Irene Hannon has long been on my list of must-read authors so when I was offered a review copy of her latest suspense “Vanished”, I naturally jumped on the chance to read it. Needless to say, I was not disappointed.
From its beginning lines to the very last sentence, I literally could not turn the pages fast enough. The plot was intriguing and the characters well-defined. I liked the idea of the case that doesn’t exist in the eyes of law enforcement but nevertheless is real. I also liked how Cal was willing to investigate Moira’s claims despite their unlikelihood and the way new clues turned up as they looked into them. Although I had a pretty good idea of the guilty party early in the story, I enjoyed how Hannon developed his motives and kept me guessing through most of the book. And of course there was the requisite romance between Cal and Moira that grew despite their pasts that kept them wary of relationships.
All-in-all, “Vanished” was a very satisfying read and I recommend it to all romantic suspense fans like me. I can’t wait for the next installment!
Available January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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ABOUT THE BOOK:
Three PIs Who Got Burned Playing by the Rules Go Under the Radar in Pursuit of Justice
In her newest romantic-suspense novel, critically-acclaimed author Irene Hannon asks herself what would happen if the victim of a deadly car crash on a secluded country road simply disappeared? Vanished is the gripping first novel in Hannon’s Private Justice series. It opens with a shadowy figure caught in the beam of reporter Moira Harrison’s headlights – followed by a solid thump before she loses control and crashes into a tree. But when Moira regains consciousness, the victim is nowhere to be seen.
The police say the disappearance never happened, but Moira can’t forget the look of sheer terror she saw on the person’s face in the instant it was caught in the glare of her headlights. Now her only hope of discovering the truth is a former police detective turned private eye—and her own investigate skills.
As often happens for Hannon, the genesis of this story came out of the blue, triggered by a simple incident.
“I was driving home from church one rainy night and my headlights fell on a bicyclist on the edge of the narrow road. I swerved to avoid him, thinking what a risk he was taking. Then the wheels in my brain started turning and I began what-iffing. What if a woman was driving alone on a country road and suddenly caught a desperate figure in her headlights? What if she swerved, but hit the figure? What if a stranger appeared out of the darkness to offer assistance before she lost consciousness? What if she woke up and both the stranger and the victim had disappeared? My five-second encounter on that rainy night was the impetus not only for this book, but for my whole Private Justice series, which focuses on situations that have fallen through the cracks of official law enforcement or been dismissed by the police.”
Hannon, a former communications executive for a Fortune 500 company, left the corporate world in 2003 to focus on her growing fiction brand. While continuing to write contemporary romance, she also delved into suspense. From the beginning, her romantic suspense books have garnered rave reviews. Booklist named Deadly Pursuit (Revell, 2011) one of the top ten inspirational fiction titles for 2011. The final book in her Guardians of Justice series, Lethal Legacy (Revell, 2011) received a starred review from Library Journal, which praised the book for its “compelling characters and edge-of-your-seat action.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Irene Hannon is the author of more than 40 novels, including the bestselling Heroes of Quantico and Guardians of Justice series. Her books have been honored with two coveted RITA awards from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, a HOLT Medallion, a National Readers’ Choice Award, a Daphne du Maurier Award, a Retailers Choice Award and two Reviewers’ Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine. She lives in Missouri.
For more information about her and her books, visit her web site at www.irenehannon.com and follow her on Twitter at @IreneHannon.