The Vanishing of Olivia Beck by Sara L. Foust – Book Review, Preview

Posted April 16, 2020 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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The Vanishing of Olivia Beck by Sara L. Foust – Book Review, Preview

The Vanishing of Olivia Beck

by Sara L. Foust

Series: Smoky Mountain Suspense #2
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Published by Silver Lining Literary Services
Publication Date April 15, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Suspense, Action/Adventure, Mystery, Clean Romance
Setting: Tennessee Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 175


She is looking forward to a new beginning in a new town…

Until an old case heats up again and a familiar face brings the past back to life. Recently recruited Special Agents Annalise Baker and Zachary Leebow are called upon to investigate major crimes in the Great Smoky Mountains. Now, with a missing woman that seems a bit too familiar and a suspected traitor in their midst, these best friends are not only tasked with solving a puzzling disappearance…

…but fighting for their own lives.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: The Kidnapping of Cody Moss, The Drowning of Corinne Porter

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Sara L. Foust really kept me guessing with The Vanishing of Olivia Beck!

Olivia’s story picks up where The Kidnapping of Cody Moss ended, or at least a few months later. Annalise has just signed divorce papers and is floundering, blaming herself for her failed marriage. Her best friend and co-worker, Zach, is doing all he can to help her see she was not responsible for her ex-husband’s infidelity while dealing with strange emotions when he is around her. When they are drawn into a new case, a missing woman, things begin to get odd.

I wasn’t quite sure who to suspect and who to trust! With bullets flying, threats made, and suspects mounting, the action was almost non-stop. I loved watching the details unfold as I learned more about the situation. And was caught completely off-guard by the revelation at the end.

Once again, I enjoyed seeing Annalise at work. Her uncanny ability to tease out the answers to the mysteries presented to her was amazing. And I loved seeing her read the micro-expressions on the faces of the various suspects – being able to tell when they were lying.

It was so fun to read about Zach and Annalise’s growing feelings for each other! I’m looking forward to reading more about them in the next book in the series, scheduled to release in June 2021.

The suspense isn’t creepy, terrifying, or gory. While there is plenty of action, there are light-hearted and sweet moments as well. And as Zach struggles with forgiveness, he seeks God in a way he hadn’t in the past. The faith element is integrated into the story quite naturally.

The Vanishing of Olivia Beck stands alone, yet I recommend reading The Kidnapping of Cody Moss beforehand, both for context and simply because they are great stories!

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About Sara L. Foust

Sara writes Inspirational Romantic Suspense from a mini-farm in East Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and their five homeschooled children.

She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Tennessee Mountain Writers. Her debut novel Callum’s Compass won second place in Deep River Books’; 2017 Writer’s Contest. She also has a story, “Leap of Faith,” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone.

Sara finds inspiration in her faith, her family, and the beauty of nature. When she isn’t writing, you can find her reading, camping, and spending time outdoors with her family. To learn more about her and her work or to become a part of her email friend’s group, please visit

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