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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 Münstereifel The Vanishing of Katharina Linden bridges the world of the traditional Grimm fairytale with the darker world of Angela Carter's adult fairytalesOn the day Kathari. One word to describe The Vanishing of Katharina Linden EngrossingMy interest in this book was piued when I saw it described as a charming horror novel and while that isn t totally accurate charming it is horror it isn t I very much enjoyed the book Helen Grant has such an ease about her writing that I find it hard to believe this is her first novel Her descriptions of Bad M nstereifel and its inhabitants are key to the book and provided most of the atmosphere I could uite easily visualize everything and everyone in this little town Pia was a realistic and relatable narrator who kept the story going at a fairly brisk pace Sometimes she used words that I don t think an eleven year old would but since the book is told by adult Pia reminiscing back I m willing to let that pass The legends of this small town are wonderfully interwoven through the story and add an extra element of childhood innocence to the book Some may find the mystery obvious or weak but I don t think the mystery is reason for this book it s Pia at a major point in her life with major events happening that affect her and in turn how she deals with them Parts of the book are chilling light uiet humorous thoughtful predictable surprising absorbing and but altogether it is a book that impressed me45 starsReceived for review through the Vine programhttpenwikipediaorgwikiBadM%C3

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The Vanishing of Katharina Linden

Guardian'A strange haunting modern fairy tale' John Connolly author of The Book of Lost ThingsThe setting of the small German town of Bad Münstereifel 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. I usually listen to audiobooks only when I paint or when I do house chores Well I did not have enough house chores for this one and as I could absolutely not wait to get hours on the following days I ended up listening to it sitting on my couch I have NEVER done this before This is enough to say this is a real page turner you get the idea even if that one was an audiobookA friend of mine asked why I liked it so much It is actually hard to pinpoint apart from the fabulous uality of the writing that keeps you going with excellent handling of suspense Publishers Weekly description of it as a charming horror novel is uite fitting The tone of the book is very peaceful and friendly as Pia the narrator is a 10 year old sweet nice girl The horror comes little by little with what she has to encounter but it is narrated in such a way that it sounds like folk tales than the stuff horror movies are made of And indeed the book is based on Helen Grant s research on folk tales connected to the city where Pia lives a real city where the author herself livedI have not yet read this in any other review about this book so I d underline an interesting theme that seems to me to go along the book ostracization Pia is ostracized by her school mates after what happens to her grand mother and the only friend she is left with is the most ostracized kid of the school his ostracization went so far as giving him a surname With what happens between her own parents Pia feels and isolated from her own family as well Her father is German her mother British and never feels like fitting in this German city When Pia is sent one summer to England the ostracization follows her notably through her mean British cousins There s a lot of ostracization going on in Pia s German city between neighbors with stories going back decades before and focusing especially on one strange character that 2 young heroes seem to finally befriend but do theyI tweeted Helen Grant about this point and here is her replyYes I think your view is spot on This is why Unshockable Hans is so important to the book because he is one of the few people who does not let Pia down I d also have to say that autobiography has an influence on the book I loved living in Bad M but on days when things didn t go so well I REALLY felt like an alien myself PS The original working title of the book was Unshockable Hans tweeted by helengrantsays on Feb 28 2011 My only regret is having been mislead by the American book cover the British one is different with a black cat So all along I was trying to figure out if the cat was oops I will not give you a spoiler The cat does have a role but not as prominent as the book cover would imply Never judge a book by its cover I knowIf you are looking for a good page turner I highly recommend you this book I don t think it s a YA bookHelen Grant has written another book and are coming The exciting part is that she s just 2 years older than me so I ll have lots to read by herFIRST LINEMy life might have been so different had I not been known as the girl whose grandmother exploded And had I not been born in Bad Munstereifel If we had lived in the city well I m not saying the event would have gone unnoticed but the fuss would probably only have lasted a week before public interest moved elsewhere Besides in a city you are anonymous the chances of being picked out as Kristel Kolvenbach s granddaughter would be virtually zero But in a small town well small towns everywhere are rife with gossip but in Germany they raise it to an art formOriginal post Words And Peace

