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.
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Review 1 for Vanished, Private Justice Series #1
Date:May 10, 2013
I like to read a good mystery, and this one was hard to put down. It pulled me into the story until the very end.
On a dark and stormy night Moira Harrison finds her self lost on a back road, when suddenly the form of a woman is illuminated in her headlights. Moira swerves off the road in an effort to avoid the woman, but right before she crashes into a tree along the side of the road, she heard the sickening thud. But when help comes hours later there is no body? Not a trace. Where did it go?
Irene Hannon's newest book is different from her previous novels in that instead of being a Crime Mystery/Suspense, Vanished strikes me as a chilling thriller. Though it is a little different in the general flow of the story compared to Ms. Hannon's other novels, it is the same in that it was impossible to put down!
This definitely had the chills coursing done my spine, because it was one of those stories where I knew who that bad guy was and what he was doing, but the other characters didn't know. So throughout the book I was like, "Don't trust them!" "Don't go with them!"
Overall, an action packed read that is nearly impossible to put down. I'm already dying to read the next book in the series! A thrilling read that won't disappoint!
“Available January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.” I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Pros: I decided to give this book a try after reading The Guardians of Justice series ―which I truly thoroughly enjoyed. What a winner! It has a good dose of humor (very good dose), wit, fun romance and suspense. Vanished's blurb - along with the title - is quite interesting... intriguing even. I found the beginning not too bad, since I didn't give up on the book.
Cons: To be quite honest, I don't think this was Hannon's best. I even kept, while reading, a list of things I found could be WAY better and needless to say that it kept growing. Cal and Moira's character development is quite amiss. I found that I couldn't connect with them, that I couldn't engage myself into their world. They seem shallow, here-and-there, distanced ― instead of oozing of the sense of reality that most readers want in a book. Most of us just don't want to be reading about characters only, we want these characters to end up springing off the page and to come alive. It didn't happen in this one, in my opinion, and if the characters seemed shallow then so did their romance. Should we consider romance as being a process: attraction leading to friendship and bonding, leading to a deeper relationship, Cal and Moira's romance mostly stays at the attraction. I couldn't even bring myself to believe in their friendship, since they have their share of awkward moments when they spend time together, unlike the wit and fun that seems to flow comfortably in the relationships in the Guardian of Justice series. (ESPECIALLY Jake and Liz's, which makes them a memorable couple.) Not a very believable romance Vanished, unfortunately.
The lack of romance and characterization is a product of the fast pace of the novel. Sentences are mostly kept short. We've heard readers complain about authors describing too much in their novel, in Vanished the description is not enough. The physical description of the characters is barely grazed, their surrounding and their stories, described lightly,― which I found created some awkward moments in what is suppose to be a good friendship between Cal, Dev and Connor. These are elements that help a reader truly dive deep into a story. Writing using short sentences enhances suspense though... but I even found that lacking in the story, compared to the Guardian of Justice Series. Moreover, the writing in style in general could have drawn a reader in if the author hadn't used many clichés, cliché expressions, cliché ending for most of the chapters, and lastly, mercy upon me, the criminal in this book is very, very, very strange. Saying more may give away some things.
It wasn't too bad... I just kept looking for more. And I am understanding more and more that writing is not a very easy task. This review is not written to bash the author's work nor is it to say that this is my last read from Irene Hannon...
Once again Irene Hannon has written a nearly perfect book. Within the first few pages of this new series, she has a blam-in-your-face incident that captures your imagination and attention. Moria and Cal were a great pair and I loved the interaction, especially when they were quoting different philosophers and philosophies. I wish that they had quoted more scriptures though because Cal was written as a believer, and it was unclear if Moria was a believer or not. That annoyed me because it felt like a loose end. Their budding romance wasn't forced and I liked that fact that it was Moria who was the first to realize her feelings and was subtly trying to get Cal's attentions. The background characters of Dev and Cooper were good and I can see both of them having their own stories. This one is on my must have shelf.
