Saturday, January 12, 2013
In Vanished, Hannon's main female character - journalist Moira Harrison - finds herself lost during a thunderstorm on a rural Missouri roadway.
In a flash of her headlights, Moira sees a woman running. As Hannon describes it, Moira slams on her breaks but it's too late. She realizes she's struck the person, as she slams into a tree on the side of the road.
A man stops to help her, and says he will call 911; but when she comes to, there's no help. Only the memory of a startled person in her headlights.
When she returns to St. Louis, she begins a quest to find out what happened, who she hit and who the mysterious stranger was who offered help without follow thru.
Through a variety of twists and turns, Hannon leads Moira and Cal Burke, a private investigator,into a series of events that are both surprising and intense. The answer is there - but it's one you'll never expect.
I am a fan of Hannon's work. She's one of four Christian suspense authors I follow with dedication. The fact that her novels are set in Missouri, well, that adds an additional layer I appreciate.
Vanished is the start of a third series for Hannon. The first, revolved around the military, the second, pulled in law enforcement/FBI guys. This one is focusing on a trio of guys who run a private investigative service in St. Louis.
Hannon's style is not gushy romance or unrealistic suspense. It's not mind candy. It's a novel with substance.
This is a great novel - especially if you are looking for something with intrigue. Now here's my disclaimer - this is not my favorite novel by Hannon (I still like Against All Odds the best). BUT it is well worth the time you will invest in it.
On the scale of one to five, it's definitely a four. I can't wait to see what comes next!
About The Author
Her books have been honored with two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, a HOLT Medallion, a Daphne du Maurier Award, and two Reviewers' Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine. Booklist also included one of her novels in its "Top 10 Inspirational Fiction" list for 2011. She lives in Missouri.
For more information about her and her books, Irene invites you to visit her website at www.irenehannon.com.
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Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.