After a confusing detour places reporter Moira Harrisons on a rural, wooded road, she's startled by the sudden appearance of a lone figure caught in the beam of her headlights. Though Moira jams on her brakes, the car careens across the wet pavement - and strikes the perso... Read More
A dazed Moira is relieved when a man opens her door, tells her he saw everything and promises to call 911. Then everything fades to black. When she comes to, she is alone and her suspected victim is gone. She is sure that the person she hit was in trouble, but now she can't get anyone to believe her story - except a handsome former police detective, now a private eye, who agrees to take on the case.
From the very first page, you'll be hooked by this fast-paced story from author Irene Hannon. Vanished is the exciting first book in the Private Justice series, where three justice seekers who got burned playing by the rules now have a second chance to make things right.
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Page Count: 336
- Store Only: Yes
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover - Book 1
- Release Date: Dec 5, 2012
- UPC: 9780800721237
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 328
- Publish Date: Jan 1, 2013
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042040"
- ISBN: 0800721233
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- Vanished has a Magical Storyline by Robin on 8/28/2014
Book Summary: Reporter Moira Harrisons is lost. In the dark. In a thunderstorm. When a confusing detour places her on a rural, wooded road, she's startled by the sudden appearance of a lone figure caught in the beam of her headlights. Though Moira jams on her brakes, the car careens across the wet pavement--and the solid thump against the side of the vehicle tells her she hit the person before she crashes into a tree on the far side of the road. A dazed Moira is relieved when a man opens her door, tells her he saw everything, and promises to call 911. Then everything fades to black. When she comes to an hour later, she is alone. No man. No 911. No injured person lying on the side of the road. But she can't forget the look of terror she saw on the person's face in the instant before her headlights swung away. The person she hit had been in trouble. She's sure of it. But she can't get anyone to believe her story--except a handsome former police detective, now a private eye, who agrees to take on the case.
Review: This was a buckle your seat belt, nail biting suspense. I loved the cat and mouse suspense. Much of the mystery was easy to solve it was just waiting for the other shoe to drop and all the blanks to be filled in. I liked Irene Hannon’s writing style and how she developed characters. There were some moments when Moira did some hair brained things that were somewhat out of character for her. Over all the story line was solid and the characters were likable with a good set up for the other books in the series.
- Vanished Has a Magical Storyline by Robin on 8/28/2014
Book Summary: After a whirlwind romance, Taryn Young is preparing to board a plane at Houston International Airport, bound for a dream honeymoon, when a bomb decimates the terminal. Injured but still alive, she awakens to discover her husband is missing and they’re both considered prime suspects in the attack. Further, the FBI is convinced her husband isn’t who he appears to be. Agent Grayson Hall’s number-one priority is to catch those responsible for the day’s act of terror. All evidence is pointing to Taryn and her new husband. But his instinct tells him her pleas of innocence are genuine. Is her naiveté just for show, or could she truly be another victim of a master scheme, possibly linked to the software she recently developed for her company? With both their lives and reputations on the line, and the media outcry for justice increasing with each passing minute, Taryn and Grayson have no choice but to trust one another . . . and pray they can uncover the truth before they become two more casualties.
Review: From the moment I started the book right through the very end it was non-stop! The action and story was moving so fast that I was on pins and needles for the majority of the time. I had to put the book down just to calm my pounding heart. The twists and turns were fantastic! It was as if the bad guys always knew where she was and there were so many of them that I was just daunting at times. Taryn was a multifaceted character with lots of personality and easy to like and empathize with. She was exceedingly smart, surprising in the things she did and well written. This is the first book by DiAnn Mills that I have read and I will be looking forward to reading many more.
I would like to thank Net Galley and Tyndale House Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
- Book 1 of the Private Justice Series - Kept me turning the pages. by Karen (karencollier.com) on 12/26/2013
Readers of Inspirational Romance and Romantic Suspense should find Vanished by Irene Hannon to be an interesting read. The story begins with an unusual car accident. Moira Harrison, the story’s heroine, is driving on an unfamiliar country road at night in the rain, when a terrified woman jumps in front of her car. But when this woman disappears without a trace, no one believes that Moira saw her at all. People think she must have seen a deer and mistaken it for a person given the bad conditions and her missing glasses, or that she became confused from the head injury she suffered in the accident.
But Moira knows what she saw and is convinced the woman was in some kind of trouble. The rest of the story follows Moira’s quest for answers as she seeks to help the unknown woman she encountered on that dark country road. Enter handsome Private Investigator and ex-detective Cal Burke, the one person inclined to believe Moira’s story. As Moira and Cal work together to investigate the disappearance, they uncover incriminating evidence that points in an unlikely, but dangerous direction.
The suspense element is minimal in the first half of the book, but the mystery and romance elements keep the reader turning the pages. Sufficient hints and foreshadowing allow the reader to keep a step ahead of the characters in their investigation, if you’re paying close attention. But each question answered raises more questions in turn, pulling you continually further into the story, and making it way too hard to put down. The romance between Cal and Moira is sweet and satisfying. It moves at a believable pace with challenges arising from Cal’s lingering feelings for his deceased wife, and Moira’s status as a client.
As their investigation uncovers more and more evidence against their suspect, he becomes aware that Moira knows too much. That’s when the suspense kicks into high gear, and the reader begins to wonder if Moira would have been better off letting this mystery go unsolved.
One plot twist in particular felt a little reminiscent of a Nancy Drew mystery, with the heroine rushing in where she shouldn’t and getting herself into trouble, before ultimately turning the situation around. Nevertheless, the circumstances and character motivations surrounding her decisions felt plausible if a bit foolish, promoting a willing suspension of disbelief.
All in all, a fascinating read featuring romance, mystery, and suspense. The characters were three dimensional and interesting, with believable motivations and reactions, even in the case of the bad guy. The fascinating characters seem to be one of the best features of Irene Hannon’s work, along with the way she interweaves plot and character development throughout each scene, such that nothing is wasted. It seems that everything on the page contributes something significant toward building a well crafted work of art. Also impressive is the amount of detail in both the investigative and medical spheres, indicating the extensive research that must have gone into the writing of this book. Highly recommended for fans of Christian fiction, particularly those who enjoy romantic suspense.
For those interested in the discussability of Vanished, note that it raises a number of interesting questions about complicated issues like assisted suicide, and the ethics of using “pretexts” in private investigative work. This book could be a good choice for stimulating discussion by a book group. The author’s Web site, provides a number of excellent discussion questions for your consideration, but watch out for spoilers if you haven’t read the book yet!
- Those Terrified Eyes by Sally on 1/6/2013
Moira Harrison has an accident one rainy night when she spots a lone figure with "terrified eyes" standing in the middle of the road. Trying to avoid hitting the woman, Moira swerves and hits a tree. A man appears and promises to help her, right before she passes out. When she comes to, there is no trace of the the terrified woman or of the man. Police seem to believe she imagined the entire experience and offer no help.
Haunted by those "terrified eyes," Moira contacts private investigator Cal Burke, who works with his two partners at Phoenix, Inc. where the motto is "Justice First."
I like the character of Moira. She often quotes ancient philosophers--a trick she's learned from her father. Cal, a widower, feels a guilt over the death of his young wife. He's not ready to date, but Moira catches his eye from the first look. Even though the romance between Cal and Moira develops slowly, the mystery is the main focus of the plot.
The villain is revealed at a pace that holds the reader's attention. In the end, it all makes sense. I give this one a thumbs up and look forward to the next in the series.
Thank you to Donna Hausler at The Baker Publishing Group for my copy.
Available January, 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.