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White, Ethel Lina. The lady vanishes.

WHITE, Ethel Lina. The lady vanishes. Read by Finty Williams. 5 cds. 6 hrs. BBC Audiobooks America. 1936/2007. 978-0-7927-4888-5. $59.95. Vinyl; plot, author, reader notes. SA

Iris Cart, a beautiful British socialite, is accustomed to good fortune and universal deference. But when she returns from a holiday on the Continent, nothing goes according to form. First she passes out from sunstroke and barely makes her train. Then she finds herself seated among a group of hostile foreigners. Next, she is rescued by a seasoned English traveler named Miss Froy, but then her new companion disappears without a trace. And finally, not another soul on the train believes that Miss Froy actually exists at all. Iris cannot shake the feeling that Miss Froy is in grave danger, but, her own sanity questioned everywhere she turns, she can only help so much. A psychological mystery-thriller, this 1930s novel was made into two motion pictures; the first was an early Hitchcock classic. White tells the story from a number of perspectives, which heightens its suspense and terror. Readers are sure that Carr is not delusional well before Carr is herself, just as they learn in advance who Carr can trust and how much. Williams keeps the plot moving at a brisk pace, lightly differentiating the characters' voices. Francine Levitov, Attny., New York, NY

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