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The much-anticipated third novel from a writer set to rival the likes of Meg Rosoff, Mark Haddon and Kevin Brooks. Helen Grant's debut novel, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, was shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the Booktrust Teenage Prize. A compulsive thriller.
Paperback, 388 pages
Published June 2011 by Puffin
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Catriona
Mar 12, 2011 Catriona rated it did not like it
I'm sorry, I really wanted to like this book, i loved the idea, but i couldn't accept the behaviour of the characters and became bored with the actions they chose. I thought it could have been a great teen supernatural thriller but i was disappointed after the first half of the book finished and, unfortunately, bored.
Brielle Fox
Aug 19, 2011 Brielle Fox rated it it was ok
*SPOILERS*
If you look at the book from a shallow angle, it's good. It gave me the chills when I was reading it late at night and it got me looking over my shoulder, so I guess that's good. BUT, there are so many plot holes it's painful.

Firstly, and the largest one, WHY DIDN'T THEY JUST GO TO THE POLICE? If Kai and Achim actually harassed her, she can go to the police. Why do they just appear in the last few pages? Why couldn't she just go to them? If it's Kai, it's understandable. She was scare
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Kristy
Aug 08, 2012 Kristy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fiction, read-2012
A wonderful scary mystery/thriller that had me guessing all the way through.

A group of kids visit a crumbly old house that belonged to a supposed witch who died a horrible death yonks ago. For years people have written wishes on pieces of paper and left them for the witch in the hope that they will be granted. But for Steffi they really do come true with some unexpected and scary repercussions.

It reminded me of teen horror films...in a good way, I was always willing Steffi to not do the things
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Mizuki
Sep 24, 2013 Mizuki rated it really liked it
It's a decently and realistically written YA thriller, the idea about a group of teenagers who lived in a Germany small town going to an abandoned house belonged to a long-dead witch and wished for/hexed people whom they hated to drop dead, is a refreshing and chilling one. I really enjoy those witch-house scenes, they are quite spooky. Plus there're other scenes which are quite scary as well when you read the book alone at night.

But sadly for most of the time the main character Steffi is an ann
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TomyT
Apr 26, 2014 TomyT rated it it was amazing
Awesome, easy 2 read, very interesting and it doesn't have 2000 pages, so that's a plus ;)
Noll
Jan 18, 2016 Noll rated it it was ok
Having previously read The Glass Demon by the same author, and having liked several aspects of it immensely while it ultimately fell short of noteworthy, I decided to give her one more chance. I'm glad I did, but only insofar as I now know not to read any more.

As with The Glass Demon, this novel started off promisingly, and I think even about a third of the way in, I was convinced it was going to be a four star read. But ultimately I think Grant gets an idea in her head, and forces it to work, b
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Luula
Feb 11, 2012 Luula rated it liked it
I'm sorry. Just, whenever I feel in need of a laugh, I will scroll down my to-read list just to find this book so that I can laugh at the cover. I mean, really? What on Earth happened?

Helen Grant had really lovely covers for her other books... But this one...
Stefanie
Jun 28, 2015 Stefanie rated it really liked it
This was a really good book. At first I was put off by the German place names and other words and debated giving up but I started it on my lunch break at work and didn't have anything else on me and by the end of the half hour I was hooked.

The characters were interesting even if we didn't know much about them. There was a romantic history hinted at between Steffi and one of her friends which isn't explored enough in my opinion. I liked the place descriptions.

This would have been a 5 star but the
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Mui Peng
Jul 14, 2015 Mui Peng rated it really liked it
love the plot twist of the book but finds that the plot was quite incomplete as they didn't cover much on the main character's sister.
Cordelia Rose
Feb 11, 2015 Cordelia Rose rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
A fantastic thriller story! It had me up well in to the night, too scared to close my eyes for more than a millisecond. Helen Grant is a brilliant author and her characters are believable, charasmatic and unlike most novels, don't have any special powers to make them more interesting - the plot line makes up for that!

