Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point

During Garrett Addison's first week on the job as a criminal investigator for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, his team is called out to a murder scene of a young girl. She's the third victim in a string of disappearances with one thing in common--a Polaroid photo of each victim left behind at the crime scene.The FBI is pulled into the case to help, and Garrett finds...

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Vanishing Point Reviews

  • Karen

    Another exciting book in the Nikki Boyd Files series! This one overlaps the previous books with the backstory of Nikki's sister's abduction, the event that brought Nikki into the police force. The team of officers working the case returns, with the focus on special agents Garrett Addison and his friend, FBI agent Jordan Lambert.

    This author is skilled at pulling the reader into the police drama, with all the danger, uncertainty, and frustration in solving a complicated case like the long running

    Another exciting book in the Nikki Boyd Files series! This one overlaps the previous books with the backstory of Nikki's sister's abduction, the event that brought Nikki into the police force. The team of officers working the case returns, with the focus on special agents Garrett Addison and his friend, FBI agent Jordan Lambert.

    This author is skilled at pulling the reader into the police drama, with all the danger, uncertainty, and frustration in solving a complicated case like the long running serial abduction and murders. There was more of a personal side to this story it seemed, including family relationships, and friendships teetering on romance. The issues of grief and loss, anger, and questions of faith were woven into the story in a natural, genuine way. Pertinent questions applicable to everyday life--such as, where is God when evil takes place--added interesting discussions, and made the characters feel more real.

    Recommend to readers who enjoy suspenseful police dramas, with some romance and faith. 4.5 stars

    (An ebook was provided by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.)

  • Cara Putman

    With this book the author takes an interesting approach to the mystery that's driven the Nikki Boyd series. The book steps back in time to the underlying serial killer question and shows the original investigators wrestling with trying to find answers as young ladies are disappearing around the Nashville area. 

    Vanishing Point is filled with threads of romance, family challenges, and the race to save the young women before it's too late. While Nikki Boyd is not the primary character, she has more

    With this book the author takes an interesting approach to the mystery that's driven the Nikki Boyd series. The book steps back in time to the underlying serial killer question and shows the original investigators wrestling with trying to find answers as young ladies are disappearing around the Nashville area. 

    Vanishing Point is filled with threads of romance, family challenges, and the race to save the young women before it's too late. While Nikki Boyd is not the primary character, she has more than a small role and allowed me to see how she became the woman she was. I really enjoyed this book which took a retrospective look at the crime that got Nikki Boyd into law enforcement. A great read and a book I would recommend to lovers of romantic suspense. However, if you want your books in sequential order, this one might jar you. I loved it!

  • Patricia Bradley

    Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Harris unveils an unforgettable story of a case that has haunted the public and law enforcement for more than a decade. Fans of the Nikki Boyd Files will thrill to finally discover what actually happened to Nikki's sister, Sarah. New readers will become instant fans after devouring this chilling tale.

    I could have done Lisa in myself Wednesday night, or rather Thursday morning at 2 am when I finished Vanishing Point. I needed sleep! But I had to find out

    Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Harris unveils an unforgettable story of a case that has haunted the public and law enforcement for more than a decade. Fans of the Nikki Boyd Files will thrill to finally discover what actually happened to Nikki's sister, Sarah. New readers will become instant fans after devouring this chilling tale.

    I could have done Lisa in myself Wednesday night, or rather Thursday morning at 2 am when I finished Vanishing Point. I needed sleep! But I had to find out what happened next, and then next until The End. Discovering the backstory about who killed Nikki's sister was fascinating, like a puzzle coming together. I definitely give this one 5 stars! And don't think you'll go to bed and read a couple of chapters...

    While I was given a copy of Vanishing Point by the publisher, I was not required to write a review.

  • Kav

    What a truly unique conclusion to the Nikki Boyd series! Or you might consider Vanishing Point the first book not the fourth since Harris takes us back to the beginning of the Angel Abductor's killing spree so this is definitely one you can read without having read any of the other books. This is a gripping look at the meticulous work that goes into crime solving. And it's realistic. The story spans a decade as the agents play a game of cat-and-mouse with their mysterious killer.

