The Vanishing

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In Beverly Hills a businessman slaughters his entire family and leaves behind a video of the massacre and a cryptic message: "this is where it begins." Sure enough, it is only the beginning. Children everywhere are either being killed or are disappearing. Social worker Carrie Daniels wants to know why. God help her when she finds out.

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Overview

In Beverly Hills a businessman slaughters his entire family and leaves behind a video of the massacre and a cryptic message: "this is where it begins." Sure enough, it is only the beginning. Children everywhere are either being killed or are disappearing. Social worker Carrie Daniels wants to know why. God help her when she finds out.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451221858
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/7/2007
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 350,576
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Bentley Little was born in Arizona a month after his mother attended the world premiere of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. He is the author of ten previous novels, including The Revelation, The Mailman, The Summoning, Death Instinct (published under the name Phillip Emmons), University, Dominion, The Ignored, The Store, The House and The Town. An acknowledged master of horror, he is currently at work on his next novel.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    great thriller

    Brian Howells has left the Register to work for the Los Angeles Times and he quickly finds himself in the middle of the biggest story of his career. It begins when his mother shows him a postcard with strange writing on it that she insists came from his father who walked out on the family twenty years ago. That same writing is found in a video made by Tom Lowry who has wormy skin on his stomach and fur on the sides of abdomen. Instead of testicles he has a big horn. --- Tom mutilated his wife and her Pomeranians and then butchered his son Victor. Arlene is afraid of her husband Stephen who has the same rare abnormalities as Lowry and her fear proves valid when he kills her and puts his son in a coma. Other wealthy Fortune 500 businessmen go on a killing spree with the same genetic defects and of these beings have impregnated women and their offspring have the faces of a rhino and a porcupine and a llama. Social worker Carrie Daniels figures out why the children are so disfigured and she teams up with Brian to figure who will next become a killer and put an end to their reign of terror. --- Bentley Little is at the top of his game with his latest work which takes supposedly every day people and turns them into monsters because of the sins of their ancestors against beings who were here before the Indians arrived. There is plenty of action and the victims are both the ones who kill and are killed but neither elicit much sympathy from readers because the characters believe because of their wealth and power they are better than the average person and are above the law. --- Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Twisted

    Well...I've always called him "twisted bently" and this book is why. All over the place...hard to follow and keep my attention. Not one of his better books, but still "twisted". Still...for some reason he's still one of my favorites along with Dean Koontz, et al.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    Good but not as good as his other books

    Story line was hard to follow and it was not really scary.

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  • Posted February 22, 2009

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    Chaotic and strange

    An epidemic of sorts has broken out across California, the rich and wealthy men, respected in the society until now have all gone mad, committing atrocities and slaughtering their own families. No explanation is given other than their sudden change into animal like behavior followed by the use of some ancient alphabet in which messages have been crudely written in the homes of the families that perished. The men also display psychical changes, growing fur or scales, slowly transforming into something grotesque, resembling something out of a dark dream. Somehow all this is connected with deformed children that Carrie Daniels is starting to notice in her field of social work, as a middle aged lonely woman too busy to date she finds herself charmed by a man at an event that could be tied to it all as well and eventually runs into a reporter, Brian Howells, who's family is being stalked by their estranged father who has ran away twenty years ago, now back and acting like a wild creature, leaving strange letters and corpses around their home. Together they start to investigate and connect dots that form a horrible picture, one they don't really want to see but have no choice if they want to live in peace. The story had plenty of flashbacks into the 1800's about some of the first gold seekers that came into California and their encounters with strange creatures that inhabited the dark forests and lived in huts made of human bones. Somehow that is connected to the tale, modern day people who have money are tied to those first settlers and their hunger for gold, I will not say more, surprise is vital but sadly it doesn't save the tale.

    I really liked Bentley's writing style, it was my first time reading his work and I have tons of his other books, but overall this was not a great tale. Mainly because the story was interesting about half way only to take a deep dive into kinky and strange without much explanation as to why. I felt that a lot of things happening were left without any conclusion, I mean lots of things, what happened to the priest and why, the way the past and present tied together was done in a spider web fashion, with lots of holes, I think the author took too big of a chunk out and didn't get to connect all the dots. I enjoyed aspects of it and can't wait to read more of his stuff, but this was not my favorite, not to mention it took me forever to figure out how the title tied into the story. I do however like the author's writing, I simply think this wasn't something I would recommend to my friends simply from the chaotic story line, so I know it's not a book I love.

    - Kasia S.

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  • Posted November 18, 2008

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    Mediocre..

    I have read quite a few B. Little novels and he is one of my favorite horror writters, but this book will not be on my list of favorites. First off "The Vanishing" is not a good title for this novel, and the cover dosent really fit either. That threw me off. Second there was WAY to much going on here. The author had like 6 different story lines all intertwinded in one. The ending was horendous and there was basically no fight. It was dissapointing. I like the idea of the childrens 'animal-like' abnormalitites, but then I hated the part with John Sutter and Marshall. And people seeing these monsters as erotic doesnt seem enticing for me. I suppose if ur a Bentley Little fan you should read it otherwise dont. Its not to gory, but has a lot of X rated nature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2008

    Was a little disappointed

    This was the first book I read by Little, I had a hard time really getting into the minds of the characters, It also jumped around too much for me. What also turns me off from reading his other books is when I read a horror I do not care for explicit sex in it, Don't get me wrong I have nothing against sex in books but this was beyond sex this was just gross. It is like he cannot decide if he wants to be a porn writer or a horror writer, which is too bad because his books have such promise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2008

    hold on for a wild, gory ride!

    this book is priceless. i always look forward to b. little's next novel & this one is high on my list of great pulp horror novels. it is a gorehound's dream of what splatter fiction should be--THE VANISHING is that good! it is a novel that makes you wonder where b. little gets his ideas but after a gruesome scene or two, you don't care & wait for the next gory/sex drenched scene to take place. like DOMINION, this one revels in it's excess & this is why it's so good!

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