The novel follows Steffi Nett, a shy young adult who works at her parents' bakery. She aspires to do more, but her quietness makes her easily overlooked. Her parents almost seem to
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Mieneke
Jun 29, 2011 Mieneke rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, mystery, young-adult
Wish Me Dead is Helen Grant's third novel and once again, she brings us another thrilling mystery with perhaps a supernatural twist. In it she returns to the location of her first novel The Vanishing of Katharina Linden: Bad Münstereifel. As I haven't read said title yet – it's on the TBR-pile – I can't say for sure whether there are any connections between the two books, though there is talk of a spate of murders in the past. The atmosphere of Bad Münstereiffel is perfect. Like the perfect litt ...more
Megan
Jul 18, 2011 Megan rated it liked it
A good book, I'd say, but I had one large problem with it, which generally made me dislike the whole of the novel.
I liked the concept and the idea. Th setting was perfect, as was the witches house. I liked the plot twist at the end, although I had seen it coming from around halfway through.
It's the characters I really dislike. None seem really developed. Some, in my opinion, seemed set up to be important, but never were developed or mentioned bar a few times. Jochen, Timo and Izabela for example
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Charlotte Phillips
Dec 17, 2011 Charlotte Phillips rated it it was ok
The novel kind of reminded me of the blair witch project, in that it seemed to be based on the old haunted story of a witch in an old ouse. I loved the story line even if it was simplistic and perhaps a little boring after a while of reading it. I enjoyed the sense of mystery that it had, the way you didn't actually know who was causing all the drama, only that someone was, and it was most certainly not a witch. It was a powerful write (excuse the pun) because it held creativity and imagination. ...more
Ela
Jun 16, 2012 Ela rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those looking for a good YA mystery
Recommended to Ela by: Carnegie Longlist 2012
When Steffi wishes Klara Kleine dead it was just a joke, something to kill the time. However when Klara drops dead Steffi starts to wonder if someone is granting her wishes, and if so, who?

Okay, well as soon as this book started I twigged that it was set in the same town as Katharina Linden was, that was as good a start as any.
Basically if you want a good mystery then this is a great choice.
I enjoyed the protangonist's charcter development throughout, it was subtle and convincing.
The ending of
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Tatiana
This is Helen Grant's 3rd book, and just like the 2 previous, I really enjoyed this one.

Some readers complain of the fact she always offers the same kind of stories. Well, yes her 3 books are suspense books involving murders and mysterious events, yes they take place in Germany, yes folklore and legends constitute an important part of the stories, and yes each time the heroine - who is also the narrator - is a young woman.
However. The plotlines and deeper themes are not alike. And the 3 heroines
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Vivien Ernst
Aug 17, 2013 Vivien Ernst rated it it was ok
Steffi lebt in einer kleinen, deutschen Stadt und arbeitet dort in der Bäckerei ihrer Eltern. Ihr Leben ist nicht gerade aufregend und als ihr und ihren Freunden mal wieder langweilig ist, beschlieβen sie einen Ausflug zum Haus der `roten Gertrud' zu machen. Dort soll laut einer lokalen Legende früher eine Frau mit feuerrotem Haar gelebt haben, die später als Hexe gejagt wurde. Wenn man jemandem etwas schlechtes an den Hals wünschen will, schreibt man es auf und lässt den Wunsch in der halbverfa ...more
Lauren Kathryn
Apr 15, 2012 Lauren Kathryn rated it liked it
Shelves: library
I will say one thing about Helen Grant, her descriptive writing is amazing. I think that's what I probably loved most about this book - the descriptions. I felt like I could clearly visualise the witches' house as the scarred, demolished, structure; eroding the beautiful woodlands surrounding it.

The story line itself was really interesting and kept me guessing constantly. It was different to any other mystery story I've read before and the outcome/ending was not what I was expecting. (I am hitti
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Becka Hamill
Dec 16, 2011 Becka Hamill rated it really liked it
It's Walpurgis night in the quiet German town of Bad Münstereifel when painfully shy Steffi Nett reluctantly agrees to visit the house of Rote Gertrud, a witch burned to death for the murder of two children. Lured by the tale of Red Gertrud, Steffi, Timo, Max, Izabela, Jochen and Hanna head to the abandoned house with one aim: To kill Kara Klein. Steffi is forced to write the hex, and place it in a box found in the floorboard of the house. When the wish subsequently comes true, the gang heads ba ...more
Elisha
May 19, 2016 Elisha rated it it was ok
It's always interesting to read a book with so few reviews on this website because you don't know what to expect. With more popular books, there are so many reviews and ratings that it's easy to decide whether you want to read it or not. Since this is not a popular book, I had no idea what I'd think of it when I found it in a book store a few years ago. I just thought it looked interesting. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations. Despite a dark and mysterious plot, I found this book ...more
Lara
Apr 06, 2012 Lara rated it liked it
Definitely the weakest of Grant's books so far, but I still enjoyed it, for what it was--sort of a YA horror/mystery story. To me, the main problem (besides the cover--yeesh!) was that it really needed more editing. At times it got really repetitive, and the final confrontation...didn't really make a whole lot of sense. It felt, at times, as though Grant wrote this, then changed a few things here and there, and then never really went back over it to makes sure everything actually still fit toget ...more
Lindsay
May 10, 2016 Lindsay rated it liked it
This is a YA novel and if you are looking for a light easy read then give it a go. Whereas adults can usually get away and enjoy reading most other YA stories. I wouldn't recommend it in this case.

