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Vanished: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1994


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (September 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440217466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440217466
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Despite some redundancies and dimensionless supporting characters, Steel's 31st novel is a potent blend of romance and intrigue. When Marielle Delauney marries New York steel magnate Malcolm Patterson in 1939, she does not tell him of her tragic past--neither the drowning accident that claimed her first child, nor the subsequent beating by her husband Charles that caused her to miscarry, nor the two years she spent recovering in a sanitorium. But what does the enigmatic Malcolm already know? When they have their own child, Teddy, Malcolm, to all appearances, is an adoring father. The still-vulnerable Marielle begins to gain self-confidence, even though she endures daily confrontations with a hostile and even sinister household staff. Then the day after Marielle has a chance meeting with Charles, who drunkenly makes vague threats against Teddy, the four-year-old is snatched from his room, the nanny and nurse chloroformed and gagged. The FBI is summoned, Marielle's past is exposed by a frenzied media and Charles is arrested. But where is Teddy? The author of Mixed Blessings keeps her secrets well, and--the annoying reprises of critical scenes aside--presents a strong portrait of a tormented young woman moving toward stability. 1,000,000 first printing; Literary Guild & Doubleday Book Club main selections; major ad/promo.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

Like Belva Plain in Whispers (p. 326), Steel soft-pedals gauzy romance in a fairly tightly plotted story--set mainly in 1930's Manhattan and about a lady wildly unlucky in love who's forced to deal with crime--in this case, kidnapping. Like Plain's battered wife, Marielle once loved unwisely. Charles Delauney (fiery green eyes) and Marielle (her eyes were ``deep blue sapphires'') had met in 1926 in Paris, then went on to make a gloriously happy marriage--until that moment when tragedy overtook their small son in a drowning accident, as well as their unborn child as the pregnant Marielle attempted a rescue. Suffering from Charles's accusations and blame, Marielle ended up spending some years in a sanitarium. Now, back again in Manhattan, Marielle is the protected, secure wife of rich businessman Malcolm Patterson, a smooth gent who does a good bit of business with Nazi Germany, and her joy in an otherwise restricted life is four-year- old Teddy. It is the sight of Teddy that sends expatriate Charles (who returns from the Spanish Civil War and meets Marielle in the park) into a wild rage--and when, horribly, Teddy is kidnapped, into the slammer as a suspect. Throughout Marielle's ordeal--with terrible reminders of the Lindbergh case--FBI agent John Taylor offers a strong shoulder (and more); a feisty newspaper woman turns up important clues; a mobster named Louis the Lover turns up a heart of gold; and the rosy respectability of Malcolm's circle takes on a new hue. There will be a trial, a last-minute rescue, and, at the close, Steel trots out a nice man for Marielle. As for Teddy, not to worry. Okay, worry a little.... The smashing duds and digs are still there--plus the subject's predictable pull. (First printing of 1,000,000; Literary Guild Dual Selection for October) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

Found a little too predictable and it dragged on a bit.
ME W.
I've read a few Danielle Steel novels, but I never considered myself a fan of her work until I read this book.
BookMania
This is an excellent novel by the master of suspense, Bill Pronzini.
Ricky N.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By jmh on June 20, 2000
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How does one attempt to relate to you how engrossing this story is? There are some strong emotions and issues going on with this story. Briefly, the story revolves around a young female con-artist, Dottie, who by chance (and only chance) happens upon a slow witted man, Aubrey Wallace. Aubrey has a (bitter) wife and family of his own, but is constantly berated and harrassed by her. Aubrey and Dottie link up in a freak meeting and he is literally overwhelmed..from that moment on he is under her control and she takes every advantage of it. A young toddler, Cannie, gets snatched right out of her own house and from under her distracted mother. Suddenly, the toddler finds herself a new mother and father. Her new mother is but an immature, self-centered child herself and only took the child for use as a smoke screen to avoid her past. For mentally challenged Aubrey, his heart rules his head in many instances, and he genuinely grows to love and adore Cannie, as Cannie grows to love him and believes both of them to be her parents. A child's allegiance is strong, and this bond introduces disastrous consequences. Years pass as they remain homeless and always trying to keep one step ahead of detection by the law. Their life is pathetic and heart wretching. As the situtions become more complicated, Aubrey struggles with right and wrong, love and abuse. All the time you are reading, you know at some point the deception has to end. The ending is a surprise and extremely intense. You will find yourself torn with loyalties and attachments on both sides of the issue. Mary McGarry Morris is brilliant
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 1997
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Vanished is Mary McGarry Morris' masterwork, a complex and entrancing story of a man caught outside the life of his community who is suddenly torn from his hometown by forces he can't fully comprehend. Oddly, most of what he doesn't comprehend is personified by the girl who "kidnapped" him -- a wily, scheming, insecure girl who runs because she has to.

