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The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant
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Apr 19, 15

it was amazing
bookshelves: read-in-2010, first-reads, mystery, cover-candy, faves-from-2010, unexpectedly-smitten, arc
Read on April 13, 2010 — I own a copy

I kind of loved this, but I can see how not everyone would. It reminded me of To Kill a Mockingbird somewhat, in that the main characters are children in a story that is clearly not meant for children, and also in the way the story is told--in first person, years after the events took place. I very much enjoyed the small-town Germany setting and the reluctant friendship Pia has with Stefan--reluctant in a way that seems quite realistic for a couple of unpopular ten-year-olds. I liked the pacing, and how the mystery slowly builds upon itself, and I feel like there are things I didn't catch the first time through that will jump out at me in a new way when I read it again. And there's a quiet beauty and simplicity to the words that really pulled me in. It's not what I expected at all, and I'm glad of it! I will definitely look forward to reading whatever Grant puts out next, and hope that it's just as good as this one is!

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