Trapped (Private Justice Series #2)

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"The queen of inspirational romantic suspense hits a home run with this compelling follow-up to Vanished. Hannon's many fans and readers who enjoy Travis Thasher will want this one."--Library Journal

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, ...
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Overview

"The queen of inspirational romantic suspense hits a home run with this compelling follow-up to Vanished. Hannon's many fans and readers who enjoy Travis Thasher will want this one."--Library Journal

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 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 www.irenehannon.com.

"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

"Hannon weaves a gripping tale of deceit and love that will stay with you long after you have finished reading it."--Suspense Magazine

"The icy cold snowstorm won't be the only thing giving readers the shivers as RITA and Carol Award-winning Hannon once again demonstrates her mastery at crafting spine-tingling romantic thrillers that, without graphic violence and language, utterly enthrall readers."--Booklist

"The queen of inspirational romantic suspense hits a home run with this compelling follow-up to Vanished. Hannon's many fans and readers who enjoy Travis Thasher will want this one."--Library Journal

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Laura Griffith's quiet life as a librarian abruptly ends when her half-sister, Darcy, comes to live with her. Laura has no idea how to deal with a 16-year-old who is constantly testing her patience. Then one day Laura returns home and finds a note saying that Darcy has run away. Laura hires PI James Devlin to find her. As he investigates the girl's disappearance, Dev fears that Darcy may have been kidnapped. VERDICT The queen of inspirational romantic suspense ("Guardians of Justice" series) hits a home run with this compelling follow-up to Vanished. Hannon's many fans and readers who enjoy Travis Thasher will want this one.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800721244
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Series: Private Justice Series , #2
  • Pages: 393
  • Sales rank: 127,896
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Irene Hannon is the author of more than 40 novels, including Vanished and the bestselling Heroes of Quantico and Guardians of Justice series. Her books have been honored with two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, a HOLT Medallion, a Daphne du Maurier Award, and two Reviewers' Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine. Booklist also included one of her novels in its "Top 10 Inspirational Fiction" list for 2011. She lives in Missouri.
For more information about her and her books, Irene invites you to visit her website at www.irenehannon.com or to stop by her Facebook page.
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  • Posted December 22, 2013

    Wow! I am so impressed with this book. And let me start off by s

    Wow! I am so impressed with this book. And let me start off by saying that I have not read the first book in this series, Vanished, and had absolutely no problem at all following this story.

    The author did a great job of writing an extremely suspenseful story, full of interesting characters. I loved the dynamic between Dev and Laura, as they fought the attraction they were feeling toward each other. Dev is the Private Investigator that Laura has hired to find her runaway half-sister, Darcy. I appreciated the author’s ability to make me understand, through hearing Darcy’s thoughts throughout her portions of the story, what her motivation had been to run away from home. I was able to feel empathy toward Dev, Laura and Darcy in the various situations they faced.

    And might I add that the author did a great job of creating a well-developed villain. At one point I turned to my husband and said, “Uh oh…this guy’s about to show us his ‘crazy’.” She crafted a truly messed up human being with all kinds of issues.

    This story kept me turning the page, wanting more till the very end. I now look forward to going back and reading the first book in the series, as well as this author’s other books. Trapped was the first book that I have read by Irene Hannon and it will not be the last!


    I received a complimentary copy of Trapped from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2014

    This is the first book that I have read in Irene Hannon's new Pr

    This is the first book that I have read in Irene Hannon's new Private Justice series. I thought the story was very well written and the characters were very well developed. There were a couple predictable parts in the story that I new were going to happen to happen but for the most part the story kept me on the edge of my seat. I kept on wanting to know what aaas going to happen. Irene did a great job of allowing you to see the feelings of four different characters through the story which to me was unusual and I had never seen before. The only problem that it caused is that it kind of took away from the story that she may have been trying to tell. As a reader I was unsure if she was trying to tell the story of Laura and Darcy or Laura and Devlin. I think she did a good job of describing the relationships between both character groups but the story didn't focus on just one.




