Vanished On Vacation

Agent Victoria Heslin Series Book 6

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Pub Date 07 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 07 Oct 2022

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Description

Three sorority sisters enjoy an exclusive resort vacation in Mexico…until one of them doesn’t come home.

As a frantic search for missing college student Avery Jennings begins, it appears everyone is hiding something—Avery’s family and friends, the resort’s staff, and its wealthy guests. It’s up to FBI Special Agent Victoria Heslin to dig deeper and figure out which of those secrets matter. Motivated by her own mother’s abduction years ago, she’s determined not to let Avery become another missing person statistic.

When Victoria grows frustrated with the investigation and her limited jurisdiction in Mexico, she defies orders and takes matters into her own hands. Facing powerful and connected criminals, she plummets into a hellish ordeal that will test her strength and courage like never before.

“How much will you risk to find this girl?” the Federale Officer asked.

“Whatever it takes,” Victoria answered without hesitation.

VANISHED ON VACATION is the sixth book in a series of standalone mystery thrillers featuring FBI Agent Victoria Heslin by USA Today bestselling author Jenifer Ruff. Fans of James Patterson, Lisa Gardner, and Lucy Foley will be hooked.

Three sorority sisters enjoy an exclusive resort vacation in Mexico…until one of them doesn’t come home.

As a frantic search for missing college student Avery Jennings begins, it appears everyone is...


Advance Praise

"“Utterly compelling. Unrelenting suspense that uncovers the darkness lurking in paradise.” – Audrey J. Cole, USA Today bestselling author


“A disappearance turns a fun beach getaway into a multilayered mystery. Vanished on Vacation is another page turner by esteemed author Jenifer Ruff!” – Karen D. Scioscia, author of Kidnapped by the Cartel


“A vacation in paradise turns hellish when one of three sorority sisters goes missing. Another compelling story in the Victoria Heslin series by author Jenifer Ruff, who knows how to turn up the heat when it comes to suspense."" - Susan Mills Wilson, author of the Colt Jessup Series


“Victoria Heslin is a strong female protagonist much-loved by Ruff fans. In this sixth book she’ll need to summon all her skills and training to find college student Avery Jennings when she goes missing from a spring break vacation in Mexico. This book is as good as we always expect Ruff to be – her ability to keep us in suspense is a main reason we all eagerly await each new novel.”- Reita Pendry, Author of the Mercy Johnson Series"

"“Utterly compelling. Unrelenting suspense that uncovers the darkness lurking in paradise.” – Audrey J. Cole, USA Today bestselling author


“A disappearance turns a fun beach getaway into a...


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Good book! Ooo ooh I definitely enjoyed reading this book! This book had a bit of everything! It had high suspense, intrigue, action packed, murder, mystery, mob, FBI investigation, great detective work and a bit of a who done it! The storyline was very interesting and kept me glued to my Kindle! I will definitely recommend reading this book as it was well worth reading! Thank you netgalley and the publisher for sharing this book with me!

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Great book! This is the first book I have read by Jenifer, but have already ordered two others from the library. I can't get enough of beach vacation books first of all, and can't get enough of thrillers secondly. This book takes three college girls who go to Mexico on vacation. One has a positive covid test and on her way to quarantine, she disappears. Enter the FBI who determine she was actually kidnapped. What happened to her? Will they find her alive? great suspense!

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My Review

I received an ARC of this book from NetGally. This book comes out 07 Oct 2022.

This was a fun, engaging read and for a book of 123 pages, it was a very quick read. For such a short book, it packed a punch. All the characters were fully fleshed out. The scenery was very vivid. All the emotions were there-the panic that a child is missing and the grief that you may not see them again.

FBI Special Agent Victoria Heslin is my kind of woman. Called in to help find Avery Jennings, Victoria is tough, kind, strong and willing to do whatever it takes to bring Avery home alive if possible to her heart-sick parents.

It hooked me from the first page to the last. I was rooting for Victoria to find Avery. Throughout the story, I experienced it all. Happiness, sadness, shock. The feels were all there.

Will I read more from Jenifer Ruff? Definitely. Do I want to read more about Victoria Heslin? Most Certainly. Time well spent, in my opinion.

