Review: Vanished, by Irene Hannon

Vanished -- cover artVanished, by Irene Hannon (Revell, 2013)

Driving in heavy rain, Moira Harrison can’t avoid hitting the person who darts out in front of her car on a deserted woods road. Shaken from the accident, she accepts a kind stranger’s offer to call 911 and to help the victim. Then she passes out.

When she wakes, both the mysterious helper and the injured woman have vanished. Emergency responders dismiss her story as a product of a concussion, but Moira knows what she saw. The woman was not only real but terrified—fleeing from something or someone. What if Moira’s her only chance for help?

Moira is an investigative journalist, and her instincts insist she find some answers. Her story intrigues private investigator Cal Burke, but with no evidence, how far will they get?

Vanished is more of a puzzle-type mystery than an action-heavy suspense novel, and it doesn’t really get tense until the end. The key characters are strong and well-developed. I enjoyed watching Moira and Cal discover clues and chip away at the solution. From early on we see snippets from the villain’s point of view, and by the novel’s end we understand why he’s done what he’s done—and why he thinks it’s right.

Fans of romance will also enjoy the story, because the growing relationship between Moira and Cal is a strong secondary plot. Vanished is book one in Irene Hannon’s new Private Justice series, and it looks like Cal’s two single partners in the Phoenix Inc. PI firm will each find love in the books to come.

RITA Award-winning Irene Hannon has written over 35 novels, including the bestselling Guardians of Justice series. You can read an interview with Irene Hannon and discover more about her books on her website. Click here to read an excerpt of Vanished.

[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.]

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