    Lastly, I think that the book had just the write amount of religion involved. It didn't feel like it took over the story but you knew that it was mentioned. She did a great job of including it where most people in real life would think about God and look to their faith.




    I think that overall this was a great book and I am very interested in reading the first book in this series and the next one that comes out. Irene has a nitch for writing romance, faith, friendship and mystery all into one book. This is a rarity to find and I am excited to see what else she can write.

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  • Posted January 26, 2014

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    Trapped is the second book in the Private Justice series featuri

    Trapped is the second book in the Private Justice series featuring Pheonix Investigations. This is Devin’s story. He is a former ATF agent who is till trying to recover from his last undercover mission. Trapped deals with teen runaways and is realistic in the issues they face. Hannon provides information and statistic within the story that are very sobering. ..
    You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    An exciting mystery story!

    This book is one of the exciting mysteries by this author. It is one that holds your interest and you want to keep reading it to see what happens next. I like the settings in Missouri because it is a familiar area to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    Haven't read yet

    Seems every review i read is fromsomeone who has been given a FREE copy to read for an honest review. I will give honest reviews too. How do i apply for the free books ?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2013

    Must Read

    As usual Irene Hannon has created a great suspense novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Not as good as #1 Private Justice

    The first case went fast and was very interesting but the second case was too many phrases repeated and a lot of uninteresting plot. I flipped pages and read a couple of sentences until the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Loved the story...

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  • Posted October 6, 2013

    Trapped...trapped in a horrific nightmare! And the worst part of

    Trapped...trapped in a horrific nightmare! And the worst part of it is, it happens and could happen right in our neighborhood, and we would never know, or our colleague could be involved and yet be the nicest co-worker. I think that is what grabbed my imagination, my heart. This book is not for the faint-hearted, and yet I think teenagers need to realize that they are not invincible. And yet, was I any different? Surely I would have denied the fact that I could be at risk.
    There are only a few suspense writers who claim a spot on my personal bookshelves, and few that can claim to keeping me awake at night, long after I have finished reading the novel. 
    Once again, Irene has used her unique talent and delved to the heart of the matter in a realistic and graphic method. Without giving away anything of the story let me tell you that I could not get comfortable while I read, nor could I leave the characters in their various predicaments until the end. The images and story line has been burnt into my conscience and will color my perceptions of life in general from here on in. As I was reading it, I was well aware that this is only fiction, and yet it felt so real, that at times I held my breath and agonized with the characters.
    "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 
    Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group". 

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  • Posted October 6, 2013

    Good Romantic Suspense This book has all the elements to dev

    Good Romantic Suspense




    This book has all the elements to develop an enjoyable read, like: serial killer, runaway teen, desperate sister, and ex-ATF investigator. Hannnon combines them to create an enjoyable, fun, clean read that will keep you reading into the wee hours. Some of Hannon’s romantic encounters seem a little trite and perhaps a little too sweet, but over all, the book is a pleasurable read. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys clean romantic suspense. 

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  • Posted October 2, 2013

    Holds your interest!

    Enjoyed all the books in the series and highly recommend to others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Highly recommend

    This book was very good, I had a hard time putting it down. I must admit, I am hooked on the books by Irene Hannon. I have read almost all of them, and haven't been disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    Love this author!

    Irene Hannon is one of my favorite authors - she has the perfect blend of suspense, inspiration/faith, and wonderful characters that make her books great "page-turners." As with her other series, I am loving the Private Justice series, and can't wait for the next one to be released. Always a clean, enjoyable read from Irene Hannon - just some sleep loss when reading her books, because they are so hard to put down. Trapped is another masterpiece - once you get to page 100 or so in the e-book, be prepared to really get caught up in the action, because it starts moving so fast, you won't be able to leave the book!