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This book! Let me tell it if you love a good law and order binge, read this book and the 5 that come before it! This is the 6th book in a series of standalone mystery thrillers that follows an FBI agent Victoria! Loved the story, the progression and of course a few good twists in there! Got to read it from different characters perspectives throughout the book which I also loved! This story follows 3 college friends who go to Mexico on Vacation and one goes missing! Watch out for this book hitting the shelves in October and definitely add to you TBR

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This was fast paced mystery. It had everything I wanted from a mystery regarding an FBI agent. Working with foreign police, keen older person, determined agents would don’t give up just because they are told to. This was the first book I read by this Author after reading this I now have to go back to read the other books in the series. This was so good.

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I really enjoyed reading this one! It hooked me from the very beginning and kept me guessing the entire time!

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This is a fast paced, completely captivating suspense/mystery. Absolutely loved it. While this is part of a series, it is completely enjoyable as a standalone.
FBI agents Victoria and Rivera are called to Mexico to help find the niece of a fellow FBI agent who has gone missing while on vacation with her friends. It is a complete race against the clock as two bodies are discovered, and it is obvious that evidence and investigation in Mexico is being compromised to cover for a major drug cartel. Things get pretty intense when Victoria also goes missing.
Highly recommend this book. The characters are truly relatable, the plot was interesting, and flowed easily from scene to scene.
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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I just finished Vanished On Vacation by Jenifer Ruff. I think it might be her best in the series to date. Her depictions of an elite beach all-inclusive resort were spot on. The new characters were believable and authentic.
I was on edge of my seat the whole time I read. As with all her books, I couldn’t put it down once I started reading. Victoria, Ned, Rivera, Payton, Murphy, and the greyhounds are part of my family now. Looking forward to the next adventure!

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A tense gripping plot, that catches you with emotion and fear of what might have happen. A paid trip for friends in the sun to relax before graduating and having jobs. The unexpected happen when one was not going back with them. The questions are many as you read this story and it is definitely one to read.
Given ARC by Net Galley and Books go social for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
Releases October 7,2022

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Vanished on Vacation was a wonderful thriller/mystery that kept me on my toes throughout the story. The descriptions were great and I really felt like I was on location in Mexico. I couldn’t put the book down and couldn’t wait to find out the ending. A great, entertaining read!

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Great fast paced summer read for any mystery lover!! The storyline was interesting and relatable, and the author did very well at keeping the story engaging.

I really enjoyed getting to tag along with FBI Agent Victoria Heslin. She is a strong and independent lead character!

This was my first read by Jenifer Ruff. I knew it was part of a standalone series going in, and planned to read the others if I liked it. I am happy to report, I will definitely be reading the other books in this series!

[I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.]

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This was my first book from Jenifer Ruff and I. Am. Obsessed! This is not my usual genre, but I immediately went to get the first series book on Amazon (bonus that’s it’s on KU)! The author is so descriptive with her writing without the book feeling boring or dragged on. Definitely recommend!

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I was hooked and couldnt stop reading. This was a good one. I liked it and will read more books like this. Must read. Go and get it now.

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Exciting book. Great plot. Very different to other books I’ve read. It was fast paced. Kept me on the edge of my seat. The book was very well written

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FINALLY!!! A book that I couldn't put down!!

This is the first time I've heard of Jenifer Ruff and after reading this I immediately went to the Kindle store and brought the first 5 books in this series.

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This was just my idea of a perfect thriller! There were so many twists and turns and the setting and foreign police was a really unique spin on it. This is literally the 1st thriller about someone missing abroad where it has referenced the local culture and local processes so I liked that. It also keeps a good pace throughout and keeps you guessing the whole way through. I'm away to download the authors back catalogue ad we speak! Must read for those who like thrillers or police procedural books

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Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this book to read and give an honest review.

Avery is on holiday in Mexico with her two friends. When her covid test comes back as positive she is forced to stay in isolation rather than return home. That is the last anyone heard from her.

FBI agent Victoria is sent to investigate by cooperating with the Mexican police.

First off I didn’t realise that this was a series. I haven’t read any others but it didn’t spoil this story for me. In fact I want to now go back and read the rest and follow Victoria’s story.

I enjoyed this. Typical thriller with red herrings throughout. It was easy to read, and was a relaxing way to spend some time.

Highly recommend.

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This was a great book! I would love to read more by this author. It was captivating and held my attention soooo good! Highly recommend it!

