I was looking for scary books for the R.I.P. III challenge and found a translation of Tim Krabbe's The Vanishing at the library. I'd never read anything by a Dutch author and I'd heard so much about this story so I was really excited.
It's a short book and reads very quickly. It's the story of a Dutch couple going on holiday to France and the girl disappearing while they're there. She simply vanishes and her boyfriend is left with no clues, nothing. The impact of the book isn't in the story but in the way it's told. The language is so simple that you almost can't believe that it can be used to describe such terrible things.
Krabbe creates a psychopath who is really chilling, mostly because he is so aware and calculating. I wasn't terrified while I was reading the book, but every time I think about it and its conclusion I get the chills.
Tim Krabbe is one of Holland's most famous writers so it's interesting to read this from that point of view as well. And his story has inspired not only a Dutch movie but a Hollywood one as well.
Challenges: A-Z Reading Challenge, Book to Movie Challenge, Orbis Terrarum, R.I.P.III