This is one of Val’s standalones which features a ghost writer, Steph, working with a reality TV star. The story starts with a kidnapping of a child in Steph’s keeping at O’Hare airport who we discover is the son of the reality star. We are told the child’s mother, Scarlet, has passed away so Steph, who seemed to have become great pals with her, has been entrusted with the child, Jimmy. At first the tale is written with an American slant involving the FBI who are investigating the case but, soon describes the back story of how all this came about as Steph worked with Scarlet on her biography. Steph has an ex boyfriend who has become a bit of a stalker so he comes under suspicion – especially as he is working in a recording studio in Detroit at the time of the kidnapping. However, the case is not that simple so follows a series if unexpected twists leading to the sort of surprising outcome that we have come to expect from this author! A well recommended read that I found very hard to put down.
The Vanishing Point – Val McDermid
Published by youngmo01
When I retired from my job as a fraud investigator I decided to live in a place I had always loved which had connections to my ancestors, who came from the Isle of Barra, so I went to live in a remote part of the Isle of Skye. However, after ten years I started to realise - mostly due to the friends who nagged me - that my house near Duntulm a mile from the main road was perhaps a little too out of the way for someone of my advancing years living alone. Apart from my wonderful German Shepherd dog - Eilidh. So I decided to make a move to the big city of Balmacara which is wonderful apart from the traffic! I had always loved writing but the event that really got me started was when I began to research my Mother's family tree. She was a Foundling brought up by The Thomas Coram Association in London and given a name out of the phonebook. Eventually she was allowed to know her real name but, sadly before she died there wasn't the information on the net as there is now and I only managed to find she had two uncles. When I really got into genealogy some years later I found out a lot more and her tree included a few interesting characters that I wanted to write about. I am still working on this as well as a crime novel but I have found that my real forte is short story writing along with the occasional poem. I attend as many literary events as my limited budget will allow and recently attended Aye Write in Glasgow. I had a great time there as I review books for the Bloody Scotland event so was ushered in to a few talks free of charge. The highlight for me was being able to see The fun Lovin' Crime Writers as I hadn't managed to see them at the Edinburgh Bookfest last year. I love a writer's workshop and have been to ones with Shona Maclean, niece of the great Alistair, Janice Galloway and a few others. I am lucky in that The Reading Room Skye run these fairly often as well as talks by well known authors. I also went to Ian Rankin's Thriller weekend in Cromarty, just for a couple of events, and ended up having lunch with the man himself! I also run a small line dance class for my local community trust but that's another story! I run a small writing group with a few of my friends where we meet at each others houses about once a month. Whoever hosts the meeting decides on a theme for a short story to be written by all the attendees which has to be read out to everyone there. The stories I write are put on my blog. This year I have joined The Highland Literary Salon which meets in Inverness on the third Tuesday of every month so hope to be able to get over there quite often. Much easier from Balmacara than the northern tip of Skye and you can include shopping as well as a walk on the wonderful open space of the Culloden Battlefield! View all posts by youngmo01