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Ring…Ring… One call from her past was all it took to change everything. A ten-year-old girl has vanished on her way home from camp. And things took a turn for the worse when another child, a child that Emma knows, goes missing. Disappearances, death, and tragedies has followed Emma Griffin throughout her childhood. Her obsession with finding out the truth behind her pas Ring…Ring… One call from her past was all it took to change everything. A ten-year-old girl has vanished on her way home from camp. And things took a turn for the worse when another child, a child that Emma knows, goes missing. Disappearances, death, and tragedies has followed Emma Griffin throughout her childhood. Her obsession with finding out the truth behind her past was what led her to join the FBI. It’s been months since the horror of Feather Nest. After the shocking revelation of the last case, FBI agent Emma Griffin decides to take a much-needed vacation. But a phone call from Sheriff Sam Johnson, a man from her past, completely derails her plans. A young girl has disappeared, and another child has gone missing. With the number count slowly climbing. Emma must now put her plans on hold, go back to her hometown and face some ghosts from her past. When a mysterious package appears on her birthday. Emma can’t shake the feeling that someone is monitoring her every movement. Someone is getting too close for comfort. The question is who? In the close-knit town of Sherwood, the truth is never as it seems.


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Ring…Ring… One call from her past was all it took to change everything. A ten-year-old girl has vanished on her way home from camp. And things took a turn for the worse when another child, a child that Emma knows, goes missing. Disappearances, death, and tragedies has followed Emma Griffin throughout her childhood. Her obsession with finding out the truth behind her pas Ring…Ring… One call from her past was all it took to change everything. A ten-year-old girl has vanished on her way home from camp. And things took a turn for the worse when another child, a child that Emma knows, goes missing. Disappearances, death, and tragedies has followed Emma Griffin throughout her childhood. Her obsession with finding out the truth behind her past was what led her to join the FBI. It’s been months since the horror of Feather Nest. After the shocking revelation of the last case, FBI agent Emma Griffin decides to take a much-needed vacation. But a phone call from Sheriff Sam Johnson, a man from her past, completely derails her plans. A young girl has disappeared, and another child has gone missing. With the number count slowly climbing. Emma must now put her plans on hold, go back to her hometown and face some ghosts from her past. When a mysterious package appears on her birthday. Emma can’t shake the feeling that someone is monitoring her every movement. Someone is getting too close for comfort. The question is who? In the close-knit town of Sherwood, the truth is never as it seems.

30 review for The Girl That Vanished

  1. 4 out of 5

    HJ

    Oddly, I guess I thought that the 2nd book in the series would have shown some sort of maturing improvement for the author. I'm sorry to say that is not the case. There is a serious lack of knowledge with regard to law enforcement procedures, and more so with psychology. If you are fine with an FBI agent who barely comes across as an uneducated Private Investigator, and is unacceptably immature for a highly educated and experienced FBI agent (she calls her superior by his last name - to his face, Oddly, I guess I thought that the 2nd book in the series would have shown some sort of maturing improvement for the author. I'm sorry to say that is not the case. There is a serious lack of knowledge with regard to law enforcement procedures, and more so with psychology. If you are fine with an FBI agent who barely comes across as an uneducated Private Investigator, and is unacceptably immature for a highly educated and experienced FBI agent (she calls her superior by his last name - to his face, versus 'sir' or 'Mr.', as would be the case in reality), and you just want to be immersed in a romantic-ish suspense, then you'll probably be fine. If you are looking for a realistic law enforcement procedural (with or without a romantic element), skip this one. The author clearly has zero knowledge of the FBI hierarchy, behaviors, procedures, and/or departments, some of which are easily accessible via the internet. Actually, it's not even that she doesn't know FBI, but that even the basic 'Sheriff'/local law enforcement knowledge is lacking. Sorry, this one, while still having a slight entertainment value, is pretty much a fail for me. I will not be pursuing further books by this author.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    Amazing read I am so in love with this series. The mysteries are written so smoothly and so complex that you have a hard time figuring out who done it. Just when you think you’ve got it figured out there’s a freaking twist that will change everything. Emma is a great detective, who has been through a lot throughout her life. When an old flame calls asking for help Emma finds herself traveling back in time to a place that was full of fond memories, in search of missing children. What she doesn’t Amazing read I am so in love with this series. The mysteries are written so smoothly and so complex that you have a hard time figuring out who done it. Just when you think you’ve got it figured out there’s a freaking twist that will change everything. Emma is a great detective, who has been through a lot throughout her life. When an old flame calls asking for help Emma finds herself traveling back in time to a place that was full of fond memories, in search of missing children. What she doesn’t realizes she has a stalker of her own. Can Emma solve the puzzle before another child dies? This book is a nonstop mystery of murder and mayhem. If you love a good mystery this book will be right up your alley. Think of Along Came A Spider by James Patterson

