Book Review: Vanishing Act

by Fern Michaels

Kensington Publishing, 2009

My Rating: C+

This hardly ever happens to me but, I was on my way to a dental appointment and realized I didn’t have a book with me. Arghh! I hate to be stuck somewhere without a book.

It was closer for me to stop at a shop and grab a paperback rather than go back home. There was really nothing I really wanted to read (that hardly ever happens, either) until I spotted this book by Fern Michaels. My sister, Kaye, has been singing the praises of the author’s Sisterhood series.

In the past I purchased two of the books in this series. My goal was to get them all and then start reading. I like series books and I like to read them in order. So, here I am reading book number 15!

Summery: It wasn’t that hard to catch on to what was going on. Here’s what I figured out: There is a group of women, known as the Sisterhood, who have done something so bad that they have to hide out at a mountainside retreat. Only a pardon from the president will allow them to be free. Money does not seem to be a problem. There are also a group of people in normal society who are strong supporters. This includes high level people and some sexy men.

From time to time the Sisters become involved in a mission helping people who have suffered at the hands of others. The Sisters put things right and seek revenge.

In Vanishing Act the Sisters become involved when one of their outside partners is completely wiped out due to identity theft. They learn the masterminds of this identity theft ring is a very clever couple who change names and disguises on a daily basis. The goal of the Sisters is to figure out who else has been robbed, determine the best way to capture the couple and how to get the money back to the victims.

My evaluation: It was easy and fun to get caught up in this story. I read it off and on at the dentist’s but then had to keep turning the pages until I knew what was going to happen next. While it was fun to read I had to keep telling my “inner-scoffer” to go away. This is similar to reading a “super-hero” story. Things that happen in the story could in no way happen in real life. If you like your thrillers to be completely possible, this series is not for you.

I liked the women who made up the Sisters. I wish this story would have featured more of them. I have a hunch that the other books in the series do include more of these characters. I’ll have a chance to check this theory out in February. My sister and I will be getting together and she is planning to share her whole bag of these books! After I read a few more I’ll share my thoughts with you.

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9 Responses to Book Review: Vanishing Act

  1. I can so relate to the agony of being somewhere and realizing you have no book. In fact, the very same thing happened to me two days ago at MY dentist! ugh! I love the notion of the “inner-scoffer” – I have to steal that one! :–)

  2. cerrin says:

    LOL that is why I always keep books in my car. lol

    I really want to read the series…So If you get done and you can pass them my way I will pass them back If allowed.

  3. Stacy says:

    I didn’t know that Fern Michaels wrote a series that was 15 books already! Sounds like it could be fun.

  4. Barbara says:

    My husband makes fun of me because I always carry a book or a magazine, even if we’re just running to the store for milk. It’s because he’ll remember he has to go to the hardware store and I know he’ll be in there forever looking at his kind of “toys” and gabbing with “the guys.” I wasn’t a girl scout for nothing – always prepared.

  5. Kathy says:

    I wonder if you would have enjoyed this more if you’d started at the beginning.

  6. Beth F says:

    I’m with Kathy. Even if you caught on to the premise quickly, I wonder if you would have a different feeling if you had met the women in book 1. But then there’s the superhero aspect, which would not have changed, no matter where you started.

  7. Suzanne says:

    Hmmm….this sounds like an interesting series. What you said here got me to wondering if I really do enjoy stories that are entirely possible. I’m not sure now…guess I’ll have to give this series a try and find out.

    Happy reading!

  8. Kay Winters says:

    My fear is that I will run out of books. When I visit schools to do my author presentations, I always tell the students about the time I was on the turnpike, and the cars slowed to a halt. There was a bear loose on the road! Luckily I had a book. We waited for 1 hour and 45 minutes. When you have a book to read that you love, you are never bored.

  9. Staci says:

    You poor thing!! A C+ ugh!!!

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