    And that means t

    What a truly unique conclusion to the Nikki Boyd series! Or you might consider Vanishing Point the first book not the fourth since Harris takes us back to the beginning of the Angel Abductor's killing spree so this is definitely one you can read without having read any of the other books. This is a gripping look at the meticulous work that goes into crime solving. And it's realistic. The story spans a decade as the agents play a game of cat-and-mouse with their mysterious killer.

    And that means the romance spans a decade as well! It never seems to be the right time or place for Jordan and Garrett to pursue a relationship. Not that the chemistry isn't right or feelings don't run deep. It's more about the two of them thinking the past should remain in the past and that dueling careers would make it impossible to settle down together. I seriously wanted to bash some heads together. Kidnap them and lock them in a closet until they sorted things out. Ten years, people! Ten years of longing and wondering and secretly loving but not admitting to it. Honestly, my poor romantical heart was wrung out by the end. But, oh my, was it ever worth it!!!!

    As Jordon and Garrett struggle to stop a serial killer they wrestle with the age old question of how God can allow such awful things to happen. I appreciated the recurring theme of finding God in the hard places -- making spiritual sense amidst the senseless. Harris doesn't provide any pat answers, just the hope in a future with God to see us through.

    And a special shout out for a diverse cast of characters. Especially appreciate Jordan's African American/Brazilian heritage. I've been looking for a more realistic world view in my Christian fiction for a long time so I'm thrilled that publishers are finally delivering.

    The kind of romantic suspense that keeps you on your toes right to the very last page. A compulsive read from start to finish.

  • Rachael

    Now I understand why this book is labeled a Nikki Boyd novel as opposed to one of the Nikki Boyd Files. Rather than being another of Nikki's cases, this is the story of the ultimate case--the Angel Abductor and murderer, starting with its beginnings, working through the disappearance of Nikki's sister, and ending in the present day when the case is ultimately solved. As such, the focus is on the main investigators of the case--Jordan and Garrett--rather than Nikki herself, though she takes activ

    Now I understand why this book is labeled a Nikki Boyd novel as opposed to one of the Nikki Boyd Files. Rather than being another of Nikki's cases, this is the story of the ultimate case--the Angel Abductor and murderer, starting with its beginnings, working through the disappearance of Nikki's sister, and ending in the present day when the case is ultimately solved. As such, the focus is on the main investigators of the case--Jordan and Garrett--rather than Nikki herself, though she takes active part in the latter days of the investigation.

    Because the case is strung out over so many years, the book reads a bit differently than the average suspense. It's still fast-paced--really, quite a feat for something that is essentially a cold case--but one can feel the frustration and hopelessness as yet another girl is abducted and murdered, with no leads to follow until the next victim is chosen. Like the case, Jordan and Garrett's romance starts and stops--starts and stops--and ultimately doesn't go anywhere until the end either, when in this situation, a bit of impetus and some communication might have gone a long way. I didn't feel that either of them wanted it enough to take a risk or make the sacrifice to make it work (neither hot nor cold, but lukewarm . . . )

    I did enjoy the book, though; it fills in all the details and provides closure on the big, unsolved case of the Nikki Boyd Files. It wasn't my favorite, but it definitely has an important place in the series.

    Thank you Revell and NetGalley for the free e-book. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

  • Iola

    I selected Vanishing Point to review because it was a Nikki Boyd novel, and I’ve previously read Lisa Harris’s three earlier novels featuring Nikki Boyd, and I thought this was part of the same series. It isn’t, but it is.

    The Nikki Boyd Files are contemporary Christian suspense novels, each following Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agent Nikki Boyd through a case. The subplot is her search for her sister, who was abducted outside her school more than ten years ago and hasn’t been seen since. V

    I selected Vanishing Point to review because it was a Nikki Boyd novel, and I’ve previously read Lisa Harris’s three earlier novels featuring Nikki Boyd, and I thought this was part of the same series. It isn’t, but it is.

    The Nikki Boyd Files are contemporary Christian suspense novels, each following Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agent Nikki Boyd through a case. The subplot is her search for her sister, who was abducted outside her school more than ten years ago and hasn’t been seen since. Vanishing Point starts before that, with the investigation into an abduction and murder of a teenage girl. The investigators work out it’s actually the third murder by a previously unrecognised serial killer, dubbed the Angel Abductor by the press.