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Another terrific Victoria Heslin, FBI thriller. Victoria heads down to Mexico to look for FBI Division Head Payton Manning's missing niece, Avery Jennings. Avery vanished on the last night of her vacation with friends and Payton manages to pull strings and get the FBI inserted into the investigation, as helpers to the federales working the disappearance. Victoria works the case with fellow Agent Diego Rivera and together they follow the leads as the mystery deepens with very few leads to go by.
Great story line with in depth character portrayal and twists that I never saw coming.

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This is my first time reading book by this Author, Jenifer Ruff.

All I can say is I really enjoyed the book! It had me hooked after few pages. I can't help but I feel like I also part of the investigation. that's alone everyone should know how good this book can pull me in.

The story itself isn't something too new if I have to say but it has a very good storytelling. All the characters has a good proportion of their backstory, very fast paced but you don't really find something has missing in, very relevant information.

The tense, thrill, suspense all into one story. this is totally page turner that make you engaged in one sit. As this is a book series and despite this is my first book, I definitely will read her other series as I could say this is a worthy series you can continue!

You are not only presented with a story but also a lesson that you can learn, wherever you are stay alert because the act of crime doesn't see who you are.

Thank you for NetGalley and Publisher for providing ARC in exchange for honest review.

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Three sorority girls are on a luxury spring break vacation in Mexico. Avery tests positive for Covid so she has to stay and be in isolation. When she disappears FBI agent Victoria Heslin and her partner are invited to help the Mexican police because Avery is the niece of a prominent FBI division head. Turns out no one is telling everything they know and Agent Heslin must wade through leads to figure out what happened to Avery. This was a crackling good crime thriller and I liked the setting. Being in a foreign country lends an extra air of uncertainty of local customs, culture and crime and a feeling of lawlessness.

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I read this book in 24 hours! I enjoyed everything about this book -- from the plot to the characters to the moving and grooving style of writing. This is the first book by Jenifer Ruff that I've read and plan to read more of them now.

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While this book was part of a series I’ve never read, I didn’t feel confused or like I missing any important details. I really enough it! I’ll be looking for more books by this author.

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I couldn’t put this one down. So much suspense and I was really hoping for a good outcome. This is the 6th book in the series & I hadn’t read the others but was able to keep up just fine with the characters. I look forward to the next installment!

Avery Jennings is a last-year college student on vacation with her friends in Mexico. When she disappears at the end of her trip, her friends and family fear she was abducted.

FBI Special Agent Victoria Heslin is asked to assist in the search. Avery’s aunt is a fellow FBI agent and the Mexican Federales are allowing the FBI to assist at the resort that Avery was last seen.

As they search for Avery, secrets are exposed that could put her life in danger. Will the FBI be able to locate Avery in a foreign county before it’s too late.

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

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This was a great story! I was captivated by the story and was hooked until the end. When I realized it was the 6th book in a series, I got nervous. Then I realized they are all standalone but it did have me wanting to go back and read the other stories!

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I read this book as a standalone book but I enjoyed it so much I think I need to invest in the series. The plot was good, descriptive writing captured the scenes and the characters well written. It was hard to guess the twists, but the plot was easy to follow

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I loved this story. The never ending drama and suspense kept me coming back for more. The characters were relatable and I found myself rooting for them every step of the way. Victoria is strong and independent and definitely the hero we all need. Looking forward to the next installment already!

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The title is so apt and the cover couldn't be any better. I was impressed by the cover and the title hence chose it.

The characterisation of Victoria was on point. I was rooting for her to solve the case and I knew for sure she would. She's this amazing, strong, determined, iron-willed, FBI agent. The duo of Rivera and Victoria was a delight to read. The investigation kept me hooked till the end. The climax was way too beautiful! Those cute doggie moments made it so worth to have given this book a shot. I totally fell in love with the climax. I must say, Teresa impressed me and made me wish for her safe recovery than Avery. The mother's love! The disappearance haunted her. It was tragic and pathetic to watch her go crazy.

Read this if the below excites you,
♡ Murder Mystery
♡ Thriller with a tinge of love
♡ FBI
♡ Abduction
♡ Psychopath
♡ Dogs
♡ Luxurious Island for vacation

Mind you, it's not thriller with romance NO it's not. It's a full packed thriller, murder mystery with shade of love.

Can't wait to read the next Victoria's investigation, The Atonement Murders which will be available from March 2023.