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I was giving it 5 stars until about 80% in - now I’m giving it a 3.5/4. It was another quick, interesting read and overall a good storyline, but the ending just fell flat for me. It seemed unbelievable and was less interesting than the first book in the series. I’m definitely going to keep reading on though - I accidentally started reading the 3rd book before this one and am already hooked after the first couple chapters.

  4. 4 out of 5

    SoulSurvivor

    Not quite the level of suspense as 'The Girl in Cabin 13' , but I didn't expect lightening to strike twice so soon . Rivers is a great author is you enjoy being riveted to a thriller . I'll be starting #3 next week .Now back to Harry Truman .. Not quite the level of suspense as 'The Girl in Cabin 13' , but I didn't expect lightening to strike twice so soon . Rivers is a great author is you enjoy being riveted to a thriller . I'll be starting #3 next week .Now back to Harry Truman ..

  5. 5 out of 5

    bonnie kirchner

    The Girl That Vanished I love this book and series. It has great suspense and mystery. I highly recommend this book and series. Can't wait to read the next book in this series The Girl That Vanished I love this book and series. It has great suspense and mystery. I highly recommend this book and series. Can't wait to read the next book in this series

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Unbelievable story. Had me gripped from the beginning. The suspense was more than excellent.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Felicia

    The horrors of Feathered Nest, Virginia left Emma Griffin with a feather in her cap for a job well done… and in department-ordered counseling. Jake’s deception and betrayal have only added to the inner trauma Emma carries from her past. She’d probably be farther along in counseling… and recovery if she’d stopped trying to slam doors her therapist opens. But that’s Emma. Vacation plans made to avoid her birthday get waylaid first by a party planned by Bellamy and Eric, then by a call from her past. The horrors of Feathered Nest, Virginia left Emma Griffin with a feather in her cap for a job well done… and in department-ordered counseling. Jake’s deception and betrayal have only added to the inner trauma Emma carries from her past. She’d probably be farther along in counseling… and recovery if she’d stopped trying to slam doors her therapist opens. But that’s Emma. Vacation plans made to avoid her birthday get waylaid first by a party planned by Bellamy and Eric, then by a call from her past. Emma tries not to think about the young girl missing from summer camp in Sherwood, the closest thing to a hometown she has. But when a second child goes missing, she can’t refuse a personal request for help from Sherwood’s sheriff. Emma just wished he wasn’t also the man she walked away from years ago, Sam Johnson. There’s no shortage of suspects in Sherwood and Emma and Sam race to identify a kidnapper who becomes a killer when the body of the first child taken is found… and another child disappears. As the case intensifies, so does Emma’s anxiety. Just being back in her hometown is unsettling and distracting. Staying in the family home where her mother was murdered, and which was the last place she saw her father brings back memories that clash with her recent assignment in Feathered Nest. A mysterious birthday gift and anonymous calls from Feathered Nest prove someone is watching her, but who and why? While not at the top of her game, Emma Griffin is still a sharp investigator. I give her credit for knowing she is her own worst enemy and forgive her for the self-indulgent pity party and repeated flashes of arrogance because she rises to the occasion and faces down old fears to unmask a killer motivated by arrogance and selfishness. Though wonky in a few places that left me with questions, I enjoyed The Girl That Vanished. AJ Rivers delivers another well-written, fast-paced work of suspense with excellent narration. Enjoy!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Erica Paré

