Vanishing Point (Nikki Boyd Files) by Lisa Harris
Published by Revell Publishing November 07, 2017
Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Drama
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
During Garrett Addison’s first week on the job as a criminal investigator for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, 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.
Bestselling 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.
Lisa Harris finally delivers the long awaited back story to her Nikki Boyd Files readers – what happened to Sarah Boyd?
With a story that spans more than 10 years of time Lisa Harris presents the unsolved case of Sarah Boyd – sister to FBI Agent Nikki Boyd and suspected victim of the Angel Abductor. This case has remained unsolved for many years and is the very reason Nikki Boyd walked away from her teaching career to become a cop. Ms. Harris takes her readers back to 2004 and starts at the beginning – with the first three girls taken and only two bodies found. Instead of focusing on Nikki, however, she will turn to the lead investigator on this case Garrett Addison and tell the story through his eyes. Garrett has been handed the case of the three missing girls his first week as an investigator for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation – a case that has turned deadly with the finding of two bodies. Determined to find the one responsible before someone else goes missing, Garrett jumps in with both feet, praying for the wisdom to see what may have been missed before. As his team investigates the latest crime scene, they find a Polaroid of the deceased girl before she died, great fear evident on her face. They also find the intact wallet of the victim in a nearby trashcan. Shocked at the brazen way in which this killer leaves clues, they quickly realize that whoever this murderer is has a precise and calculating mind. And, in spite of their best efforts, this case will not be closed anytime soon. Working alongside Garrett is his former girlfriend, Jordan Lambert, who works as an case analyzer for the FBI. Jordan spends much of her days behind a desk as she reviews cases and finds new leads to follow. This case will bring an end to that work, as she finds herself both drawn to the field work of the Angel Abductor case and Garrett. Neither of them really got over their breakup but they have tried to move forward with their lives and their work. But this case will take its toll on both of them, teaching lessons and breaking them down to what matters most – justice and forgiveness. And as more girls are taken and found dead, Garrett must keep his focus or he will risk losing his ability to find the killer. Ms. Harris created some very good characters with this back story of Nikki’s life. However, I found that the pacing of this story was a little slow. Her writing was excellent and the mystery well developed but I felt it just dragged a little in the middle of the book. Not to say that this isn’t very likely how cases of this magnitude work, I know that there are many cases that remain unsolved for decades before a resolution is found. I think the main problem I found was that the story was so far removed from the focus of the previous Nikki Boyd stories that I had a hard time connecting this plot to the others. On the other hand, I really loved the way that Ms. Harris developed her main characters to show a deeply human side of these investigators. Walking the fine line between hope and despair is a daily struggle for crime investigators and Ms. Harris was deliberate in showing the toll it takes on them. How often we forget that these men and women have family life outside of their work and it can greatly affect their ability to do their job. Sharing the grief of losing a beloved parent, the pain of a parent who disapproves of career choices, and the loss of true love from the choice to keep feelings inside allowed Ms. Harris to make her story real and relatable. So while there were a few pieces of this story that made it difficult to read there was so much more that made me glad I did. I had been given glimpses into this background of Nikki’s life and was happy to finally get the whole story. It seemed to me that this was one of those “necessary but not the best story” books that comes with every series. The one where there is a lot of information that needs to be told and therefore the plot will be a bit slower. But I have been able to round out my depiction of Nikki better in my imagination through this story so I believe that the next ones will only get better. I have this book on my birthday list and look forward to adding it to my shelves to read again. I will recommend this book to others as an important part of the story of Nikki Boyd – one that is not to be missed for those who are fans of these books. I am hoping there will be another installment of this excellent series soon as I am loving getting to know all of the ins and outs of this character.
I received this E-book free of charge from Revell Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I will receive no fiscal compensation from either company for this review.