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Vanished on Vacation was the first book I have read by Jenifer Ruff. I thoroughly enjoyed this read! It was entertaining and I enjoyed the easy writing style. I was definitely looking for opportunities to pick it up and keep reading.

While there were clearly references to previous books in the series, it was just fine as a stand alone book. I will read more books by this author!

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Jennifer Ruff has a new fan. This book had me hooked. I was so intrigued by the summary; it reminded me of the Natalie Holloway case. There were parts that were predictable but still kept you guessing and wondering if and how they would find her. Definitely going back to read the other Victoria Heslin books and let’s face it, any other Jennifer Ruff book I can get my hands on.

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I really enjoyed this book by Jenifer Ruff. This was a fast paced mystery that kept my interest. The MC Victoria was smart and nice. She was a little hard on herself but I liked her determination. I kind of figured out where the story was going midway, but was excited to see how it would play out. I am looking forward to reading more books about Victoria and the cases she solves.

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Book: Vanished on Vacation
Author: Jenifer Ruff
Series: Agent Victoria Heslin Thriller #6
Publisher: BooksGoSocial
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Pub Date: October 7, 2022
My Rating: 4 stars

On the last day of her vacation at the Azure Cove Resort in Mexico, Avery Jennings, a college senior from University of Virginia, tests positive for Covid and must quarantine.
That’s the last anyone hears from her.

FBI Agents Victoria Heslin and Dante Rivera are invited to assist with UVa college student Avery Jennings who disappeared while quarantining of Covid while staying at the Azure Cove Resort, Mexico. During the investigation Victoria discovers that Avery’s family and friends as well as resort’s staff and guests are hiding secrets.
When another guest vanished Victoria defies orders and takes matters into her own hands.
Determined to bring the missing home, Victoria just might die trying to find them.

This is my first Jenifer Ruff ~ Victoria Heslin story ~ I am so delighted to find a new author that I love ~ I certainly as looking forward to "he Atonement Murders" Victoria Heslin Thriller #7!

Want to thank NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for this early eGalley.
Publishing Release Date scheduled for October 7, 2022

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This was a great book. I loved every paragraph, every sentence and every word of this masterpiece! I read it in 12 hours, which is a lot for me to do! It had everything and more laid out in the novel! I sure hope she writes more! I am totally hooked!

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I have not been this hooked on a book in a long time. The basic premise is three girls in their senior year of college go on a trip to Cancun, Mexico. One of the girls, Avery, goes missing. Her aunt Payton happens to be in the FBI, which is how the FBI gets involved. Two agents go down to assist with the investigation and that’s the premise of the book.

What I love about this book is how it’s slowly revealed in pieces. When we first see a POV from Avery, the chapter was so brief that I barely realized that part of the storyline was being exposed. That made me scramble to get to the next sighting of Avery and each time I got a little bit more. It took a long time for that side of the story to become clear but that just made me more urgent to read.

The author did a great job building suspense for a lot of people, including the staff at the resort where Avery and her friends were staying and even Avery‘s family. In the synopsis, it says the female agent Victoria might die trying to bring Avery back, and boy they were not kidding. This was a great page-turner and a very quick read.

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As soon as I saw the title of this book, I knew I had to read it! I love thrillers with a vacation setting, and "Vanished on Vacation" certainly lived up to my expectations!

Avery and her two friends go on vacation to an exclusive resort in Mexico; however, on the last day of their trip, a resort employee notifies Avery that she received a positive Covid test and will have to quarantine at the resort. The employee escorts Avery to her room to grab her stuff, and that is the last anyone hears from Avery. Her friends try calling and texting repeatedly, as do her family members, to no avail. Fortunately, Avery's aunt is an FBI agent, and she brings in her friend, seasoned FBI agent Victoria Heslin, to help find Avery.

Apparently this is book 6 in a series of standalone thrillers centered on Victoria Heslin, and after reading "Vanished on Vacation", I definitely want to go back and read all the rest! I found Victoria to be a well-written character, and I enjoyed all the twists and suspense throughout the book. I did feel as though there were a few points throughout the book that were a bit slow, and I lost some interest; however, the pace really picked up in the last 40 percent or so.

I would highly recommend this to anyone who has enjoyed other books by this author, or who enjoys vacation thrillers! You'll be glad to be safe at home (unless you are reading this while on vacation...in which case the jury is out!).

TWs: murder, dismemberment/torture, drug and alcohol use

Thanks to the author, BooksGoSocial, and NetGalley for this arc!!

