Little Girl Lost: The True Story of the Vandling Murder

Little Girl Lost: The True Story of the Vandling Murder

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by Tammy Mal

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In her debut novel, Mal documents the brutal, real-life murder of a young girl in a small Pennsylvania town at the end of World War II. Like the true-crime magazine articles Mal has previously written, this story is precise and to the point. On a dark January night in 1945, a blizzard blanketed the small town of Vandling, Pa. Deciding against taking the bus, 9-year-old Mae Barrett walked the mile home from church. Within sight of her destination, she met someone well known to her--but she never went home again. In her concise account of what was undeniably a ghastly murder, Mal gives a guided tour of the actual events while managing to humanize the various players of the tragedy by skillfully weaving in detailed descriptions of the people involved and the locations where the events unfolded. The facts of the murder chillingly pair with colorful portraits of people and places, including Mae's family background and the death of her mother, which resulted in the move to her grandparents' home. While maintaining respect for the people whose lives were forever changed on that cold winter night, Mal also sketches pictures of the trials and tribulations faced by other families and friends populating the small, close-knit community. As a result of the attention to detail, readers closely--sometimes unsettlingly closely--follow the troubling events as they occurred. The author does take a certain amount of poetic license in communicating the thoughts of the murderer while the actual murder is being committed, but even that mind reading is tastefully done. Like the rest of the book, it doesn't feel contrived. A factual, engaging account of a horrific crime.

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Little Girl Lost: The True Story of The Vandling Murder 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book, I couldn't put it down. Not much filler material that bores you senseless and causes you to skip parts. I definitely recommend this book. I shall think of Mae often.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book mostly because I live around the area and would have never expected this to have happen around here but other then that, there were parts that lost your attention and the way it was written could've been better. You should still read though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author did a great job writing this book.. a book that is so sad so brutal, the killing of Mae is brutal and broke my heart. A innocent lil girl just wanting to get home to her family on a cold evening. Im so upset at our laws, how could a life sentence turn into a killer being let free to live and have a family is just beyond words. A child at the age of 13 knows right from wrong, Myron was a intelligent teenager and should of payed for his actions with him dying in prision not in society.... Bn
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written book about a tragic event. A must read. You won't be disappointed!
skidogJN More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. Held my interest to the end. I grew up in the neighboring town of Richmondale born in the 50's. I never even heard about this. A very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We were practically the age of the "little girl" and growing up in Browndale, PA,  a short distance  from where  the story took place.  Through the years,  my husband and I heard the story many times but never knew  if the information was accurate.   Tammy Mal, talented author, gave us the true story and she has done  it very well.  A super effort!  "Little Girl Lost" is a "must read" book.  You will be shocked!   
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am also from a small coalmining town in this is something that you just would never think would happen in a small town. Just shows you evil is everywhere. How i wish mae would have got to have lived a full life.