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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (August 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743469070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743469074
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,176,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pick up a Liza Marklund book, read it until dawn, wait until the stores open, buy another one JAMES PATTERSON An astonishing talent JEFFERY DEAVER Edge-of-your-seat suspense HARLAN COBEN One of the most popular crime writers of our time PATRICIA CORNWELL --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Liza Marklund is a newspaper and television journalist, who lives in Stockholm with her husband and three children.

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A gripping story all the way.
Sleepy
I inadvertently ordered two (2) copies and now I have three (3) copies of the same book.
Susan Henslee
Love the coflicted main character.
Jim Mason

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Luanne Ollivier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
3.5/5

I read my first Liza Marklund book last year and quite enjoyed it.

Reporter Annika Bengtson returns in Vanished. I hadn't read the books in between and found Annika in a different state of mind and place. She's at the newspaper, but is a copy editor, not out in the field. She lives in a stark apartment in a condemned building, simply existing, trying to deal with numerous tragedies in her personal life. But while editing a story on a recent double murder on the waterfront one night, a random call is routed to her desk and she finds herself immediately intrigued. Rebecka claims to be able to erase a person's past and set them up with a new identity and life. Annika's boss gives her the go ahead to pursue the story - he's happy to see her excited about something again. But The Paradise Foundation may not be everything Rebeckah claims. And when she discovers that the waterfront murders and the Foundation may have a connection, Annika is drawn in....

This was a very different Annika for me. At times I saw the strong, fearless reporter, at other times she was a puddle on the floor. I understood her grief, but the neediness shown at a certain juncture is well - obsessive. I had a hard time accepting that she could swing so far from one side to the other in such a short time.

I found the idea of The Paradise Foundation fascinating. Office politics and ethics, Eastern Bloc Mafia, marriage, happiness and the Swedish social assistance program are also stirred into the plot of Vanished. There was a bit of proselytizing near the end that I did find myself skipping over. It was only as I read the end notes, that I discovered Marklund's basis for this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sleepy on September 18, 2009
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Another gripping story in the Annika Bengstrom series. Set in Stockholm they give a glimpse not into only Swedish life but also how a newspaper there operates. The fourth book, "The Bomber" was a hit here but I thought the first two were even better. I'm going on to the third, "Primetime" next.

Annika, a young newspaper reporter, deals with resentment from many of the permanent staff at the newspaper as the result of a shocking incident in the first book, "Studio 69", while she tracks down a mysterious organization that seems too good to be true. In the process she is involved with the Yugoslavian Mafia and the dangerous Ratko. A gripping story all the way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim Mason on November 20, 2012
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Love the descriptions of Stockholm and Vaxholm; takes me back to my time in Sweden. Well written and fast-paced. Does a well-deserved number on non-mainstream charities. Thrills, chills and spills. Love the coflicted main character.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bezweifeln on January 29, 2009
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How can one write a review when one has not finished the book in question? I have to because I'm mad at this one. This book comes on the heels of many detective stories, Swedish police procedurals and Travis McGee books I've enjoyed very much. I was on such a good run of books and authors! One good book led to another. I achieved two thirds of this one and just could not go on.

It is a story of the main character's pursuit of knowledge about an organization that sounds too good to be true and is, a sudden stroke of her beloved Grandmother, (Annika just sobbed....again and again and oops! again), a killer (with assumed psychic powers) looking for anybody connected with the theft of a truck of cigarettes from a Serbian crime syndicate and a man who suddenly decides that there just has to be more to life than his rich wife and council meetings.

There was no depth to any of it! This Annika says "I love you" to another character their first night together, beginning this future relationship based on... what? Great sex? How many hospital visits to the sick grandmother can we stand? The clichéd fights with mother..... How much sobbing must we endure? All in the pursuit of... oh, what was the main goal of the story? The Serbian criminals? Where are the cigarettes? The debt ridden faux charity? The heroine's redemption by writing one good newspaper story instead of editing others' pieces? Because of the lack of descriptive depth, and thus the vision in one's own mind's eye; I didn't care for any of it after a while.

Read Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, Henning Mankell or Håkan Nesser for a glimpse of Swedish procedurals and the society of Sweden itself. This book left me very disappointed.
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By Barryface on May 2, 2013
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This was quite a fast-read book for me, even though I read it out of order. It's #2 in chronological order and doesn't really matter in which order one reads it. The other title for this book is called "Paradise"; I believe this was the first published title and then it was changed to "Vanished". I can't wait to read #7: "Lifetime" that's coming out later this year. Also #8: "A Place In the Sun" - once it's reprinted. Love this author and her style of writing.
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By Leah on March 29, 2014
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The plot was well developed and the book has a surprisingly upbeat ending, even though it is a thriller. I would recommend this book for those who like to read about characters whose choices and convictions are memorable. This book is also a quickly paced read, so it's easy to read while in transit. Well done, Liza Marklund.
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