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Jenifer Ruff's latest edition to the Victoria Heslin series offers plenty of suspense, mystery, and danger as Agent Heslin heads to Mexico with fellow agent Rivera to find a missing college student who also happens to be a relative of a colleague. On the last day of 3 sorority sisters' spring vacation one is taken away because her COVID test comes up positive, but she completely disappears. In that the hotel is in Mexico, the FBI is allowed to be in on the search for the American citizen but have to play nice of course with the local police. Top that off with concerned parents who are also there looking and worrying about their missing child. Clues and ideas of what could have happened along with learning, as the reader, where the girl is, you root for Victoria to put all those clues together to get that girl to safety while dealing with suddenly not so cooperative police, parents, hotel employees and more. I like how Ruff brought in COVID to the story as you just can't ignore such a major event across the world when writing a story in present day. Though stand alones, each book in Ruff's series builds on those qualities Victoria has in putting information together to sovle the mystery particularly when an abduction occurs, something she is all too familiar with Victoria puts herself in danger over and over again as solving the mystery is her ultimate goal yet often asks herself why did I do that. Enjoy a good read! Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC read.

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I will leave a review on Amazon and B&N on Oct. 7th

Jennifer Ruff is a new author for me and overall, I really enjoyed this book. I know this was the 6th book in the series, but I had no problem reading it as a stand-alone. When Avery disappears on her last day of vacation in Mexico, the FBI was called in because she is the niece of one of the agents. Two agents fly down to help assist the local law enforcement, what follows is a fast paced read one that was hard to put down. I most definitely would recommend this book to others.

I received an ARC from NetGalley, and the publisher BooksGoSocial in exchange for my honest review.

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Great book! .
I absolutely love beach holiday thriller books!
This book is about three college girls who go to Mexico on holiday, before they are due to leave one of the girls has a positive covid test and so she has to quarantine but then subsequently she disappears.
The FBI are called in to investigate what really happened - will they find her alive?
Great book with plenty of suspense and mystery

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This was a thriller that was current with COVID as a theme. It was written with great character development. It was a fast read for me and I will certainly recommend it to my reader friends . I look forward to reading more books written by the author.

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FBI Agent Victoria is sent to Mexico to help find Avery Jennings, a college girl who goes missing while on vacation with her friends. Avery was told she had tested positive for Covid and had to quarantine, but that was the last anyone heard from her.

When Victoria & her partner Dante are searching for Avery they find out that they can’t trust many of the people working with the investigation. In order to find Avery they must figure out who is telling the truth, and put themselves in dangerous situations to do so.

I enjoyed this fast paced mystery! Thanks to NetGalley & the publishers for this ARC.

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'vanished on vacation' was everything i wanted from a murder-mystery: the thrill, the fast pace, the likeable characters, and especially, a believable plotline with little to no loopholes (did find SOME, but that’s better than most contemporary thriller/mystery books). i enjoyed the steady revelation of clues, and i very much did enjoy the little twist (but i’m not sure what to make of it yet? or if it’s resolved? or if it will be resolved in the upcoming books? many questions). regardless, i can’t believe i haven’t read the rest of the series: picking them up, starting from the first book soon!
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rating: (3.5/5)

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This book was a page turner from beginning to end. Three sorority sisters on a trip to Mexico and one gets a positive COVID test so he has to hang back while the other two go home. But she ends up missing. Reminded me of Robert Dugoni and Tracy Crosswhite in the writing style. A little predictable but a very good read and entertaining. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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This book was super enticing! I literally couldn’t put it down. I usually don’t read this genre but I’m glad I did because I became hooked! Highly recommend reading! Thanks NetGalley & Jenifer Ruff for letting me read this!!

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Vanished On Vacation – Jenifer Ruff

A trio of college students head to Mexico for a vacation, including Avery, the niece of FBI Special Agent Victoria Heslin. While preparing for their return home, Avery learns she’s tested positive for COVID, which means she’ll need to remain behind in quarantine until she’s virus free – a possibility they’d been prepared for. But instead, she disappears…

Victoria and her partner Rivera immediately head to the resort where the girls were staying and connect with the local law enforcement, who appear to have done a competent job, and seem willing to share resources. As the agents do their own reconnaissance, by connecting with resort visitors, as well as conversations with Avery’s travel friends, they learn that the male employee who escorted Avery to quarantine was seen in other places about the resort and is even captured in some pictures the girls took. But he’s nowhere to be found and is it quickly determined that he is not resort staff. So, who was he – and why take Avery?