Looking for a suspense writer? Irene Hannon to the rescue once again. Vanished, just the title causes one to desire this novel. The blurb on the back is enough to have you pulling out your wallet, if the name of the author hasn't done that already. Dramatic, well written with twists and turns and enough uncertainty and suspense on each page to keep you turning it in anticipation. Difficult if not downright impossible to put down. It is a legal thriller, the first in the Private Justice series, but as always, Irene does a fabulous job of making the dark and heavy work of lawyers easily navigable for the uninitiated reader. It does not take Irene many pages to have the reader deeply immersed in reporter Moira's mind, and to feel the frustration of finding no one who believes that she saw what she knows she saw, the terror of the unknown and the disappointment of the roadblocks she encounters. The characters are well rounded, though not all as well liked as Moira, Cal and Dev. Things are not all as they may appear, and the answer is not easily found. Irene Hannon is one author that is on my Keeper shelf. I received this book free from Revell Publishing and Julie Warkentin for the purpose of reviewing. A postive critique was not required, only an honest one. The opinions stated are my own.
When I want to read some mystery, suspense and romance that is not nail biting intense, I can count on an Irene Hannon book. I have yet to be dissappointed. Her writing is easy to read and always has a nice flow. The characters in this story are likeable and I enjoyed the plot. I will preorder the next book in this series as I always do her books. Great read.
Now this may utterly shock you, but I've never read a book by Irene Hannon before. I know, I know, that's simply crazy to consider when she's written over 35 novels! However, I'm glad to report that I've finally joined the club - and it was worth every minute!
The opening scenes of Vanished were perfect, grabbing me with their intensity and immediately absorbing me into the story. The beginning of Moira's bizarre tale left me wondering what on earth was going on, and as the story unfolded layer by layer I found myself hooked by the suspense, while growing ever fonder of the characters Moira and the PI, Cal. Their relationship develops with a nice touch of romance and one that I found to be realistic rather than over the top, two individuals striving to overcome some deep hurts from their past. The story doesn't spend a lot of time on issues of faith, but does touch on the topic of prayer, morals, and ethical questions. The writing is free of anything that would offend a reader, and as such will appeal to a broad fan base. Irene Hannon is a talented author who can spin a splendid yarn that features solid characterization, action-packed suspense, and romance that will no doubt leave readers grinning. Honestly, what more could you ask for?
I give this book a solid recommendation and a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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
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 sit until the very end.
Thanks to NetGalley for giving me an ARC of this in exchange for my honest opinion.
Fantastic suspense, drama and romance are packed into Vanished by Irene Hannon. The attention to detail and research for Vanished makes this one a winner. The hero, Cal was tough and still tender, the perfect combination. I felt pity for Dr. Blaine, but at the same time mad as his storyline was developed. Moira was a honest and very likable heroine from the start of the book. She knew what she saw and did not give in until the truth came out. Vanished is a keeper. Thanks for the enjoyable read Irene. Excellent book that I give 5 out of 5 stars.
I received this book from Net Galley and Baker Publishing for my honest review.
I was excited to receive it and once I started reading it was hard to put down to go back to real life. Her books are a true escape. They are written expertly with a plot that draws you in and words chosen well so you can see the action. You feel you are right there in the middle of everything.
I've read her Heroes of Quantico series as well as the Guardian's of Justice series and I loved them as well. This one certainly measures up to the others. The stories in the earlier series' revolved around those in law enforcement and this time she moves over to Private Investigators. They are all ex law enforcement of some kind and aren't the stereotypes often seen on TV in this job. They are professionals who do are good at their jobs.
This author has a formula she follows loosely for her stories, but they are all so different otherwise it doesn't stand out like it might with a lesser writer. I would highly recommend this book who likes a good suspense story.
I received this ebook from Revell Books for an honest review. My opinion is my own. Thank you Revell Books.
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Review 13 for Vanished, Private Justice Series #1
Date:January 20, 2013
Love this book! Very suspenseful. Kept my attention to the end.
Be still my heart. This is suspense you don’t want to put down.
A Pulitzer Prize nominated reporter hires a private investigator she can’t afford to find a woman she may or may not have hit with her car on a rainy night.
If they ever locate that mysterious woman, they will be putting themselves deeper and deeper into danger.
Irene Hannon never disappointed me in her Guardians of Justice series. I think it won’t be any different with her Private Justice series. There’s a teaser at the end which has me anxious for fall 20113 to hurry up and get here. I’m ready for the next book.
***A special thank you to Donna Hausler for providing a review copy.***
Irene Hannon is a master of mystery and suspense and this book lives up to that. I was on the edge of my seat following Moira as she decides she has to help the young woman that she is sure she hit with her car in the middle of a storm, but then disappears. She starts to wonder if she is just going crazy until details start to unwind. But will her reporter's knack to find a good story get her in serious trouble as she finds herself entwined in in dangerous web and may end up fighting for her own life.
