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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (629 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Val McDermid Narrator: Antonia Beamish Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9781470340025
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One of the finest crime writers we have, Val McDermid’s heart-stopping thrillers have won her international renown and a devoted following of readers worldwide. In The Vanishing Point, she kicks off a terrifying thriller with a nightmare scenario: a parent who loses her child in a bustling international airport.

Young Jimmy Higgins is snatched from an airport security checkpoint while his guardian watches helplessly from the glass inspection box. But this is no ordinary abduction—and Jimmy is no ordinary child. His mother was Scarlett, a reality TV star who, dying of cancer and alienated from her unreliable family, entrusted the boy to the person she believed best able to give him a happy, stable life: her ghost writer, Stephanie Harker. Assisting the FBI in their attempt to recover the missing boy, Stephanie reaches into the past to uncover the motive for the abduction. Has Jimmy been taken by his own relatives? Is Stephanie’s obsessive ex-lover trying to teach her a lesson? Has one of Scarlett’s stalkers come back to haunt them all?

A powerful and gripping 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. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dianne Hosking | 2/11/2014

    " This is a dreadful dreadful book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran devaney | 2/4/2014

    " I liked this book, it's a great read and hard to put down. It follows Scarlett a reality TV celeb and her ghost writer Stephanie. The story opens with a child kidnap at a US airport and follows the story of Scarlett as told by Stephanie. You think you know who dunnit then towards the end there is a shift and in the last 50 pages there is a surprise and a twist in the tale right at the bitter end. Though I had kind of worked out the plot, the twist at the end was surprsing. The story shifts from Stephanie's recounting of Scarlett's life and their relationship to the investigation as carried out by Nickolaides, Stephanie's police pal. The auhtor manages that transition well. Very good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Day | 1/31/2014

    " Some really good twists at the end of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/21/2014

    " Brilliant book. Completely unputdownable, as one would expect with Val McDermid. Would have been five but I would've just liked a bit more detail about certain things! Won't say what as would spoil the plot! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deb Mjaatvedt | 1/17/2014

    " Not a bad read throughout, but the ending is so ludicrous that any good will I had toward the book to that point instantly disappeared. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ali | 1/7/2014

    " Diabolical. Shame, I was in the mood for a crime thriller, but this really was beyond tosh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glennie | 1/4/2014

    " Fantastic! This is my first Val McDermid but it won't be my last. Fast paced and twisted plot, keeps you guessing until the end. Highly recommended! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cloud James | 12/31/2013

    " this is my first Mcdermid novel and MOST probably the last. i didn't like Scarlet. i was bored to death and felt like I was ploughing through a dry land at the flashback part. i'm currently 27% of it and I couldn't bring myself no more to carry on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine Hickey | 10/23/2013

    " Very differnt to her other books but I really enjoyed it, great twist at the end..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 10/18/2013

    " this is the second book by this author that i have read and i have to say this is far better than the first that i read. I think its far more than just a crime book it has alot of other things going on "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 10/17/2013

    " The first Val McDermid I've read in a while- but this one had me gripped from the start. A little boy goes missing in an airport and they need to find out who took him. Lots of twists and turns that I didn't expect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Robinson | 10/15/2013

    " Overall I enjoyed the book. I thought Pete character was a bit one dimensional and improbable, going from casual to extreme stalker without much between. I also felt the ending was a bit contrived and also improbable-from what we know of Nick are they really just going off into the sunset? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ciara Mcmonagle | 9/9/2013

    " This book was a present. Not v impressed with it. It's a bit predictable. But finished it anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz Needle | 8/17/2013

    " I am a fan of Val McDermid and have read most of her books and enjoyed them all. This was no exception. I found it well written, fast paced, suspenseful with good characterisation. I liked the twist in the ending. Didn't see that coming. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison Evans | 7/28/2013

    " It was quite good until near the end, when the two main female characters behaved so completely out of character that it lost all credibility. Disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Alden | 3/28/2013

    " A terrifying and extremely compelling premise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lud | 1/15/2013

    " Not one of my favorites of hers, but still better than most. I just want another Tony Hill-Carol Jordan book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris F | 12/27/2012

    " This was good, but not up to her very best by any means. Even the twists at the end felt a bit predictable. "

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About the Author
Author Val McDermid

Val McDermid is the author of the popular Kate Brannigan series, the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series, and the Lindsay Gordon series. She has also written a number of other standalone works, including A Place of Execution, Killing the Shadows, The Distant Echo, and Stranded, a collection of short stories. Before becoming a writer full-time, McDermid worked at the Manchester Evening News as a crime reviewer, and she still writes regularly for a number of national newspapers. She currently divides her time between Manchester and Northumberland, England.

About the Narrator

Antonia Beamish is a professional actress best known for performances in films such as The Last Horror Movie, Dead Creatures, and Chemical Wedding. Also a voice-over artist, she has narrated audiobooks by such authors as Jessica Thompson and Val McDermid.