    This has been a good series so far. The writing style is easy to follow yet provides lots of twists and turns. Rivers gives us lots of probably suspects that we can zero in on and then usually provides some huge twist right at the end! I am excited to start book number 3 and am hoping to find some more info on this mystery person. I enjoyed learning more about Emma's past as we are brought back to a location known as home during this book. We meet Sam, the sheriff, who seems to be an ex boyfrien This has been a good series so far. The writing style is easy to follow yet provides lots of twists and turns. Rivers gives us lots of probably suspects that we can zero in on and then usually provides some huge twist right at the end! I am excited to start book number 3 and am hoping to find some more info on this mystery person. I enjoyed learning more about Emma's past as we are brought back to a location known as home during this book. We meet Sam, the sheriff, who seems to be an ex boyfriend of hers. The author seems to be providing little details about the main MC and I have a feeling once I get to the last book in the series I will have lots of questions answered. This is definitely a good suspense book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    This book kept me guessing the whole time! Then that ending - what?!? The narrator brought the story to life and kept me intrigued. The story flowed so easily that I almost listened in one sitting! A great listen for a long road trip because you won't want to stop listening! Thank you to the author for my review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own. This book kept me guessing the whole time! Then that ending - what?!? The narrator brought the story to life and kept me intrigued. The story flowed so easily that I almost listened in one sitting! A great listen for a long road trip because you won't want to stop listening! Thank you to the author for my review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kkc

    Totally satisfying my obsession with mysteries Fast paced, easy reads. I hand read two books by the author and have two more ready to be read. I’m enjoying them.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Interesting character....have enjoyed both so far.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This second book is better than the first. At least this time I didn't figure out who did it. This second book is better than the first. At least this time I didn't figure out who did it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie

    Good book This author knows how to weave a story. I usually can guess who the bad guy is but this one surprised me.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Ann

    I give it a 3.5 out of 5! Easier to follow than the first one in the series, but not as spooky as the first one either (which I appreciated). Excited to see how this author continues with a few more in this series and how they keep the readers on edge

  15. 5 out of 5

    Penny Evenson

    Another great book by A J Rivers! This was one you can't put down! It took a turn at the end I was not expecting! On to the next in the series! Another great book by A J Rivers! This was one you can't put down! It took a turn at the end I was not expecting! On to the next in the series!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sara Estrada

    I really like this book and I really enjoyed it. I have to say I enjoyed it more than I did the first one. I am not saying that the first one wasn’t good, but this one was better.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Judy Churchill

    It always embarrasses me to have to say ‘I never saw it coming’. But ‘tis the truth. Another heart stopping story where Emma, FBI Agent solves the horrendous crime.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Berrey

    I adore this series so far. Emma is such a good character and Sam is definitely a fav. I’m so excited to read the rest of the series. I’ll probably read a random book before picking up book 3 just to space out the series. The only thing that made it 4 instead of 5 stars is because it got a little slow at times. The twist was great though I had an idea of it but not the exact way it was executed.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Okay

  20. 4 out of 5

    margaret kaser

    As good as your first I am enjoying this series, looking forward to reading Girl in the manor in my library as we speak. Cannot wait.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jolene Meehan

    The Girl That Vanished Excellent read...loved the characters...mystery that left you hanging to the very end...can’t wait to read the next one in this series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ginger

    Great read! I love when a series captures me. I can’t put the book down, and then I have another one to look forward to when I am finished! Moving right along to #3!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lindy Crichton Bezuidenhout

    Another brilliant story This is the second book in the Emma Griffin FBI Mystery series. A great story in itself but there are references to the first book as well which would be good to understand. Same as the first book this is an absolute page turner that keeps you on your toes