As Victoria digs deeper, an apparent drowning victim is found on the beach, and the Mexican police quickly and inexplicably become much less cooperative. Determined to find her niece with or without their help, she continues her search for this mysterious man – but the wrong question, directed at the wrong person, at the wrong time lands Victoria in a world of trouble, requiring every ounce of strength she possesses to get herself, and her niece to safety…

This was my first foray into the world of Jennifer Ruff and her Victoria Heslin series (Another series!! Yay!!) but most assuredly, it will not be my last. This book had me hooked from the start – the characters are engaging, the plot is well orchestrated and suspenseful - the pages practically turn themselves, and I love me a strong female protagonist! A great read for the beach or a rainy day! I can’t wait to catch up on this series!!

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Some books share the same plot but the execution is where I find value in novels like this. I was hooked from the very fast-paced thriller. I loved Agent Victoria and while this is a series, it’s okay to read this as a standalone.

Since this a really short novel, everything moved at a very fast pace. I was really caught up in the investigation and what happened to Avery Jennings. In the beginning, I was kind of lost on how all these characters fit into the story, and finally, it all made sense. The buildup to that moment was amazing. Each chapter held a significant clue on what direction the story was going.

While there were a lot of characters I liked how the readers got to read from each of their perspectives. I think that’s what helped everything make sense in the end. The readers aren’t just relying on the agents' inferences on what is going on instead, the readers get the full story. I already knew Payton was going to play an important role in Avery’s abduction- being her aunt and an FBI agent.

Agent Victoria Heslin is truly a great agent. I haven’t read the whole series to really speak on her character but from what I have read in this book, I think there was significant character growth. She was vulnerable and stopped holding up barriers. Also, her love for animals just makes her lovable.

Since this is my first Jenifer Ruff novel, I’m not used to her writing. It was difficult for me to get used to it. I read an ARC so there are still some grammatical errors that need to be fixed but other than that it is a great novel. I’m looking forward to reading more books from the series.

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I was not sure what to expect began to turn the pages.

It has been awhile since I have read a Thriller and I was not sure how wide open bedroom doors might be.

Actually there were no Romantic scenes at all.

But there are several murders of young women and some gripping details in the form of mutilation.

The story is fast paced.

I enjoyed Victoria as a main character. The author did a great job of getting this reader upto speed with Victoria's recent past as well as her younger life and how/why she became an FBI agent. There is alot of back story with Victoria and her current boyfriend. And agent Rivera who have a past together.

There were lots of characters weaving in and out of the story.

From Avery (the missing girl), her friends, her parents, an FBI agent aunt, the hotel guests and staff. The Mexican Police other FBI agents and a whole slew of bad guys.

As I write I wonder how I kept them all straight. But I did.

To me that is a sign of a very good well written story. I applaud author Jennifer Ruff.

I was surprised at the twist at the end after all the investigation is over and all the secrets came out leaving me wondering how Victoria's relationship with Rivera will develop in future installments.

I enjoyed this book so much that I will add the earlier books in the series to my Wish List.

The only negative I have is there is one character that I wish would have been able to escape the bad guys and become a regular in the series.

I received an ARC copy of Vanished On Vacation from Net Galley.

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Vanished on Vacation is a mystery thriller about Avery, niece of an FBI agent, who is told her COVID test was positive and she would be required to stay. After leaving with the resort employee for the retest, she wasn’t found, seen, or heard from again. FBI Agent Victoria is sent to Mexico with another agent to assist with the search.

Legit police crime novels can be a bit hit or miss for me, only because of how gorey and technical they can be. I really liked that this mystery balanced police practice and procedure while still being a page-turning thriller.

I thought the mystery was really well done as it allowed me to play along but it wasn’t obvious. Looking back, the mystery makes sense and wasn’t a total surprise.

My only complaint is that some of the characters were just in likable - the parents being the worst. I totally get that when your kid goes missing, all logical reasoning goes out the window, but I was rolling my eyes and actually feeling annoyed.

ARC was provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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TERRIFIC fast-paced thriller, well written with great characterization & lots of suspense leading up to the grand finale. First time reading this author & will definitely backtrack to read more of the same. RECOMMEND highly for a good enjoyable read.

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