Vanishing Girls

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Overview

For two years the "Working Girl Killer" hunted in Manhattan, brutally slaughtering nine city prostitutes.

And now the fiend has crossed the river.

Former cop-turned-p.i. Karin Schaeffer receives the call meant for her detective husband Mac on a Sunday night: two females found on a Brooklyn street. The first is an eleven-year-old girl, the apparent victim of a hit-and-run. But it's the second body that truly ...

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Overview

For two years the "Working Girl Killer" hunted in Manhattan, brutally slaughtering nine city prostitutes.

And now the fiend has crossed the river.

Former cop-turned-p.i. Karin Schaeffer receives the call meant for her detective husband Mac on a Sunday night: two females found on a Brooklyn street. The first is an eleven-year-old girl, the apparent victim of a hit-and-run. But it's the second body that truly chills the blood—a young corpse bearing the grisly, unmistakable signature of a serial slayer who has eluded the NYPD for years.

But there's something frighteningly different about these latest atrocities—a kink that is leading Schaeffer's unofficial investigation down strange and twisting alleys where nothing is as it originally seems. And the haunted p.i., who once lost everything to a psychopath, is suddenly facing the darkness once again . . . when the horror strikes too close to home and those she loves are in danger of vanishing forever.

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Editorial Reviews

Wendy Corsi Staub
“I can always count on Katia Lief for gripping, twist-filled psychological suspense.”
Terri Ann Armstrong
“Lief pens a diabolically brilliant story and takes us on an amazing, wild ride.”
Richard Montanari on YOU ARE NEXT
“Katia Lief skillfully weaves a complex tale of an emotionally scarred central character, nail-biting suspense, and a diabolical killer that will grip you until the very last page. I can’t wait for the next Detective Karin Schaeffer thriller.”
Terri Ann Armstrong author of Morning Menace and Executive Editor for Suspense Magazine
“Lief pens a diabolically brilliant story and takes us on an amazing, wild ride.”
Hartford Books Examiner
“Vanishing Girls is powerful, provocative, and pulsating with verve.”
New York Journal of Books
“Author Katia Lief takes her readers on a whirlwind ride, overflowing with mystery layered upon mystery, ending in an unusual but gratifying finale. Readers will want to read more of this talented writer’s work.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062095046
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,418,553
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in France to American parents, KATIA LIEF moved to the United States as a baby and was raised in Massachusetts and New York. She teaches fiction writing as a part-time faculty member at the New School in Manhattan and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Great book! Addictive. Should probably have started the series

    Great book! Addictive. Should probably have started the series at the beginning though. Just bought the first two.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Great Book with great story line. Kept me entertained

    Great Book with great story line. Kept me entertained

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2012

    There are some mystery novels that are impossible to put down.

    There are some mystery novels that are impossible to put down. This is the latest book in the You Are Next series and it is fantastic. Vanishing Girls is enticing and surprising. The mystery starts when Karin Schaeffer takes a call meant for her detective husband who is sick with a bad case of the flu. Two women have been killed in Brooklyn and the perpetrator might be the notorious “Working Girl Killer” who has been murdering prostitutes in Manhattan for the last two years. As Schaeffer further investigates, she begins to wonder if this isn’t the Working Girl Killer, but a copycat. The next murder is close to her home, and the pressure is on to solve the case before the killer can strike again.
    The characters are all interesting and keep you on your toes and the plot is enticing. Anyone could appreciate this novel and enjoy reading. To fully understand all the characters and previous occurrences, readers should get the first books in the series. I give this novel five out of five stars.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Katia Lief's Vanishing Girls

    Another great page turner of Katia Lief!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    Bored

    I grew tired of reading flu symtums and the killer was not interesting.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite Karin Schaeffer has b

    Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite

    Karin Schaeffer has become a private detective after serving as a police woman. She has had a rough past but her life as the wife to Mac and mother to young Ben seems blissful. But now her husband Mac is down with the flu. Karin's friend, Billy, a black police detective, has spent a year chasing down the Working Girl Killer, someone who has murdered seven prostitutes. Then, the murdered body of another "working girl" is discovered and, to top it all, the badly injured body of a young girl, Abby Dekker, is found nearby, struck down by a passing car. Her wealthy parents' mutilated bodies are discovered in their nearby apartment. Things get much worse as Chali, Karin's babysitter for little Ben, is found in her bathtub, killed in the same manner as the prostitutes. Innocent Chali is not a hooker but a single mother looking forward to assuming custody of her daughter Dathi, who lives in India. Karin works with Billy and his partner, "Dash", to find out who and what are behind these killings.

