The Vanishing Point
It's every parent's worst nightmare - your child abducted while you look on, helpless. But five-year-old Jimmy's life is shrouded in secrets, and his mother will be forced to make the most difficult choice of her life - a choice that will affect everyone around her...It's every parent's worst nightmare...
tephanie 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 gun to restrain her. And by the time she can tell them what has happened, Jimmy is long gone.
But as Stephanie tells her story to the FBI, it becomes clear that everything is not as it seems with this seeminglynormal family. What is Jimmy's background? Why would someone want to abduct him? And, with time running out, how can Stephanie get him back?
A breathtakingly rich and gripping psychological thriller, The Vanishing Point is Val McDermid's most accomplished standalone novel to date, a work of haunting brilliance.Another gripping read from the queen of psychological thrillers. HauntingVal McDermid's dark crime series will at times repulse even the most hardened crime readerVal McDermid, what a diva of crime! . . . An acute and credible thrillerMcDermid handles the various strands of the story with consummate mastery, and the reader is swept along to the story's genuinely shocking denouementThis is a gripping psychological thriller from the beginning to the unexpected ending. A first class novel and McDermid's best to dateVal McDermid, what a diva of crime! An acute and credible psychological thrillerA breathtakingly rich and gripping psychological thriller, The Vanishing Point is Val McDermid's most accomplished standalone novel to date, a work of haunting brillianceThe queen of the psychological thriller, Val McDermid, proves exactly why she has earned that appellation with her latest offering ... [she] has a gift for inducing gut-wrenching suspense and high anxiety. Disquiet is transferred as if by alchemy direct from the page into the mind. It's uncomfortable and compellingVal McDermid is a No. 1 bestseller, translated into more than 30 languages, with over two million copies sold in the UK and over 10 million worldwide. She has written 25 bestselling novels, most recently The Retribution.
She has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the the Stonewall Writer of the Year Award. In 2011, Val was the recipient of the Pioneer Award at the 23rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards. In 2010, she was awarded the prestigious CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger. This followed her induction into the Hall of Fame at the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards in 2009, the same year in which she was elected to an Honorary Fellowship at St Hilda's College, Oxford.Her three Sphere books are her three fastest-selling everCreator of the Wire in the Blood series for ITVCritical acclaim from peersHer novels have been translated into 30 languages and sold over 10 million copieswww.valmcdermid.com