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Tenacious reporter Moira Harrison turns to a handsome private detective to help her solve a mysterious disappearance the police say never happened--but someone will stop at nothing to keep the truth hidden.
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Published January 1st 2013 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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Melanie
Review on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2VHK4DZ...
Review on my blog (to be posted 1/9/13): http://christianbookshelfreviews.blog...

4.5 stars

This is the seventh of Irene Hannon's books I've read and it did not disappoint! Vanished started off with a bang and held my attention throughout! While I did guess a lot of what was going to happen in the story, it was still a great suspense read.

I thought the characters were great and I especially liked Cal and Dev. :) I have to say, though, I cou
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Rebecca ~ Silvan Elf  ~
Vanished by Irene Hannon
1 star


I don’t understand why there are so many good reviews for this book. Maybe that is because most of them are by people who like other Irene Hannon books, but because this was the first book by her I read, I was unaware that, although her book is shrouded in a guise of suspense, Irene Hannon is really just a romance author.

I was really disappointed in this book because I thought the story looked really interesting and was really looking forward to reading it. And the
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Katie
First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

I am so glad to see Irene Hannon bring out yet another wonderful suspenseful read! I thoroughly enjoyed the last three books I read by her--the Guardians of Justice series. The second book of that series is still one of my favorites! While Vanished didn't unseat Deadly Pursuit from it's perch, it still was a great suspense that will give readers hours of adventure! :-)

Moira and Cal, both, were really likable characters. Their romance was a bit fast--in
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Marianne
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, b
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Casey
It’s a mystery that is vanishing into the dark of night and the evidence left behind is more baffling than the crime itself.

Suspense is my guilty pleasure (I think I might have said this before, so this should come at no surprise) and I thought the novel’s back cover copy would fit the bill (er…craving) quite nicely. A dose of romance against the suspense element had great balance and worked well throughout the entire story.

The best part of this book? We knew who the villain was basically from
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Laura
Moira is a reporter who focuses on facts. When she hits someone standing in the middle of the road and is left unconscious by a Good Samartian, she becomes frustrated when there's no evidence of what happened and no trace of both people she encountered that night. Determined to find out what happened that night, Moira goes to a private investigator, Cal. Will they discover love in addition to what happened that night?



Irene Hannon starts off her new series with a bang. The characters are interest
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Penney
Finally! This book dragged on and on and on, I thought I was never going to finish. If it weren't a book club read I probably wouldn't have bothered. I admit I didn't realize this was a Christian romance, and unless they're too preachy (and this was) I don't usually have a problem with the genre. This book's biggest problem was that it was boring, boring, boring. Far too many unnecessary scenes and dialogue paired with completely uninteresting characters made Vanished a very difficult read for m ...more
Nattie
I was very let down with how this book turned out. I thought that I had found another one that I could actually finish, but it was not to be. Sigh.

The story started off so promising. I was reading it in bed with the air conditioner on, and it was really cold. I had lots of blankets and was pretending it was October, with the way the days are passing, I won't have to pretend long. Sigh.

Anyway, the book starts out with Moira driving in a storm on an unfamiliar road, it's dark and deserted. Moira s
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Gabrielle
Title: Vanished (Book 1 in Private Justice Series)
Author: Irene Hannon
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

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Synopsis From Book's Back: 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 vehic
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Amy Lignor
The second in the “Private Justice” series, readers find themselves with Moira Harrison, a diehard reporter for a St. Louis newspaper. She’s on her way back to the city after attending a meeting when she gets lost and suddenly wishes that she stayed over, seeing that she’s on a horrific back road with a vicious thunderstorm going on up above. As she tries to get back to the main route, fear appears in the form of a sudden figure standing in the beams of her headlights. As she steps on the brakes ...more
Iola
Journalist Moira Harrison is driving home from an interview along a strange road in a storm when she hits a woman standing in the path of her car. She spins off the road and almost immediately a man comes to check she is all right and says he will call 911. But she loses consciousness and when she wakes, there is no sign of either the man or the woman.

Worried, she enlists the help of private detective Cal Burke, of Phoenix Inc., to help her find the woman. Cal is a widower who, five years after
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Rosie
Words cannot fully express my excitement to read Vanished!

After a tear-ridden goodbye to the Taylor family, I felt ready to embrace the new characters Irene introduces us to. In Vanished, we now take a look at Private Investigators. Specifically, Phoenix Inc. and the three men who work there: Cal, Dev, and Connor.

Moira Harrison comes to them with a case she's convinced needs attention, though the police disagree. I really liked Moira. She's a woman scorned once and has learned from said mistake.
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Cara Putman
I have long enjoyed Irene Hannon's romantic suspense -- so much that I preordered this one, and with each new book I wonder if she'll be able to recapture that perfect mix of engaging story and characters I enjoy getting to know. Vanished does both of those. The heroine, Moira Harrison, gets lost in a thunderstorm and loses control of her car when someone appears in front of it. After the accident she tries to find the person she hit, but that person had vanished. As an investigative reporter, s ...more
Teresa Mathews
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 sla
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Jasmin
Vanished by Irene Hannon is a romantic suspense novel. Moira, a reporter drives home on a deserted street when all of a sudden, a person is in front of her car. She tries to stop but hits the person and crashes her car too. She hits her head and suddenly a man appears at her car. He tells her to sit tight and that he will call 911 and check on the person on the street. Moira passes out and when she awakens again an hour later there are no emergency vehicles, no strange man and no person she migh ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Moira knows that she hit a woman that dark, rainy night. She knows that a man talked to her. The problem is, when she wakes up, there is no body, no man and no indication that there ever was either one. After the police dismiss her claims, she turns to a private detective who agrees to take her case. And as that case unfolds, Moira and Cal Burke discover more than just a mysterious man. They discover murder and intrigue and someone willing to kill Moira to keep her from discovering his secrets.

