Book Review: Trapped by Irene Hannon

  • ISBN:         9780800721244
  • Pub. Date:  Sep 2013
  • SRP:         $14.99

A runaway teen, a desperate sister, and an intrepid PI determined to discover the truth.

When Laura Griffith’s sixteen-year-old sister disappears on a frigid February day, leaving only a brief note behind, Laura resolves to do whatever it takes to track down the runaway teen. That includes recruiting ATF agent turned private investigator James Devlin to help. Dev knows time is of the essence with runaways–just forty-eight hours can mean the difference between recovery and ruin.

But the deeper he and Laura dig, the more Dev begins to suspect that something sinister is at work in the girl’s disappearance. And in the icy winter weather, the trail is going cold . . .

In her latest thrilling read, queen of romantic suspense Irene Hannon outdoes herself with a fast-paced tale of fear, deception, and just the right dose of romance.
“Irene Hannon has written a tale of suspense that has all  of  the  elements  needed  to become a bestseller. It comes as no surprise that she’s a two-time RITA Award  winner, and that she has garnered a host of other awards. With more  than  35  novels  to  her credit, she knows how to develop characters and stories that readers love to embrace. . . . With just the right amount of suspense, danger and deception, Trapped is  engaging and satisfying. The prose is crisp and to the point, creating the scene  effortlessly . . . . A worthwhile read.”–New York Journal of Books

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Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than forty novels, including Vanished and the Heroes of Quantico and Guardians of Justice series. Her books have garnered many honors, including two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, and a Daphne du Maurier Award. Booklist also included one of her novels in its “Top 10 Inspirational Fiction” list for 2011. For more information, visit

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Reader review . . . 

Laura Griffith took in her teenage sister Darcy after their mother and Darcy’s father both passed away, but the relationship was strained at best.  On a cold February night, Darcy disappeared, leaving no clue as to her destination.  When the police are unable to help, Laura hires PI James Devlin.  With Devlin on Darcy’s trail, it soon becomes apparent that Darcy’s disappearance may be more than just your run-of-the-mill runaway.

Having read Ms. Hannon’s novels before, I thought I knew what to expect when I picked up this second installment of the “Private Justice” series.  This time out, she surprised me with the intensity and suspense levels.  Trapped is a real nail-biter with a heart-stopping conclusion.

For me, the romance subplot distracted from the mystery.  I found myself speed-reading through those parts.  The characters of Laura, James and Darcy were interesting, but predictable for this genre.  However, the characters of Mark and Faith were well-developed and, in the case of Mark, cause the reader to want to know more.

While the book is Christian fiction, the religious aspect is not overdone.  It is a clean mystery-thriller with intense, but not graphic, violence.

4 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.