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Vanish by Tom Pawlik
by Tom Pawlik

What would you do if everyone around you simply vanished?

A magnificent and highly unusual storm appears, leaving Connor Hayden, Helen Krause, Mitch Kent, and Devon Marshall adrift in a world where everyone has vanished. Together these four struggle to understand just what is happening to them. Hallucinations about their pasts haunt them but it is the whispering voices and the faceless entities that frighten them the most. Is there any hope at all in this terrifyingly empty world?

VANISH is a phenomenal blend of Christian fiction and horror. The contrasts of lightness and dark along with good and evil are shown throughout the tale. Each and every element of the story has a specific meaning that is gradually revealed as the tale unfolds. I hesitate to explain further for fear of ruining the overall story but suffice to say that the imagery is extraordinarily well done. The twists and turns the story takes are fascinating and well thought out. In fact, VANISH is one of those books that is even more stunning once you reach the conclusion and see how all the pieces and images fit together.

VANISH is frightening in its intensity. The tension builds to a startling crescendo as one can’t turn the pages rapidly enough. Character development is critical as the reader begins to feel for the plight of each and every character.  The diversity of the characters enhances the suspense as one wonders just what the common denominator is between them. Bravo, Tom Pawlik, for crafting such a gripping storyline!

Publisher:  Tyndale House Publishers (June 2008)
Other Books In Series: VALLEY OF THE SHADOW

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