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Howell

    The second book in the Emma Griffin series - just as good of a read as the first! I really love Emma's character, and I think the balance of crime, mystery, and personal life is on point. Not super intense, but keeps you turning the page. The second book in the Emma Griffin series - just as good of a read as the first! I really love Emma's character, and I think the balance of crime, mystery, and personal life is on point. Not super intense, but keeps you turning the page.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mary Rowe

    Not as psychologically jarring as The Girl in Cabin 13 Kidnap/murder and a perpetrator just as out of touch with reality as the prior book’s bad actor, but with a lower (thankfully!) body count.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melody Robinson

    Fantastic, I can’t say it loud enough. Keep them coming!!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Gee

    Chilling story, a must read The vanishing kids storyline is well written and intriguing. I was kind of caught off guard by the perpetrator, never suspected the person. Emma does her job and helps an old friend/boyfriend try to find the missing kids. I think the best part of this book is all the chilling and creepy clues about someone watching Emma.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Taryn Botts

    Better than first I Liked this book better than the first in the series. It's not super in depth, but it's an interesting story that flows right along. A fairly quick read. Better than first I Liked this book better than the first in the series. It's not super in depth, but it's an interesting story that flows right along. A fairly quick read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Liz Almerini

    This is the second book in the series I have read by this author. Both have been really good and I am looking forward to reading the others in this series

  30. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Hamann

    Once again, Rivers shoe horns in some slights on technology, this time e-readers, and an ill-fitting and under-developed romance that plagues our ever fumbling FBI agent. Predictably so, she follows a lucky hunch into the fray alone, without back, and with very little thought. Her investigation skills are still impeded by personal issues and jealousies, and still seem to lack what you would expect of an FBI agent. Later in the book, they discuss how young she was when she entered the Bureau and Once again, Rivers shoe horns in some slights on technology, this time e-readers, and an ill-fitting and under-developed romance that plagues our ever fumbling FBI agent. Predictably so, she follows a lucky hunch into the fray alone, without back, and with very little thought. Her investigation skills are still impeded by personal issues and jealousies, and still seem to lack what you would expect of an FBI agent. Later in the book, they discuss how young she was when she entered the Bureau and how illustrious her career has been, leading me to wonder if, in this world, are all the FBI agents worse at their jobs? Were this an official investigation and not one where her superior begrudgingly just decides he's cool with her freelancing, I imagine it would be Emma Griffin's last straw. Somewhat out of character, Griffin holds her FBI status over the heads of everyone actually officially involved, a trait both annoying and reason enough to roll my eyes and whish she had gone on her little vacation and wasn't present in this book. It's a wonder that she suddenly manages to be helpful at all. Once again, Rivers' writing skill and style are the saving grace. There's a good flow and structure, painting an interesting picture and a good mystery. The mystery is less obvious this time, with motives not so clear, and it is compelling enough to move past Emma's shortcomings. It's a well written desperate situation and the answers and clues are well hidden. Once again, thanks mostly to Emma's bravery/lack of forethought, everything is tied up nicely. Except for the reason I really wanted to read this book. In his previous novel about Emma, we are given this story of a girl with a dead mother and mysteriously missing father, something you know any good writer is going to bring back. In the midst of this, while on an actual assignment, a man falls dead on the porch of her temporary residence holding a piece of paper with her name. His name and address is fake, but he knew her parents! I went into this one thinking she would be investigating that, but without actually taking the reader to Iowa, it's a dead end and Emma comes back and moves on- for now. She receives mysterious gives from Feathered Nest and Rivers is sure to include two chapters from the perspective of an unknown man who's watching her and following her, even attempting to stalk her all the way to her vacation. Beyond these two chapters, this isn't touched again and the real mysteries are an afterthought. This isn't a bad thing nor a detriment to the book, but somewhat frustrating for me, personally, and I am eagerly awaiting the answers, even if it means sticking with Emma for another book.

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