Finding herself lost on a dark, desolate country road, Moira Harrison finds herself in the middle of a nightmare after hitting a woman who appeared suddenly in the middle of the road. Not only does Moira not know if the woman is injured- or worse yet killed- Moira finds herself in need of help after wrecking her vehicle while trying to avoid colliding with the woman. A man comes to her rescue- or so she thinks- before she loses consciousness. Upon awakening, however, she discovers that she is alone and that both the woman and the mysterious man have disappeared. When the police are skeptical about the accident, Moira seeks the help of Cal Burke, private investigator and widower. With very little evidence and a trail that seems to have grown cold, Moira and Cal seek to find the truth about the identities and fates of the two people Moira encountered at the wreck site. But as pieces of the puzzle surface, Moira and Cal have even more questions and, eventually, uncover a disturbing web of deceit, misguided intentions, and calculated murder.
This was my first read by Hannon, and I have to say- even though the identity of the mystery man was apparent pretty early in the story and the source of the "donations" to the charity fund were also a bit predictable- the unexpected twist of Moira's fate was appealing. I felt the danger and intensity of the rescue sequence to the point I felt my own heart racing at times! It was also sweet reading how Moira and Cal's relationship progressed as Cal came to terms with his past.
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This is the first book by Irene Hannon that I've read but it won't be the last. I was drawn in from the very beginning. Imagine a reporter, Moira Harrison, trying to find her way home from an interview in a terrible rainstorm complete with thunder and lightening. She gets lost and has a hard time traveling along a lonely strength of road when suddenly a woman darts in front of her car waving her arms with terror clearly in her eyes. Moira slams on her brakes but hears a thud on the side of her car and continues to skid until her car lands up against a tree. A man with a dark hooded jacket opens her car door to see if she is OK. He mentions something about seeing blood and glass on her passenger side of the car. She feels a prick on her thigh thinking she's rolled over on some of the glass. The stranger tells her to stay in the car, he'll check on the woman she saw and will call 911. Moira wakes an hour later in her car to find no stranger, no woman she thought she hit, nothing. All she can think about is the eyes of the terrified woman. What happened to her? The police are no help so she consults a private detective firm to help her find some answers. There are several layers to the story that involve a prominent pediatric surgeon, children in a medical clinic in another country, elderly patients in nursing homes and a young teens anguish over pleasing his father while knowing in his heart what's right VS wrong. This was a quick read for me in spite of the fact it was over 300 pages. I could not put it down.
Pulitzer Prize-nominated reporter Moira Harrison, lost in a blinding rainstorm after dark, suddenly sees a terrified figure in her headlights. Slamming on the brakes, she tries to avoid the person, but loses control of her car. She feels the impact and then careens into the woods, finally striking a tree to come to a crashing stop.
Shaken, she knows she must call 911 to help the person she struck and to report the accident. A man appears at her car door to find out if shes okaythen tells her theres glass on the seatto be careful while he brushes it off. Shifting in the seat, she feels the glass penetrate her thigh. The man tells her that he will look for the person and call 911. Then her world goes black.
When she comes to, she is aloneno emergency vehicles are there. She makes her way to the road, but the person she struck has vanishedonly skid marks remain. She cant convince the police who respond to her call that there was a personin fact, she cant convince anyone. Moira cant forget the look of terror in the womans eyes, though, and so she decides to see if a private detective firm will take the case. Reluctantly, the ex-homicide detective turned private eye decides to investigate.
As clues begin to surface, they find that someone doesnt want the case solvedand will go to any lengths to prevent them from doing so. You will want to help Moira and Cal Burke, the handsome P.I. assisting her to find the solution. A great read - you'll want the entire series!
Irene Hannon is the author of several action-mystery series including The Heroes of Quantico and Guardians of Justice. This, the first of the Private Justice novels, is a worthy addition. Hannon has more than 40 novels to her name, two RITA Awards from the Romance Writers of America, a National Readers Choice Award, and a Daphne du Maurier Award. More information about Irene is available on her website, www.IreneHannon.com.
This was the first time to read any of Irene Hannon's work and I am hooked I loved "Vanished" and compare Ms. Hannon's work as good as Dee Henderson's. A thrill ride of suspense on every page. Loved it and will be getting the second in this series.