The Girl That Vanished

Emma Griffin FBI Mystery, Book 2
Narrated by: Claire Duncan
Series: Emma Griffin FBI Mystery, Book 2
Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ring...Ring.... 

One call from her past was all it took to change everything. 

A 10-year-old girl has vanished on her way home from camp. And things took a turn for the worse when another child, a child that Emma knows, goes missing.

Disappearances, death, and tragedies have followed Emma Griffin throughout her childhood. Her obsession with finding out the truth behind her past was what led her to join the FBI.

It’s been months since the horror of Feather Nest. After the shocking revelation of the last case, FBI agent Emma Griffin decides to take a much-needed vacation.

But a phone call from Sheriff Sam Johnson, a man from her past, completely derails her plans. A young girl has disappeared, and another child has gone missing. With the number count slowly climbing.

Emma must now put her plans on hold, go back to her hometown and face some ghosts from her past. When a mysterious package appears on her birthday. Emma can’t shake the feeling that someone is monitoring her every movement. Someone is getting too close for comfort.

The question is who?

In the close-knit town of Sherwood, the truth is never as it seems.

The Girl That Vanished is the second book in the Emma Griffin Mystery series, it can be listened to as a stand-alone.

©2020 A.J. Rivers (P)2020 A.J. Rivers

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Intriguing and Nail biting!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by A.J. Rivers. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it. In the first book of the series you get to know Emma and a little about her past. Two very prominent men in her past disappeared on her and then when she finally started moving on from her last broken heart she ends up falling for a serial killer. That would seriously mess with anyone’s head. I think this in itself I really enjoyed – she wasn’t a superhuman who wasn’t affected by the things that happened to her. She is forced to do the work to move on. Things just don’t seem to go her way – Now she is forced to go back to her home town and face some pretty icky memories in order for her to help an old love interest (yes – another one) find the missing kids. Once again A.J. Rivers manages to keep me glued to the my phone to keep listening to the story. The story is so intriguing and keeps you on your toes throughout the entire book. And as always you never quite know what is happening and who is responsible until the last possible moment. I loved the fact that in each book you get a little more of Emma’s back story – forcing you to come back for more. I can’t wait to find out what she learns next. Narration gets another 4 stars for this one. Same narrator and even though I love her voice and enjoy listening to her – I still have the same issue with her male characters coming across as a little feminine and soft.

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Will keep you on your toes!

This book kept me guessing the whole time! Then that ending - what?!? The narrator brought the story to life and kept me intrigued. The story flowed so easily that I almost listened in one sitting! A great listen for a long road trip because you won't want to stop listening!

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This book is a fast-moving, suspenseful Thriller!

Although, 'The Girl That Vanished' can be read as a stand alone, I highly recommend it be read as a series. The reader/listener will not get the impact of the main characters dilemma if he/she has not read book one. After the last case's ordeal Emma was a "wreck"! She is having to testify during the trial, but she is having increased nightmares and cannot "come to terms" with the fact she could be so deceived. After taken to a psychiatric ward in a hospital, she was released with the stipulation she meet regularly with a psychiatric therapist. After giving testimony at the trial, she was leaving on a much needed vacation.... That is, until the Sheriff from her hometown is at her door asking for help. After he presented his reasons for approaching her, she couldn't say no. This is a fast-moving, impassioned tale of children going missing. It is a horror no parent should ever have to endure. Why is this happening in such a small town? Emma feels a personal connection. There is a strong, unexpected ending followed with a short sentence "cliff-hanger". The character feel so real. The events are described well. The Title and Cover Image are very well chosen. The Narrator, Claire Duncan does an excellent job in narrating. She enunciates each word well, uses appropriate voice fluctuations to add emphasis. and her delivery of the individual voices are very discernible. READER BEWARE: There a a few "F-Bombs" and other milder profanity... Less than 10 words. *This book was gifted me with no pressure to post a positive review. This is my honest review.

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Need the Next One Now!

I'm back with book two of the Emma Griffin FBI series, and dare I say it? I think our little Emma is maturing a bit! The first book our main character was lacking some much needed common sense to be taken seriously as an FBI agent, and I found that this book improved on that! I like that this series is taking us through some character development as we get a brand new case on top of that! I am glad to say that the narrator remained the same between the first book and the second. I mean, it makes sense to keep the same one for a series and would be quite jarring if they hadn't. But I'm also just really glad because I think that she does a phenomenal job and is perfect for this series! And I stay true to my original claim that a crime driven plot is the PERFECT book to read in audiobook form. It's like being read a scary bed time story and that makes my morbid self quite happy! Especially with spooky season upon us! Now, I found this book slightly less "scary" than the first one (not that I really find either scary per-say, I just know other people will). And while that mildly makes me sad, Rivers does make up for it by further development in other areas. So each book has it's positives and seeing how this series is evolving just makes me want to continue it even more so! So I'm excited to see what comes next and what new changes/adaptations I might see!

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Good story not as accurate as I prefer

The Girl that Vanished was a bit similar to a rollercoaster ride for me. I'd totally be into the story one minute and the next I was struggling to stay with it. AJ Rivers has a great writing style and she really added some twists and turns into the end. The book has so much potential but the way Emma acts as an FBI agent is a bit of a disappointmen! I'm hopeful that over time the author develops her writing and grows. I think Emma's character could use some fine-tuning and she'd be great. It's like *this close* to being a fully developed story with complete and complex. The narration by Clair Duncan was just as good as the first book. She has a nice voice. It's pleasant to listen too and the time seems move pretty quickly. I definitely recommend you listen to the books in order. It is necessary to listen to book 1 before listening to this book. The story continues from each one and you'll definitely get more out of the books. #AudiobookWorm

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A solid story and narrator.

Another good FBI mystery by AJ Rivers. A well crafted story with suspense to keep you guessing until the end. Claire Duncan is a solid narrator and I recommend this series to any mystery lovers.

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I thought I knew who was kidnapping all the kids.

Book 2 in the Emma Griffin FBI series was quite the 'page tuner.' I thought I knew who was kidnapping all the kids. I was wrong. But that is the point of a great mystery. I was definitely surprised at the end. I still have so many questions about who is stalking Emma though. Again point in favor of it being a series, but man, I want to know. Claire Duncan was great as the narrator. I flew through the story in a day.

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  • 09-30-20

I need to read the whole series!

I was looking forward to The Girl That Vanished even though I had not read the synopsis as I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series. This book is set a few months after book one had finished and what happened in it was referenced a few times, so I would encourage people to read book one first. Children are going missing from what Emma Griffiths considers her home town so it isn't long before she is called upon but she makes it clear that she is there to advise and she wasn't working. She had been under instructions to take some time off after her last job which has given her nightmares ever since. Emma being her gets very caught up in events that are happening and with an old flame too.  I liked this a lot, although Emma is still quite naive for what I think an FBI agent should be but she does solve the crime and it is gripping from the beginning right to the end.  I was shocked at who the culprit was, I really had no idea. And I need to find out who this mystery man who is basically stalking Emma is now! The narrator was great and projected the book perfectly. I look forward to the rest of the series.