Monday, February 16, 2015

Review: Vanished by Elizabeth Heiter

Goodreads Summary:

Sometimes the past can haunt you...

Eighteen years ago, FBI profiler Evelyn Baine s best friend, Cassie Byers, disappeared, the third in a series of unsolved abductions. Only a macabre nursery rhyme was left at the scene, a nursery rhyme that claimed Evelyn was also an intended victim. Now, after all these years of silence, another girl has gone missing in South Carolina, and the Nursery Rhyme Killer is taking credit. But is Cassie s abductor really back, or is there a copycat at work?

Sometimes the past is best forgotten...

Evelyn has waited eighteen years for a chance to investigate, but when she returns to Rose Bay, she finds a dark side to the seemingly idyllic town. As the place erupts in violence and the kidnapper strikes again, Evelyn knows this is her last chance. If she doesn t figure out what happened to Cassie eighteen years ago, it may be Evelyn s turn to vanish without a trace.

Publication Date: December 30, 2014

At first, Vanished felt like a very formulaic novel—not necessarily a bad thing, but just not a book that would stick out in my head after reading. However, the author threw in some plot twists that elevated the suspense novel and made me eager to check out more in the series.

From the beginning chapter, I really felt myself get invested in the story of the Nursery Rhyme Killer and Evelyn’s connection to the decades old case. I liked the shifts from past to present, especially being inside the head of the suspect. Evelyn’s return to her old hometown was also an interesting part of the plot.

The author kept me guessing and I didn’t see the end coming. Once the big reveal is made, I could see some of the small clues left along the way. The pace was quick and I never felt like the book dragged. My only complaint would be for a little more romance. The novel wasn’t as steamy as I would’ve liked it to be. However, I’d still recommend the book. Vanished is the second book featuring Evelyn, but can be read as a standalone.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the novel for review!


  1. Awesome review! I'm eager to check this one out now. LOL! I love plots with a great twist :) WRITE ON!

  2. yay, good to hear that you were invested in the character even if plot somewhat formulaic

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