Helen Grant was born in London.
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She read classics at St Hugh's College, Oxford, and then worked in marketing for ten years. She now lives in Brussels. The novel was published by Penguin, but on the inside of the cover it says: Fiction Puffin loves. Since Puffin is a series for young readers, I believe that this novel would be suitable for teenagers. Pia is also the narrator of the whole story and she tells it like a ten-year-old, all the way through. In the opening scene, her paternal grandmother explodes when she lights a cigarette after having sprayed her hair with horrendous amounts of hair spray.
This rings a bell with me. Someone else has written about an exploding relative too, maybe John Irving? This incident soon becomes known in the small town and subsequently, Pia loses her friends in school and becomes the class pariah. The only one left for her to be with is Stefan, the son of alcoholics who is looked down upon by everyone.
Pia and Stefan often go to visit an old man called Herr Schiller, a man with a mysterious past containing a serious fallout with his brother. Herr Schiller tells the children exciting stories and legends from the area. While to local police seem very inefficient and the town gossips have a field day, Pia and Stefan start investigating the mystery on their own. After taking considerable risks, they finally arrive at the horrible solution. The novel is well written and the old legends of the area, which the author knows well, are fascinating. Please enter a valid ZIP Code.
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An error occurred, please try again. Very Good: A book that does not look new and has been read but is in excellent condition. Not since The Elegance of the Hedgehoghas a book arrived in America from Europe on such wings of critical praise and popularity. Having lived in Germany briefly many years ago, I was drawn to the setting and the promise of a mystery story interweaving local legends. The Vanishing of Katharina Linden is a wonderfully creepy, but also humorous, story about year-old Pia Kolvenbach who, ostracised from her friends because of an unfortunate incident involving her grandmother, finds herself befriended by the town outcast, nicknamed Stinkstefan.
Together they embark on a highly dangerous mission to discover why so many girls are going missing from the town. The ending is thrilling.
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
Get The Vanishing of Katharina Linden here. In The Glass Demon year-old Lin Fox finds herself and her family in danger when they move to Germany so that her academic father can do some research to find a set of missing medieval stained-glass windows. Again, Helen Grant weaves together a story of a dysfunctional family, a medieval mystery, a teen romance and a dangerous killer. Very dark and compelling.