by Liz Johnson

August 2010
ISBN: 978-0373444069
Reviewer Graphic Button Steeple Hill
Mass Market Paperback

Nora James vanished eighteen months ago when she watched thugs shoot her father down in the middle of an alley. Now she has a new identity as Danielle, an auto mechanic, in the small town of Colorado. She is safe, and feels safe, until her boss, Andy, has to go out of town to care for his mother, and asks her to teach his class at the community college.

Nate Anderson is an FBI agent hired to find Nora so he can get her to the safe house. But his last source shows her someplace in this small town of Colorado, but he doesn’t know where. Nate enrolls in community college, and takes an auto mechanic course, due in part to the car trouble he had on the way into town.

His teacher, Danielle, seems to have a lot of trouble following her, but Nate doesn’t feel comfortable dividing his time between her, his class, and trying to locate Nora, but what can he do? Leave her to fend for herself when trouble keeps escalating? Or is it possible that Danielle is hiding something that Nate needs to know?

Vanishing Act is the most recent release by author Liz Johnson, and it is good. Some of the events seem a bit contrived, even out of character, but the over all suspense is enough to keep the pages turning, and it held my interest throughout the book.

I enjoyed getting to know Danielle and Nate, and hoped that they would be able to work things out. I did figure out one of the bad “guys” early on, but the other one kept me guessing until later on in the book. Discussion questions are included at the end of the story.

Reviewed in September 2010 by Laura.

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