Book Reviews of The Vanished Child

The Vanished Child
The Vanished Child
Author: Sarah Smith
ISBN-13: 9780345418050
ISBN-10: 0345418050
Publication Date: 9/23/1997
Pages: 420
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
Although not a new book or new author, she was new to me. I loved this book and was fortunate to get the next two in the trilogy off this website. If you like 1900 Boston and a murder mystery, this is the book for you!
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Helpful Score: 2
This is one of those books you just can't seem to put down for long, although I had in fact given up on it in the first chapter and, after thumbing through it later on, decided to give it one more shot. By the third chapter, I was hooked by the mystery and the characters involved in it. The ending left me scratching my head though. That's probably why I'm ordering book two of the series in hopes of some better answers and to see if the two main characters end up together.
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Helpful Score: 1
Wonderful! A beautiful, atmospheric book... character-driven, not so much plot-driven, which makes it even more wonderful. This book is fairly short, so it will make a quick and engrossing read.
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Helpful Score: 1
Very intriguing, 19th-century American mystery. Leaves one wondering even after it is finished.
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This book is a great old fashioned who-done-it, the best I've read in quite some time. The first few chapters were difficult to get through, because of somewhat stilted, formal language as found in Victorian times, but I'm glad I stuck with the story. You are introduced to a reclusive chemist in the year 1905. There are vague hints about his past, and who he is, until one morning he is mistakenly called by the name Richard. He violently and vehemently denies his name is Richard. A friend tells him about the Knight murders that occurred in 1887, and the child who dissappeared without a trace the day his grandfather was killed. Is he or isn't he Richard - he has no memory of his childhood. Who killed the grandfather? Where is the boy's body? The crime is slowly unraveled, thread by thread. There is no DNA or photographic evidence to go on. No witnesses - or are there? This is a delicious mystery! Can't wait to read the sequel! D.
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Excellent, intricate mystery.
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great-very unique book!
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New england, 1887. A millionaire is brutally murdered. The only witness, his young grandchild, mysteriously disappears...Eighteen years later, in Switzerland, a man with no memory is "recognized" as Richard Knight, the missing child. Thus begins a masterpiece of historical suspense, as one man's obession leads him toward a shattering truth - and to a killer, still at large...