So what are the good points in Kathryn Mackel’s Vanished?
The primary positive is Kathryn Mackel herself; she's evidently adept at this genre. That covers a lot of ground: It means the pacing's good, for example. The book's a page-turner. The characterization is also strong and deftly handled.
The Christian content is also generally well done, with realistic Christian role models and some worthwhile questions asked. It isn't heavy-handed, though it is fairly clear that this is a Christian universe, not just a vaguely spiritual one.
I'll leave it there, although I so dislike the brevity of the post that I'm tempted to summarize the book in a series of limericks. (Don't snicker: I could do it.) But while these positives are quick to mention, they are conceivably more important than the negatives, which will take longer to explain. We'll do that tomorrow.
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