She awakens with a start. Chained to the unforgiving floor in a cement prison and reeking of sweat and terror, she has no memory of what happened to her and her young daughter. With the pitch black closing in around her, she suddenly realizes she is not alone.
From her office in the SOMA district of San Francisco, missing children investigator, Li Chen, receives an early morning phone call. A successful architect and her young child have vanished. The only trace: the mother’s fingerprints found at a crime scene over ninety miles away. The only witness: a woman who appears out of nowhere and claims a sadistic cult leader is the kidnapper.
Should Li believe the erratic words of a disturbed stranger with a history of drug abuse and mental illness? Can the trapped woman do the unthinkable to save herself and her little girl?
With memories of her own childhood tragedy stirring, Li buries herself in the case, one that puts her unique and highly specialized skills to the test and could ultimately end her life.
The Second book, Hunters Point, Coming Fall 2015
The Vanished Ones moves deftly from a child’s kidnapping to an investigator’s own family issues, creating connections and insights that tie both together. It pairs mystery with psychology and creates moments and scenes that join past and present together. All this, wrapped in the cloak of a satisfying mystery and thriller, makes The Vanished Ones a special recommendation for readers who want more psychological depth than casual investigative probes usually offer.” -D. Donovan, eBook reviewer, Midwest Book Review
The brightly, though at times garishly, painted cast of characters is eclectic and ranges from supportive and nurturing to unimaginably evil. THE VANISHED ONES is much more than the mystery it first seems, taking the reader on a ride that twists and shocks relentlessly as the protagonist, Li, scrambles to save her friends while the world around her unravels.” -Kat Toland, IndieReader
‘The Vanished Ones’ by N.V. Sumner is a delectable read, brimming with mystery and suspense. Sumner truly did an amazing job with this one. The writing is smooth, and the characters are believable. I found myself truly caring for the people in this book, especially Li in all of her endeavors.” -ALRyder, OnlineBookClub
This book was a real page-turner.” -Judge, 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.