Lorcan and Naiyana are desperate to move their young family far away from the hustle and bustle of modern city life.
The abandoned town of Kallayee seems like the perfect getaway: no one has lived there for decades. It will be peaceful. Quiet. Secure.
But life in Kallayee isn’t quite as straightforward as they hope. Lights flicker at night. Car tracks appear in the dust even when the family hasn’t driven anywhere. And six-year-old Dylan is certain he can hear strange sounds.
Lorcan and Naiyana refuse to leave. No one can talk sense into them.
And now, no one can talk to them at all.
They’ve simply vanished.
Wow that was one heck of a page turner, a novel where tension bubbles underneath the surface with every page and keeps you hooked into the narrative from first page to last.
After the brilliant 55 I did wonder if the author could keep that level up, but he sure can – Vanished is a very different book but equally compelling, equally unpredictable and lives up to its promise with a cleverly emotive finale.
The characters are the kind you love to hate to love, the plotting is tight and cohesive, moving back in time to show the reader how events unfolded whilst the investigation is itself ongoing. The setting is vividly described and adds depth to the whole feeling of it, hot, isolated, giving the story a claustrophobic feel.
Overall I loved it. Vanished is a classic mystery in a modern world and I definitely recommend it.