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 AUTHOR BIO:  Irene Hannon is the author of more than 35 novels, including 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.

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 Reporter Moira Harrisons is lost. In the dark. In a thunderstorm. When a confusing detour places her on a rural, wooded road, she's startled by the sudden appearance of a lone figure caught in the beam of her headlights. Though Moira jams on her brakes, the car careens across the wet pavement--and the solid thump against the side of the vehicle tells her she hit the person before she crashes into a tree on the far side of the road. 

A dazed Moira is relieved when a man opens her door, tells her he saw everything, and promises to call 911. Then everything fades to black. When she comes to an hour later, she is alone. No man. No 911. No injured person lying on the side of the road. But she can't forget the look of terror she saw on the person's face in the instant before her headlights swung away. The person she hit had been in trouble. She's sure of it. But she can't get anyone to believe her story--except a handsome former police detective, now a private eye, who agrees to take on the case.



 1. What do you look forward to reading when you pick up a suspense, mystery book? 

2. When you are reading a suspenseful mystery book that is Christian Fiction, what do you expect to find? Why do you read a Christian Fiction Suspenseful book and not a secular one? What is the difference for you?

3. What do you think is too graphic to put into a book? What makes you put the book down and say I don't want to read about this and that? I'll have nightmares? Or this grosses me out. The author could have said or showed this situation to where I could have imagined what happened instead of showing me every detail.

**NOTE*** Irene Hannon's book is not graphic, she does a GREAT JOB of leaving things to your imagination. I like that. I was just curious as to what you felt about the above topics.


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I have never really read a christian suspense/thriller type of book. I'm not real sure what to expect about it. It makes me very curious as to what can be written about concerning this without crossing any moral or religious lines.

I hope you'll give one a try, Jalynn. If you like a compelling story without graphic violence, four-letter words or explicit sex, you'll probably like a Christian fiction suspense novel. The faith element in my books is on the subtle side; in general, my characters live their beliefs rather than spend a lot of time talking about them.

i actually do read both Christian and Secular suspense/thrillers.  In a christian thriller i expect to find something i can take with me into my everyday life (as i do in all christian genres). I know better than to read any of them just before i go to bed, so as not to keep trying to outguess the author all night long. i am not sure that i have ever left a thriller novel because of graphic scenes. Just leave sex scenes out of any novel! (obviously i don't read erotica)  I LOVE Irene Hannon's novels, and would LOVE to win. Thanks for the chance.

Thanks for the kind words about my books, Marianne. I'm so glad you enjoy them.

I read both Christian and  secular suspense books. The Christian ones I like to have the message of  hope and love interwoven into it and I don't have to weary about the sex and cussing like I do in the secular ones. I think the less gory scenes the better

I read both, too, Debbie, but so many of the secular books now seem to be edging into horror. That's not my thing. Depravity exists, but I think you can tell a good suspense story without dwelling on that.

I'll answer #1: what I most look forward to in mystery/suspense reads is....getting to play detective along with the characters, trying to figure out who-done-it before they do!

I have to be honest--in my suspense books, I reveal the villain pretty early on. I do that so I can take readers with me into their head. The suspense in my books comes from wondering whether my villain will succeed in carrying out his or her plot. I'm very, very interested in what makes people tick--including my villains. And honestly, knowing what the villain is thinking and planning can actually ratchet up the suspense, because my readers know more than my hero and heroine!

Well, in that case I'm definitely going to have to read Vanished, because the plot sounds really awesome- even if we know who the villain is early on!

I love Irene's books because she always keeps your interest throughout the book!I like the christian mystery books better because you don't have to worry about bad laungue in the books

Thank you, Sheila!

I like the edge of your seat feeling that I get when I'm engrossed in a really good suspense story and Irene sure writes them like that! By nature, I'm not a daredevil or adrenaline seeking person so living it vicariously works for me :)

Christian suspense tends to stay clean without graphic sex or language and I appreciate that. I would put the book down if it contained any of that nastiness. Writers like Irene Hannon, Ronie Kendig, Lynette Eason and Terri Blackstock  have proven it's not necessary to include that type of thing to portray a really great storyline.


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