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Vanished

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  50 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Jana Carpenter Koklich and Bruce Koklich seemed like the ideal couple. She was an attractive 41-year-old blonde, the doted-on only child of a once-powerful California state senator. He was the dedicated and loving husband. Together they owned a lucrative Norwalk, California, real estate business, and a computer business, owned a pair of luxurious houses, and drove high-end ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2005)
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Sarah
Read for the 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge prompt 'A Book with Pictures'

13/5 - God! I wasted ten days on this book. I enjoy true crime, but this was a poor example of it. To start with I don't feel like Smith chose the best crime to focus on due to its unsolved nature (Jana's body has never been found and Bruce has never admitted to anything or strayed from his story). Second, I didn't like the way Smith wrote this, frequently inserting his bias into his writing. Third, the front cover is pret
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Stacy
Dec 21, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
I remember hearing about a missing woman shortly before 9/11. I think it was this case.

The daughter of a disgraced former senator is last seen on a Friday night in August 2001 after a friend drops her off after an Eric Clapton concert. On Saturday, Jana Koklich Carpenter misses her morning workout without calling, which she's never done. Over the weekend, she does not return any calls, including some worried calls from her mother.

Her husband claims he last saw her in bed Monday morning before he
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Chris Demer
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
Bruce, an arrogant, self-centered, controlling, self-made real estate tycoon is married to the daughter of a disgraced former state senator.
Business partners and seemingly at the top of their game, Jana disappears late one Friday night after returning home from a concert with a female friend.
Greed, shady financial deals, and a shady partner, as well as Jana's increasing self-confidence may all have played a part...and all point to husband Bruce as being somehow involved. Many conplicated storie
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Julie Smitj
Jan 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book while traveling to the smoky mountains and back. I love true crime and could not put this book down. The reality of people behaving badly in order to gain their own success fascinates me
M. Kay
May 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A true story but the way it was written lacked emotion. I also wrote a true story, Surviving Justice, but it was written showing love, emotion and drams. I was put off by the manner in which Vanished was written.
Kim
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
It was a good true crime book.
Barry
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good; surprising ending. NON-FICTION.
Nancy Allen
Started a little slow but the author did a good job with the background and didn't boggle down discussing the trials.
Becky
Aug 01, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like this author of true crime.
Nemo Erehwon
Interesting, if ultimately unsatisfying. But that might be due to the lack of a real-life resolution.
Informative chapter about California politics. Then again, I know nothing of that topic.
Kelly
Aug 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
It was okay, but it rang of trouble among the elite.
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