Morris, relatively unknown before Oprah picked up on her most recent best-seller, "Songs in Ordinary Time," is an author who began writing late in life. Her long experience in a world beyond the bounds of rarified "literary" fiction shows in her compassion for her main characters.

In Vanished, her insight is most marked when she refuses to give definite reasons for things. Instead, she allows the emotional weight of an event to compound until its consequences become inevitable. In this book, so many things disappear -- but they always leave traces. Traces of hope, and of desire.

In this book, an arbitrary escape turns into a four year odyssey. But it's not the typical trip out of contemporary fiction, full of drugs, sex, and lost weekends. Instead it's a simple journey, replete with attempts at security and love, emptied of cynicism or sardonic humor.

Thus, the terrific ending comes as a shock, and yet feels right after all. How else could such an extraordinary journey conclude but with the unexpected?

Winner of the Pen/Faulkner Prize, this book beats Morris' "Oprah"-Recommended "Songs in Ordinary Time," hands-down
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 1999
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Finally, a place to say my piece about "Vanished," which I read several years ago and which had a huge, huge effect on me. I've read it twice and listened to it on Recorded Books, Inc. (read by the incomparable Barbara Rosenblatt). Each time I sort of hoped I wouldn't go through the trauma I did at its ending. The first time, I felt like I had been kicked in the stomach. I cried so hard, I thought my heart would break. In fact, I kept getting weepy over it for weeks following, at odd moments. It would just sort of pop up in my mind. But the second time I read it I thought, good, I was expecting this, and I'm not going to go through that same exhausting catharsis. Then I found myself standing at my ironing board next day and whoosh! up came the tears. I would put it on a par with "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison; another heart-wrenching classic about unfairness and the violation of the innocent. When I heard it read on tape, I was again walloped. For sheer experiential reading, this is IT. As one of your writers said, it should have been nominated for big literary prizes. Indeed, I think it deserves the Pulitzer at the very least. Morris's strength is her absolute refusal to stereotype. As a writer myself, I know what hard work that is; either that or, as I suspect, the woman is simply a genius - as such, she gets it right without having to try. Mary, if you read this, you have a diehard fan here in santa fe, new mexico. I always tell anyone who asks about the books I recommend, that you are the greatest. I loved them all!! (and my name is Martha, so needless to say, I identified with "A Dangerous Woman, which I thought was very well brought off in the movie. Deborah Winger was a surprisingly fabulous Martha!)
Do you ever e-mail your fans? As a (so far) unpublished novelist, I could use a writer's encouragement. Oh - and encore, please,encore!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 2002
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Vanished is an extremely compelling tale; I finished it in less than a day. But be aware, gentle reader: this is a book that HURTS.
I loved Mary McGarry Morris's Songs in Ordinary Time and A Dangerous Woman, and I liked Fiona Range, but I wasn't prepared for the intensity of Vanished. A real story about love weaves through this tale of an abused teenager, a mentally challenged man, and a kidnapped child who are bound together by happenstance and careening toward disaster. However, like Of Mice and Men, it is not for the faint of heart.
Without a doubt, Vanished is artfully crafted. But it seemed to me to dish out cruelty at the speed of light, and I was left feeling pretty hollow at the end.
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More About the Author

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world's most popular authors, with over 590 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include 44 Charles Street, Legacy, Family Ties, Big Girl, Southern Lights, Matters of the Heart, One Day at a Time, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina's life and death.

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