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The Vanishing Point

Five-year-old Jimmy Higgins is brazenly snatched from the middle of a busy airport; but this is no ordinary kidnapping. Jimmy's mother is Scarlett, a reality TV star who, dying of cancer, entrusted the boy to her friend Stephanie Harker. Now Stephanie, reaching into the past to discover the motive behind the abduction, soon encounters a shocking tale of murder and conspiracy, and is faced by the most difficult choice of her life.
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Five-year-old Jimmy Higgins is brazenly snatched from the middle of a busy airport; but this is no ordinary kidnapping. Jimmy's mother is Scarlett, a reality TV star who, dying of cancer, entrusted the boy to her friend Stephanie Harker. Now Stephanie, reaching into the past to discover the motive behind the abduction, soon encounters a shocking tale of murder and conspiracy, and is faced by the most difficult choice of her life.

©2012 Val McDermid (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd

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    M Cambridge, United Kingdom 25/09/2012
    M Cambridge, United Kingdom 25/09/2012 Member Since 2012
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    "Very disappointing"

    I am a huge fan of Val McDermid and have every audiobook of hers I can get. I am normally totally gripped and resent having to stop listening. This book however is the total opposite. It is incredibly long winded, moving very slowly indeed. Very difficult to get really engaged into it as a result. The plot rather than feeling gripping, just feels quite childish most of the time, as if little real thinking has gone into it, and as for the climax, well it is just ludicrous. A real disappointment and just completely unexpected from this author - feels to me like it was written by someone different.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    jennifer alfreton, United Kingdom 08/03/2014
    jennifer alfreton, United Kingdom 08/03/2014 Member Since 2010
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    "The Vanishing Point"

    This book is a must what a brilliant story it has everything gripping thrilling emotion I could not believe how twisty it was great narrator too this has got to be added to my top 5 fave books highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs Suffolk, United Kingdom 10/11/2012
    Mrs Suffolk, United Kingdom 10/11/2012 Member Since 2012
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    "Vanishing Quality"

    The story line, based on the relationship between a ghost writer, Stephanie, and her reality TV celebrity, Scarlett, is tedious beyond belief. The lengthy study of their growing friendship made me want to give up listening many times, especially as the narrator used the Australian rising inflection in her voice so frequently it became like listening to finger nails scraping on a chalk board. The thriller part of the book is hidden inside the main storyline and, although I persevered, its culmination is not worth waiting for. It seemed to me the author got fed up with it and, like a primary school child's story, decided that it would be better to end it with, "and then she died!". Don't bother!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs Norwich., United Kingdom 01/11/2012
    Mrs Norwich., United Kingdom 01/11/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "Mixed"

    This had a really gripping start, but then the pace slowed so much that the story lost its edge. Too much detail of the back story told in a rather laborious way, even though it was supposed to be an interrogation into a kidnapping. The ending was a bit ridiculous.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    joanne Tywyn, United Kingdom 16/09/2012
    joanne Tywyn, United Kingdom 16/09/2012 Member Since 2009
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    "must read"

    I have only reached chapter 9 but felt compelled to write a review, I love it, a new style for Val McDermid but great listening. The humour has had my husband enquiring why I am laughing out loud while cooking sunday lunch... more please Val. I love "Tony Hill" but love this too. A GREAT LISTEN

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    MRS Pego, Spain 04/04/2014
    MRS Pego, Spain 04/04/2014 Member Since 2006
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    "enjoyable but not a pyschological thriller"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I actually enjoyed this book on the whole. The plot started off very well but it felt as if the writer hadn't actually decided until the last few chapters, who the culprit was. It was too long-winded and the ending was totally unrealistic and left too many questions unanswered.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Antonia Beamish?

    Yes if the plot line is good, I am not normally put off by the narrator


    Was The Vanishing Point worth the listening time?

    I am not sure that I would have even have chosen this book if Val McDermids name hadn't been on the cover. Nothing like her usual writing style and disappointing for that reason.


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    Dr Cambridge, United Kingdom 01/04/2014
    Dr Cambridge, United Kingdom 01/04/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "Just badly plotted"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Hmm, love Val McDermid but she turns them out and it shows. Reader did the best they could!


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    Rebecca Sheffield, United Kingdom 29/04/2013
    Rebecca Sheffield, United Kingdom 29/04/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Usually enjoy Val McDermid but disappointed."

    Found it really hard to get into this book. The book moves from present to past and then pops back to the present now and then. I did not "bond" with the main characters and felt frustrated in not getting on with the search for the boy who had been kidnapped in the first chapter. I persisted for a few chapters but then gave up when I got bored with the background story to the kidnap. I may have been wrong to give up so soon, perhaps it gets better as it progresses......

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terrie Essex, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
    Terrie Essex, United Kingdom 13/04/2013 Member Since 2010
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    "The Vanishing Point"

    Already a Val McDermid fan this book did not disappoint. A stand alone novel (not part of the Tony Hill series ) it kept me listening late into the night. A captivating thriller with great characters I thoroughly enjoyed this story and did not see the twist at the end coming. Antonia Beamish does a great job as the reader. Highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. Galashiels, United Kingdom 10/04/2013
    Mrs. Galashiels, United Kingdom 10/04/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow!"

    Haven't "done" Val McDermid before, thoroughly believable story and characters, I was gripped from the start... to the finish. Definately need to try more of Val's work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "95% great"

    It's a bit of a challenge fairly rating a book that is fantastic nearly all the way through, but right at the end the writer drops the bundle and delivers a truly silly finale. My overall feeling about it is 'extremely enjoyable book.... but....'. The narration is brilliant. I'll be looking out for this narrator in the future. She's up there with the best and springs the characters into vibrant life. Writing wise, full points to Val McDermid for a wonderfully lively book that is very different from any other of her books. It isn't a crime novel, instead she focuses on the world of reality tv. It isn't a book with a lot of tension, but it's very enjoyable. Thoroughly worth hearing, but unfortunately let down by the implausible end which sounded like the writer ran out of time or ideas for finishing the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Auckland, New Zealand
    03/01/13
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    "entertaining story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Vanishing Point the most enjoyable?

    The books had a few unexpected twists and turns and I was keen to continue listening to see what was going to happen next.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The book was too long to listen to in one sitting - I did not realise at the time of purchase that it was unabridged so quite a long story. I did find some of the lengthy descriptions a little bit tiresome at times - I just didn't need all that extra information, and wanted to get on with the story! But I guess it did add to the visual picture you could form.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first audio book I have listened to, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and am keen to listen to my next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    Burwood, Australia
    29/10/12
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    "Vanishing point"
    What made the experience of listening to The Vanishing Point the most enjoyable?

    Great story with a twist at the end! Good narration, not easy with so many different accents.


    Have you listened to any of Antonia Beamish’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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