The Girl that Vanished Tour – Review

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Author: A.J. Rivers

Narrator: Claire Duncan

Length: 5 hours and 48 minutes

Series: Emma Griffin FBI, Book 2

Publisher: Altered Path

Released: Sep. 16, 2020

Genre: Thriller

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.
A.J. Rivers loves all things mystery and thriller. Growing up in a sleepy small town, A.J. spent her days enthralled in crime solving novels and movies. She started creating stories at a young age to escape and create adventures for herself. As a child she dreamed of solving crimes and becoming a crime fighter. She dreamed of being as great as her favorite crime solving character Sherlock Holmes. While in college she realized that leading a crime fighting life might be more gruesome than she could stomach. She decided that the best course of action would be to fuse her love of writing with her love of thrilling mysteries together. She finds inspiration from researching true crimes and is passionate about writing suspenseful novels with crazy twists. Twists that you’ll never see coming. The inspiration for her first novel came when she read a news article about a missing young woman in a small town that was never found. Her question on who, what, and why brought her to her journal to discovering the dark twisted story behind the disappearance and to seek justice for the victim through her writing. Her thriller novels have elements of mystery, suspense, and romance. When she’s not absorbed in a novel or working on her next thriller mystery, her favorite past time is spent with her husky. She finds great inspiration while going on hikes with her dog.
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Narrator Bio Claire Duncan is a multi-award winning actress living in NYC. She has performed Off-Broadway, regionally, and in national tours, and appeared in the Drama Desk nominated revival of The Threepenny Opera. She has played the lead in a dozen films, and received a Best Actress Award for her work as Rosetta in the dark comedy Rosetta’s Blues, which debuted at Cannes. As a singer, she had the honor of performing at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and toured the country as a travel host with Visit The USA. Claire’s broad career has shaped her into an exceptional and flexible voice artist. You can hear her on Nickelodeon and Comedy Central, in hundreds of national commercials, and in over thirty audiobooks. “Claire Duncan was a dynamo” – New York Stage Review “Simply side-splitting… a terrific comedic actress” – Show Business Weekly Proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA.
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Review   I’m back with book two of the Emma Griffin FBI series, and dare I say it? I think our little Emma is maturing a bit! The first book our main character was lacking some much needed common sense to be taken seriously as an FBI agent, and I found that this book improved on that! I like that this series is taking us through some character development as we get a brand new case on top of that!

I am glad to say that the narrator remained the same between the first book and the second. I mean, it makes sense to keep the same one for a series and would be quite jarring if they hadn’t. But I’m also just really glad because I think that she does a phenomenal job and is perfect for this series! And I stay true to my original claim that a crime driven plot is the PERFECT book to read in audiobook form. It’s like being read a scary bed time story and that makes my morbid self quite happy! Especially with spooky season upon us!

Now, I found this book slightly less “scary” than the first one (not that I really find either scary per-say, I just know other people will). And while that mildly makes me sad, Rivers does make up for it by further development in other areas. So each book has it’s positives and seeing how this series is evolving just makes me want to continue it even more so! So I’m excited to see what comes next and what new changes/adaptations I might see!
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*I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by A.J. Rivers. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.*

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