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Vanished (Callahan & McLane Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kendra Elliot
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Book Description

When an eleven-year-old is abducted on her way to school, the FBI doesn’t waste a moment, sending agents to scour the area and embedding Special Agent Ava McLane with the distraught family. In the eye of the storm is local detective Mason Callahan, whose life is crumbling to pieces—he’s related to the victim, and his longtime confidential informant has just been murdered.

Both he and Agent McLane hole up in the victim’s family home. Every second counts in a kidnapping case, and the stakes keep rising the longer the girl is missing. As Ava and Mason struggle to hold the family together in their darkest hour, the two investigators find themselves drawn to each other.

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    "Elliot's best work to date. The author's talent is evident in the character's wit and smart dialogue...One wouldn't necessarily think a psychological thriller and romance would mesh together well, but Elliot knows what she's doing when she turns readers' minds inside out and then softens the blow with an unforgettable love story." —RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 Stars, Top Pick

    About the Author

    Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Kendra Elliot has always been a voracious reader, cutting her teeth on classic female sleuths and heroines like Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, and Laura Ingalls before proceeding to devour the works of Stephen King, Diana Gabaldon, and Nora Roberts. Now a finalist for the Golden Heart, Daphne du Maurier, and Linda Howard awards, Elliot shares her love of suspense in her Bone Secrets series: Hidden, Chilled, Buried, and Alone. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and still lives in the Pacific Northwest, with her husband and three daughters.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 2000 KB
    • Print Length: 337 pages
    • Publisher: Montlake Romance (June 17, 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00HNFD9VC
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    84 of 91 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars VANISHED HAS NO DULL MOMENT! June 17, 2014
    Vanished by Kendra Elliot is the fifth book in the Bone Secrets series, following the earlier installments - Hidden (Bone Secrets #1), Chilled (Bone Secrets #2), Buried (Bone Secrets #3) and Alone (Bone Secrets #4). Bridged - the sixth installment in the Bone Secrets series is scheduled for January 2015 publication. Kendra Elliot’s romantic suspense mystery thrillers are simply entertaining and make for an enjoyable read.

    In Vanished, detective Mason Callahan of the Oregon Police's Major Crimes Unit is going through a period of personal upheaval. Two incidents which are directly connected to him take place within a short span of time. His confidential informant Josie is found brutally murdered and the eleven-year-old daughter of his ex-wife’s new husband is abducted. Mason is under scrutiny, and he is being attacked on the professional front. As Mason tries to deal with the situations both personal and professional, he finds an unlikely ally in Special Agent Ava McLane of the FBI who is embedded with the family of the kidnapped girl to get to the bottom of it.

    Kendra Elliot’s Vanished has written a thriller with which there is no dull moment. Mason and Ava work together trying to trace the kidnappers and bring home Henley safely home. A storm of feeling is also blowing as Masan and Ava get close to each other. Author Kendra Elliot has skillfully handled the plot twists and turns. What I particularly like about the series is the one-word titles which I find unique. All books in the series can be read as a standalone. If you enjoy romantic suspense or mystery thriller, Vanished is mostly likely to draw you in.

    #Received uncorrected proof advance reader copy for honest review.
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    31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of potential, but I was left wanting July 26, 2014
    Until this book, I had never heard of Kendra Elliot. Vanished is my first Elliot read, and its #5 in her Bone Secrets series. It’s a testament to the author that the book worked perfectly well as a stand alone — I didn’t notice at all that I was jumping in in the middle of a series.

    Pick up this book and you’ll be immediately drawn into the action. A little girl has been abducted on her way to school, and the FBI is on the case, working closely with the family and a family connection who also happens to be a state Detective. Elliot does well imparting lots of information in a short amount of space. We’re introduced to the characters via their interactions with each other — no long backstories given or needed. The book opens at a tension level appropriate to the storyline, and it opens well.

    Unfortunately, Elliot can’t sustain the tension within the plot, and never seems to achieve it within the romance at all. Plot-wise, tension came and went in waves, with the lulls allowing (almost prompting) the reader to pull away from the story. I don’t want to look up at the clock when I’m reading, or notice page numbers. I want to be completely sucked in end to end, to finish a story at 4 am and say, “I have to get up in two hours, but damn, it was worth it!”. Reading this book, I looked at the clock at 9, said “I’ll give it another hour”, then looked at the clock at 9:45 and said, “OK, that’s good, I can call it a night.”