    "Vanishing Girls" is a well-written and well-edited police thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Main character Karin Schaeffer is totally believable. She is a hard-working investigator who makes her way through evidence that points to high-powered men and their South American fun and games. Billy, sassy-mouthed Dash, and even Mac with his high-fevered flu are well-created and add to the story. The story's plot line grows step by step to its conclusion and thriller fans will want to add this series by Katia Lief to their list of thrillers to follow.


    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Karin Schaeffer, ex-NYPD and now a private detective, working wi

    Karin Schaeffer, ex-NYPD and now a private detective, working with her husband at MacLeary Investigations, in the newest book by Katia Lief, becomes embroiled in the hunt for a serial killer dubbed The Working Girl Killer. As you might guess, the victims have all been killed in the same manner, with the same exact type of weapon, and were all prostitutes. Seven young women had been found dead across Manhattan, then two in Brooklyn.

    At 38, Karin is now seeking an undergraduate college degree in forensic psychology. She has not had an easy time of it, having survived the murder of her first husband and her daughter six years ago, and just recently had a miscarriage. She dotes on their little boy, Ben, though still grieving for her losses. As the book opens, Ben receives a text from Billy Staples, a detective at their local precinct in Brooklyn and Mac’s closest friend, from a crime scene that Billy believes to be where the serial killer has left his latest victim. Eerily, a little girl is found badly injured several blocks away after what is believed to be a hit-and-run.accident. The cops feel the two things could somehow be connected, as the location and timing seem to rule out coincidence.

    Billy had been fighting his own demons. He has been hunting this killer for over a year. At the same time, Mac and Karin believe he is having hallucinations, suffering from PTSD after a horrifying incident when the woman he loved had tried to kill him, instead leaving him blinded in one eye; he had been forced to shoot her dead. The current investigation triggers all his symptoms again, and envelops Karin as well to a very personal degree.

    It is an interesting plot, telling a very dark tale that stayed with this reader for quite a while after turning the last page. I have to admit, however, that after having read - - and loved! - - the authors two previous books, “You Are Next,” and “Next Time You See Me,” I felt this one did not live up to the expectations I had for it. And though it was an interesting read, in the end I was disappointed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2012

    really good book! didnt want to stop reading!

    really good book! didnt want to stop reading!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    One of the most boring books I have ever read. Talk about no thr

    One of the most boring books I have ever read. Talk about no thriller!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

    Heads up!

    Grab all of Katia Lief's books, they are awesome and I'm sure you will love them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    Excellent book Katie! Cant wait for the next!

    Very good book with an entertaining and challenging mystery to solve.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    Couldnt finish

    Book was hard to get into and the story dragged. After the "stereoypical" child molesting priest.... I was DONE!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    NOT EVEN CLOSE TO A GOOD READ

    I became quite done with the story when after discovering her nanny had been murdered in the morning , the main character picked her child up from preschool, went christmas shopping and conducted interviews for a part time seceratary. I REALLY NEED A BELIEVABLE READ !!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    Excellent

    Excellent

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2012

    Exceptional work by the author!! Recommend Highly!!

    Exceptional work by the author!! Recommend Highly!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Another great read

    Really enjoyed it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Great

    The book was so good

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    Great book!

    Wonderful read. Can't go wrong.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Highly Recommend this book and Katia Lief

    If you like mystery, intrigue, suspense, thriller-types, this is the one for you. It has a family-oriented theme woven throughout it; however, it also resonates with plenty of hair-pin turns that will keep you up late at night. You will find yourself wanting to finish the book, but not wanting the book to end! THIS ONE IS NOT TO BE MISSED!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2012

    Casey

    Sx is kool

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