Sunday, January 6, 2013


Title:  Vanished: A Novel (Private Justice #1)
Author:  Irene Hannon
Pages:  336
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Revell
                What do a private investigator, a pediatric surgeon and an investigative reporter have in common?  The answer to this question is carefully revealed in the pages of Irene Hannon’s latest suspense entitled, Vanished.  Underneath the main story line are subplots that help the reader understand the nuances of the characters in this work of fiction.
Moira loves walking, reading and is currently in the running to win a Pulitzer for one of her more dangerous reports that took her to the rough side of town.  She walks a couple of times a week with a friend whom she works with at the newspaper.  However, one rainy night she is driving in a hard rain without her glasses when all of a sudden, she loses control due to hitting whatever it is that is in the middle of the road.  What does she witness that puts her at serious risk maybe even death?
The doctor is well known for his work in and out of surgery.  He is up for a prestigious award when life begins to unravel.  Though he is highly esteemed in the public, what about his private life?  Trying to find information on him proves to be harder than anyone could imagine.  Why?
Cal, Dev, and Conner run a private investigative service.  All three have different histories that contain many secrets.  Which of the three though has to move past a great loss and choose to risk loving again?  Though all three agree to work on the case, what kind of case is there when Moira can’t remember anything of value?
The little tidbits above are meant to help you decide whether it is worth reading this novel or not.  I read it and the underlying themes will keep you thinking long after you’re done.  One quality of Irene’s work is the depth of research that this writer puts in to whatever story she is sharing with her readers.  When one considers three totally different professions that are woven together to tell an excellent tale, it helps appreciate the work Irene puts forth.
One of the themes is deciding whether to give past hurts and perceived failures over to the Lord.  Another one is how the male lead character treats women with respect and gentleness.  Whatever other themes may be included in the novel, I will let the reader dig them out because it is more enjoyable for him/her to do so.  When I got to the main climax of the story, I could not put the book down until I saw how the story would end.  Irene Hannon has written a blockbuster of a story, don’t miss it!
My rating is 4 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at

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