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The Vanishing

by Bentley Little

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With his novels, "Bentley Little has created nothing less than a nightmarishly brilliant tour de force of modern life in America."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) In Beverly Hills, a wealthy CEO goes on a bloody rampage and videotapes the slaughter. He leaves behind a chilling cryptic message..."This is where it begins."   Miles away, an alarmed mother receives an unsettling letter from her estranged husband, stained with bloody fingerprints.   And all across California, children are becoming affected by a monstrous change--and their parents, by a mounting fear.   Social worker Carrie Daniels and reporter Brian Howells are determined to find the link between these baffling crimes. But they shouldn't look too deeply into the lives of the victims. It's quite dark there. And God help them, they won't like what they find.… (more)
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It's really two stories...each of which takes place in California. One is in the nineteenth century and the other is in the present. Both had the possibility to be compelling stories that were interwoven and intertwined...but a 100 years apart. As the connection between the two become clearer...the two stories should have melded into one. Unfortunately the combining attempt made the book a bit of a mess. I've always liked this authors scary books but this one didn't quiet make it. Overall...it wasn't Bentley Little's best by any means yet it was an interesting story...hence the 3 stars. ( )
  Carol420 | Oct 18, 2021 |
Argh! After so many great books and the progressive improvements, Little turns out a non-so-great book. On the surface, the story is not bad. Two people start to investigate some killings which are happening across the country; the source turns out to be a big bad out of the California backwoods. Nothing wrong there and something that Little should have been able to turn into gold. This time though something went wrong. I had a hard time getting into the story and events. When something would happen, often it would seem unrealistic; not just the killings or gore but the events around them too. Maybe because of that I also found the characters weren't that interesting; it's hard to be interesting when all the events happening around them were hard to believe. I don't want to rip on the book too much because it doesn't deserve it. It's still readable and can be enjoyed to a degree. I wouldn't recommend this as someplace to start reading Little though. Pick up THE STORE or THE ASSOCIATION or THE RESORT. This is one that you can skip if you want and not miss much. ( )
  dagon12 | Oct 10, 2020 |
The Vanishing by Bentley Little is a stand alone horror story about children disappearing or being murdered.

I wouldn't really call this a horror story, but it is the most bizarre story I have ever read. Little's writing is great and his imagination is certainly unique, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. ( )
  feeroberts64 | Feb 14, 2019 |
Five strangers are about to discover that they share a dark bond. A haunted childhood. A shocking secret. A memory of the house they lived in--- each on identical to the next. They are returning to the past, to the unspeakable events they long to forget...to the house. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Little, Bentley
The Vanishing

Horror
The Vanishing is written almost as a series of vignettes or short stories that traverse time and introduce what, at first appearance, seem to be jarringly unrelated characters, victims, and manifestations of dark and brutal forces. The individual stories are fascinating in their own right, but it is the juxtaposition of past and present, ancestors and progeny, and the karmic play of justice that makes this much more than just a scary story and a bumpy ride. Bentley Little is my new favorite horror author.
Recommended January 2008
  dawsong | Jun 15, 2015 |
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With his novels, "Bentley Little has created nothing less than a nightmarishly brilliant tour de force of modern life in America."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) In Beverly Hills, a wealthy CEO goes on a bloody rampage and videotapes the slaughter. He leaves behind a chilling cryptic message..."This is where it begins."   Miles away, an alarmed mother receives an unsettling letter from her estranged husband, stained with bloody fingerprints.   And all across California, children are becoming affected by a monstrous change--and their parents, by a mounting fear.   Social worker Carrie Daniels and reporter Brian Howells are determined to find the link between these baffling crimes. But they shouldn't look too deeply into the lives of the victims. It's quite dark there. And God help them, they won't like what they find.

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