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Na 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 elsePia is determined to find out what happened to KatharinaBut then the next girl disappears'For something so chilling it is terrific entertainment' Sunday Times'Grant's splendid debutis a feast of treats and creeps Wonderful'. I picked up this book simply because of the cover design Yes yes I know Don t judge a book by its cover But guess what That s what I do 9 times out of 10 Sue me I m a designer It s what I notice first often than notThis is a great coming of age story about a young German girl well half German half British who lives in a town going through a bit of a crime spree Which is to say several missing children Little girls snatched up from underneath everybody s watchful eyes This being a very small town these kidnappings are most disturbing Gossip and suspicion aboundAnybody who s ever lived in a small town can certainly appreciate this book as the reactions to the kidnappings occur in such a realistic way You can easily imagine your neighbors acting in just the same way in your own small town were something so awful to occur But what was so particularly interesting about this book is not just that it shows a realistic portrayal of a town and family ripped apart by a series of terrible events but that it s told from the perspective of a childChildren have a special way of seeing things it s what makes them great characters in books in my opinion And this is no exception This child has grown up listening to stories told by a kindly neighbor stories full of magic and lore Therefore when strange things begin to happen in her town other little girls vanishing as if by magic she naturally begins to suspect that something otherwordly is going on Now we as adult readers know this isn t the case or do you There is a wonderful blend of childish whimsy and realistic portrayals I wasn t entirely sure if the book was going to take the fantastical route until the very end when the clues started coming together And when those clues do finally reveal what s behind the mystery well I was shocked I hope because it was cleverly done and not because I m just that dense I actually was sure the culprit was going to be another seemingly harmless character which I thought was twist enough but then it turned out to be someone completely different They twisted my twistI thoroughly enjoyed this book It had a little of everything childhood innocence fantastical folklore grisly kidnappings a fascination mystery and thoroughly interesting characters everywhere you turned Not to mention that you re going through all this alongside the narrator a little girl going through her own coming of age problems I definitely recommend this book to any lovers of mystery Great read on a minor note I did have one complaint which had nothing to do with the story and everything to do with the physical construction of the book itself The hardcover edition I read had a deckle edge on the pages This doesn t bother me in fact I think it adds a lovely detail to a book However in this story set in Germany as it is there are often little words and phrases scattered here and there that are written in German to add to the atmosphere of the story There is a glossary in the back to define all these words and phrases which I definitely recommend doing as they sometimes flesh out necessary dialogue The problem I had was that with the deckle edge it s very difficult to flip back and forth to the glossary The way the deckle edge is constructed makes it hard to flip to a certain section as it wants to flip in sections in the chunks that makes up the deckle edge It was minor and yes ridiculous to complain about but extremely annoying nevertheless And now I have ranted about it and I feel better The Hero of Varay reactions to the kidnappings occur in such a Blackmailed By Daddy realistic portrayal of a town and family उरलं सुरलं [Urla Surla] ripped apart by a series of terrible events but that it s told from the perspective of a childChildren have a special way of seeing things it s what makes them great characters in books in my opinion And this is no exception This child has grown up listening to stories told by a kindly neighbor stories full of magic and lore Therefore when strange things begin to happen in her town other little girls vanishing as if by magic she naturally begins to suspect that something otherwordly is going on Now we as adult Cock Tales readers know this isn t the case or do you There is a wonderful blend of childish whimsy and Son of the Hero realistic portrayals I wasn t entirely sure if the book was going to take the fantastical The Alien Jigsaw route until the very end when the clues started coming together And when those clues do finally Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning reveal what s behind the mystery well I was shocked I hope because it was cleverly done and not because I m just that dense I actually was sure the culprit was going to be another seemingly harmless character which I thought was twist enough but then it turned out to be someone completely different They twisted my twistI thoroughly enjoyed this book It had a little of everything childhood innocence fantastical folklore grisly kidnappings a fascination mystery and thoroughly interesting characters everywhere you turned Not to mention that you The Illusion of Gods Presence re going through all this alongside the narrator a little girl going through her own coming of age problems I definitely Folk Tales From The Soviet Union recommend this book to any lovers of mystery Great Not The Hot Chick read on a minor note I did have one complaint which had nothing to do with the story and everything to do with the physical construction of the book itself The hardcover edition I Pegged and Plugged at the Club read had a deckle edge on the pages This doesn t bother me in fact I think it adds a lovely detail to a book However in this story set in Germany as it is there are often little words and phrases scattered here and there that are written in German to add to the atmosphere of the story There is a glossary in the back to define all these words and phrases which I definitely Tunnel Through Time recommend doing as they sometimes flesh out necessary dialogue The problem I had was that with the deckle edge it s very difficult to flip back and forth to the glossary The way the deckle edge is constructed makes it hard to flip to a certain section as it wants to flip in sections in the chunks that makes up the deckle edge It was minor and yes Game of Bimbofication, Part 3 ridiculous to complain about but extremely annoying nevertheless And now I have Game of Bimbofication, Part 2 ranted about it and I feel better


10 thoughts on “The Vanishing of Katharina Linden

  1. says:

    I was a bit late on the boat with this one but better late than never When this book came out it was very popular however I didn't know what to make of the summary and forgot about it Then as these things happen a copy made its way into my bookshelf and I was finally compelled to open it From Germany myself I was charmed and excited that the book was not only set there but contained so many cultural references that were so famili

  2. says:

    With all the hype surrounding the US publication of The Vanishing of Katharina Linden I was eagerly anticipating Helen Grant's debut Sadly the marketing copywriters are doing better work than the actual author and once halfway through the book I found myself impatiently waiting for the completion of a book that was decently written but poorly conceived The publisher would do well to stop likening it to other works because not a s

  3. says:

    One word to describe The Vanishing of Katharina Linden EngrossingMy interest in this book was piued when I saw it described as a charming horror novel and while that isn't totally accurate charming it is horror it

  4. says:

    Ten year old Pia Kolvenbach is known at school as the girl whose grandmother blew up Far from showing any sympathy to a girl whose Oma died on Christmas Day Pia endures taunts and the sudden absence of her friends The only person in her class brave enough to sit next to her in case it's catching is StinkStefan hi

  5. says:

    I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy of Grant’s novel and it still haunts me Wonderful creepy atmospheric mystery that would fit perfectly in the darkest collection of Grimms' folktales

  6. says:

    I picked up this book simply because of the cover design Yes yes I know Don't judge a book by its cover But guess what That's what I do 9 times out of 10 Sue me I'm a designer It's what I notice first often than notThis is a great coming of age story about a young German girl well half German half British who lives in a town going through a bit of a crime spree Which is to say several missing children Little girls snatched up from underneat

  7. says:

    Pia Kolvenbach is known as the girl whose grandmother's head exploded in a freak accident at the Advent Dinner

  8. says:

    I have been wondering Wondering why it sometimes happens that a novel will be published here as an adult novel and elsewhere as a young adult YA for readers anywhere from 12 to 16 years old novel The first time I noticed that was when the bookThe Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night Time came out Here in the US it was published as an adul

  9. says:

    I usually listen to audiobooks only when I paint or when I do house chores Well I did not have enough house chores for this

  10. says:

    When someone tells you that a certain author is someone to watch I always feel a bit wary I want to experience the same sort of love that they felt but I always end up disappointedWhich is why I’m pleasantly surp

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