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.
Val McDermid is a No.1 bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have sold over fifteen million copies. She has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009, was the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger in 2010 and received the Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award in 2011. In 2016, Val received the Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She writes full time and divides her time between Cheshire and Edinburgh.
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31 Jan 2013
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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
A McDermid standalone is always an event to cherish because you don't know who you'll meet or where you'll be taken — Daily Mirror
The strands come together and lead to an eye-blinkingly effective climax. (An) intelligent and hypnotically readable thriller...entertaining and thought provoking — Spectator