Sunday, August 15, 2010

Vanishing Act

Vanishing Act
Liz Johnson
(Steeple Hill
Love Inspired Suspense)
ISBN: 978-0373444069
August, 2010/215 pages/$5.50

Eighteen months ago, Nora James watched as her father was shot in an alley-and then she fl ed. She changed her name, her appearance and her job, hoping to keep her father’s shooter at bay. For months, it worked…but now her luck has run out. A ruthless assassin is on her trail, and soon Nora, now known as Danielle, will be found. But this time, she has FBI agent Nate Andersen by her side-right? The handsome agent would give his life to protect Danielle, but he’s wary of giving his heart…until a deadly confrontation leaves him with both on the line.

Liz Johnson grew up reading Christian fiction, and always dreamed of being part of the publishing industry. After graduating from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff with a degree in public relations, she set out to fulfill her dream. In 2006 she got her wish when she accepted a publicity position at a major trade book publisher. While working as a publicist in the industry, she decided to pursue her other dream-becoming an author. Along the way to having her novel published, she completed the Christian Writers Guild apprentice course and wrote articles for several magazines.

Liz makes her home in Nashville, TN, where she enjoys theater, exploring the local music scene, and making frequent trips to Arizona to dote on her two nephews and three nieces. She loves stories of true love with happy endings. Keep up with Liz's adventures in writing at her website.

I enjoyed Liz's first book, The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorn, which I reviewed here, so I was delighted when she gave me the opportunity to review this newest book. This novel is every bit as good as the first one. Right from the start, I was drawn into the story as Nora flees for her life after witnessing her father's murder. She creates a new life and name in an effort to disappear off the radar of whoever wanted her father dead. When she meets Nate, an FBI agent, she must decide whether to trust him. . . .first with her life, then with her heart. Unexpected twists heightened the suspense. This is a quick read that would be ideal to tuck into your purse or car for those seemingly endless "car line" waits. I look forward to more great stories from Liz!

Caveat: My one irritation with this book has absolutely NOTHING to do with Liz or the story. Steeple Hill is a division of Harlequin, and the teaser chapter provided at the end of this book was from their secular "Superromance" market. I felt it was inappropriate to feature in an inspiration novel a book that would be offensive to many believers, especially with the inappropriate language found in the excerpt. So enjoy Liz's story and utilize the discussion questions for your book club or small group, but skip the sneak peek at the end!

Thanks so much to Liz Johnson for sending me a copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a postive review.


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Diana Ferguson said...

Love the honesty! BTW glad you hopped over to the Texas party.

quilly said...

I enjoyed this book, too! In fact, I had The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorn on my TBR list, probably because of your review, and purchased it as well. I haven't had a chance to read it yeat because of my crazy summer life and my scheduled reads.