Review: Vanished by Kendra Elliot

When an eleven-year-old is abducted on her way to school, the FBI doesn’t waste a moment, sending agents to scour the area and embedding Special Agent Ava McLane with the distraught family. In the eye of the storm is local detective Mason Callahan, whose life is crumbling to pieces—he’s related to the victim, and his longtime confidential informant has just been murdered.

Both he and Agent McLane hole up in the victim’s family home. Every second counts in a kidnapping case, and the stakes keep rising the longer the girl is missing. As Ava and Mason struggle to hold the family together in their darkest hour, the two investigators find themselves drawn to each other.

This is my first read from Kendra Elliot and it was very enjoyable. The slow suspense build had me rushing through the book and on several occasions I had to hold myself back from jumping ahead to see what happens. I thought the plot was well-crafted and the characters were believable.

There was a good balance going on between the kidnapping storyline and Mason and Ava’s separate personal life struggles. I also thought it was interesting to see how one of those storylines intertwined with another at the height of the story.

I did wish that the villain behind it all was a little more sinister. What I mean is I wish it was more of psychological thriller suspense instead of an emotionally driven one. Regardless of the machinations, the story was solid, the suspense was palpable and the romance was complementary to the story, yet not overpowering.

I was gifted an eBook copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.

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