I was very excited to see that Irene Hannon has started a new series. Her books are always incredibly suspenseful and full of interesting twists, and Vanished stays with that wonderful tradition.
The story begins with something that is easily a nightmare for all of us -- Moira is lost in a rural area during a thunderstorm when someone runs in front of her car and she can't stop. To add to the horror of the situation, when she recovers from the accident there is no evidence that anything happened! Is she crazy? The local police seem to think so and they don't take her very seriously. Haunted by the image of the woman's panicked face, Moira finally hires a private investigator to see if there is any chance this was real.
As with many of Hannon's books, the setting is in the St. Louis area, which makes it doubly fun! I really enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down. I highly recommend it for mystery lovers.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Irene Hannon is a bestselling, award-winning author who took the publishing world by storm at the tender age of 10 with a sparkling piece of fiction that received national attention.
Okay…maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. But she was one of the honorees in a complete-the-story contest conducted by a national children’s magazine. And she likes to think of that as her “official” fiction-writing debut!
Since then, she has written more than 40 romance and romantic suspense novels. Her books have been honored with two RITA awards—the “Oscar” of romantic fiction—and she is a six-time finalist for that prestigious honor. Her books have also won a Daphne du Maurier award, a Carol award, a HOLT Medallion, a National Readers’ Choice Award, a Retailers Choice Award and two Reviewers’ Choice awards from RT Book Reviews magazine. One of her novels was also named by Booklist as one of the top 10 inspirational fiction books of 2011.
Irene, who holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in journalism, juggled two careers for many years until she gave up her executive corporate communications position with a Fortune 500 company to write full-time. She is happy to say she has no regrets!
In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening and singing. A trained vocalist, she has sung the leading role in numerous musicals, including “South Pacific,” “Brigadoon,” “Oklahoma” “The King and I” and “Anything Goes.” She is also a soloist at her church.
When not otherwise occupied, Irene and her husband enjoy traveling, Saturday mornings at their favorite coffee shop and spending time with family. They make their home in Missouri.
See her website for an interview and list of Irene's other books.
Thank you to Baker Publishing Group for providing a copy of this book for review. This in no way influences the review I provide.