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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (1 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800721233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800721237
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By penny cook on 16 Feb 2013
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I have read a few of Irene Hannon books now, and have enjoyed every one. I like the suspense of the storyline, and its a joy to read a wholesome story.
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By Maz on 3 Feb 2014
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I could not put this book down. Absolutely fantastic read. Never read this author before but I will definitely read her again.
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I love this book because I like Irene Hannon's writing and story lines. She is up there with Dee Henderson in my books! Great plot, believable characters. She takes time to build up the story, characters and suspense. Sometimes you don't have to be guessing to be on the edge of your seat. I have all her books now and love everyone of them.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iola on 2 Jan 2013
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Journalist Moira Harrison is driving home from an interview along a strange road in a storm when she hits a woman standing in the path of her car. She spins off the road and almost immediately a man comes to check she is all right and says he will call 911. But she loses consciousness and when she wakes, there is no sign of either the man or the woman.

Worried, she enlists the help of private detective Cal Burke, of Phoenix Inc., to help her find the woman. Cal is a widower who, five years after the death of his wife, is still having trouble moving on. He is no longer mourning, but doesn't seem to know how to move forward. Moira is man-shy after finding her fiancé was cheating on her. So although they are attracted to each other, they both have histories to get past before thinking of a relationship.

Although we don't know exactly what happened, the villain is identified fairly early on in the book, so much of the suspense is drawn from the reader knowing some of what he is thinking and doing, and wondering whether Moira and Cal will find him.

One ongoing annoyance was the way Cal decided Moira was a serious journalist with a good reputation because she'd been "nominated for a Pulitzer". There's an internet joke that anyone can be nominated for the Pulitzer - all you have to do is pay the $50 entry fee. A quick online check found that this isn't far from the truth. Technically, anyone who has paid the $50 is a Pulitzer entry, and a jury then nominate three entries as finalists. But Wikipedia has examples of journalists referring to themselves as "nominees" when they were, in fact, only entrants. It's not a major issue, it's just one of those annoying little glitches that pulled me up every time I read it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Another Terrific Series by Irene. 31 Jan 2013
By TS Mathews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
5 Stars*****

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 seat until the very end.

Thanks to NetGalley for giving me an ARC of this in exchange for my honest opinion.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Another suspenseful read by Hannon! 22 Jan 2013
By Katie McCurdy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I am so glad to see Irene Hannon bring out yet another wonderful suspenseful read! I thoroughly enjoyed the last three books I read by her--the Guardians of Justice series. The second book of that series is still one of my favorites! While Vanished didn't unseat Deadly Pursuit from it's perch, it still was a great suspense that will give readers hours of adventure! :-)

Moira and Cal, both, were really likable characters. Their romance was a bit fast--in my own personal opinion--but still very sweet. The mystery of the "vanishing" person was really intriguing and kept me going. And I totally loved how this series will deal with Private Investigators! I haven't read any books about PI's--lots of police men, detectives, and FBI's, but no PI's!

I did have one thing that bothered me. And I noticed it some in her previous series. When reading from the man's point of view, it kind of irked me how Cal kept referring to Moira as "hot" or a "looker" or how often he and his workers would 'check her out' (I don't think that phrase was used, but it was refered to). Maybe I'm just being odd, but I would have liked to hear terms like "beautiful" instead of "hot". It just seems cheap. And maybe Hannon was just really trying to write the scenes from a guys perspective...but, still, a Christian man--in my mind--wouldn't treat or think of women like the world does.

That might have turned into a little rant from me--sorry! But it just really bothered me in the book. Not that the whole book wasn't totally worth the read--it was! Hannon has a wonderful writing ability to throw you into the moment. And the story plot was great. Vanished started very slow and easy, but the plot steadily grew thicker. And the twist with who the killer was and how he ticked was really good. Very unique and memorable! I'm looking forward to the next book in the Private Justice series.

I reviewed this book for Revell. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Did Not Disappoint! 8 Jan 2013
By Melanie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
4.5 stars

This is the seventh of Irene Hannon's books I've read and it did not disappoint! Vanished started off with a bang and held my attention throughout! While I did guess a lot of what was going to happen in the story, it was still a great suspense read.

I thought the characters were great and I especially liked Cal and Dev. :) I have to say, though, I couldn't help getting a little frustrated with one of the characters because I found what he/she was doing to be very foolish.

Overall, I enjoyed Vanished very much and can hardly wait to read book two in the Private Justice series when it releases! I recommend it if you enjoy romantic suspense novels.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*

"Available January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Where is the edge of morality? 13 April 2013
By Leiah - Published on Amazon.com
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I was somewhat torn by this book when it came to how many stars to give it. In some ways, it was formulaic to the extreme. You know pretty much by the third chapter "whodunit." From that point, the formula was right out there in the open, and I knew not only whodunit but how and why. And why oh why can't writers, especially women writers, design a "heroine" who can rescue HERSELF???? PLEASE people, I am so tired of female characters who do stupid crap to get themselves captured by the bad guy and have to have their ashes hauled out of trouble by the big, strong, handsome hero. In this case, she was doing the right thing, and should have been able to not get herself into the trouble she did, but I guess the formula requires a vapid ending. Sigh. Are we still living in the 1950's?? All in all, if this was the only thing the book was about, it would have been a two star read at most. However, Hannon did redeem herself to the point that I was happy to be able to add an additional star, all for a very unusual reason.

Where does the line between moral and amoral behaviour lie? I was discussing this very subject with another reviewer when it comes to historical characters such as Vlad the Impaler and Lucrezia Bortia. Our reality shapes our morality. When our reality is crippled at a very young age, how does that effect the rest of our lives, how we see and interact with the world? When a child is forced to commit acts at a very young age, how does that change the rest of their life and how they see the world?

There was a deep underlying Christian religious base to this book, but Hannon handled it very delicately, not preaching - in fact, not making judgments at all, which I found extremely refreshing. The premise of the underlying theme of morality and the lines we draw as humans was delicately handled. Where IS the line between what is "right" and "wrong"? If you do a bad thing for a good reason, does that tarnish or destroy the morality of what you have done?

Hannon does a good job of opening up a dialog in her book regarding these issues and then leaving us to make decisions for ourselves. I admire her for this, especially in her willingness to bring forth the idea that what happens to us in childhood can gray the line between "good" and "bad." I wish I could give four stars, but the formulaic handling of a great deal of the book disallows that extra star. Will I read another of her books? Possibly. My TBR pile is teetering on massive, so I won't read another for a while. However, I also won't totally remove her from my possibilities list.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Too Predictable 27 Oct 2013
By japollock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The review on the book's cover from the New York Journal of Books says, "Riveting." so I expected an exciting mystery, but was rather disappointed. Right from the beginning there was virtually no question who the "Good Samaritan" was on the dark, stormy night and the story itself revealed this early on, and who was responsible for the missing woman. The deaths of the elderly nursing home patients were also pretty easy to figure out, along with how the book would basically end. I wouldn't call this a riveting murder mystery. Vanished was in a church library so I expected more inspirational, Christian content, like there is in Terry Blackstock books, but it just wasn't there.
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