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Vanished (Callahan & McLane) Paperback – June 17, 2014
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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, Wall Street Journal bestselling author 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.
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1477823476
- ISBN-13 : 978-1477823477
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Montlake Romance (June 17, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #60,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By: Kendra Elliott
When 11-year-old Henley is kidnapped on her way to school, it takes the combined efforts of Police Detective Mason Callahan and FBI special agent Ava McLane to find her and each other.
I am not usually a “detective” story kind of girl. I prefer historical fiction, science fiction and the occasional fantasy. However, when I came across this book by Kendra Elliott it intrigued me. I am incredibly glad that I gave it a chance.
I did not realize until I was ready to write this review that VANISHED is the 5th book in a series. That’s a pretty good statement to the skills of the author. It’s a wonderful standalone book. However, now that I know it’s part of series I’ll have to read them all.
I appreciated the depth to which Ms. Elliott plumbed to develop ALL of her characters, not just Mason and Ava. From the secondary players such as Mason’s son to the almost unimportant bystanders each seemed as real as you and I.
The plotting was steady. I wish it had been a LITTLE bit faster-paced, however that’s a very minor complaint for me personally.
At its heart, VANISHED is a romance between Mason and Ava. Yet, the growing relationship between the two was kept to the background. The little girl, Henley, and her kidnapping was more important and the characters DO realize that. Had the romance between the two been the focus of the book, I think I as a reader would have been turned off. As it was, it was handled with class and I appreciated that.
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone.
The first book, Vanished, introduces readers to Mason Callahan and Ava McLane. Mason Callahan is a local detective in Portland, Oregon, investigating the death of one of his CI’s. He goes by the book and does his job very well. Unfortunately, he’s going to be in the middle of the investigation of his CI’s death since someone is trying to frame him for the murder. That’s not all he’s dealing with, though. His ex-wife, Robin, and her husband, Lucas, had their little girl kidnapped on the way to school one day. This is when Ava McLane gets involved because she’s an FBI Special Agent. She’s assigned to comfort the family during the kidnapping of their daughter and keep them informed on the progress of what the FBI is doing to find Henley. Mason will take some much needed time away from his job to assist his family in finding Henley. He will also be there for his son, Jake, who is home from college during this time. Jake is Mason’s and Robin’s son, and he’s devastated over his sister missing. Once the FBI starts investigating, they deal with a kidnapper who puts them on a wild goose chase. The FBI also starts realizing Henley’s kidnapping may hit closer to someone in the family than they realize.
Enough about the story because I don’t want to give anything away. I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out who the kidnapper was in the story and if the FBI would find Henley in time. There were also the characters Mason and Ava. These two had an instant connection, and I loved how well they worked together. Both have their drama in their lives, and they both start helping each other in that drama. They don’t want to take away from the kidnapping, though. They want to find Henley. I loved these two characters. Kendra Elliot always manages to get me feeling for the characters because they feel like REAL people who I would love to know in person. I can’t wait to follow along with Mason and Ava further in this series.
Be prepared to be blown away at the book’s ending and find out who is behind everything. I figured it out after a bit, but that didn’t stop me from reading the book. I felt for the person behind it all and felt upset about how they handled it all too.
Let me not forget to mention that Ava has a twin sister, and readers will get introduced to her in this book. She’s not like Ava, and I feel for Ava and how her twin sister treats her. Thank goodness for Mason helping her.
Overall, this book gets 4.5 stars from me, and I highly recommend it to Romantic Suspense/Mystery readers out there. There’s some romance in the story, but it’s mild. I like how Kendra focuses on the storyline’s drama and a small romantic storyline with Mason and Ava. (Hey, they just got introduced to each other, it’s not like they are getting married. 😊)
Top reviews from other countries
Why do authors of thrillers seem compelled to include graphic sex scenes? I buy thrillers to read thrillers, not love stories and I just am not comfortable with this. I tended to skim-read it. At least there was only one occasion.
I doubt I will buy another book by Kendra Elliot. There are many more books out there to buy, or even get free, and hopefully some will be more exciting and fast-paced than this one. I'm afraid that I will not be recommending it to anyone.