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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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The girl that vanished

The narrator did a great job in this audio book. The author had me on the edge of my seat with this story trying to figure out who the bad guy was.

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Good for a listen during your Comute

Decent story, the narrator is just average. All in all decent entertainment. May have a listen to the next book to see if I'll continue this series.

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Rushed and ridiculous ending

I don’t want to give out any spoilers .
However, I listened to this book twice and still the ending makes very little sense.
To much time was given to Emma’s romantic musings . She Drones on and on in past books about having no one in her life growing up. She comes off as weak and whinny .
Then Suddenly she has memories about grandmother , the old family house and an old flame,
Very little about how and why the killer acted as he/ she did. Why were kids kept where they were kept. How they were taken / transported .Just very little story

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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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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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Going back to the start…

Good story. FBI Profiler, Emma Griffin, is on a leave of absence from work and has decided to return to her childhood home for a while. Once there, Emma is visited by her old hs boyfriend, Sheriff Sam, who asks for her assistance in locating missing children. The pair team up and race to find a killer before it’s too late.
Good story with good ending.

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Good, silid entertainment

AJ Rivers does a good job writing fun to read mysteries. Her characters, whie not complicated, are good to read whether good or bad. There're also good reads if you have less time to spend on your hobby. They are shorter, and sometimes a good little read is all you need.

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The girl that vanished was a great book !

I loved this book, can't wait to listen to the next one highly recommended to all.

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Narration is barely tolerable

I’ve listened to the first two books in the series and both stories were pretty good. I can’t get past the narration though. I hate saying negative things about people’s work but the narration sounds hurried and unnatural. Claire Duncan has a lovely voice but it sounds like she’s in a race to read the book and isn’t taking breaths. It’s also almost like English is not her first language, though she doesn’t have an accent.

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rather disappointing

I so enjoyed Book one but the second book seemed disjointed. who was following her? what happened to him? no mention at all after a few short references. not even a teaser at the end.

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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.