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SUMMARY The Vanishing of Katharina Linden

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 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

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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. Pia Kolvenbach is known as the girl whose grandmother s head exploded in a freak accident at the Advent Dinner table Advent Candle met Aua Net hairspraythe rest was history with which Pia has to live every day When young girls start to disappear Pia and her trusty sidekick StinkStefan are on the case Two pariahs and the avuncular storyteller Herr Schiller explore the history of their village Bad Munstereifel through folk tales and gossip Eventually the dark side of the town begins to show itself and Pia begins to learn the hard lesson that people are not always what they seem to beI thought this was a novel of manners customs and small town life not unlike The Little Friend by Donna Tartt The ThrillerMystery angle took a back seat to the Town itselfThe missingvanished girls were a vital part of the story but so as a part of Pia s coming of age The pacing of the story was slow until the last 13 of the book The ending seemed a bit rushed to me but in hindsight i think it was right since the leisurely pace of the first 23 was good preparation for an ending that wasn t lurid yet still kept the pages turningPia Kolvenbach was not a precocious child by any means She was witty a bit of a smart aleck but all told she was just a kidtrying to deal with a situation where even the adults seemed to be at a loss Curious selfish petulant and persistant she carried this tale on noble 10 year old shoulders and lived to tell it years laterI enjoyed the book and gave it the rating I did for being both a coming of age storyand a mystery about Life itself as we grow into it RecommendedThis is a review of an ARC3 Stars

Helen Grant ✓ 1 SUMMARY

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. 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 familiar to me and a part of my own childhood Fortunately that is where the parallels between my life and this book end because as you might have guessed from the title little girls begin to go missing in the small town of Bad Muenstereifel The story is told by ten year old Pia though she tells it as an adult so her mature and elegant language never feels out of place in the narrative Pia was a lovely clever character and I especially liked her school friend StinkStefan despite the unflattering nicknameThe plot is twisted and certainly reminds of Grimm fairy tales perfectly fitting the book s setting and I could see it all before me as I was reading so familiar are the dark German woods and charmingly gloomy Fachwerk cottages The story is not fluffy and light despite the fairy tale connection but much like the Grimm tales themselves dark and strange and not lacking the odd big bad wolfDefinitely a page turner and an author I will absolutely keep an eye onFind reviews and bookish fun at


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 b

  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

  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 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 Münstereifel and its inhabitants are key to the book and provided

  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 h

  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 no

  7. says:

    Pia Kolvenbach is known as the girl whose grandmother's head exploded in a freak accident at the Advent Dinner t

  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 th

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    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 turn

  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 sur