Laura Griffith faces a nightmare when she comes home to find out that her younger sister Dracy is gone. Entrusted to her care, Laura has found living with her sixteen-year-old sister wasn't as easy as she'd first assumed. The tension between them is nothing like the anxiety she faces knowing that her little sister is without protection during a snowstorm in February.
Laura turns to the handsome former ATF agent James "Dev" Deviln for assistance. The private investigation company he works for (introduced in Vanished which is the first book of the Private Justice series) provides the resources to find Darcy. Without a trail to follow, things begin to look dismal and Laura starts to wonder if they'll ever find her sister.
Questions arise as clues lead them down many different avenues without solid proof. With every day that passes, the possibility that Darcy will remain safe diminishes. Dev isn't optimistic about the outcome, but he's discovered is more invested in this case than he could have ever imagined.
I enjoyed this novel, though it did take until over half was done before I was "hooked". It was a slow path to begin and I really had to stick with it until things fired up toward the end. The ending was great and I was definitely satisfied, but I wish there could have been more action and a tid-bit more romance in the first half of the novel.
And, while we're on the subject of romance, due to the nature of the situation with a missing sister, I understand the difficulty in drawing the two main charters together. Laura's sister is missing, she can't just fall head over heels in love with the handsome James Devlin. Yet, there wasn't a lot of depth to them together. This felt like more of a psychological thriller that ended like a Christian Romantic Suspense novel. I'm not saying that's bad, just something to look out for!
All of that said, I'd still recommend this book. I'd say the ending mostly justifies the slower start and it will definitely keep you guessing!
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(Description used from Irene's website)
When librarian Laura Griffth’s sixteen-year-old sister disappears on a frigid February day, leaving only a brief note behind, Laura resolves to do whatever it takes to track down the runaway teen. That includes recruiting ATF agent turned PI James “Dev” Devlin to help—but the deeper he digs, the more he begins to suspect that something sinister is at work in the girl’s disappearance. And the closer he gets to uncovering the truth, the clearer it becomes that the situation isn’t just dangerous—it’s deadly.
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