Vanishing Point (2017) + Giveaway

34020281Vanishing Point (2017) is the fourth book in the Nikki Boyd Files series. This novel was recently published on November 7, 2017 by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This book comes in all forms including eBook, and is 305 pages in length. With a full-time job and a precocious five-year old, this story took me three days to devour! I received a free copy of this novel directly from the publisher, Revell of the Baker Publishing Group. In no way has this influenced my opinions of the story. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I give this novel 5 STARS. This story is a Contemporary Christian Romantic Suspense.

About the Book

During Garrett Addison’s first week on the job as a criminal investigator for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), his team is called out to a murder scene of a young girl. She’s the third victim in a string of disappearances with one thing in common–a Polaroid photo of each victim left behind at the crime scene.

The FBI is pulled into the case to help, and Garrett finds himself working with Special Agent Jordan Lambert, the woman he once loved. When yet another girl dies–number six–Garrett blames himself and believes he doesn’t have what it takes to be an agent. What he’ll discover is that, while he may be done with the killer, the killer is not done with him–or Jordan.

301379_VanishingPointHarris_posts2Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Harris unveils an unforgettable story of a case that has haunted the public and law enforcement for more than a decade. Fans of the Nikki Boyd Files will thrill to finally discover what actually happened to Nikki’s sister, Sarah. New readers will become instant fans after devouring this chilling tale.

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My Thoughts

Whoa! Whoa! WHOA! This book is amazing. It is fast-paced, thrilling, and a little terrifying. You know when a book is SO good you don’t know where to even begin? That’s probably going to be this post. I don’t know where to begin, it’s that good. I really enjoyed every second of this story, and I cannot recommend it enough. Lisa Harris is a brilliant story-teller!

The main characters in this story are Garrett and Jordan. They are both in various branches of law enforcement — he is with TBI and she is with the FBI. They are initially teamed up to try to solve the murder of a young girl, a murder that appears to be the third in a serial killing spree. Garrett and Jordan actually knew each other years prior when they went through the police academy together. They did have a relationship when they were in the academy, but that came to a slow end when Jordan chose to go to the FBI. The relationship between Garrett and Jordan is SO realistic. There are some really intense moments where I wanted to scream at them to just love each other again! But, then years would pass by and they would go their separate ways. I loved how the two characters were written. I was completely drawn in by their abilities as law enforcement agents, their passions and sparks, and their intense stubbornness. I rooted for them as law enforcement, and I rooted for them as a couple.

Image result for disneyland ride jungle cruise the backside of waterI really like how Ms. Harris wrote this book. To me, it is really inventive. It’s like a prequel and it’s like the final book in a series all at the same time. There is a ride at Disneyland called the Jungle Cruise. I love the ride. It is witty, and it’s a great ride to go on when you are tired because you get to sit for about five minutes and laugh! At one point during the ride, the boat operator takes the boat under a waterfall and tells the riders that they are witnessing the eighth wonder of the world, “The backside of water!” It always gets a good laugh, at least from me. I mention this because that’s how I felt reading this book. It was like I was reading the backside of the Nikki Boyd story. This story shows how Nikki Boyd became investigator Nikki Boyd as Garrett and Jordan are trying desperately to solve her sister’s case. What a really engaging way to tell Nikki’s sister’s story.

I love the message in this novel. Why does God allow so much bad to happen to innocent people? I know I have asked myself this question countless times in my life. And, Garrett and Jordan confront this question time and time again throughout the story. Like everyone who asks this, they begin to question God, and this really bothers Garrett and Jordan (and it totally bothers me too when I get to this point). In the novel, Garrett and Jordan discuss God’s role in tragedy:

“I think that I’ve found that asking where God is when something bad happened is the wrong question.” Her statement surprised him. “What do you mean?”

“We ask that question as if we are surprised when evil surfaces. But in reality, I think we’ve forgotten we live in a fallen world. We’ve forgotten that God gives us the freedom to make choices. And while He gives us free will, that freedom doesn’t mean He stands over us and fixes everything. There are consequences that too often hit innocent people. Does that make sense?”

“It does,” Garrett said.

“And what I am realizing is that when He doesn’t intervene, it doesn’t mean He isn’t there. I think it means just the opposite. He decided not to just sweep down and fix our problems every time something goes wrong. Instead He chose to redeem us eternally by sending His Son.”

I love this! This is the first time in my life someone has answered this question in a beautiful and totally logical manner. The bottom line is that sometimes I make stupid choices and there are consequences that affect me. And, sometimes others make choices and their choices mean consequences that affect me. That is life. God is always with me no matter what I am going through. Sometimes He does choose to save me from myself and others, and sometimes He chooses not to fix everything in that moment because HE has fixed everything for me eternally. This really gives me a lot of renewed hope, which I was not expecting from a suspense novel. What a beautiful treat!

Vanishing Point is a phenomenal read. I could go on and on, but I’m afraid that in my excitement I would spoil the story. I would hate to do that. Suffice it to say, I cannot recommend this story enough. It is such a perfect way to tell a backstory, and I HIGHLY recommend it. Buy it today!!!


Giveaway

Dynamic! Intense excitement from start to finish.

I am giving away ONE (1) paperback copy of Vanishing Point (Nikki Boyd Files #4) by Lisa Harris. This giveaway begins today, 11-21-17 at 10:00 pm and ends on Sunday, 11-26-17 at 10:00 pm. Good Luck!

Congrats to Kenzie M. You have won this giveaway!!!

Thanks for participating.

***Please Note: Open to Continental U.S. mailing addresses only.***  Winner will be notified via email at the end of the giveaway, and will be announced here on this page.

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12 thoughts on “Vanishing Point (2017) + Giveaway

  1. I’ve read three book blogger reviews for Vanishing Point and everyone seems to agree on the author’s construction of the story—different, but good.
    The question, “Why does God allow so much bad to happen to innocent people?” came up in a recent conversation I had with a non-believing family member. It’s such a common question and I would like to read how it plays out in there story.
    I’ve read all the books in this series up to this point. Thank you for the opportunity to win the final installment.
    Amanda

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