Hannon offered an addictive combination of mystery, romance, and characters with interesting backgrounds.  With the exception of a few crime terms and acronyms that were new to me, I was able to easily follow the plot.  The mystery was not complex, but there was enough intrigue to keep me turning the pages.  For readers who like heart-pounding suspense, "Vanished" may be a bit too light and tame, resembling a Hallmark Channel mystery rather than "CSI."  I found the degree of suspense to be ideal for my tastes, and there were moments that I found particularly tense. This was the first novel that I have read by Irene Hannon, but it will not be my last.  "Vanished" was a nice diversion from the novels that I usually read.  I look forward to reading future installments of the "Private Justice" series and discovering Hannon's other novels. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through their book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above 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.”

Summary: A tenacious reporter. A skeptical PI. And a secret that will shatter lives.
Reporter Moira Harrison is lost. In the dark. In a thunderstorm. When a lone figure suddenly appears in the beam of her headlights, Moira slams on her brakes-but it’s too late. She feels the solid thump against the side of her car before crashing into a tree on the far side of the road.
A man opens her door, tells her he saw everything, and promises to call 911. Then the world fades to black. When she comes to, she is alone. No man. No 911. No injured person. But she can’t forget the look of terror she saw on that face in the instant before her headlights swung away. And she can’t get anyone to believe her story-except maybe a handsome ex–homicide detective turned private eye, who reluctantly agrees to take on the case.
As clues begin to surface, it becomes obvious that someone doesn’t want this mystery solved-and will stop at nothing to protect a shocking secret. ~ Baker Publishing

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