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Vanished

A Luca Mystery, Book 2
Narrated by: Andrew Start
Series: A Luca Mystery, Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
4 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Obsession can be deadly. That's what Dom Stewart discovers when his buddy, Phil, goes missing. Dom has long coveted Robin, Phil's beautiful wife...is it time for him to step in? Detective Luca is also dazzled by Robin - even while acknowledging she may be involved in Phil's disappearance. Luca struggles with his heart as the investigation reveals the case is about much more than a missing man. Something dark and disturbing is behind the scenes. Is there a murder here?

As fraud and romantic interests verging on pathological fixation emerge, the question remains: What happened to Phil?

©2017 Dan Petrosini (P)2018 Dan Petrosini

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Old fashioned thriller for the modern age.

What made the experience of listening to Vanished the most enjoyable?

The variety of characters interwoven with an intricate plot creates an entertaining experience.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The essence of an old fashioned mystery is keeping you guessing with well timed surprises.

Have you listened to any of Andrew Start’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No but he is a good narrator and adds value to the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes it is an interesting read.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Myztikal
  • On the Edge of Glory
  • 05-10-18

It’s going to vanish from my Audible Library shelf


The second in the series, yet it seems like it is a stand alone and in that sense, if you pick up this book, it can be read out of order.

I’m not a fan of alternating first person narratives and this book is a prime example why.
Stewart’s POV portrays him as an observant chap and categorizes him as a pathetic, paper thin yet cardboard cut-out, bland supporting character. Each time the focus is centered from his perspective, it’s so detailed to what everyone is doing and bogs down the story with atrocious amount of telling and a plethora of thoughts in his head, but does zilch for his personality and bringing him to life. He came across like a narrator bystander and page filler.
Detective Luca is the best fleshed out, which is a shame because this book has several characters that failed to find the limelight.
The mystery/plot line was interesting and well written, but it serve the impact, as it is lost within the characters’ inability to make the reader/listener care.
The narrator was slightly better than the book, but the book could have disserviced his abilities. I would try another book by Andrew Start, but I’ll pass on the author.
Two stars because there are more unpolished and underdeveloped “everythings” in other works out there. However, it’s not a book I’m going to keep in my Audible Library.

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Intriguing to the very end

I loved the way the author fed little bits of information on each character into the story. Just enough humor here and there.....but not taking anything away from the seriousness of the story. I love Luca’s character and ordered book 3 already. Very well written and very well researched.

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Hard to follow

I didn't listen to the first book in the series, and I felt a bit lost because I didn't have much background information on the characters.

I've listened to stories with alternating POV, or narration, and didn't have trouble keeping track. The narrator of this story does not change his tone, inflection, accent, or anything to indicate which character is speaking. I found the narration style flat. He sounds like a bad guy explaining his nefarious deeds.

I had to restart the book several times because a few chapters in I was completely lost.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • Jan M
  • Southwest
  • 04-17-18

Gone or Dead?

I love a good mystery and Dan Petrosini and Andrew Start delivered. I really enjoyed the story and thought the author did a great job weaving clues in the story. The narration added to the book with his emotions and performance. I liked the character of Detective Luca and had a mental image of hollywood actor and television character combined. Vivid imagery is important to me in a mystery book. This was time well spent listening. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I would definitely listen to more books by both the author and narrator. Without giving away spoilers, I loved the ending.

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Had Me On My Toes

The author had me on my toes, wanting more. Once I started listening to this book, I simply could not stop. There was just enough suspense to keep you wanting more. I love the way the narrator portrays each of the characters and I feel does an excellent job of getting across exactly what the author is looking for. This book is a 5 Star, in my world!

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Good mystery

I do not read a lot of mystery stories, but this is one of the better ones I've listened to. Interesting main character. I do recommend this book. I received the Audible version, and here is the obligatory: This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Interesting Mystery!

Entertaining crime mystery with enough twists and turns to make you second guess yourself. Well worth a listen.

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Vanished or Dead

Det. Luca is brought in on a missing person case. The missing man, his wife, and best friend are all players. None of the three are faithful or honest. During the investigation Luca is slowed down with a cancer diagnosis and surgery. Characters with naughty thoughts and snappy dialogue keep this story fresh. I was gifted this from Audiobookworm for my honest review.

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Darn good audio

Normally I don't care for Books written in first person. I get confused switching between characters and sometimes the plot seems a little off due to the point of view. However, I really enjoyed this story and audio performance. Interesting plot that draws you in until the end. I did get lost a couple times at the first of the audio as to who was saying what but I quickly caught on to the timing and enjoyed the rest of the story.

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  • MANI
  • 04-24-18

Vanished

What did you like most about Vanished?

This audio book is fast paced. There are lots of twist and surprises which make the story very interesting.

