Val mcdermid the vanishing point

And can you sum up The Vanishing Point for us please? What a waste of good writing. Steph, the protagonist, was unconvincing for me right from the start. Really liked this, and am envious of people who havent yet read it , because they can read it afresh!

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I've had a harder time getting into this McDermid book than any of her others.

The key plot flaw, for me, was that while Stephanie is being questioned at O'Hare Airport by an FBI agent, she supposedly tells a detailed version of her back story to the agent -- an unnecessary contrivance that didn't make sense in a situation where time was at a premium. I have been telling every frequent flyer I know, even the non-readers, that they must read at least the first two chapters of this book. That isn't to say that the writing isn't up to her usual superb quality but, rather, that this story takes its time getting to where it is going, and I'm used to instant gratification with McDermid's books, even when she has me reading well into the night.

Yhe powerful, grippingly-plotted thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the end, The Vanishing Point showcases McDermid at the height of her talent. For other small bumps, it was actually kind of fun to be taken for a ride and nose-led by the author. Would this have happened in real life, would the fact a mother was claiming her child was being te be treated this way?

But I really enjoyed it all the same.

Was it a stranger who took him? And Nick, the cop. Feb 25, L. Stephanie proceeds to tell the story of how she became the child's guardian, starting with how she met his mother and this is all a little loosely based on Jade Goody, there are alot of parallels. I will not be rushing to get her next book, after now having endured, three below par books.

Sep 08, Lelia Taylor rated it liked it Shelves: I just pillage the lives of those unfortunate enough to cross my path…. As I was reading, I literally wanted to pinch myself because I couldn't quite believe how much I was enjoying the story my own foreshadowing, LOL.

Review - The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid

As with poinnt aspects of this book, the chance the situation would be handled the way it was is incredibly slim For a woman who shows a lot of inner strength and is clearly able to take care of herself, Stephanie seems too insecure, beyond what could be attributed to her past relationship.


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. But overall, I felt uncomfortable throughout with the parallels between Scarlett and real-life reality star Jade Goody, who also died of cancer. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [I finished this and liked it, but then later I wondered why Simon wouldn't just march back to the UK and kill Nick and Stephanie to get Jimmy back. A stimulating tumbler of Jura Elements: It is full of twists and turns.

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And, when it becomes obvious that time is critical, no FBI agent would allow Stephanie to go on and on with the backstory, nor would Stephanie want to blather on while little is being done to find Jimmy. It would have gone fine vanishign he was happy to see her had not the single, get-out of-the-plot-jail comment been made: Up to this point, the very end, Scarlett always, always, always had a certain tough integrity and a human side that really made me like her a lot.

I'm afraid I haven't got much else to say about this. Has Jimmy been taken by his own relatives? Get to Know Us. The Vanishing Point (): Val McDermid: Books

It starts out promisingly enough. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Antonia Beamish, who did an excellent job. Privacy Policy Contact Shots Editor.

I gave this book two stars after considering giving it none or only one only because the ending came as a total surprise.

Mcderjid Stephanie is quickly forgettable, larger-than-life Scarlett is a chance for McDermid to explore a different kind of ugliness than she tackles in her series novels.

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