Review: Vanished in the Night by Eileen Carr
ARC provided by: Gallery & Pocket Books Romance Tour Group
- Pub. Date: July 2011
- Publisher: Pocket Books
- Format: Mass Market Paperback , 352pp
- Sales Rank: 147,323
- ISBN-13: 9781439183878
- ISBN: 1439183872
She doesn’t trust cops…
Veronica Osborne has had enough problems with the police, thanks to her volatile father. So when tall, strapping Sergeant Zach McKnight shows up at her door, she’s prepared for anything—except the news that her beloved missing brother, Max, has been dead for nearly twenty years…ever since he ran away.
…until she meets one who’d risk everything to protect her.
Appalled when the police suspect her father of Max’s murder, Veronica begins her own investigation. But as her surprising role in her brother’s disappearance surfaces, so do more bodies. The ghosts of Max’s past are working hard to hide the truth, while another, more sinister force will do anything to expose it. How far will a killer go to get revenge? And can Zach stop him before he targets the woman Zach’s coming to love?
My Take on Vanished in the Night:
Vanished in the Night is an investigative thriller, with a bit of romance woven into the plot. Veronica, an ER nurse, is thrown into her stepbrother’s murder investigation after the police begin to question and suspect her father (who you will come to despise). As the story unfolds the reader is introduced to a great deal of characters, one being the love interest of Veronica named Zach. Zach is one of the main investigators on her brother’s case when the two are introduced. In fact, he is the one who broke the news to her that her brother’s body had been found at a construction site.
At first Veronica is very apprehensive towards Zach. Being the daughter of a drunk, she does not trust cops and begins to conduct her own investigation into the case. The deeper you travel into the story; you begin to understand the characters motives (even the side characters) and there are clues that keep you guessing about who the killer might turn out to be. This is a story filled with child abuse, a twenty year cover-up, romantic elements, and horrific actions. There is plenty of suspense and heart pounding action that in the end may leave you with palpitations.
Even though the more I read the more I started to fall in love with the book, the book was still a tough read for me. It’s been a while since I have read a crime/mystery/thriller novel, and I was sort of taken aback by the melancholy start and all the different points of view. Usually when an author switches between characters I find it refreshing and a great change of pace. However, I am not quite sure why, but in Vanished in the Night I just felt overwhelmed and unable to connect with the secondary characters. Although they were important to the overall story, the side characters in my opinion kept pulling my attention away from Veronica. I also think I wanted more romance and less thriller, then again, this would defeat the whole purpose of the book.
Overall, this is a great book and I will more than likely read more of Carr’s work. Vanished in the Night deals with strong subject matters and is not a read for the faint of heart. If you are looking for a compelling thriller then this is a novel that I would highly recommend. However, if you are coming just for the romance you may be a little disappointed but you should not let that deter you from picking up the book. It definitely plays out like an episode of Castle, Bones, Law and Order, or other similar crime/drama/detective shows. And the big “whodunit” will leave you guessing until the very end. Check it out.
3.5 out of 5 Controllers