The Vanishing of Olivia Beck
Series: Smoky Mountain Suspense #2
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
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
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.