    Romance-wise, eh, pretty much a dud. Didn’t even feel a bit of a sizzle until page 95/335, and then it was more or less just the two protagonists noticing, rather clinically, that they found each other attractive. The romance proceeded as if it were on a schedule, and it left me lukewarm.
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    35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great story June 19, 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Absolutely loved it! I read the first book in the Bone Secrets series by this author and didn't really love it. I didn't dislike it, I just wasn't really drawn into it. This story was so much better in my opinion. The story was in the genre of police/FBI procedural. There was some suspense, a nice romance, and many twist and turns within this wonderfully convoluted plot. I thought the storyline was very believable and realistic, and the characters were likable and easy to connect to. I love how much self realization Mason goes through and how he grows throughout the book. He and Ava make a good match because they seem to totally and instantly understand each other even though they are both a mystery to the other people in their lives. Also, without giving out spoilers, I will just say that the way the dog figures into the storyline is really great.
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    25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Vanished - Electrifying and Slick June 17, 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    The Bones Lady has done it again! Kendra spins a tale as smooth as silk, soft as velvet and comes up with a storm.

    The disappearance of an 11-year-old girl brings FBI agent Ava McLane and local detective Mason Callahan under one roof. For Callahan, this is personal, as the missing girl happens to be the stepdaughter of his ex-wife.

    Two mothers, two dads and another's child!!! The Fairbanks family is no screaming divorce family from TV, everyone gets along well with each other.... stepdad has positive things to say about cop dad.

    So what is the motive for Henley Fairbanks being kidnapped? And that is the `323 page' question. I have to admit that Kendra did a brilliant job of keeping that suspense until it was time to be revealed. Each page was a revelation of bits and pieces of information as the law enforcement tries to piece the puzzle together. And as the puzzle starts to fall into place, the emotions and secrets of the family come to light. And as the past and the present collide, Ava and Mason try to understand their growing feelings for each other.

    Mason and Ava are Kendra's crowning glory. Dedicated to their job, focus in their quest for justice, despite individual issues in their lives, they create enough ripples of passion and intimacy as they try to get to know each other. This is just the beginning of a relationship that will go through a journey of ups and downs as they deal with personal baggage. But nowhere does the lust and passion take away from the desperation and pain of a family trying to get their daughter back or the grave and critical situation of the kidnapping as the FBI races against time to get to the bottom of it.

    I really, really, really was in the perpetrator's corner of sympathy.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars but that doesn't mean it wasn't a good read. There are a lot of...
    Vanished by Kendra Elliot was well written. It revolved around an abduction and the reaction of family members and then later on it dealth with the abductor and his emotions. Read more
    Published 12 hours ago by Heide Katros
    4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful and easy to read
    Vanished from Kendra Elliot was an interesting read - it doesn't have the most complex plot and relatively early on the story becomes pretty clear. Read more
    Published 1 day ago by !Xabbu
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great characters
    Published 1 day ago by Jason
    4.0 out of 5 stars Want a Surprise
    A really excellent stroyline and in the middle section was a hard to put down.
    Published 2 days ago by Syd Swan
    4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start great finish!
    Gave the book 4 stars because it was a bit slow even though it kept me interested. About half way through I had difficulty putting the book down. Read more
    Published 2 days ago by Dandy day farm
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read a story written about a location other ...
    Fun to read a story written about a location other than New York or Chicago. I really liked both Callahan and McLane. I will read more from this author.
    Published 2 days ago by Dame Myra
    5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't want to put it down.....
    The story hit the ground running from page one which was awesome. Enjoyed the character development and twists the story had. Can't wait to read more from Kendra Elliot.
    Published 3 days ago by Rene'
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Interesting and have tried more of her books
    Published 3 days ago by sally white
    5.0 out of 5 stars Vanished
    This was a very entertaining book. The characters were very interesting and the story was full of lots of twists and turns. Read more
    Published 5 days ago by Sue Parks
    3.0 out of 5 stars Heaps of potential, yet I was left needing
    Until this book, I had never become aware of Kendra Elliot. Vanished is my first Elliot read, and its #5 in her Bone Privileged insights arrangement. Read more
    Published 5 days ago by Daysie
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    More About the Author

    Kendra Elliot won a 2014 Daphne du Maurier award for best Romantic Suspense for BURIED, which was also an International Thriller Writers' finalist for Best Paperback Original and a Romantic Times finalist for best Romantic Suspense. She grew up in the lush Pacific Northwest and still lives there with her husband, three daughters, two cats, and a Pomeranian. She left the dental world after sixteen years to write full time in 2012. She's always been fascinated with forensics, refuses to eat anything green, and loves a strong Mai Tai on the beach on Kauai. Visit Kendra at

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