    The book then leaps forward to 2005 and the disappearance of another girl—Sarah Boyd. We are introduced to Nikki a teacher, and the older sister of the victim. Despite being the character this new series is named for, Nikki Boyd doesn’t appear again until the halfway point, in 2006, when another girl disappears.

    I’ve read Vendetta, Missing, and Pursued, so I know the TBI still hasn’t caught the Angel Abductor in 2016. So at the halfway point, I’m wondering what’s going to happen in Vanishing Point? Is it going to skip ten years in the future and solve the case (in which case the entire first half of the book is backstory)? Or is it going to stay in 2006 and leave the central crime unsolved, a cold case?

    It’s probably no secret what happens, because the book description gives it away. (Not that I read the book description before I started reading the book—I requested my review copy based on the fact it was about Nikki Boyd, and by Lisa Harris.) Anyway, it all felt a bit awkward.

    Having said that, it was a good read—plenty of suspense, a little romance, and a solid underlying Christian theme. Recommended for fans of Christian suspense.

    Thanks to NetGalley and Revell for providing a free ebook for review.

  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    About this book:

    About this book:

    Series: Book #4 in the

    series. Reviews of #1 Here!, #2 Here!, and #3 Here!

    Spiritual Content- Prayers; Talks about God & wondering where He is when bad things happen; ‘H’s are not capital when referring to God; Mentions of God & wondering where He is when bad things happen; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of churches, church going, & pastors; Mentions of having peace; Mentions of Christians & faiths; Mentions of Heaven; A few mentions of blessings; A couple mentions of miracles; A mention of the Bible; A mention of nuns; A mention of martyrs & atoning;

    *Note: Mentions of evil & the evil in the world.

    Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘shut up’, two ‘dumb’s, and three ‘stupid’s; There are two chapters of two different girls abducted, trying to run-away, being shot at, & pain (semi-detailed); Gunshots, a bomb, & a fire (up to semi-detailed); A car crash & passing out (up to semi-detailed); All About mentions of a serial killer/abductor, his victims, & how the murders and abductions happened (semi-detailed); Many mentions of murders, bodies, the decaying process, gunshots, injuries, blood/bleeding, & how the murders happened (up to semi-detailed); Many mentions of graves, killing, & bodies; Mentions of a man who murdered his stepchildren (not-detailed); Mentions of a police officer shot & killed in the line of duty (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of being shot & blood/bleeding (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of threats of shooting/killing & threats; Mentions of a bomb, fires, pain, & deaths (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of a car accident & injuries (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of a stalker & stalking; Mentions of crimes, crime scenes, & criminals; Mentions of prisons & inmates; Mentions of nightmares & nightmares of dead bodies; Mentions of an attempted kidnapping; Mentions of an attempted break-in; Mentions of thieves, stealing, & attempting to steal; Mentions of illegal activities; Mentions of embezzlement; Mentions of a car wreck; Mentions of mafias; Mentions of smoking, cigarettes, marijuana, & drug-users; Mentions of alcohol, drinking, alcoholics/drunks, & bars; Mentions of divorces & a wife leaving her husband; Mentions of lies & lying; A few mentions of terrorist attacks; A few mentions of a robbery & death; A couple mentions of domestic violence; A couple mentions of animals carrying off bodies; A couple mentions of jealousy; A mention of vomiting;

    *Note: A couple mentions of car brands; A mention of Mariah Carey; A mention of HGTV; A mention of girl scouts.

    Sexual Content- a cheek kiss, a barely-above-not-detailed kiss, and two semi-detailed kisses; Wanting to kiss (barely-above-not-detailed); Touches, Embraces, & Smelling (up to semi-detailed); Noticing (barely-above-not-detailed); Blushes; Mentions of kisses & kissing; Mentions of dating, couples, girlfriends, boyfriends, exes, & break-ups; A few mentions of jealousy; A couple mentions of flirting; A mention of someone being in bed with the mafia; Some love, falling/being in love, & the emotions;

    *Note: A few mentions of miscarriages; A mention of hormones.