I loved this book and am excited for the next two in this series. I love a good mystery/suspense and Irene Hannon writes some of the best!
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers for my copy to review, **Available January 2013 from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing**
Irene Hannon begins her new romantic suspense series with Vanished, the first in her Private Justice novels about three former law enforcement officers turned private investigators. Vanished features former detective Cal Burke, and his PI firm Phoenix Inc., who takes on Moira Harrison’s case despite tenuous evidence. Irene creates a complex villain readers get to know as well as Cal and Moira whose dedication to uncovering evidence of a crime is both admirable and intriguing to follow. While Irene has picked up the pace from her previous novels it is still a little slower than I enjoy in my suspense novels. I was bothered a little by Moira and Cal as their dialogue seemed to be what I would expect of older characters rather then ones in their 30s. That said, there is a good balance between the suspense, romance, and the villain’s point of view. Irene sets up her subsequent books well with tantalising glimpses into the past lives of Cal’s partners, Dev and Connor, hooking readers, including me, into the novels still to come!
Oh. EM. GEEEE! Vanished is sooooo good you guys! The Suspense is perfect! The Romance is AWESOME!!! The "who done it" is one that you know the answer to, but if your like me, you may question yourself at times... The good and the not so good is definitely written beautifully within this person!
This is book one in this series ~ I HIGHLY recommend that you go out and get VANISHED or if you have a Kindle or Nook, download it ASAP! You will be soooo glad you did!
Thanks so much to Donna with Revell for allowing me this complimentary e-book in exchange for my honest review!
Vanished by Irene Hannon is a book I have been waiting to read. It is the first book in the Private Justice Series. I have read her other books and my book palate was craving some mystery and intrigue.
Vanished is about an investigative reporter, Moira Harrison, who accidentally (literally) stumbles upon a major story. Due to the circumstances surrounding the accident she hires a private investigator firm made up of three PIs, Cal, Connor and Dev, to look into the few sketchy details her memory could recall after her car accident.
The intrigue only gets better as the more they delve into their investigation the more it becomes apparent someone isn’t keen on them uncovering more information.
I loved Moira’s character. She’s tenacious, never gives up and desired to do the right thing no matter what the cost.
While I got the mystery and intrigue I wanted, I was a tad bit disappointed with the predictable romance side and how quickly the “bad” guy was revealed. I like to be kept guessing ’til the end.
Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The controversial topic of euthanasia is a tough call. Murder is murder and convincing someone or yourself that it’s ok, a blessing even, to put someone out of their misery – is actually a lie. It’s sad but true.
The medical profession has taken an oath (and here) to uphold life and do no harm, yet so many do. Think abortion. Think euthanasia.
I enjoyed the private investigation aspect of the book. Loved the PI’s desire for justice. Imagine a world where justice was more important than money, power or position?!
Included in this book was a little teaser section for Irene’s second book in the Private Justice Series and I can’t wait to read what happens to Dev, as well as learn about his story.
“Available January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”
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When Moira wrecks her car on wooded back roads one rainy night, no one can find evidence of the terrified woman or Good Samaritan she claims to have seen. The police think she's suffering a head trauma, but Moira knows what she saw. A friend connects her with a private detective who is intrigued by her case. As evidence comes to light and the situation becomes more bizarre, they must work together to uncover the facts—before more people are hurt.
After discovering Irene Hannon's first romantic suspense series in 2011 (and devouring it!), I'm definitely a fan of her work! I was excited to begin a new series from her and it was a great way to start off the New Year!
Vanished provides the perfect blend of mystery/suspense, romance, and just plain ol' good story! While it doesn't start off as action-packed as some of Hannon's other books, the story moves along at a good pace and definitely piqued my interest early on. I loved the way the personal story lines played such a major role, so Moira and Cal are struggling to resolve personal issues as well as solve the mystery. The other private detectives were great as well, and I look forward to getting to know them throughout the rest of the series. I wholeheartedly recommend Vanished! [4.5 stars]
Available January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
I received a free copy of this book from Revell Books in exchange for my fair and honest review.
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Review 20 for Vanished, Private Justice Series #1
Irene Hannon does it Again!!
Date:January 11, 2013
Vanished is a great read! Perfect mix of suspense and romance.