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A Kind of Vanishing
A Kind of Vanishing by Lesley Thomson

A spellbinding mystery of obsession and guilt, A Kind of Vanishing is the poignant story of what happens to those left behind when a child vanishes without trace.


Summer, 1968. While playing in the ruins of a deserted village, nine-year-old Alice Howard goes missing. The only person who could have seen what happened was Eleanor Ramsey, the young girl who was with Alice when she disappeared.

But the children were not playing nicely. Having discovered a family secret about her new friend, Alice had begun taunting Eleanor. Soon after, Alice vanished – along with the chance of this secret getting out...

Now. The families were never the same after the disappearance, but both have been linked together by tragedy. So when Eleanor's teenage daughter, Chris, becomes suspicious of her mother's past, she turns detective, opening up shocking truths for the Ramsay family and all who knew the missing girl.

Praise for Lesley Thomson:

'Lesley Thomson can make your flesh creep at will.' The Times
'Thomson creates a rich and sinister world that is utterly unique.' William Shaw

Head of Zeus -- an Aries Book * Thrillers
04 Jan 2025 * 368pp * £4.99 * 9781837930111
'Lesley Thomson gets better and better'
Ian Rankin
'Cunningly plotted'
Mick Herron
'Thomson's plots are original and she draws her characters with genuine affection'
Sunday Times
'Thomson creates a rich and sinister world that is utterly unique'
William Shaw
Lesley Thomson
Lesley Thomson
Lesley Thomson grew up in west London. Her first novel, A Kind of Vanishing, won the People's Book Prize in 2010. Her second novel, The Detective's Daughter, was a #1 bestseller and the resulting series has sold over 750,000 copies. Lesley divides her time between Sussex and Gloucestershire. She lives with her partner and her dog. Visit her website at
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