Vanished, by Irene Hannon: A Review

Vanished, by Irene Hannon

When you’re the only witness to a terrible accident that no one believes really happened who do you turn to for justice? Irene Hannon introduces a great new romantic suspense series with this first book in her Private Justice series featuring the Private Investigators at Phoenix Inc.  In Vanished, Hannon delivers what I’ve come to expect—a tight mystery with intriguing, well-developed characters who when faced with adversity don’t shy away from it. I’m a bit disappointed that she keeps the faith aspect so light in her books. Hannon sidesteps a perfect opportunity in Vanished to explore a common question that Christians share; why our heavenly father allows bad things to happen to his children—a difficult aspect of faith to be sure, but one that other authors, like Dee Henderson, handle so well. Yet, if you’re looking for a clean modern mystery with a touch of romance you’ve landed in the perfect place. Once again Hannon pulls you in and keeps you reading ‘til the last word.

Reporter Moira Harrison is new on the job in St. Louis, but she’s no rookie to investigative reporting. She knows how to dig for answers and get results. But when she hits a pedestrian on a rainy night in a wooded area—only to have both the victim and the good Samaritan who stopped to assist disappear—she turns to P.I. Cal Burke, an ex-homicide detective, to help her sort out the puzzle. Cal is more than a little skeptical of her story, especially since the police have dismissed it. But as clues begin to surface, bringing them closer to answers, the danger mounts. Because someone doesn’t want this mystery solved—and will stop at nothing to protect a shocking secret that will destroy a life built on lies.


“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group”.

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4 thoughts on “Vanished, by Irene Hannon: A Review

  1. Well said, Mary Ann, and I agree about the well-developed characters. I don’t think it’s a sidestep for the novel to not consider the perennial “why do bad things happen to good people” issue. The story questions come out of who the characters are, and Cal isn’t bothered by that one because he’s so busy beating himself up over the more personal one of his perceived guilt. That’s all he has room for, and I really appreciated the gentle way (and few words) that Moira shared what had helped her and how she left it for God to use those seeds. That’s all it took to help him, and I think it’ll help some readers. It’s also a good example for people like me who need to use fewer words in situations like this.

  2. I know that “Vanished” is considered light reading, but I always get similar seeds of grace when I read inspirational fiction. When I was really ill a number of years ago it was a simple work of inspirational fiction (I think it was by T.Davis Bunn) that impacted my life at just the right time! I forget the plot, but I remember the heroine was dealing with tough stuff and she quoted a verse from Habakkuk. That verse still keeps me going! I’m so blessed by authors like this:)
    Though the fig tree does not bud
    and there are no grapes on the vines,
    though the olive crop fails
    and the fields produce no food,
    though there are no sheep in the pen
    and no cattle in the stalls,
    yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
    I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3: 17-18

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