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  • Posted September 11, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    TRAPPED by Irene Hannon is an exciting Inspirational Romantic Su

    TRAPPED by Irene Hannon is an exciting Inspirational Romantic Suspense. #2 in "A Private Justice" series, but can be read as a stand alone. See,"Vanished". Irene Hannon weaves a story that draws the reader in and holds them captive page after page. Brilliantly written with the right amount of romance,faith,passion and suspense. Another hit for this romantic suspense author. A tale of fear,deceit,suspense,and love. Well done indeed!! Ms. Hannon is a masterful storyteller story after story!! A must read for any and all suspense and romance readers. You will not regret picking up "Trapped" by Irene Hannon. Received for an honest review from the publisher.
    “Available September 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”
    RATING:4.5
    HEAT RATING: Sweet
    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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  • Posted September 7, 2013

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    Oh my word. Trapped! Three words: I loved it! I fell in love w

    Oh my word. Trapped! Three words: I loved it!

    I fell in love with Irene Hannon's romantic suspense novels a couple of years ago and have been hooked ever since. While I go into her books knowing (1) who is going to fall in love and (2) that everything is going to turn out okay, I'm always curious as to how she's going to get me to that wonderful "happily ever after." And what a journey Trapped was!

    I was hooked on Dev from the very beginning. He was so intriguing with a mysterious tragedy in his past and a "good guy" vibe. His work ethic combined with his determination to follow the "house rules" despite his interest in Laura were admirable traits. And of course his gentlemanly behavior was a plus as well. Laura was a sweet girl and I loved that there were more layers to her than we saw at first meeting. She had plenty of gumption and I admired her strong will and determination to find Darcy. I loved reading about two strong characters that were determined not to let situations in their past hold them back, which is a change from many of the books out there where at least one of the characters has major struggles to overcome.

    I will admit that the suspense started off a little slow. Somehow, though, Hannon wrote in such a way that I was hooked in spite of that. I just had to keep reading. About halfway through, the suspense really picked up and it was a fast-paced ride from there!

    All in all, this was a great book. The hero was charming. The mystery was interesting. The bad guy was suitably creepy. The plot gained momentum as it went. And the romance was so sweet. I'm happy to recommend this book! [5 stars]

    I received a free copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my fair and honest review.

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  • Posted September 7, 2013

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    Irene Hannon in her new book ┬┐Trapped┬┐ Book Two in the Private J

    Irene Hannon in her new book “Trapped” Book Two in the Private Justice series published by Revell Books takes us into the lives of Laura Griffith and James Devlin




    From the back cover:  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.




    Whenever I see Irene Hannon’s name on a book I know that I am in for a very exciting read.  And with “Trapped” I think she far outshines in the excitement category.  I think this is Ms. Hannon’s best work so far, she just keeps getting better and better.  As soon as you say search and rescue to me the story takes on a new level of danger.  The search is on to find Laura’s sister and finding her is not going to be easy especially with the storm coming.  All of the characters are so well written you begin to think that you have known them all your life and you certainly want them to succeed.  With “Trapped” Ms. Hannon has given us a thriller that becomes more and more exciting until the last hundred pages which is an extremely wild ride.  All I can say is imagine going on a roller coaster; the beginning of the ride is calm until you get to the top and experience that first drop then it is nothing but twists, turns, upside down loops until the ride ends.  This is what Ms. Hannon does to us as readers with this book.




    This is a fun read, it is a fast read, however I do not recommend starting this book late at night because it will cost you sleep as you will not want to put it down.  Ms. Hannon is an excellent writer and knows how to twist your nerve endings as she tightens the suspense.  I recommend this book, and everything else that Ms. Hannon has written, highly!!




    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.

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    WOW! Couldn't put it down! I thought the first boo

    WOW! Couldn't put it down!



