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The Vanished Child e-book

Author:

Sarah Smith

Language:

English

Category:

Fiction

Subcategory:

Genre Fiction

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1482 kb

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Rating:

4.6

Publisher:

Arrow; 1st Printing edition (2000)

Pages:

420

ISBN:

0099410796

The Vanished Child e-book

by Sarah Smith


The Vanished Child book. THE VANISHED CHILD - Okay Smith, Sarah - 1st in the Reisden series.

The Vanished Child book. A millionaire is brutally murdered. Into the life of the Knight family, a wealthy New England clan living in the early years of the twentieth century, comes a mysterious stranger who is determined to unearth the truth behind the disappearance and presumed death of Richard Knight.

The Vanished Child is an onion of a mystery, with layer upon layer of dicovery, ambiguity, truth, and lies. Sarah Smith is skilled at imbuing her characters with subtle pychological nuance. She understands the nature of fear and denial and the way such emotions work upon people over both short and long term. In a manner somewhat reminiscent of Hamlet, the book's central mystery is solved by re-enacting it in a play, pricking the consciences of the participants.

by. Smith, Sarah, 1947-. Missing children, Absence and presumption of death. New York : Ballantine Books. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; china.

A millionaire is brutally murdered. The only witness, his young grandchild, mysteriously disappears.

Sarah Smith is skilled at imbuing her characters with subtle pychological . The Vanished Child is a brief, terse page-turner, full of suspense and ambiguity.

Sarah Smith is skilled at imbuing her characters with subtle pychological nuance.

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Smith (the computer-readable King of Space, plus academic nonfiction) paints a canvas reminiscent of Robert Goddard's well- upholstered period thrillers, though more tonily inconclusive at every stage. The news that William regularly beat his grandson paves the way for a solution to some of these riddles, but others are still floating unresolved at the final John Fowles-ish curtain. Smith (the computer-readable King of Space, plus academic nonfiction) paints a canvas reminiscent of Robert Goddard's well- upholstered period thrillers, though more tonily inconclusive at every stage. Pub Date: April 1st, 1992.

Sarah Smith has lived in Japan, London, and Paris. She is also the author of the New York Times Notable Books The Vanished Child and The Knowledge of Water. she is a former film teacher with a special love for the early films she evokes in this book. She lives near Boston with her husband, two teenagers, and two cats. She is Webmaster for the Mystery Writers of America. Библиографические данные.

