The Vanishing of Katharina Linden: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Aug 10, 2010 - Fiction - 304 pages
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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Helen Grant's The Glass Demon.

After Pia’s grandmother dies in a freak accident, the neighbors in her little German hometown of Bad Münstereifel glance at Pia with wary eyes. But then something else captures the community’s attention: the vanishing of Katharina Linden. Katharina was last seen at a parade, dressed as Snow White. Then, like a character in a Grimm’s fairy tale, she disappeared. Ten-year-old Pia and her only friend, the unpopular StinkStefan, suspect that Katharina has been spirited away by the supernatural. Their investigation is inspired by such local legends as that of Unshockable Hans, visited by witches in the form of cats, or of the knight whose son is doomed to hunt forever. Then another girl vanishes, and Pia is plunged into a new and unnerving place, one far away from fairy tales—and perilously close to adulthood.

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Well written and a page turner. - LibraryThing
The ending was a bit of a let-down. - LibraryThing
The writing is often very good. - LibraryThing
This setting was a nice change of pace. - LibraryThing
And the ending was truly a surprise. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - Athenable - LibraryThing

Update: I finished reading it tonight and I loved it. I spent all my free time for the past two days reading because, like Pia, once I got started, I couldn't stop until I found the truth. I won a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rick Riordan - Goodreads

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. Read full review

About the author (2010)

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 traveling. In 2001 she and her family moved to Bad Münstereifel in Germany, and while exploring the legends of this beautiful town she was inspired to write her first novel. She now lives in Brussels with her husband, her two children, and a small German cat. Delacorte Press will publish her second novel, The Glass Demon, in 2011.

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