The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, Paperback Book

The Vanishing of Katharina Linden Paperback

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Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, Helen Grant's first teen novel The Vanishing of Katharina Linden follows a misfit teenager as she attempts to unravel the mystery of several strange disappearances in the small town of Bad Munstereifel.

The Vanishing of Katharina Linden bridges the world of the traditional Grimm fairytale with the darker world of Angela Carter's adult fairytales.On the day Katharina Linden disappears, Pia is the last person to see her.

Terror is spreading through the town. How could a ten-year-old girl vanish in a place where everybody knows everybody else?Pia is determined to find out what happened to Katharina.But then the next girl disappears. . .'For something so chilling, it is terrific entertainment' Sunday Times'Grant's splendid a feast of treats and creeps.

Wonderful' Guardian'A strange, haunting modern fairy tale' John Connolly, author of The Book of Lost ThingsThe setting of the small German town of Bad Munstereifel, in Helen Grant's debut novel The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, is based on her own experience of emigrating there from England as a child.

Her other darkly thrilling young adult novels, The Glass Demon and Wish Me Dead, are also available from Penguin.


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One of the most suspenseful books I've read in ages, this book keeps you guessing until the very end.

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I couldn't put this book down! Pia is a true original, and a character I could relate to. She's not too smart or particularly devious, but her love of a good story (and the desire to change her own) leads her to investigate a string of disappearances. Amid family chaos, a bad reputation, a town full of gossips, and ghost stories lurking around every corner Pia searches for the truth. The story is exciting and fast paced, Pia is a well-written and dynamic character, and the mystery will keep you guessing until the end.

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Clear, enjoyable and captivating first-person narrative and murder mystery set in modern day Germany somehow feels like a very old-time village tale. Whipped through this enchanting and well-told story in just a few hours and found the settings and characters vivid, complex and engaging. I received this book as part of the Early Reviewers program here on LibraryThing and am grateful to be introduced to Helen Grant. Eagerly awaiting her next novel!

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The Vanishing of Katharina Linden is an entertaining, well written thriller with young-adult crossover appeal. The heroine, plucky Pia, spends as much time worrying about her summer vacation as about the fate of several girls gone missing in her cozy German suburb. Pia and her friend, fellow misfit Stefan, try to find out what happened, and the answer is something none of them expect. A light and quick read, fans of MATHILDA SAVITCH will enjoy this suspenseful, fast-paced novel.

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I love Pia, she reminds me a little of Flavia de Luce. I found this story to be poignant, amusing, suspenseful. I can't remember the last time I read a book taking place in Germany that didn't have to do with the Holocaust. This setting was a nice change of pace. The writing was perfect, I can't believe this is the author first book. I highly recommend this novel.

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