Reviewed by JustJen
Author: Carter Quinn
Series: Vanished #1
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 98 pages
Publisher: Carter Quinn
Release Date: September 17, 2014
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Henry Cooley has good friends and a good life. He’s secure in his job and his relationship. He and Tom, the love of his life, are about to celebrate their twenty-first anniversary as a couple. Their son, CJ, is in his second year at Cal Arts. Henry’s only problems are his growing dissatisfaction with his job and the fact that Tom’s parents still hate him, even after all these years. At least those are his only problems until the morning he wakes up to discover Tom has vanished.
Review: This is one heck of a short story! Just shy of celebrating 21 years of coupledom, having raised their son and living a normal life, Henry’s husband up and disappears. Leaves for work and doesn’t return. Henry knows something is not right, especially after Tom doesn’t return that evening or even the next day and is completely unreachable. Henry goes crazy with worry, as would be expected. Unfortunately, his friends act like Henry is crazy and try to placate him.
Most of this segment is about Henry showing us what life was like with Tom and him trying to reconcile the facts of him being gone and the possibilities of why. There are twists I didn’t see coming, and emotions are tugged in different directions throughout.
There is a lot of punch packed into this short story. It is suspenseful and thrilling and a real page turner. It ends on a big cliffhanger that will through you into another tailspin, but thankfully, the next installment is ready to go, and I can’t wait to continue and get to the bottom of things.
Stay tuned for the continuation in Vanished, Part 2.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*