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A Kind of Vanishing | [Lesley Thomson]

A Kind of Vanishing

A spellbinding mystery of obsession and guilt, this is also the poignant story of what happens to those left behind when a child vanishes without trace.It is the summer of 1968, the day Senator Robert Kennedy is shot. Two nine-year-old girls are playing hide and seek in the ruins of a deserted village. Alice has discovered a secret about Eleanor Ramsay's mother, and is taunting the other girl. When it is Eleanor's turn to hide, Alice disappears.
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Publisher's Summary

Winner of People’s Book Prize for Fiction 2010

A spellbinding mystery of obsession and guilt, this is also the poignant story of what happens to those left behind when a child vanishes without trace.

It is the summer of 1968, the day Senator Robert Kennedy is shot. Two nine-year-old girls are playing hide and seek in the ruins of a deserted village. Alice has discovered a secret about Eleanor Ramsay's mother, and is taunting the other girl. When it is Eleanor's turn to hide, Alice disappears. Years later, an extraordinary turn of events opens up shocking truths for the Ramsay family and all who knew the missing girl.

©2011 Myriad Editions (P)2011 Summersdale Publishers Ltd

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"Compelling." (Times on Sunday)

"Bold and imaginative." (Time Out)

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    Rachel Atascadero, CA, United States 11-12-11 Member Since 2010

    I own a small shop selling custom/costume Jewelry. I love to listen to audio books while I create jewelry. I love all animals and get very upset when they aren't treated well, even in fiction.

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    I have to confess that any book that contains any cruelty to animals will never get a good rating from me.
    That said the story kept me guessing until the end.
    The authors narration was absolutely first rate! Multi talented author! Having heard other author narrated books I was concerned but completely with out cause. Also the childish chanting added a realistic and scary bit.

    If you liked this book I'd really recommend another audio book, "Feather on the Moon" by Phyllis Whitney, read by Anna Fields, and of course available from Audible. It also deals with a child vanishing....

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    Rhonda Atlanta, GA, United States 04-03-11
    Rhonda Atlanta, GA, United States 04-03-11 Member Since 2006
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    This book was so well-conceived and written. I loved it. It has a complexity that even the best books of this genre often lack. Definitely worth the read!

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    CAROLE United States 04-30-11
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    I got totally into this listen and couldn't turn it off, but I found it rambled at times and the ending was extremely predictable for a story that had such complex characters. A bit disapointing.

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    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 05-01-11
    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 05-01-11 Member Since 2003

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    This book was at first appealing to me because of the story line and the previous review. While I thought the plot line was original and solid, and had its fair share of twists and turns, the writing was quite slow-moving and relied too much on conversation to keep it going. Some scenes were described at such an excruciatingly slow pace I kept saying to myself "Oh come on, get on with it!". However, the writer's reading style was way too fast for my tastes. It felt as though she was in some sort of book narration race.

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    Some books just too good. This is not one such. A good time pass though.

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