"Truly mesmerizing."MILWAUKEE JOURNALNew England, 1887. The millionaire William Knight is brutally murdered and the only witness is his grandchild, Richard, who himself disappears, and is presumed dead. Eighteen years later, Richard is "recognized" in Switzerland in the person of Alexander von Reisden, and William Knight's only son, Gilbert, is convinced that this man is the long lost child. Reisden, himself, has no memory of any childhood, and his own growing obsession with finding the real Richard is leading him closer to a shattering thruth. And to a killer, still at large...."A most satisfying tale."NEW YORK DAILY NEWSA NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOKFrom the Paperback edition.
Shakataxe
This is the book that compelled me to buy every single one of the other books I could find by the author - her writing is simply that good and the characters she creates are vivid and compelling.
In The Vanished Child, the reader is immediately submerged into a decades old mystery, centering on Alexander Von Reisden, a man with alarming gaps in his memory and virtually no recollection of his childhood.
One day, a chance meeting with a stranger raises even more questions about himself and his past. Could he possibly be Richard Knight, a missing heir who was kidnapped as a child and who stands to inherit a fortune from the surviving members of his family? Or is he simply someone who coincidentally resembles the Knight family, leading some of them to believe (or hope) that he could be the missing Richard?
Author Sarah Smith weaves her tale with haunting intensity and detail, keeping me reading till nearly morning. I paid the price the next day but it was worth it.
Kale
I read this book about 20 yrs ago and it's still a favorite of mine. My paperback is ragged so I bought this first edition hardback. It's an engrossing, dark, historical mystery. The characters are not your typical one-dimensional types like in many mysteries. The main character is a troubled man who can't remember his childhood, but is forced to come to terms with his past. Great supporting characters and heartbreaking plot. Love this book!
Anararius
Writing a 'period thriller' in this day and age must be a daunting task. No real car chases; no internet spying; no satellite explosions; no nuclear threats;...But Sarah Smith manages to create a thrilling piece of fiction out of the woods of New Hampshire and Boston in 1906 in bringing readers the story of the Vanished Child.
Alexander Von Reisden never expected to be recognized as the 'vanished' Richard Knight eighteen years after the boy disappears. But when Richard's former doctor Charlie Adair approaches him on a European train platform, he is drawn into the mystery that Richard left behind...a murdered grandfather, an unclaimed inheritance...a missing secretary...and no answers in sight.
Reisden travels to Boston to 'help' the Knight family find those answers, implying that he is not Richard, but all the while leaving a shadow of a doubt in everyone's minds.
In Boston, he encounters Gilbert Knight, the dowdy, dithering uncle of the missing Richard; Harry Boulding, the favored heir who stands to inherit millions upon the legal declaration of Richard's demise, and Perdita, Harry's fiance and Charlie Adair's niece. Reisden opens a full-scale search and investigation into the disappearance of Richard, as well as Jay French, the secretary to Richard's grandfather William, and the murder of William himself. Reisden becomes enmeshed in the Knight family background; searching for the history of a boy when he in fact has no memory of his own early childhood.
Sarah Smith entertained me greatly with this novel. It is appropriately moody and dark, the language reads with authenticity to the time period of the story, and although the author admits to 'bending timeline' a bit to make certain events fit her story...it is not bent enough to break continuity or believability. As a Boston resident I enjoyed many location descriptions and sank comfortably into the history of the city I now call home.
My only real critiques are: Some confusion with calling Reisden by the name Richard occasionally, in narrative, to further the thought that...'maybe' he is Richard after all; and for an undeveloped thread regarding the death of Reisden's wife, and for naming the Boston Common Frog Pond inappropriately as site of Swan Boat paddling...as well as some loose ends that are not tied up with the ending.
This is well worth the read, regardless of these criticisms. After reading that this was a planned trilogy all along, perhaps any lingering questions will be answered. And knowing that there are two other books to follow, I cannot wait to indulge myself in the others.
August
This is not a mystery, as the cover would have you believe. Rather, it is about the ways the mind tricks itself and the main character, Alexander Von Reisden, is more a victim to it than any of his psychology study subjects. The style of the prose is old-fashioned, but beautiful and there is just something about this novel that sucks you in. You may think it a little dull while you read it, but it sticks with you, and weeks later you think how excellent it is.

I often dislike the corruption of the innocent heroine in novels, but it is done well here. You feel with Perdita and with Reisden. Although their relationship is odd at best, it is believable and intense. Read it for that, if not for the "mystery". I will warn that the overtone of this is dark. It's not something to cheer you up on a rainy day, but it is excellent and I recommend it highly.
Ariurin
Never have I read a book and lingered over it as I did The Vanished Child. A wonderfully, lyrical book that captures the reader's imagination from the opening pages and holds it through and past the last pages. I read the sequel, The Knowledge of Water, almost immediately because Reisden and Perdita haunted me so. The story begins with a man, a scientist by profession and a Baron by lineage, who is adrift and uncentered years after the death of his young wife. A death for which he feels entirely responsible. Juxtaposed with his story to find himself again is the story of literally finding one man's identity. The mystery is that he may be the heir to an American fortune. The heir disappeared immediately after presumably witnessing the brutal murder of his guardian grandfather. Who killed the grandfather and why? What happened to the child? Why does the Baron have no memories of his earliest childhood years? A taut, psychological suspense mystery unfolds as the Baron ! relunctantly agrees to "help" solve the mystery but is unable to remain as detached and clinical as he would like. The story is a mystery, a romance and a thriller that is both haunting and illuminating. The author has promised a trilogy and I cannot wait for the third installment. Read The Vanished Child and The Knowledge of Water--you will not regret it.

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