2012 Book 255: VANISHED Review

Vanished by Irene Hannon
ISBN: 9780800721237 (paperback)
ISBN: 9781441240606 (ebook)
ASIN: B00A8NUGWQ (Kindle ebook)
Publication date: January 1, 2013 
Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company

Reporter Moira Harrison 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. 

From the very first page, readers will be hooked into this fast-paced story full of shocking secrets from fan-favorite Irene Hannon. Vanished is the exciting first book in the Private Justice series: Three justice seekers who got burned playing by the rules now have a second chance to make things right.

It was a dark and rainy night . . . seriously; it was a dark and rainy night when investigative reporter Moira Harrison got lost and had an accident that she believed involved a pedestrian. Unfortunately by the time the authorities arrive there is no evidence of anyone else being involved in Moira’s car crash. Moira knows she wasn’t hallucinating about the pedestrian or the so-called “good Samaritan” that had offered to call 911 but never placed the call. In order to save her sanity, Moira decides she needs help and seeks out the services of a local investigative firm. 

Cal, Dev and Connor are all former law-enforcement agents (police, ATF and Secret Service) that have launched a firm that believes strongly in the premise of “justice first.”  After Cal’s meeting with Moira, he accepts her case. Once Cal has burned the alibi of the primary suspect, he talks his partners into accepting the case pro bono. The deeper Cal and Moira dig into the mysterious accident and Good Samaritan, the more they both realize that this case is much bigger than it appeared. Can Moira and Cal prove their case before it’s too late?

Ms. Hannon has provided another clean, happily-ever-after, romantic suspense read with Vanished. The primary characters aren’t wealthy but working middle-class folk that have emotional baggage and difficulties to overcome. Even more important, the faith exhibited by the primary characters, in this case Cal and Moira, keeps them on an even keel and helps to guide them through their difficulties. The religious aspect of these books isn’t overwhelming but simply there as a facet of their personalities and lifestyles. Ms. Hannon has the knack for creating believable characters and realistic scenarios mixed with just the right amount of suspense and romance. I found Vanished to be a quick and enjoyable read and look forward to reading the next books in this series.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free for review purposes from NetGalley. I was not paid, required or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed 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.”

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