The Vanishing Point
By Val McDermid
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...
Stephanie Harker is travelling through security at O'Hare airport with five-year-old Jimmy. But in a moment, everything changes. In disbelief, Stephanie watches as a uniformed agent leads her boy away - and she's stuck the other side of the gates, hysterical with worry.
The authorities, unaware of Jimmy's existence, just see a woman behaving erratically; Stephanie is wrestled to the ground and blasted with a taser gun. 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. There are many potential suspects for this abduction. With time rapidly 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.
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- ISBN: 9780751546101
- Publication date: 31 Jan 2013
- Page count: 544
Val 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.
McDermid's ability to wrong-foot the reader remains second to none: highly recommended — Guardian
A psychological thriller, but it's also a splendidly mordant comment on our fame culture and its consequences — The Times
McDermid handles the various strands of the story with consummate mastery, and the reader is swept along to the story's genuinely shocking denouement — Irish Independent
This is a gripping psychological thriller from the beginning to the unexpected ending. A first class novel and McDermid's best to date — Woman's Way Ireland
Intelligent and hypnotically readable . . . entertaining and thought-provoking book — Spectator
A gripping tale — Choice
An efficiently crafted psychological thriller with an ending that knocks you sideways — Independent on Sunday