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Vanished: A Novel | [Karen Robards]

Vanished: A Novel

Seven years ago, Sarah Mason's five-year-old daughter vanished during an outing at a park in Beaufort, South Carolina. Despite a frantic search, little Lexie was never found, and Sarah was left to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and go on the best she could. Then, one hot August night, Sarah comes home to hear the phone ringing. When she picks it up, a child's terrified voice whispers, "Mommy, help, come and get me . . ." The call is cut off, but not before Sarah's heart goes into overdrive.
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Publisher's Summary

Seven years ago, Sarah Mason's five-year-old daughter vanished during an outing at a park in Beaufort, South Carolina. Despite a frantic search, little Lexie was never found, and Sarah was left to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and go on the best she could.

Then, one hot August night, Sarah comes home to hear the phone ringing. When she picks it up, a child's terrified voice whispers, "Mommy, help, come and get me . . ." The call is cut off, but not before Sarah's heart goes into overdrive: she is sure the voice belonged to Lexie. Five-year-old Lexie. Though seven years have passed, she sounds exactly the same.

Frantic, Sarah turns to the police, the FBI, and her co-workers at the County Prosecutor's office, none of whom takes the call seriously. The only person she can count on to help her is Jake Hogan, her closest friend in the world, the man who has provided a strong shoulder for her to lean on throughout the long search. A former FBI agent, Jake is now a P.I., and though he is skeptical about the authenticity of the call, the attraction he feels for Sarah pushes him to help her. He is convinced someone is deliberately tormenting the grief-stricken mother.

Their long friendship explodes into a romance as they try to figure out who, and why - and what happened to Lexie. When the torment escalates to murder, Jake is the only one who can keep Sarah safe. Together, they are caught up in a nightmare search for Lexie that just might end with Sarah's death.

(P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Teresa 12-12-12
    Teresa 12-12-12 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy listening to great detective mysterie & also great thrillers. I enjoy books also by Vince Flynn, David Baldaci including assasins.

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    "A GREAT story with a GREAT ending."
    What made the experience of listening to Vanished: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    It was a mystery, romance and some thriller all in one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author brought the plot and the character all in a full circle. A very smooth but yet mysterious journey.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Saving Sweet Pea from the gator!!


    Any additional comments?

    A great author. This was my first. I will listen to more of Karen Robard's books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie El Mirage, AZ, United States 02-03-11
    Valerie El Mirage, AZ, United States 02-03-11
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    "Great listen"

    This is the first book I listened to by Karen Robards and I couldn't put it down. A credit well spent. I will definitely buy more from her library.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-25-15
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    sex scenes were brief but a bit too detailed. it was easy to fast forward through them.

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    L. York, PA, United States 08-26-13
    L. York, PA, United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining but ending not quite satisfying"

    I found the story to be entertaining and it kept me listening to the very end. However I found the ending seemed to be clipped short. The story had very great detail in almost everything except when it came to the ending. I don't like loose ends. There should have been an epilogue or something to give a more satisfying look into what happened after the fact. I did enjoy it over all but would not be a read over (or listen over) as some books are.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Ann St. Louis, MO, USA 04-08-13
    Mary Ann St. Louis, MO, USA 04-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    The book's heroine is deep in grief. Her colleague is in love with her. I listened to find out what happened to the little girl, but even that plot didn't hold together too well.

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    Sammie Bozeman, MT, United States 02-16-13
    Sammie Bozeman, MT, United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2011

    -sam

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    "Needs a good editing"

    I'm only partway through the book; at the point of trying to decide if I'm going to continue or not.

    The writing suffers from an abundance of non-essential details, and the author uses three descriptors where one would have been sufficient. I'm a dog person, and even I found her multiple descriptions of Sweetie Pie tedious. And, I'm starting to count the number of times she uses "the thing is".

    I would have been much happier if the narrator had used her normal voice for the character "Jake" -- her growly, constricted voice has me hating the guy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 01-10-13
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 01-10-13 Member Since 2015

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 12-year-old daughter.

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    "Average story that will pass the time"

    This tale was predictable and replete with an interesting cast of characters. It was not too difficult to figure out where the story was going but its predictability did not really detract from the listen. A few of the minor characters were a stretch but nonetheless interesting. The story ended where one would anticipate it ending. If you are need of a relaxing listen, this book may be for you.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 04-15-12
    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 04-15-12 Member Since 2014

    Nyoka Mullins

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    "Outstanding"

    I found this book to be a tear dropper and I could feel the pain for the Mother, I know it's only a book, but I found myself being in the same position, it's like I was there in the book. Good one, I recommend it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mighty_Cranium Cottage Grove, MN United States 07-05-15
    Mighty_Cranium Cottage Grove, MN United States 07-05-15 Member Since 2013

    mighty_cranium

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    "decent. not great."

    The main problem with this book lies both with narrator and with author.
    First - Author. Well constructed story with consistent characters. The problem with that is, to reach consistency, the same viewpoints are PAINFULLY repiticious. For Sarah to be a strong women, we have to hear endlessly that she won't let herself cry, that she doesn't want to be that kind of woman....and when it gets around to romance with Jake, it was awful. I heard so many references to his broad shoulders and his long muscled legs that it was nearly unbearable. I get that this might well be aimed at women but for heavens sakes..enough is enough. And not only was it repetitive, it was WAY too extended. For as well done as the story was, the Jake romance was written as if by a freshman girl in Creative writing. That.bad. Now, the rest lifts the overall rating to decent.
    Narrator- acceptable but for the strained attempts at Jake. The attempts came off poorly- would have been equally effective with just a slightly varied intonation instead.

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    SCK IL 10-08-13
    SCK IL 10-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not worth the credit or my time"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Joyce Bean’s performances?

    No thank you


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    The story was okay. Seemed like 25% of the book was full of meaningless details. The narrators character voices were AWFUL!! I cringed when she started talking, and hoped it would grow on me or I would at least get use to it as I listened longer. Terrible...terrible...terrible.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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