Title: Vanished (Vanished #1)
Author: Carter Quinn
Narrator: Gordon Anthony Palagi
Publisher: Carter Quinn Books
Release Date Book: September 17, 2014
Release Date Audio: December 2, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Mystery, MM Romance, Thriller
Page Count: 98
Audio Length: 3 hrs
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Henry Cooley has good friends and a good life. He’s secure in his job and his relationship. He and Tom, the love of his life, are about to celebrate their twenty-first anniversary as a couple. Their son, CJ, is in his second year at Cal Arts. Henry’s only problems are his growing dissatisfaction with his job and the fact that Tom’s parents still hate him, even after all these years. At least those are his only problems until the morning he wakes up to discover Tom has vanished.
I read this book shortly after it had been released, and I remember very well my reaction when I turned the last page. Or better to say, read the last sentence.
No, not only because of the cliffhanger at the end. But because I HAD TO WAIT for the next sequel not even Got knew how long!.
Now, almost two years later and two years wiser, I have to confess that I still have no idea WHAT HAPPENED in this book. What a shame, and that must be made good. It is why I was glad to get a possibility to listen to an audio-book version that I really enjoyed. I hope that the further books of the series will appear as an audio edition too.
My first encounter with Vanished (Vanished #1):
I’ll keep it short and simple:
Vanished is a mystery romance. And I loooove the genre!
This one pulls you in and doesn’t let you go up to the end. I had many theories and suggestions while reading, but I had absolutely no idea what was going on. What was I reading? A romantic mystery? An amnesia drama? A spy thriller? A heart-wrenched romance? A paranormal novel?…No…definitely a mystery romance or?…These thoughts were running through my heated head NON-STOP.
And then came the ending…the final WTF in a numerous number of WTFs along the last 80% of the book. And because the story has kept me on the edge of my seat, it’s no wonder that with the last sentence I fell from my chair. literally.
WHAAAT THE FUUUUUCK?!
Bad news – there is a big fat CLIFFHANGER at the end. And normally I HATE cliffhanger.
BUT, honestly, it was THE BEST CLIFFHANGER EVER.
Good news – the series IS COMPLETED, and all you, lucky happy new readers, don’t have to suffer in waiting and guessing and card-reading, and jump directly into the next sequel.
An audio book is a very subjective matter. To enjoy an audio book that you HAVE already read and liked could be even more complicated. A picture of a narrator’s voice HAS been already created in our head. It is why I’m happy to report you that even if my imagination of Henry Cooley’s narrating were different, I forgot it immediately when he started to tell me his story. One more positive moments that I surprised me: even knowing the story, I felt the same anxiety, fears, pain and grief that I felt when I read it the first time. An harmonious interaction between the author and the narrator.
And now excuse me, my dears, I have to read the next sequel.