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  • Julie
  • 06-25-19

Don't let this book vanish before you listen to it

I enjoyed this book and think If you like a moden day detective with a few flaws then this is the book/series for you. I like the way author doesn't solve the mystery in a few hours like they do on TV and you really get the sence that it might end up a cold case even go unsolved. It had a nice use of forensic to solve it but what was really nice is the detective is human with problem and not a fighting machine that can get out of any situation he finds himself in.
With the homicide rate at a low Luca finds himself working other areas of the police department, it's either do that or look at a cold case. Which is why he finding himself looking in the disappearance of a married man. What starts as a simple missing person case soon gets very complicated with contradicting statements from witnesses or changed statements pointing at suspects but as the information get dribble to them Luca feels more is going on and soon narrows down his suspect list, if only he could find the evidence to back him up.
The narrator was good and I enjoyed his style of talking.

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  • Rob Cooke
  • 04-23-18

Great story that pulls you along and draws you in!

This was a good audiobook with lots of tension and drama throughout.
The story builds and gives great detail and insight to the characters.

I loved how you never quite felt like you knew everything but you always had suspicions.

The narration was good. My only complaint was that 2 male characters sounded very similar to my ear and that meant I got lost on occasion between who was speaking. It in no way spoils the book and the experience.

This is a great mystery story that should appeal to those loving that genre, however I would urge anyone that likes a thriller or an intricate story to give it a go as well.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily provided this impartial review.

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  • Ostfeld
  • 04-09-18

New and interesting !

A very nice detective story,
The way it was done is new to me, it was like a game of persona for each chapter which was a very nice idea which I never seen before ( nice writing trick ) .
The book itself was very well written!
The performance was perfectly done!
I enjoyed listening to it which made it hard to put it down or take a break till the ending.

Not to ruin the story I'll keep this short and
Totally recommend this book.

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  • clive
  • 12-08-19

A good listen

A good storyline, which I did enjoy. Well worth a listen. I will be listening to more by Dan.

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  • Rayc
  • 04-19-18

A great example of this genre

This was one of my favourite read/listens this year. A great mystery/thriller it is book 2 of a series - I haven't read book 1 But book 2 can easily be read as a standalone.
Luca is a Florida police detective, he is believable and dare I say "lovable".. A dogged cop that just keeps on and hates not closing cases.
well crafted story that keeps you guessing, and keeps you turning pages. I will be looking for more from Dan Petrosini as both books I have read are top class.
Andrew Starts narration is in tune with the book and is clear and concise and makes for easy listening.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 04-15-18

Entertaining mystery

Generally I am not a big fan of mystery novels, but had previously enjoyed another one by this author in a different genre and gave this one ago, finding it an enjoyable listen on the whole.

One stylistic choice that he thankfully used a lot less later in the book was repeatedly having the characters bringing up the price of properties and maybe this is something that is true to people from that area, but for somebody outside that area it just seemed slightly annoying.

This book is predominantly told from the perspective of Detective Luca and from that of Dom Stewart, the latter being the best friend of the person (Phil) who has been reported missing by his wife Robin. The book follows these characters through an interesting series of twists and turns until we eventually find out what has happened to Phil and later on who was responsible for what happened.

The narrator did a good job with this book and his voices for the various characters were distinctive enough that they probably didn't need to keep announcing the switch of perspective at the start of each chapter due to his performance.

Overall, an enjoyable book that kept me reading to find out which twist would prove to be the conclusive one, it is the second book in a series, but is perfectly fine to listen to as a standalone too.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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  • Norma Miles
  • 04-13-18

Sometimes you can get more with candy than vinegar

Phil and Robin had been married for ten years when she reported him missing. They both earned good money, she more than him, and he'd failed to come home some nights: he was a womaniser. But this time he hadn't come home at all. Had he decided to simply run away or had something happened to him? No traces of him anywhere, dead or alive.
Whilst Phil's best friend tries to comfort the abandoned wife, Frank Luka has the task of trying to find out what has happened, assisted by his new female partner who seems pleasant but has weird ideas like interpreting dreams and alternative therapies. Not like his old friend and partner who had died.

This is a well constructed mystery, with alternating chapters giving the first person viewpoints of Luka and the dead man's friend, Dom Stewart. As time passes, both go through crises, one of illness and the other of hopes for a cherished relationship, and the case of the missing husband very slowly evolves. Without violent action but with attention to detail, and covering a considerable time, this is an intriguing and tense character based procedural thriller which has a feel of reality.

The book is well read by Andrew Start, well paced with just the right amount of inflection and good intonation for both of the main characters. He also gives distinctive voicings to the dialogue of the other protagonists and carries the story forward in a way appropriate to the text. A good narration.

Vanished is slightly unusual in that, although case focused, it also follows the lives and inner workings of two of the characters over a more than a year long period of time, with shifting circumstances altering their outlooks. Very interesting. My thanks to the rights holder for freely gifting me a complimentary copy of this book, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. This is the second in a series, apparently, but is completely standalone with no knowledge of book one being necessary to fully enjoy this one. Recommended.