Title: Vanished 3
Author: Carter Quinn
Pages/Word Count: 137 Pages
At a Glance: Go. Read. It. Now.
Reviewed By: Lynn
Blurb: It’s been five months since Henry Cooley woke up to find that his husband, Tom MacKinnon, had vanished. Henry has gone through hell and back since then trying to uncover what really happened. But nothing could prepare him for the truth.
Review: Oh. My. God. I finished reading the final book of the Vanished series, and I honestly feel as though I’ve just run a marathon. What an intense, amazing read.
Looking back at the first two books, we saw Henry dealing, quite horribly, with the loss of his husband, Tom: the denial, the heart wrenching realization that Tom’s gone. We watched Henry move along with his life as though in a cloud, nothing seeming real anymore. The major cliffhangers at the end of each book told me this series would go out with a bang.
And it did! I’m gobsmacked!
I won’t give spoilers away, I never do, so all I’ll say is this was an edge of your seat, hang on for your life conclusion to an already powerful, emotional story. As I was reading, I geared myself up, ready for anything to happen. Is Tom alive? Will they be too late? Was he already dead? As information, clues and scenes unfolded, I couldn’t read fast enough.
What I loved most about this series, especially this last installment, is the writing. Mr. Quinn’s way with words makes you feel. This is definitely an emotionally driven story, and let me tell you, you feel everything. At times it’s so raw, it’s like a punch to the gut. To me, that’s a great storyteller.
The cast of characters really drove this story home. Of course, Henry and Tom are the main course, but the sides also had a story to tell. From Shaun (Henry’s best friend), to CJ (Henry and Tom’s adopted son), to Dev, Trevor and Shelby, they all play a significant role here. It wouldn’t have been the same without them. I’m really curious to know if there is any consideration for a spinoff with Shaun, Dev and Trevor? I think their story is just beginning, dontcha think so Mr. Quinn?
For those who haven’t read this series, I absolutely encourage you to do so. It’s not your typical romance, so if you’re looking for sugarplums and gumdrops, look elsewhere. But for readers who love a good mystery/thriller, this one is definitely for you. I can’t emphasize enough what a fantastic read this was.
Go. Read. It. Now.
Overall, I’m sad it’s ended, but thrilled I was along for the ride. The conclusion was everything I hoped for, and more. The build up to the ending, the mystery, the characters, the writing, all top notch.
Well done, Mr. Quinn, well done.
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