Vanished in the Mountains
by Tanya Stowe
Published by Love Inspired
Publication Date February 1, 2021
Genres: Inspirational Fiction, Suspense, Clean Romance
Setting: Colorado Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
A search for missing women leads to a deadly pursuit.
When domestic violence counselor Dulcie Parker uncovers evidence of a human trafficking ring in the Four Corners area, she’s determined to stop it or die trying. With corruption all around her and killers on her trail, Deputy Sheriff Austin Turner’s the one person she can trust. But can they work together to expose the crime ring before she becomes the next victim?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
What a great story!
Dulcie and Austin were both passionate about their work, and both because of tragedy in their past. I especially admired Dulcie’s commitment to helping women and children who had suffered from abuse despite the memories each encounter must have stirred up.
Consistent with the Love Inspired Suspense line, it was not overly suspenseful and yet had plenty of action and uncertainty to keep my attention. The budding romance between Austin and Dulcie was believable and enjoyable as they both fought their attraction to each other.
As Inspirational fiction, the faith element was clearly present though not overt. I loved the way Dulcie called to mind her favorite verse whenever she began to fear and was able to take courage. And how she was able to overcome the paralyzing fear she had suffered from childhood.
At times, I have trouble visualizing action sequences in books. Most likely, the problem is with me. However, I did not have any trouble picturing the events in Vanished in the Mountains. They came alive and clearly depicted what was happening. This was most obvious to me when Austin was driving his Jeep in the snow and encountered some difficulties. The thorough, yet not tedious, coverage of what happened helped me think through what was happening in a different way than I would have with fewer details. And the tool he used when he didn’t have a knife available? Huh!
Having been to Mesa Verde as a child and seeing the cliff dwellings, I was fascinated by the events in the story that took place there. Especially as Dulcie and Austin got to enter the dwellings that most people are not permitted to enter! I also really enjoyed the time they spent in the Canyon de Chelly to speak with the two Navajo women, each so very different in their response to the investigation.
Vanished in the Mountains is perfect for those who, like me, enjoy suspense which is not overly scary.
More from Tanya
When my children were very young, my husband and I took a trip to Colorado for a family reunion. After the reunion, we traveled through Colorado to see the sights. We stopped in Silverton and my sister and I took my young son and daughter down the narrow-gauge railroad to Durango. Riding the swaying train down slopes covered in pine trees with the rushing white water of the Animas River below, I knew I’d write about the area someday. Many years later my husband and I took our first “kid-less” vacation in our motorhome. We stayed in a campground on the Navajo Nation next to Canyon de Chelly. We had no running water or electricity and that night, a storm blew in from the west. We watched the sky change to hues of purple and pink and then sat mesmerized as lightning strikes crossed the magnificent valley. Once again, I planted the scenes in my mind, determined to write about them one day. Little did I know both vacations would combine into one story. I hope you find my memories of the Four Corners area as unforgettable as I did! Blessings!
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