Wow! I am so impressed with this book. And let me start off by saying that I have not read the first book in this series, Vanished, and had absolutely no problem at all following this story.
The author did a great job of writing an extremely suspenseful story, full of interesting characters. I loved the dynamic between Dev and Laura, as they fought the attraction they were feeling toward each other. Dev is the Private Investigator that Laura has hired to find her runaway half-sister, Darcy. I appreciated the author's ability to make me understand, through hearing Darcy's thoughts throughout her portions of the story, what her motivation had been to run away from home. I was able to feel empathy toward Dev, Laura and Darcy in the various situations they faced.
And might I add that the author did a great job of creating a well-developed villain. At one point I turned to my husband and said, "Uh oh_this guy's about to show us his â€˜crazy'." She crafted a truly messed up human being with all kinds of issues.
This story kept me turning the page, wanting more till the very end. I now look forward to going back and reading the first book in the series, as well as this author's other books. Trapped was the first book that I have read by Irene Hannon and it will not be the last!
I received a complimentary copy of Trapped from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.
I've been reading Irene Hannon's books for awhile and have never been disappointed in any of them. Laura's 16 year old sister runs away but doesn't show up where she was suppose to be going. She had a bus ticket but didn't use it. Meanwhile there is a blizzard hitting the area. When Laura can't get help from the police for a runaway she hires a PI. Dev checks every lead. It soon becomes apparent that she is more than a runaway. The attraction between Dev and Laura is put on hold until after they find resolution of Laura's missing sister. Darcy thinks she is grown but with her impetuous nature she finds herself in more trouble than she could ever have imagined. She even finds herself praying and asking God to not let Laura give up on her.
I love Irene Hannon's suspense books. Even if you know who did what you want to see how she leads the heroine and hero to the right ending. Her books keep getting better and better.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. It was a page turner. I was not asked by anyone to leave a review. I always do on books that are truly a good Christian fiction book
This book has the qualities of a good mystery. While there is romance in the book, it doesn't overtake the theme of a mystery. I found it to be a book that I was anxious to keep reading and will read more of this author.
Trapped is the second book in the Private Justice series by Irene Hannon and within these pages we get to meet another partner in the Phoenix Investigations Inc. James Devlin and his damsel in distress Laura Griffin.
When Laura's teenage half- sister Darcy decides that her living with Laura is a big mistake and that she would be better off on her own, Darcy leaves without a word, sending Laura into a panic. After several days of no communication form Darcy Laura hires James "Dev" Devlin to find her.
I really liked Laura. She was smart and funny, and sometimes didn't make the best decisions. Every so often it's nice to have a heroine that leads a somewhat average life. She's a librarian, that fences as a hobby. It's just a nice change of pace, that's all I'm saying.
James Devlin didn't seem to live up to when we first met him in Vanished. For a former ATF guy there were times he didn't seem too focused on his job. And taking Laura out with him even if it was just to question people_that was just downright wrong. A professional wouldn't put a civilian at risk no matter how low that risk might be. However on the upside, making the decision to keep Laura at arms- length until the case was solved and taking a couple of risks with his own safety really moved him up in my eyes and I felt better about him.
Nikki the receptionist was wonderful as always, keeping the guys on their toes, and always one step ahead of them. I laughed with every single one of her scenes.
The book overall seemed to have a darker thread running through it than I've seen in this author's other books and I can understand why some reader would feel uncomfortable. While we knew pretty much from the beginning who the bad guy was, I didn't think it was necessary to have half the book dedicated to him and his storyline. It was unnerving to read about Darcy and what she went through. I think it would have been enough to have the situation alluded to. But that's just my opinion.
I do caution readers who might be sensitive to teenage kidnapping situations.
Every time a new book by Irene Hannon hits the shelves, I wait with great anticipation to get my hands on a copy. "Trapped" was no exception, and it proves that Hannon's writing gets better with each new release! The suspense scenes are absolutely riveting, as the reader is drawn deeper and deeper into the plight of Laura's 16-yr-old sister, Darcy. As you delve into the story, the sense of foreboding about Darcy's choices grows stronger until you find yourself gripping the book watching as she makes a mistake that could cost her very life. I enjoyed the characters of Laura and Dev, and though I am not a huge fan of romance, I found that their relationship developed in a believable manner. The bantering between Dev and the other employees of the private investigation firm Phoenix, Inc., made for some light-hearted moments that added a humorous flavour to the story; their strong commitment to each other that emerges at the end of the book is also inspiring.. And the antagonist? Simply chilling, and all-too-believable with his tragic past and evil intentions. I can honestly say that this is one of my top suspense choices of the year, and I am greatly anticipating the third book in the "Private Justice" series. If it's anything like Trapped, it will be quite a ride indeed!
I dare you to pick up a copy of this book and be able to put it down any time soon. If you are anything like me, you will find yourself held captive from the beginning to the satisfying conclusion! 5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.