I
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Charity U
“Vanished” is yet another amazing suspense book from Irene Hannon and Revell! The mystery is really intense, and I had trouble putting this book down for school and meals! Enjoy Christian suspense? Have you read and loved anything by Lynette Eason? If so, it’s guaranteed you’ll enjoy this one. I can’t wait to read the next book (“Trapped,” coming in October). There’s not a slow minute in the entire book. Prepare to have your heart pound – you’ll be wowed. “Vanished” is a must-have book, more tha ...more
Larik
Vanished
By Irene Hannon

Captivating mystery/thriller. I enjoyed following their search for evidence, it was intriguing how very insignificant little detail can be so vital to solve a mystery. But I felt terrible for the doctor, he was great doc, and very compassionate person. If not for his selfish father who should have known that when your child idolizes you every word you say is a law to him, he shouldn't have made him administer that morphine. Its a lesson to you parents-- children are very i
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Deb Haggerty
Pulitzer Prize-nominated reporter Moira Harrison, lost in a blinding rainstorm after dark, suddenly sees a terrified figure in her headlights. Slamming on the brakes, she tries to avoid the person, but loses control of her car. She feels the impact and then careens into the woods, finally striking a tree to come to a crashing stop.

Shaken, she knows she must call 911 to help the person she struck and to report the accident. A man appears at her car door to find out if she’s okay—then tells her th
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Jean
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.
A dazed Moira is relieved when a man opens her door, tells her h
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Robin
Vanished
Irene Hannon

Book Summary: 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. A dazed Moira is relieved when
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Shirley Corder
From Book Blurb "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."

Moira is a reporter whose job is to work with
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Gail Hollingsworth
This is the first book by Irene Hannon that I've read but it won't be the last. I was drawn in from the very beginning. Imagine a reporter, Moira Harrison, trying to find her way home from an interview in a terrible rainstorm complete with thunder and lightening. She gets lost and has a hard time traveling along a lonely strength of road when suddenly a woman darts in front of her car waving her arms with terror clearly in her eyes. Moira slams on her brakes but hears a thud on the side of her c ...more
Book_recs4u
Driving along a deserted road late at night Moira comes across a woman standing in the middle of the road looking terrified. Unable to stop in time, Moira accidentally hits her before crashing into a tree. At least that's what Moira thinks happened, but after police respond to the scene they see no evidence of the woman or the good samaritan Moira swears checked on her before she lost consciousness. She knows she isn't crazy and remembers everything vividly. She decides to enlist the help of a ...more
Patricia
I like Irene Hannon's books just fine. She does a nice job blending the "inspirational" with the story.

I like her characters.

I like that she has some action going on during the "development" of the romantic relationship.

In this book (spoiler alert) I disliked how weird the culprit was. . . .a strange issue, I know. Plus, like all this inspirational genre, these books seem to take a long time to tell the story.
Stefanie Nicholas
It takes a special talent to take a book I loved and at precisely half-way through turn it into a hyperbolic, ad-hominem polemic against people who don't share your childish and uneducated worldview. I wish I could return this, as I can't and won't finish it beyond flipping through to watch the crap come full circle. Disgraceful.
Samantha Davenport
Loved the hook: driver brakes to miss a human in the road, skids, feels impact, crashes, loses consciousness and upon awakening victim seems to have never been. Really wanted to see how that turned out. However for me the writing didn't hold up to the premise.
Jannette Spann
Vanished has twist and turns from start to finish. Good plot, believable characters, and sharp dialogue that kept me turning the pages. The ending disappointed, it wasn't as unique as I'd hoped. I expected her phone to ring...and it did.
Barbara
Great story! Collision on a rainy, misty night with the victim and good Samaritan vanishing without a trace. No visible evidence, in addition to a minor concussion, makes the heroine's story far-fetched. But determined she is and with the help of a trio of good guys seeking justice, the truth will be found out! The plot was rather fundamental, but getting an insight to the criminal's mindset made it interesting. Where do you draw the line at evil? Interesting pretext. I would have liked a lithe ...more
Melony
I must say that I am a fan of Irene Hannon`s books. This is the first one I have read from the "Private Justice" series and I enjoyed it so much. It was hard to put down and although not quite as fast paced as the last two suspense novels I have read, the book still kept me engaged and reading late into the night to find out what happened next. The main characters Cal and Moira and their partnership created out of the need to find the girl who vanished on a rainy night are thrown together with a ...more
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Irene Hannon, who writes both romance and romantic suspense, is the author of more than 45 novels. Her books have been honored with two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America (the “Oscar” of romantic fiction), a National Readers' Choice Award, three HOLT Medallions, a Daphne du Maurier Award, a Retailers Choice Award, a Booksellers' Best Award and two Reviewers' Choice Awards from RT ...more
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Private Justice (3 books)
  • Trapped (Private Justice, #2)
  • Deceived (Private Justice, #3)
Against All Odds (Heroes of Quantico, #1) Fatal Judgment (Guardians of Justice, #1) In Harm's Way (Heroes of Quantico, #3) An Eye for an Eye (Heroes of Quantico, #2) Deadly Pursuit (Guardians of Justice, #2)

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“Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.'" Moira smiled as she quoted the ancient sage, then shrugged. "It made sense to me. After that, I started laying my problems and needs before God and asking for grace and guidance and whatever other virtues he thought I needed.” 2 likes
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