Tuesday, August 30, 2005

The Vanished by Celia Rees

Author: Celia Rees
ISBN # 0 439 98232 4
208 pages

This was originally published as one of the Point Horror series of books for teenagers & has since been republished. Nevertheless, this story remains rather chilling & is incredibly well-written. More raw than Rees' later Witch Child & Sorceress (which, you'll remember, I have already read & loved), but still showing some of her power with words.

It's has some of the usual elements - new kid in town with a dark secret in his past, childen vanishing without a trace left, right & centre, & it's down to the new kid, along with his two new buddies from the school paper (they've been working on the psi files to increase flagging sales) to find out what's been going on & who is the mysterious Billy with whom all the stories seem to originate?

I'm going to have to get hold of all her other books now as that's three out of three so far & that's unusual for me!

Rating: 6/10


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