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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.
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 just one in a string of disappearances with a single 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 himself working with Special Agent Jordan Lambert, the woman he once loved. When yet another girl dies, Garrett blames himself and believes he doesn’t have what it takes to be an agent. What he’ll discover is that, while he may be done with the killer, the killer is not done with him—or Jordan.
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.
Can you tell us about your newest release? Is it part of a series or a stand-alone?
When I finished the Nikki Boyd Series, my publisher came to me and ask me to write a follow up novel. For those of you who have read this series, you know that Nikki’s sister had been abducted ten years ago by the Angel Abductor. Vanishing Point is a story about what really happened to Sarah as well as what I think will be a very satisfying wrap up to the series.
Is anything or anyone in this book based on real-life experiences?
Who was your favorite character in this story, and why?
I really loved writing Jordan’s character. She’s both strong and vulnerable, passionate and a truth-seeker. I also was able to give her a unique background with her mother being from Brazil—a place where our family lived—which was fun for me. Jordan’s very focused which means she’s great at her job, but because of this focus on her career, she once walked away from the only person who ever had a hold on her heart.
Compared to your other books, was this one easy to complete or challenging? Any idea why?
I found this book extremely hard to write, in fact much harder than most if not all of my other books for two reasons. One, it was about a serial killer, and I hate books about serial killers. I actually avoid them. But in order to write this story, it had to be about what really happened to Sarah and the Angel Abductor, so the subject was sometimes really hard to write. The other thing that made it hard was the timeline. Normally my books take place over a very short period of time, but this story takes place over the span of a decade. To keep the action moving, each section of the book does take place over a couple of very intense days, but it was definitely a challenge. I also had to use tons of notes because I had to follow the timeline of the already published first three books in the series which sometimes set some pretty stiff perimeters.
What was the hardest scene in this book to write? What made it difficult?
I don’t want to give anything away, but writing from the POV of one of the victims turned out to be extremely tough and emotional.
What did you (or your editors) edit out of this book?
There really was very little—thankfully—that was edited out of this story.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing from the point of view of the opposite sex?
Making it realistic. I have a lot of men who read my books and thankfully they seem to really enjoy them. But I have had comments in the past from a couple men who have noted that the man’s POV wasn’t realistic. All I can do is write the best that I can, have my hubby read through it, then put it out there. ☺
Lisa Harris is a bestselling author, a Christy Award winner, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 and 2015 from Romantic Times for her novels Blood Covenant and Vendetta. The author of more than thirty books, including Vendetta, Missing, Pursued, and the SOUTHERN CRIMES series, Harris and her family have spent fourteen years living as missionaries in southern Africa.