I will be honest it's not the most invigorating content I have read. However, it had a simple straightforward story, with boys, friends, wishes and murder! Everything a teenage girl could want!
Anna
Jun 27, 2012 Anna rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This seemed to take forever to read, which surprised me as I've enjoyd both Katerina Linden and The Glass Demon. I wasn't engaged with this character, or her situation-I just wasn't really convinced by her addiction to the wish fulfilment and some of the scenarios she found herself in. I was a bit more engaged with the plot when the rumours started to fly but although I liked the scene at the house at the end, I couldn't help thinking that she really would have called the police. As for wishing ...more
Mia Scheuer
Oct 25, 2014 Mia Scheuer rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Thriller lovers
This is a gripping, terrifying story of concequence. With an unecpected ending. It's a worthy book.
Marieke
Dec 04, 2013 Marieke rated it it was amazing
Helen Grant creates a great story set in Germany. After reading this book i wish i could be in Germany and own my own bakery. this book is my favorite book ever ! I have read some amazing books but this tops it...Helen Grant makes a mysterious and twisted story intertwining witch craft in to the story. This book frightened me a lot...The end is very twisted and shocking...i would never have guessed it although looking back through the book i found subtle hints as to the end of the book. I recomm ...more
Kirsty (overflowing library)
Nothing wrong with it just had other things arrive I am desperate to read. Will probably cone back to in easter hols
Rosemary
May 26, 2016 Rosemary rated it really liked it
Very Good
Jolice
Jul 14, 2012 Jolice rated it it was amazing
When I was reading this book, I experienced something that I don't remember having before. At the most critical moment of this book, my heart beat faster, my breathing speeded up. I can't really believed how amazed I was - that the author had the abiliy to trap her readers in the book and cause them to feel the anxiety, fear and excitement when they are reading her book. This is a book of love and fear, combined as one, but it totally rocks! :D
Cupcake Girl
Aug 14, 2011 Cupcake Girl rated it liked it
If you think this is a fantasy story about a witch don't read it. It was ok to start with, but there are so many ways this book could have ended and the author chose the worst one. Who wants to read a fantasy story with a logical explanation???? I liked it to start with, I couldn't stop reading it but it all just decided to make itself stupid.
Oh no someone upset me I'm going to hex them. Oh no they're dead what have I done? Ugh
Kirsty
May 23, 2013 Kirsty rated it did not like it
I think this has to be the worst book I have read so far this year. It needed to be cut down by about a third, and it need definitely needed an injection of adrenaline!!

The main character was so lacklustre and insipid, literally everything she said / did / thought was BORING! The storyline kept going round and round in circles, and didn't really amount to much.

Really had to push myself to even finish it :(
Ashleigh W
Aug 31, 2013 Ashleigh W rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
this book deffinetley had some scary shiz. I felt myself freaking out and I was full of suspence throughout the whole thing. Helen grant suceeds completley on making this worthwhile. the characters were well built and I felt there was a message. dont mess with things when you have no clue what the truth behind it is. arrrr it was just f'n amazing. this is something I think would make a great movie
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Helen Grant (born 1964 in London) is an English author of novels for young adults, now based in Scotland. She was educated at Dr Challoner's High School and went on to read classics at St Hugh's College, Oxford. Her first novel, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, was published by Penguin Books in April 2009.[1] It was shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize and the CILIP Carnegie Medal. It has

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