Review: Vanished by Elizabeth Heiter

Posted 30 December, 2014 by DLWhite in Reviews, Writers Read 0 Comments

Vanished Book Cover Vanished
Elizabeth Heiter
Mira Books
December 30, 2014

Sometimes, the past can haunt you… Eighteen years ago, FBI profiler Evelyn Baine's best friend, Cassie Byers, disappeared, the third in a series of unsolved abductions. Only a macabre nursery rhyme was left at the scene, a nursery rhyme that claimed Evelyn was also an intended victim. Now, after all these years of silence, another girl has gone missing in South Carolina, and the Nursery Rhyme Killer is taking credit. But is Cassie's abductor really back, or is there a copycat at work? Sometimes, the past is best forgotten… Evelyn has waited eighteen years for a chance to investigate, but when she returns to Rose Bay, she finds a dark side to the seemingly idyllic town. As the place erupts in violence and the kidnapper strikes again, Evelyn knows this is her last chance. If she doesn't figure out what happened to Cassie eighteen years ago, it may be Evelyn's turn to vanish without a trace.

I received an advanced copy of this novel from Harlequin-MIRA via NetGalley.

I wasn’t going to read this book initially. I saw it, considered it, then skipped over it because I tend to be picky about my thriller and suspense picks. When you read gritty stuff like Lescroart and Cleave, how can an author from Harlequin ever measure up?

I saw on twitter that Paula Treick DeBoard, one of my fave new authors and friend of a friend (which makes her a friend in my head) was planning to read it, so I took a second look, read the blurb and decided to go for it. So happy that I did!

I really enjoyed Vanished from beginning to end. This is book two in a series on FBI profiler Evilyn Blaine. I am a HUGE fan of Criminal Minds, which is a TV series about a group of Profilers from the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the FBI so this book was really right up my alley. The book started with great action and a problem to solve– there’s a girl missing. The missing girl is from Evelyn’s home town and it’s a case to which she is intimately familiar. Throughout the novel, Evelyn has to fight her own memories and fears to solve the case and bring the missing girls home alive.

This is one of those books where around the middle, you think you know whodunit and the author does such a great job of pointing every arrow there and you think, ‘gosh how predictable…’ But then you get to the end and realize that you had no idea. I pride myself on being able to predict the outcome of a novel, especially a detective mystery, but the twist in Vanished was great. I woke up early just to finish reading it!

Knowing my usual habits, I’ll be checking out Elizabeth Heiter’s backlist and picking up some good reads for my winter break.

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