Monday, November 6, 2017

"Vanishing Point" by Lisa Harris

About this book:

  “During Garrett Addison's first week on the job as a criminal investigator for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, his team is called out to a murder scene of a young girl. She's the third victim in a string of disappearances with one thing in common--a Polaroid photo of each victim left behind at the crime scene.
  The FBI is pulled into the case to help, and Garrett finds himself working with Special Agent Jordan Lambert, the woman he once loved. When yet another girl dies--number six--Garrett blames himself and believes he doesn't have what it takes to be an agent. What he'll discover is that, while he may be done with the killer, the killer is not done with him--or Jordan.
  Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Harris unveils an unforgettable story of a case that has haunted the public and law enforcement for more than a decade. Fans of the Nikki Boyd Files will thrill to finally discover what actually happened to Nikki's sister, Sarah. New readers will become instant fans after devouring this chilling tale.”

Series: Book #4 in the “Nikki Boyd Files” series. Reviews of #1 Here!, #2 Here!, and #3 Here!

Spiritual Content- Prayers; Talks about God & wondering where He is when bad things happen; ‘H’s are not capital when referring to God; Mentions of God & wondering where He is when bad things happen; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of churches, church going, & pastors; Mentions of having peace; Mentions of Christians & faiths; Mentions of Heaven; A few mentions of blessings; A couple mentions of miracles; A mention of the Bible; A mention of nuns; A mention of martyrs & atoning;
             *Note: Mentions of evil & the evil in the world.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘shut up’, two ‘dumb’s, and three ‘stupid’s; There are two chapters of two different girls abducted, trying to run-away, being shot at, & pain (semi-detailed); Gunshots, a bomb, & a fire (up to semi-detailed); A car crash & passing out (up to semi-detailed); All About mentions of a serial killer/abductor, his victims, & how the murders and abductions happened (semi-detailed); Many mentions of murders, bodies, the decaying process, gunshots, injuries, blood/bleeding, & how the murders happened (up to semi-detailed); Many mentions of graves, killing, & bodies; Mentions of a man who murdered his stepchildren (not-detailed); Mentions of a police officer shot & killed in the line of duty (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of being shot & blood/bleeding (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of threats of shooting/killing & threats; Mentions of a bomb, fires, pain, & deaths (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of a car accident & injuries (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of a stalker & stalking; Mentions of crimes, crime scenes, & criminals; Mentions of prisons & inmates; Mentions of nightmares & nightmares of dead bodies; Mentions of an attempted kidnapping; Mentions of an attempted break-in; Mentions of thieves, stealing, & attempting to steal; Mentions of illegal activities; Mentions of embezzlement; Mentions of a car wreck; Mentions of mafias; Mentions of smoking, cigarettes, marijuana, & drug-users; Mentions of alcohol, drinking, alcoholics/drunks, & bars; Mentions of divorces & a wife leaving her husband; Mentions of lies & lying; A few mentions of terrorist attacks; A few mentions of a robbery & death; A couple mentions of domestic violence; A couple mentions of animals carrying off bodies; A couple mentions of jealousy; A mention of vomiting;
             *Note: A couple mentions of car brands; A mention of Mariah Carey; A mention of HGTV; A mention of girl scouts.

Sexual Content- a cheek kiss, a barely-above-not-detailed kiss, and two semi-detailed kisses; Wanting to kiss (barely-above-not-detailed); Touches, Embraces, & Smelling (up to semi-detailed); Noticing (barely-above-not-detailed); Blushes; Mentions of kisses & kissing; Mentions of dating, couples, girlfriends, boyfriends, exes, & break-ups; A few mentions of jealousy; A couple mentions of flirting; A mention of someone being in bed with the mafia; Some love, falling/being in love, & the emotions;
             *Note: A few mentions of miscarriages; A mention of hormones.

-Jordan Lambert
-Garrett Addison
                             P.O.V. switches between them (with prologue in a girl’s P.O.V. & another chapter in another girl’s)
                                     Set during 2004, 2005, 2006, & Present Day
                                                        320 pages

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My personal Rating-
{Add ½ for those who have read the previous books in the series}
Oh, my goodness, this was a hard book to read. But let me back up first.
I’ve said it in a few of my BookTube videos, that while this book has been on my anticipated reads list for 2017, I’ve also been insanely nervous about reading it and learning what happened to Nikki’s sister.
I liked meeting Jordan (who is of African American and Brazilian roots, so yay for diversity!) and Garrett, but their romance sprinkled into a book about a serial killer and murders of young teen girls did seem a bit odd at times, but I understand trying to lighten the situation.
It was a heavy topic though. I don’t want to discount that at all. It’s pretty easy to say “Oh, that’s fiction. Distance yourself [from the emotions].”, but unfortunately, it happens in real life so it’s a very serious storyline. Those sensitive to the topics discussed in this book should probably stay away.
The age-old discussion of where is God when bad things are happening was the majority of the Spiritual Content, but I loved how the author wrapped that conversation up at the end with the problems of sin in the world.
So overall? This wasn’t an easy book to read. I love seeing things all happy and rosy in fiction, and while this whole series definitely showed more of the sin in the world, but it had Hope in every book. Which is just why I stay to Christian Fiction suspense and not secular suspense; for the message of the Hope we have in the Lord.

See y’all on Wednesday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Revell) for this honest review.

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