    I thought the first book in this series, Vanished, was worth 5 stars. I still do. But this book had me FLOORED it was so good. Nice romance as a side story and strong suspense main story line. Irene Hannon always lets you know someone in the novel is a strong Christian, but it is never preachy (or mentioned that often), so please do not let this stop you from reading it. I recommend the book for ages 16 and up simply because of the subject matter. It is pretty frightening. A better recommendation would be for a mother and daughter to both read the book and then have a discussion about it, 5 BIG BIG stars!!

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  • Posted September 3, 2013

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    Full of suspense and wonder, this books will keep you turning th

    Full of suspense and wonder, this books will keep you turning the pages in anticipation of both good and bad news. As Laura's step sister goes missing, she begins to develop a relationship with the PI she has hired. At the same time, Darcy--the runaway teen--ends up staying with a new friend. Most stories that focus on runaways or kidnaps are pretty one-sided. In other words, you know right away who the "bad guy" is. However, Hannon managed to pull of a literary feat by not immediately letting the reader know who was good and who was bad. Until you make sufficient headway in the book, you really don't know whether you admire or hate Darcy's friend. When the story goes sour for Darcy (I won't tell you who is the "bad guy"), it gets serious. In many stories where women are kidnapped, there is usually some rape involved. In this story, there is none of that, but it does not seem any less real. Hannon paints a picture of a criminal who is obsessive compulsive and who has control issues, planning on eventually raping Darcy. However, that never happens. The reason why I bring this up is because most people want the suspense of a kidnap story but don't want the depressing and graphic details of a young girl being violated. While there is some violence in the book, I would not classify it as R rated. Overall, this book is appropriate for women of all ages and will be a good teaching / discussion tool for young women to teach them the dangers of who they trust. As you will find out, the "bad guy" doesn't always seem that bad at first.

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  • Posted September 3, 2013

    Another great suspense novel from Hannon! I am really pleased w

    Another great suspense novel from Hannon!

    I am really pleased with Trapped. In this series, it is my favorite thus far. As I probably already mentioned, the new Private Investigators point of view has been fascinating to read about. Hannon gets her research from real people, something that sets a realistic feel to all her suspense stories. This particular story has something of an edge to it, maybe because the entire novel takes place in such a short span of time, unlike its predecessor.

    Laura and Dev are great leads, and they are good match for one another. We met Dev previously in Vanished, and even in the midst of Cal's story I liked his personality. Now, having gotten to know him a little better, I can say his character is admirable. I liked how Laura, without realizing it, challenged him to think. As a brief side note, a change I felt was brilliantly written is Darcy's, but I won't say more than that.

    The best villains are the ones that tug on your compassion. The ones that were hurt at some point in their lives and instead of overcoming it they succumbed to their circumstances. This fact is what made Mark, the antagonist for Trapped, a fantastic villain. Don't misunderstand me- this guy is a psycho, but as a writer I admire the work Hannon put into crafting him.

    All in all, this book is certainly in my top five of Hannon's suspense novels. Those familiar with her work will enjoy it. There is some violence, but descriptions are minor. I recommend to ages 16 and up.

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

    I received this book from Revell in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!

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  • Posted September 3, 2013

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    Do you have a sibling who rubs you the wrong way? There are two

    Do you have a sibling who rubs you the wrong way? There are two sisters in this Christian fiction novel that experience a tug-of-war. What a compelling story! It contains a TON of suspense and a bit of romance.The pace is perfect--not a dip in the tension. Situations are true to life. The ending surprised me. I loved this book!

    Characters are written so that the reader quickly connects. It's as if I really know them and can feel their struggles. I enjoyed reconnecting with Phoenix, Inc. private investigator Cal Burke and his bride, Moira. I admire the way this firm conducts business. This is one advantage the reader has by reading each book in a series. I look forward to reading the third in this series.

    Although this novel is the second in a series, it can easily be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.

    Thank you to Lanette Haskins at Baker Publishing Group for my copy.

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