Vanished by Barbara Ann Derksen, a review

About the book:

Their lives are changed forever when murder and kidnapping take Brian Strait and Andrea Wilton to Haiti, the land of voodoo and street children. Vanished tells the story of their search for their friends, Trent and Diane Michner, but before they ever get started, a neighbor is murdered on Andrea’s doorstep and then her house is burned to the ground. Two men in a black Mustang shadow the couple. 

Max Shuster, the murdered man, leaves a note and extensive funds leading Andrea and Brian to Haiti where the two come across some more disappearances. This leads them to believe they may be on the right track. In the meantime, they befriend an abandoned five-year-old girl who introduces them to the plight of children in Haiti whose parents have disappeared.

Andrea and Brian, as well as the missing couple, are Christians who attend the same church. The two novice sleuths learn a new skill, scuba diving. Learning about new cultures and embarking on paths that take them out of their comfort zone is the common thread that takes the two detectives into subsequent adventures.

In the epilogue, Brian and Andrea are introduced to DJ, a biker friend of the Michners who has a mystery for them to solve. Set in the biker culture, book two finds both learning to ride motorcycles. SinceBarbara Ann and her husband ride during the summer with Christian Motorcyclists Association, she understands the world of biking so will be able to give credence to this novel. She has already interviewed a former member of an outlaw gang and an intelligence agent for the state DEA.

About the Author:

Author Barbara Ann Derksen served as a journalist for American newspapers for 8 years with over 2000 articles published in those papers as well as in some international magazines. Her first book was published in 2003 . This year, she’s working on her 13th book. 

My Review:

You've heard the saying, "Don't judge a book by it's cover."   Well, Vanished is a book I had to apply this saying to.  Honestly, I didn't LOVE the cover.  Even after having read the book, I don't love the cover, BUT  the book is a different story.  I really enjoyed this book!!

Derksen has done a wonderful job in writing Vanished.  She kept me on the edge of my seat and reading late into the night.  Andrea and Brian worked well together even though they really didn't know each other in the beginning.  They work hard and learn to trust each other and God more and more as they go along in this adventure.  In the meantime, God uses them to find their friends and to change the life of a little girl.  He also changes their lives in the process.  

Vanished shows up that God can change our lives and direction in life if we are willing to trust Him and do what He wants us to do.  

This was a great book if you like a little adventure and mystery as well as Spiritual content.   I would also say this book is good for teens and up as there are some dark and serious situations covered in this book.  

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