Vanishing Girls

Vanishing Girls

by Katia Lief

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“I can always count on Katia Lief for gripping, twist-filled psychological suspense.”
 —Wendy Corsi Staub

“Mesmerizing….Your heart will be pounding.”
—Lisa Gardner

When Katia Lief first introduced readers to her protagonist, haunted ex-New York City cop Karin Schaeffer, in the chilling mystery masterwork You Are Next, she immediately established herself as a modern thriller and romantic suspense writer on a par with Alex Kava, Lisa Gardner and other masters of the contemporary spine-tingler. Lief moves to the head of the class with Vanishing Girls, as the apparent reemergence of a fiendish serial killer on the night streets of Brooklyn threatens to destroy everything and everyone Karin loves…again!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062095046
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/26/2012
Series: Karin Schaeffer Series , #3
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,337,064
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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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“Lief pens a diabolically brilliant story and takes us on an amazing, wild ride.”

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Vanishing Girls 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Addictive. Should probably have started the series at the beginning though. Just bought the first two.
SuperBookish More than 1 year ago
Great Book with great story line. Kept me entertained
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great page turner of Katia Lief!
Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
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.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
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.
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
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.
kappel6391 More than 1 year ago
really good book! didnt want to stop reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the most boring books I have ever read. Talk about no thriller!
Deltephul More than 1 year ago
Grab all of Katia Lief's books, they are awesome and I'm sure you will love them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book with an entertaining and challenging mystery to solve.
RRPNC More than 1 year ago
Exceptional work by the author!! Recommend Highly!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed it!
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The book was so good
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jhamwhit More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy Katia Lief books and find they hard to put down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read. Can't go wrong.
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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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