    -Jordan Lambert

    -Garrett Addison

    P.O.V. switches between them (with prologue in a girl’s P.O.V. & another chapter in another girl’s)

    Set during 2004, 2005, 2006, & Present Day

    320 pages

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    Pre Teens- One Star

    New Teens- One Star

    Early High School Teens- One Star (and a half)

    Older High School Teens- Two Stars (and a half)

    My personal Rating- Three Stars

    {Add ½ for those who have read the previous books in the series}

    Oh, my goodness, this was a hard book to read. But let me back up first.

    ~

    I’ve said it in a few of

    , that while this book has been on my anticipated reads list for 2017, I’ve also been insanely nervous about reading it and learning what happened to Nikki’s sister.

    I liked meeting Jordan (who is of African American and Brazilian roots, so yay for diversity!) and Garrett, but their romance sprinkled into a book about a serial killer and murders of young teen girls did seem a bit odd at times, but I understand trying to lighten the situation.

    It

    a heavy topic though. I don’t want to discount that at all. It’s pretty easy to say “Oh, that’s fiction. Distance yourself [from the emotions].”, but unfortunately, it happens in real life so it’s a very serious storyline. Those sensitive to the topics discussed in this book should probably stay away.

    The age-old discussion of where is God when bad things are happening was the majority of the Spiritual Content, but I loved how the author wrapped that conversation up at the end with the problems of sin in the world.

    So overall? This wasn’t an easy book to read. I love seeing things all happy and rosy in fiction, and while this whole series definitely showed more of the sin in the world, but it had Hope in every book. Which is just why I stay to Christian Fiction suspense and not secular suspense; for the message of the Hope we have in the Lord.

    Link to review:

    *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

    *I received this book for free from the Publisher (Revell) for this honest review.

  • Jazzy

    my review // 3 stars

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    It's not that the author didn't know what she was doing. It wasn't like there was inappropriate content. It wasn't even that the characters were the problem. They were okay. But still, the story isn't memorable, and I'm having a hard time pinpointing why. WHYYY.

    *thumbs up*

    the thrill- this was actually very well done. I'm currently taking a Forensics class for science, so we've been discussing a lot of these kinds of i

    my review // 3 stars

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    It's not that the author didn't know what she was doing. It wasn't like there was inappropriate content. It wasn't even that the characters were the problem. They were okay. But still, the story isn't memorable, and I'm having a hard time pinpointing why. WHYYY.

    *thumbs up*

    the thrill- this was actually very well done. I'm currently taking a Forensics class for science, so we've been discussing a lot of these kinds of investigations and it did make me think in terms of forensics and accuracy. Also, the story is about an investigator searching for a serial killer... IT'S NOT SOMETHING YOU CAN READ BEFORE BED. It was really exciting, just put it that way.

    the struggle- there were a lot of mini-conflicts throughout the entire novel because, again, this was an investigation NOTHING is easy. But there was this one big moment where everything just flopped and it seemed really really really really really impossible. It kept me on the edge of my seat, I wanted to know wHaT HaPPEned nEXT IT WAS SO STRESSFUL.

    the emotion- this is not a walk in a park, y'all. This is murder, grief, and frustration. This is crime and this stuff is real; the characters in this book were forced to face some pretty devastating events... multiple times. That's just a part of their jobs. But it felt SO REAL. I felt the ache that they felt... I wanted to just give up because I felt hopeless. It's always nice when an author can control the reader's emotions like that :)

    *thumbs down*

    the struggle- LITERALLY. IT WENT ON FOR ETERNITY. I do believe I aged 30 years by the end of this book. I can understand long conflict because new things come up... but it seemed like they were fighting the same exact fight the ENTIRE novel and I was like... "Ain't this going anywhere???" Nah. Harris drew it out and out and out and... you know, it didn't need to be drawn out like that. I wanted to stop reading because I was just frustrated and bored after half of the book.

