The Vanishing Point

Val McDermid

The Vanishing Point

It's every parent's worst nightmare...Stephanie Harker is travelling through the security gates at O'Hare airport, on her way to an idyllic holiday. Five-year-old Jimmy goes through the metal detector ahead of her. But then, in panic and disbelief, Stephanie watches as a uniformed agent leads her boy away - and she's stuck the other side of Security, hysterical with worry. The authorities, unaware of Jimmy's existence, just see a woman behaving erratically; Stephanie is brutally wrestled to the ground and blasted with a taser. What happens next is nothing but unexpected. 3.6 out of 5 based on 6 reviews
The Vanishing Point

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Classification Fiction
Genre General Fiction, Crime, Thrillers & Mystery
Format Hardcover
Pages 448
RRP
Date of Publication September 2012
ISBN 978-1408703212
Publisher Little, Brown
 

It's every parent's worst nightmare...Stephanie Harker is travelling through the security gates at O'Hare airport, on her way to an idyllic holiday. Five-year-old Jimmy goes through the metal detector ahead of her. But then, in panic and disbelief, Stephanie watches as a uniformed agent leads her boy away - and she's stuck the other side of Security, hysterical with worry. The authorities, unaware of Jimmy's existence, just see a woman behaving erratically; Stephanie is brutally wrestled to the ground and blasted with a taser. What happens next is nothing but unexpected.

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Reviews

The Guardian

Laura Wilson

Both strands are masterfully handled, and McDermid's ability to wrong-foot the reader remains second to none: highly recommended.

14/09/2012

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The Independent on Sunday

Shirley Whiteside

Higgins, a cross between Katie Price and Jade Goody, is an intriguing character and one of McDermid's most fully realised creations. Intelligent but uneducated, she manipulates the press as much as it manipulates her … After the breakneck speed of the opening, the story gets bogged down with extended flashbacks of Higgins's life while Jimmy's plight becomes less central to the tale. However, McDermid keeps tension high with red herrings and plot twists ... a genuine page-turner that doesn't insult its readers' intelligence.

23/09/2012

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The Spectator

Andrew Taylor

In this intelligent and hypnotically readable thriller, what really interests McDermid, and us, is the meaning of fame and how people deal with being famous. The relationship between Scarlett and Stephanie is one of the best things she has done. True, the double narrative is sometimes cumbersome and a large red herring stinks to high heaven; but these add up to a small price to pay for this entertaining and thought-provoking book.

20/10/2012

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The Times

Marcel Berlins

… a psychological thriller, but it’s also a splendidly mordant comment on our fame culture and its consequences.

15/09/2012

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The Daily Mail

David Bradbury

Fans of Val McDermid will be intrigued by this latest thriller, which breaks away from her phenomenally successful series to introduce new central characters, and takes the reader into the details of a growing respect and intimacy between two strong women of profoundly different lifestyles and backgrounds.

27/09/2012

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The Daily Express

Daid Stephenson

The narrative loses its energy with the story of a ghost writer researching a reality TV star’s “biography”. Stick to the sleuths, Val.

23/09/2012

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