By T. K. Leigh
Rayne Kilpatrick has everything. A job she’s dreamed of since a little girl. The perfect house. And a man she loves and is about to marry… Until he never returns from a humanitarian mission.
Gone. Disappeared. Vanished.
When footage of his gruesome murder by a Muslim extremist group is shown across the country and around the globe, she wants the person responsible for the disappearance of the man she loves to pay. She wants him to lose the one person who means the world to him, too, and she won’t stop until he does.
Alexander Burnham has everything… Finally. A job he enjoys where he can actually make a difference in the world. The perfect woman who he’s loved his entire life. And the most beautiful daughter a father could ask for… Until he walks into her bedroom one morning to find it empty.
Gone. Disappeared. Vanished.
It’s a race against the clock for Alexander to put the pieces together and find out who has taken his daughter and what they want from him. As information comes to light, he is forced to bury the guilt he feels after losing his fellow team member and focus instead on finding and saving his daughter…
Before it’s too late.
Vanished is an appropriate title for this novel. It’s meaning can be taken on so many levels through this read. On an emotional level, a love that’s vanished replaced with grief. Compassion that’s disappeared replaced with anger and fear. On a more physical level, loved ones are taken for reasons beyond comprehension.
This novel is split into three different parts. Part one was definitely the hardest part for me to get through. I really saw Rayne’s pain. She grieves for the life that she will never have back and she wants someone to pay for that. Rayne is a broken woman who now sees a way to help alleviate some of her suffering. We also got a sense of the man that Alexander has become through the years.
Part two was were the mystery really picked up. Alexander is on the frantic hunt for his daughter who has been taken. He is piecing together who and why this is happening. I loved his relationships with all of family. And he has a really special bond with his wife. I also liked his relationship with Agent Moretti. They have the relationship need to get the job done.
Part three also continues the mystery but also ramped up on the thriller part of the novel. We get to the real issue of why Alexander’s daughter was taken. There are actually two twists in this part. One I saw coming but the second took me by surprise.
This novel deals with deep issues at it’s core. The first part jumped around a little so I found it a little confusing to start with and I found it extremely dramatic. Parts two and three I couldn’t put down. T.K. Leigh has an unique way of writing. She broke this book up not just by parts but by hours as well. She understands that in a kidnapping every minute counts. She also conveys emotion in a powerful way.
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