    the characters- Y'ALL. I DON'T HAVE TO REPEAT MYSELF. I LOVE GOOD CHARACTERS. Okay. *deep breath* I was disappointed with these people. They were so... average. They were every character ever and I was so annoyed the entire time. Okay, not the entire time. I DID like how emo Garrett was. He gave the story more dimension with his problems. But Jordan was annoying. She was just... can't explain it. Untouchable, unrelatable, unreal. The story was okay, but these characters kind of made it less okay.

    the romance- Talking about annoying characters, let's just take them both and make them have a romance, right? That's a PERFECT IDEA. Dude. *eye roll* The ENTIRE romance was basically like the plot-- just drawn out and tiring and it quickly got boring. Seriously. It was so weak and ridiculous and I'm just done. I'm done. Romance is something I enjoy when it's done tastefully... this was just ?? The easiest way to describe it is this: imagine a fish floundering on land. That was this romance.

    Obviously, this wasn't the worst book I've read. Trust me, I've read worse *glares at "never-again" bookshelf on GR*. But honestly? It just didn't meet the cut for me. Sure, I enjoyed the forensic aspect and the excitement (though temporary), but the things that annoyed me REALLY annoyed me, y'know? Like, I could have totally gone without reading it, no problem.

    I really was wishing to enjoy it, and I can't say I was suffering through the ENTIRE thing; there were some good moments and vibes... but those only lasted for so long. But hey, I persevered. It's all good. Time to move on in life, aye?

    CONTENT WARNING: obviously this is going to have some violence and corpses because it's a serial killer; if you have a weak stomach, I'd advise you not to read this one. Honestly, it got pretty dark and creepy and I felt uncomfortable reading it at night (LOL). Just a heads up, my friends!

    And that's all for now. Be chill. Eat Oreos. Laugh at dumb jokes.

  • Victoria Lynn

    Vanishing Point by Lisa B. Harris

    My Rating: 2 of 5 bookmarks

    Review originally published on

    This book threw me a lot. Lisa Harris’s highly acclaimed and reviewed Nikki Boyd series took an unexpected twist on the fourth book. I had high expectations due to the reviews I had read of her previous books. While it was a decent story, it definitely left a lot lacking.

    One of the main things that I liked about the story was the plot twist at the end. It was very hard to guess who t

    Vanishing Point by Lisa B. Harris

    My Rating: 2 of 5 bookmarks

    Review originally published on

    This book threw me a lot. Lisa Harris’s highly acclaimed and reviewed Nikki Boyd series took an unexpected twist on the fourth book. I had high expectations due to the reviews I had read of her previous books. While it was a decent story, it definitely left a lot lacking.

    One of the main things that I liked about the story was the plot twist at the end. It was very hard to guess who the actual perpetrator was and when I finally discovered it, I was completely surprised. Another thing was that I really appreciated that the author gave us some insight into the two main characters and gave them both challenging life situations that deepened their characters.

    What I didn’t like unfortunately outweighed the good in this book.

    The writing seemed very off to me. It was very heavy on the dialogue and very light handed on the description. There was no balance at all and as a result, I thought it read in a confusing and unpolished manner. For instance, a character who had an ambiguous name was not introduced as male or female until ten pages after their introduction to the story. And the dialogue was strange because there were no action tags or descriptions to the way that the character was saying their lines in any way. During some intense and turbulent times in the character's life, it was a constant back and forth dialogue, a lot of telling instead of showing and therefore, there was no hint as to the emotion of the character.

    Overall in the story department, it also felt lacking. I believe the writer was trying to fill in details that were missing in the previous books of the series. As a result, the story had a lot of gaps. It jumped from one year, to one later, to two later, and the final jump was an entire decade.

    The last thing that bothered me was the relationship between the two main characters. They both clearly liked each other and were in love with each other, but for some reason, they kept telling themselves to let each other go for no reason.

    If you are a reader who enjoys the more scary, creepy or intense side of literature, then you may like this book. Or if you are an avid Lisa Harris fan, this may also intrigue you.

    Content Warning: Personally, this book took it a bit too far. The suspense was of a more scary/evil nature that left me feeling a little creeped out afterward. Serial killers, murders, descriptions of the dead bodies, the wounds, and the means the killer used to kidnap and kill its victims are mentioned throughout the book. People being shot, killed and explosions also take place.

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