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Saturday, August 6, 2022

Book Review and Giveaway - Vanished Without a Trace Author: Sarah Hamaker On Tour with Celebrate Lit


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About the Book

Book: Vanished Without a Trace

Author: Sarah Hamaker

Genre: Romantic Suspence

Release date: June 28, 2022

A missing person case. A new clue. And a fight for survival.

After nine years searching for his missing sister, attorney Henderson Parker uncovers a clue that leads him to Twin Oaks, Virginia—and podcaster Elle Updike investigating the case. Partnering with the journalist is the last thing Henderson wants, until mysterious thugs make multiple attacks on both their lives. Now they’ll have to trust each other…before the suspected kidnappers make them disappear for good.


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About the Author

Sarah Hamaker loves writing books “where the hero and heroine fall in love while running for their lives.” She’s written romantic suspense novels and nonfiction books, as well as stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul volumes. As a writers coach, her heart is encouraging writers. She’s a member of ACFW; ACFW Virginia Chapter; and Faith, Hope and Love, as well as the president of Capital Christian Writers Fellowship. Her podcast, “The Romantic Side of Suspense,” can be found wherever you listen to podcasts. Sarah lives in Virginia with her husband, four teenagers, a preschool foster child and three cats. Visit her online at


More from Sarah

As a podcaster myself, I’ve listened to many true crime podcasts, such as “Up and Vanished” and “Accused,” so when I was thinking about the plot for Vanished Without a Trace, I decided to have my heroine be a true crime podcaster investigating cold missing persons cases. I also am fascinated by unsolved mysteries, probably because I love history, and have a strong sense of justice—I want those who commit crimes to be caught. Of course, as a Christian, I do rest in the assurance of God as the ultimate and only truly righteous Judge, but I do find myself rooting for cold cases to be solved and criminals brought to justice. Thus the book combines my two of my interests—cold cases and true crime.


Personally, I can’t imagine anything more difficult than to have a loved one go missing and never be found or heard from again. The uncertainty of their fate must weigh very heavily on the family members left behind. I wanted to capture some of that with Henderson’s strong desire to find his missing sister, Helena, and reunite her with their mother. He’s seen how much Helena’s absence has taken a toll on their mother’s health and mental well-being, and when he has a chance to chase down the first real lead in years, he jumps at it.


Elle’s motives are no less personal than Henderson’s—her own heart aches for these grieving families. Having distant parents, she wants to help families heal by discovering what happened to a loved one if possible. But Henderson doesn’t trust her motives and the two clash more often than not over her podcast.


I hope you enjoy seeing how Elle and Henderson learn to work together to find Helena…and perhaps, their own happy ending.

My Thoughts

Vanished without a Trace is written by Sarah Hamaker. This book starts off with action and does not let up through the whole story. This is a Love Inspired Suspense story. You can count on heart pounding action, minimal descriptions of violence and suspense so tense you can cut it with a knife.

Henderson Parker has never given up hope that his sister was still out there somewhere. He sees a picture in a Twin Oaks newspaper and heads to Virginia to check it out. Elle Updike is the host of Gone without a Trace podcast. The podcast focuses on finding missing people. Their first meeting does not go the way that Elle had planned, but they both realize they need each other.... to stay alive.

Someone does NOT want Henderson exploring leads and will stop at nothing to stop them. It seemed like every way they turned someone was trying to make sure they were eliminated. There are a lot of twists and turns in this story. There is not a lot of times where your heart can return to normal rhythm.

The book is well written. The characters are well developed. The storyline is engaging, action packed and unique. I absolutely love the Love Inspired Suspense books.
Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit  for allowing me to read a copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.

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To celebrate her tour, Sarah is giving away the grand prize package of a Vanished Without a Trace branded tote bag, Vanished Without a Trace pin, a print copy of the book, plus a $75 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Thanks for sharing Vanished Without a Trace with me, Sarah, your book sounds like an exciting read and I can't wait to read it! Thanks, Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, for sharing your thoughts! Have a spectacular weekend!

  2. thanks for your thoughts. oh my but this sounds like an edge of the chair read

  3. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Vanished Without a Trace, this sounds like a thrilling read and I am looking forward to it

  4. This book sounds like an excellent read.

  5. This sounds like an interesting book to read