The Vanishing Point

The Vanishing Point

Book - 2012
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A child is brazenly abducted in the middle of a busy airport. But this is no ordinary kidnapping, because this is no ordinary child. His mother was Scarlett, a reality TV star who died tragically young from cancer. She didn't trust her disastrous family and left the care of her child to her ghost writer, Stephanie Harker. What Scarlett didn't know is that Stephanie's ex is a bitter, jealous man who will stop at nothing to destroy her life. Even if that means snatching an already traumatized child.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, 2012
Edition: 1st Canadian ed. --
ISBN: 9781443410472
Branch Call Number: FIC McDer 3558ad 1
Characteristics: viii, 434 p


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nchilton May 15, 2017

Different to Val McDermids usual style.
To those who quit halfway through it's worth trying again and sticking with it to the end.

Jul 05, 2016

A VERY bad book; I quit half way through, and I NEVER do that.
Disappointing, as her Skeleton Road was a good read;

Jun 25, 2014

Val McDermit is always an enjoyable crime fiction read. The crime is in the opening pages but most of the story goes back and reveals the lives of the characters as their lives unfold. The characters are unique, flawed and interesting. A child is kidnapped at the airport and we are left to wonder who and why.

Sep 26, 2013

Very disappointed, kept waiting for the suspense that usually is very evident in Val mcDermid's novels. I quit half way through. I agree it was boring.

Sep 21, 2013

The Vanishing Point begins with the kidnapping of a child at O’Hare airport and then settles into the back story. The novel, told primarily in flashbacks, focuses on the unlikely friendship between two women who are very different. Normally this would not interest me but McDermid is an excellent writer and the story flows well. There are red herrings in the story, some quite heavy handed, and a nice twist ending. However, this is one of McDermid’s weaker efforts. The character development of the two women is reasonable but all other characters are peripheral, especially all of the men. The author can develop male characters but little effort was made to do so here. Mediocre McDermid is still better than the top end of most writers. Hopefully, she will be back to form with the next one.

JCLJanineM Mar 15, 2013

This is not so much a mystery as a character driven novel that explores the issue of stalking. How the relationships among the characters develop makes the story interesting, not the plot.

Jan 24, 2013

A superb read from start to finish. Every single word counts .

Dec 21, 2012

I usually like Val McDermid's books. But this....??? Awful.
Maybe she had a ghost writer.

Dec 11, 2012

Have to agree with everyone else on this one. Disappointing, predictable and cliched.

Nov 29, 2012

So bad-don't bother. Val McDermid used to be terrific but her book before this one and now with The Vanishing Point, she seems to have lost her touch and is churning out mediocre boring so called mysteries. McDermid will be vanishing off my fav. mystery writers list.

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