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Vanished Hardcover – April 25, 2006

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Bestseller Robards (Superstition) opens her latest romantic thriller with a bang by placing her heroine, assistant district attorney Sarah Mason of Beaufort County, S.C., in the midst of a convenience store robbery gone wrong. A cashier is shot to death, Mason is wounded in the head and a young girl, who was hiding in the store during the gunplay, vanishes. Mason, who has thrown herself into her work with a vengeance since the disappearance of her five-year-old daughter, Lexie, 10 years earlier, becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. The action rarely lets up, except for the many sexually charged scenes devoted to Mason's initially platonic relationship with PI Jake Hogan, "the closest thing to family" she has left, who worked as a detective on Lexie's case and who routinely comes to her rescue during this new case. The plot, with its suggestions that the holdup was not a random act and eerie phone calls apparently from a Lexie who hasn't aged, will keep readers turning the pages. Author tour. (Apr.)
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For seven years, South Carolina assistant district attorney Sarah Mason has just been going through the motions, trying to forget the day her daughter, Lexie, was taken. Sarah has never forgiven herself and has lived a monastic life, except for her friendship with Jake, an ex-FBI agent turned private detective. Now she is caught in a convenience store robbery. Before the twitchy thugs shoot her and a scared little girl, Sarah grabs her and makes a run for it, although she is hit by a bullet. Sarah insists on going back to work once she is out of the hospital, but she is receiving taunting calls and messages containing information known only to Lexie and her kidnappers. Jake tries to find out who is torturing Sarah and why now, when the trail of her daughter has gone cold long ago, all while preoccupied with sorting out his feelings for Sarah. Robards offers heartfelt insights into the agony and desperation experienced by adults whose children are abducted, and she delivers a knockout romantic thriller. Patty Engelmann
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (April 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399153381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399153389
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,774,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Elaine C McTyer VINE VOICE on May 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Although the plot of VANISHED has been done many times, Karen Robards brings her own unique talents to this tale of a lost child. Not up to her usual standards of plot it does carry her trademark of unconnected events which finally come togather in a very remarkable way. My greatest complaint is the whinny, clingy,unstable heroine. She is a prosecutor who is supposed to be one of the best, she goes after her job fully, yet doesn't eat, falls apart easily, and hasn't seen her best friend, who is a sexy male P I in any way other than a friend in seven years. Give me a break, some I could overlook, but not wanting comfort of food, entertainment, or sex for seven years. NOt likely.

Sarah Mason is 31, seven years ago her 5 year old daughter went missing from a park. Lexie has not been heard from since, but Sarah has been searching for her with the help of Jake Hogan for the whole seven years. She is a prosecutor in the DA's office. Her whole life centers on her job and her search for her child.

Jake Hogan is a former FBI agent who has gone into the private sector. He runs his grandfather's private investigation agency. Jake is a man's man and a woman's too. Strong, giving, and ready to do anything to protect the woman he has come to love while furnishing her with family, hope, and security in her life for the last seven years. Even he has trouble believing her tales of phone calls from her kidnapped daughter after seven years.

The ending was somewhat unbelievable due to the fact you knew what had happened to the daughter. Not one of her best, but definitely worth the reading, I don't know if I would purchase a hardback again, but I know I would eventually read it either, from the library or in paperback.
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This book is definitely a page turner. I read it in a day - I literally couldn't put it down. The beginning scene in the convenience store is written very well, and really pulls you into the book. The characters are also very well realized. I typically don't like thrillers, and usually spot the true culprit miles away, but this one was a surprise. I really really liked the book until the final pages, where it just gets... unbelievable. But its well worth reading.
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This book was quite a disappointment. The premise held such promise and it should have been a suspenseful, intriguing story. Instead, it focused on the angst of the heroine, Sarah Mason for better than half the book. Descriptions of irrelevant details were made in 500 words when 50 would have sufficed. There was so much repetition I could almost recite some of the passages by rote. Yes, the ending was rushed because so much of the book was wasted on telling us ad nauseum of Sarah's pain. Quite frankly, this could have been addressed in one chapter with occasional references. I wearied of her not eating and sleeping and being told to do so by her best friend turned lover, Jake. It is also a mystery to me as to why we needed so much information about simple activities (step by step descriptions of Sarah getting in her car, putting it in gear, backing up and then turning right on whatever street). This was poorly written and edited.

I wish I had that part of my life back I spent reading this book. It's because of my own stubbornness to finish every book I start that made me stick with this one. This book may be the final straw in sticking to that commitment.
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Another great thriller by Karen Robards that entices the reader from the very first chapter, to the heart-wrenching conclusion. It is evidently a must-read!............As she witnessed the night clerk of the convenient store getting killed, ADA Sarah Mason did the only thing she could do, she grabbed a little girl who was also a witness to the crime, and ran for dear life. Hours later, as she awakened in the hospital from minor injuries, she told the story of the events leading up to the robbery, to her best friend and colleague, Jake Hogan. Jake, once a former FBI agent, and now ceo of his own security company, who also does contract work for the D.A.'s office, carries a deep hidden secret. He is desperately, without a doubt, heads over heels in love with Sarah Mason. How to tell her? He can't. Not now anyway. As Sarah repeatedly tells her story about the little girl that she saved, no one believes her, not at first anyway. Losing her own daughter to a kidnapping many years earlier, she never gave up hope that someday she would find Lexi, and because of no little girl being at the crime scene, everyone thought she was having a breakdown, except Jake. Feeling she was the target at the robbery to begin with, Jake guarded her continuously, while he investigated the case. It was then, their first time under the same roof together, in seperate rooms, when the call came in. Sarah picked up the phone, only to hear a child's voice on the other end of the line, to hear Lexi's voice, all these years later, before collapsing into Jake's arms. Known to be tough in the courtroom, even going after some dirty cops in the process, Jake wondered if any of her cases were related? Who would want to harm Sarah? Was the robbery just a front to get to her? Was it the cops and this rape charge?Read more ›
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