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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. 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

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The Vanishing of Katharina Linden

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 adulthoo. I have been wondering Wondering why it sometimes happens that a novel will be published here as an adult novel and elsewhere as a young adult YA for readers anywhere from 12 to 16 years old novel The first time I noticed that was when the bookThe Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night Time came out Here in the US it was published as an adult novel and in the UK and Australia it was initially published as an YA novel After it s well deserved huge success it was repacked in all 3 countries for both markets and why not If there is a chance you can sell the book from two locations to separate audiences that s good business and I m all for that but why the difference in the first place Why wasn t it published for both age groups from the get goWhat has taken this issue from the archives of my brain file and put it back into my everyday thoughts area is the book The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant Vanishing has recently been released here by Random House as an adult novel Prior to this it came out in England and Australia as a YA novel I was drawn to Vanishing because of it s absolutely stunningly beautiful cover Upon reading the synopsis I wanted to read it because of my interest in fairy tales I had no idea that was labeled a YA outside of the US Would that knowledge have influenced my decision Absolutely I would have passed on it I would not have bought it for me and I would not have looked for it in the library I might however have purchased it for my 14 year old niece who is also a lover of fairy tales and retelling of fairy talesSo Is it a YA It sure is Did I enjoy it I did It was thin on plot but it had interesting characters and was well written and imaginative Grant did a good job creating an atmosphere of darkness and menace that has been sanitized out of the traditional fairy tales we read these days The book is about ten year old Pia Klovenbach the potentially explosive schoolgirl It s a cold dank winter in Bad Munstereifel umlauts would come in handy right now and little girls of the town are disappearing When the lovely Katharina Linden disappears after being Snow White in the parade Pia and her only friend the eually unpopular StinkStefan take the case Pia has been brought up on a steady diet of haunted woods and evil spells stories and is convinced the solution to the mysteries lies in the supernatural There seem to be a lot of mystery solving teens around the bookshelves these days You don t have to be Nancy Drew to know that s nothing new in YA literature but adult books There was Curious Incident and recently The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie The Earth Hums in B Flat etc All three of which I thought very highly of at my current 14 age and would have been wild about and treasured as a 14 year old And All three of which can be easily classified as YA books despite being identified by their publishers as adult novelsWhere the author is most successful with Vanishing is in writing about Pia s scary first steps into adulthood Like the coming of age heroines of classic fairy tales Pia s trials are courage testing self sufficiency building and life changing Grants uses these experiences not only to move the story forward but also to highlight the pettiness of Pia s school yard world and village life Like most YA novels the adults in the book are for the larger part depicted as self absorbed not too bright and lax in protecting their childrenMy niece thought this book was great She read it in a flash talked about it for days afterward and wanted to pass it on to friends Yea I have to say that although I did like it while I was reading it after I finished it I was left with nothing Then when I discovered that Vanishing was selling as a YA across the oceans I felt duped I m not a part of that adult fraternity who are mad for YA books I need subtlety character development plot and writing that allows me to discover and interpret to be sated by a book So Why did Random House decide to sell The Vanishing of Katharina Linden as a hardcover adult novel in the US I read it and I couldn t tell you I m looking forward to seeing how they sell it when it comes out in paper

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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. One word to describe The Vanishing of Katharina Linden EngrossingMy interest in this book was piued when I saw it described as a charming horror novel and while that isn t totally accurate charming it is horror it isn t I very much enjoyed the book Helen Grant has such an ease about her writing that I find it hard to believe this is her first novel Her descriptions of Bad M nstereifel and its inhabitants are key to the book and provided most of the atmosphere I could uite easily visualize everything and everyone in this little town Pia was a realistic and relatable narrator who kept the story going at a fairly brisk pace Sometimes she used words that I don t think an eleven year old would but since the book is told by adult Pia reminiscing back I m willing to let that pass The legends of this small town are wonderfully interwoven through the story and add an extra element of childhood innocence to the book Some may find the mystery obvious or weak but I don t think the mystery is reason for this book it s Pia at a major point in her life with major events happening that affect her and in turn how she deals with them Parts of the book are chilling light uiet humorous thoughtful predictable surprising absorbing and but altogether it is a book that impressed me45 starsReceived for review through the Vine programhttpenwikipediaorgwikiBadM%C3


10 thoughts on “The Vanishing of Katharina Linden

  1. says:

    I was a bit late on the boat with this one but better late than never When this book came out it was very popular however I didn't know what to make of the summary and forgot about it Then as these things happen a copy made its way into my bookshelf and I was finally compelled to open it From Germany myself I was charme

  2. says:

    With all the hype surrounding the US publication of The Vanishing of Katharina Linden I was eagerly anticipating Helen Grant's debut Sadly the marketing copywriters are doing better work than the actual author and once halfway through the book I found myself impatiently waiting for the completion of a book that was decently written but poorly conceived The publisher would do well to stop likening it to other w

  3. says:

    One word to describe The Vanishing of Katharina Linden EngrossingMy interest in this book was piued when I saw it described as a charming horror novel and while that isn't totally accurate charming it is horror it isn't I very much enjoyed the book Helen Grant has such an ease about her writing that I find it hard to believe this is her first novel Her descriptions of Bad Münstereifel and its inhabitants are key to the book an

  4. says:

    Ten year old Pia Kolvenbach is known at school as the girl whose grandmother blew up Far from showing any sympathy to a girl whose Oma died on Christmas Day Pia endures taunts and the sudden absence of her friends The only person in her class brave enough to sit next to her in case it's catching is StinkStefan himself t

  5. says:

    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

  6. says:

    I picked up this book simply because of the cover design Yes yes I know Don't judge a book by its cover But guess what That's what I do 9 times out of 10 Sue me I'm a designer It's what I notice first often than notThis is a great coming of age story about a young German girl well half German half British who lives in a town going through a bit of a crime spree Which is to say several missing children Little g

  7. says:

    Pia Kolvenbach is known as the girl whose grandmother's head exploded in a freak accident at the Advent Dinner t

  8. says:

    I have been wondering Wondering why it sometimes happens that a novel will be published here as an adult novel and elsewhere as a youn

  9. says:

    I usually listen to audiobooks only when I paint or when I do house chores Well I did not have enough house chores for this one and as I could absolutely not wait to get hours on the following days I ended up listening to it sitting on my couch I have NEVER done this before This is enough to say this is a real page turner you get the idea even if that one was an audiobookA friend of mine asked why I liked it s

  10. says:

    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 disappointedWhich is why I’m pleasantly surprised t