The Vanishing of Katharina Linden

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Penguin Adult, Apr 2, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 352 pages
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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 fairytales. On the day Katharina 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 else?Pia is determined to find out what happened to Katharina.But then the next girl disappears. . .'For something so chilling, it is terrific entertainment' Sunday Times'Grant's splendid debut...is a feast of treats and creeps. Wonderful' 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.

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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 disappointed. Which is why, I ... Read full review

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"The Vanishing of Katharina Linden" is a truly unique book, a dark fairytale entwined with a chilling crime story. It's different from other crime stories, in that the heroine is a child and ... Read full review

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Helen Grant was born in London. She read Classics at St Hugh's College, Oxford, and then worked in marketing for ten years in order to fund her love of travelling. In 2001 she and her family moved to Bad Münstereifel in Germany, and it was exploring the legends of this beautiful town that inspired her to write her first novel. She now lives in Brussels with her husband, her two children and a small German cat.

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