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They Disappeared

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  423 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews

A loving family, fracturing under pressure...
Jeff Griffin, a mechanic, and his wife, Sarah, travel from Montana to Manhattan to give their nine-year-old son, Cole, his dream vacation as they secretly face the heart-wrenching turmoil that has them teetering on divorce.
In the wake of their heartbreak, a mother and son disappear...
While sightseeing near Times Square, Jeff
ebook, 400 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Harlequin Mira (first published January 1st 2012)
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Oct 04, 2012 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cole Griffin is nine years old and his dream is to see Manhattan and that dream is about to come true. Jeff, Cole's father, is a mechanic and volunteer fire fighter in the family's Laurel, Montana hometown. Sarah, Cole's mother, is a schoolteacher. The family of three had been a family of four until Cole's baby sister died. Since Cole's baby sister died, Jeff and Sarah had been holding the family together with a thread. Neither parent is good at handling their grief and this has caused a rift in ...more
Dec 24, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
A young family still reeling over the death of their infant daughter from SIDS travels to NYC hoping to strengthen a family bond in, "They Disappeared", from master story teller author Rick Mofina. Jeff Griffin a mechanic and volunteer fireman from Laurel, Montana arrives in NYC with wife Sarah, and youngster Cole. Cole has planned and mapped out all of the neat places he wants to go see and photograph. However, arriving at their hotel, they discover Cole has picked up the wrong travel bag. Jeff ...more
May 24, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this very much. The characters were engaging, the pace was fast, and the plot was fairly believable, with a few exceptions. That or we are to believe our protagonist can be an investigative savant for most of the plot, then make stupendously ill-considered decisions with potentially catastrophic potential outcomes. Setting aside the flawed decision-making (and its relatively easy to set aside, or, I should say, easy enough if you give it a little effort), I enjoyed this enough to be re ...more
Mar 19, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an awesome book. I really enjoyed it. I want to read all his books now. A new author for me but not disappointing at all. I hope all his books are as good as this one was. Wonderful ending ... I loved it!!
Sep 18, 2012 Naomi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My opinion: I could never really warm up to this book. Although, I did like the writing; I kept having the feeling of "been there, done that". Furthermore, I found the story pretty predictable as to the outcome.

On a side note, I was happy to see this type of mystery from Harlequin! Very little romance and somewhat fast paced. I hope they continue it!
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

They Disappeared caught my attention in the way most thriller novels do but particularly as another title by this author, Vengeance Road, has been on my wishlist for a while.
When Jeff Griffin's wife, Sarah and nine year old son Cole, disappear from Times Square during a family holiday, the police are dismissive, suspecting a domestic quarrel. Frustrated by the investigators, Jeff takes matters into his own hands and frantically searches New York for his missing family, unwittingly blundering in
Heather Pearson
Jul 31, 2013 Heather Pearson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian
This novel told me all I needed to know about how not to vacation in New York City. First, ensure that you pick-up your own bag at the airport. Second, don't accidentally keep anything that isn't yours from that wrong bag and third, well, don't read this book just after your teen daughter returns from a trip to New York City.

I was captured by this book by the end of the first short chapter. I barely put it down till I finished it the next day, carrying it around the house with me as I attended t
Jul 04, 2012 Alexia561 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know those old horror movies that come on late at night, where you scream "Don't go in there!" at the TV but the characters go in anyway, to certain doom? I felt a little like that at the beginning of this book. I wanted to scream at Jeff to not leave his family's side for even a minute. Don't do it! Stay with them! But then this would have been a very different book....

Jeff and Sarah are going through a rough time, having lost their baby daughter to SIDS over a year ago. Not sure if their m
Oct 12, 2012 Christa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-arc
I thought that They Disappeared was a gripping novel. It caught my attention from the very beginning, and held it throughout the book. I liked the Griffin family members - Jeff, Sarah, and Cole, and was hoping for a positive outcome for them. The storyline was fast-paced and filled with action. For me, this was an excellent book, and I loved every moment spent reading it.

Jeff, Sarah , and Cole Griffin are tourists in New York City. Seeing this city is Cole's dream, and his parents are hoping to
Small town mechanic, Jeff Griffin, is visiting New York with his wife and son. As the story opens, he is contemplating divorce. However, just as he realizes he does want to fight to keep his marriage, his wife and son are kidnapped.

Jeff goes to the police, but soon decides to search for them on his own. Why? I don't know. He comes across leads and doesn't even think to tell the investigators, but instead risks his own life to pursue the bad guys.

The story is fast paced and has a good, if not pre
Dec 31, 2012 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't quite finished the book, so am writing this in anticipation of the ending being just as good as the rest of the book. My first Rick Mofina book and I shall return for more. A well written, fast paced thriller, which gripped me from page one. Lots of plot going on there, but its so well written, that its not a mass of plots going on together, that confuse and ultimately come together at the end, its a pretty seamless read. If the ending is garbage, I shall return in a few days and add i ...more
Oct 13, 2012 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oct-12
I consider this novel to be a non-stop suspense-filled action drama.

