Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Vanishing Act
Author: Liz Johnson
Publisher: Steeple Hill/Love Inspired Suspense
Release Date: August 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
Year/Setting: Present day, Crescent City
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Liz's Website/Blog: www.lizjohnsonbooks.com
Nora James was kidnapped and watched as her father was shot in an alley and presumed left for dead. His last words to her were to run and hide, so she did. She changed her name, appearance and her job trying to keep safe. Now her father’s shooter is after her and she doesn’t even know it.
Nate Anderson is the FBI agent in charge of finding her. A mole within the assassin’s organization discovered that she’s in Crescent City. The mole isn’t sure who she is or where she is working, but Nate is determined to find this young lady and keep her safe until the would-be-killer can be found. Unfortunately, he’s having trouble locating Nora and he’s getting really distracted by Danielle Keating, the Crescent City mechanic who fixed his car. She’s incredibly good looking and also a top-notch mechanic.
As Nate gets more info from the mole, he knows his time is running out. The assassin has her in his sights and Nate doesn’t even know who she is. If he doesn’t catch a break soon, Nora might end up dead. Will he ever see what’s right in front of him…or will the killer get to her first?
Liz Johnson has written another spellbinding suspense. I enjoyed how each person made assumptions along the way—most of them incorrect—that cloud their view of the world. As the truth is revealed, we learn how strong Nora really is. It’s a good thing she’s strong because she wouldn’t make it through all the harrowing things that happen if she weren’t strong. Nate is a paradox of a man. He’s the FBI guy with the Superman complex, yet he’s too scared of his past to be able to open his heart and let anyone in. He may be Superman now, but he’s running scared from the Kryptonite that is his past. Will his past continue to bring him down or will he be willing to open himself up to something more?
I was intrigued by the storyline, which could have easily been taken from today’s headlines, and the way Liz Johnson morphed it into something that was tangibly real. She breathed life into the ‘what ifs’ of organized crime. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to Liz’s next title.
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