In a attempt to reunite a broken family, Jeff, Sarah and their 9 yr old son Cole take a family vacation in New York City. While visiting Times Square Jeff walks into a shop for a moment and when he returns he finds his wife and son are gone from where they promised to wait for him. Jeff's frantic search begins and quickly turns into a roller-coaster ride involving the police, FBI, Secret Service and terrorists.
This story kept me
Jan 04, 2014 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Pure SUSPENSE the whole way through. This book was a page turner from the get go.

There were times I wanted to strangle the male lead Jeff. He took some foolish risks and some things might have turned out differently. But then, the story would have been over.

The story line is great. It was strangely believable, which only fed the suspense. I found all the characters believable in their reactions, from the good, the bad and the ugly.

Worth picking up if you are looking for suspense. Just make sur
May 30, 2013 Debra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-suspense
When Jeff's family just disappeared from the street while on vacation in New York, he sets out to do the impossible: figure out what happened and rescue his wife and son. Completely out of his usual Montana element, and against all odds, Jeff's determination to follow up any lead, no matter how obscure, keeps him motivated. In the meantime, a task force comes to believe that Jeff's family is part of a much more sinister plot involving terrorism against the United Nations. As time ticks out, Jeff ...more
Jun 12, 2013 Mischelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THEY DISAPPEARED was not a disappointment! Great story! Great plot! Great everything!

A man's family has been kidnapped by terrorists on a vacation in New York City. A whole lot of international events are going on in New York and it is a right area and time for protesters and terrorists activities. Jeff, the family, sets out on his own to find his wife and son. He does not wait for the authorities before he acts. He just goes on his quest and helps the police find the terrorist.

I really enjoyed
Nancy McFarlane
Aug 12, 2012 Nancy McFarlane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The action starts when Jeff Griffin, visiting NYC with his wife and 9 year old son, goes into a shop to buy batteries for his camera and comes out to find his wife and son gone. A panhandler says he thinks he saw them being forced into a van and that starts Jeff on a non-stop roller coaster ride, both physically and emotionally, through the streets of NYC as he tries to find them. Heart stopping action and a heart wrenching back story make this a thriller that you won’t be able to put down.
Jan 29, 2016 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first time I've read anything by this author and I enjoyed it very much. Jeff and Sarah Griffin, have recently lost their young daughter to SID's. Their marriage is stressed to the max and they are teetering on the edge of divorce. They decide to take their 9 year old son, Cole, on a vacation to New York, hoping that it may help bring them closer again. They accidentally pick up the wrong suitcase from the airline baggage return and suddenly they are thrust into a situation that is u ...more
Harlequin Books
"If your guilty pleasure is reading about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, take note. You'll love this. The story about a family vacation gone horribly wrong is told at a nearly frenetic pace that just might turn you into a speed reader. At each cliffhanger, you'll decide to put off that urgent chore just a little longer. So settle in, you won't be able to put it down till the last page." RT Book Reviews, rated 4 stars

Mar 10, 2013 Oma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I thought this book was fast paced and actually plausible. I've enjoyed all of Mofina's books so far. Wish his earlier books were ereads! I also thought he did develop the characters of Jeff, Sarah, and even the little boy, Cole ( unlike other reviewers felt).
Dec 31, 2013 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good thriller. Slightly slow in the middle, but very actiony. The ending was ok, but didn't tie some of what I thought were loose ends. I'll probably try other books by this author as he has a good writing style.
I enjoyed this fast-paced thriller. Even though I knew everything would work out, it still kept me involved. Not something I would pick up everyday, it hit the spot. Page turner.
Mar 26, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It was light, and a very quick read. I found it to be one of those books that I wish I didn't have to put down until I had finished it.
Aug 23, 2013 Ev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was non-stop action from the very beginning. However, the more into the book I got, the less believeable everything became. That's why it got a 4 instead of a 5.
Joe Donnelly
Nov 19, 2012 Joe Donnelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable thriller about a father searching for his missing wife and son. If you enjoy "24" or films like "Frantic" you will most likely enjoy this fast moving chase.
John Supple
Mar 12, 2014 John Supple rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really liked this book. He is one of my favourite writers in this genre. I find it's difficult to put down his books once you start reading them

Jan 19, 2013 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this Mofina book like all others I have read. New York City, small town family, kidnapping, intrigue, terrorism. Fast-paced great book.
Jul 31, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is a great, edge of your seat page turner. I was hook after the first chapter and couldn't put it down...loved it!! GREAT summer read!
Apr 13, 2013 Patti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are a Rick Mofina fan like I am then this is a must read!!! A fast-paced hly recommard to put down book! Highly recommend!
Barbara B.
Aug 10, 2013 Barbara B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New author for me. Really good story. Plan to read more by him!
Kim Snyder
Oct 08, 2013 Kim Snyder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pretty goo d book. Fast moving and great characters
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Rick Mofina is a former journalist and an award-winning author of several acclaimed thrillers. His reporting has put him face-to-face with murderers on death row in Montana and Texas. He has covered a horrific serial-killing case in California and an armored car-heist in Las Vegas, flown over Los Angeles with the LAPD Air Support Division and gone on patrol with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police n ...more
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