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Vanishing Acts

By Jodi Picoult

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| Hardcover | 9780743454544

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New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her ability to tap into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she explores what happens when a young woman's past -- a past she didn't even know she had -- catches up Continue

New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her ability to tap into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she explores what happens when a young woman's past -- a past she didn't even know she had -- catches up to her just in time to threaten her future.

Delia Hopkins has led a charmed life. Raised in rural New Hampshire by her widowed father, Andrew, she now has a young daughter, a handsome fiancé, and her own search-and-rescue bloodhound, which she uses to find missing persons. But as Delia plans her wedding, she is plagued by flashbacks of a life she can't recall. And then a policeman knocks on her door, revealing a secret that changes the world as she knows it.

In shock and confusion, Delia must sift through the truth -- even when it jeopardizes her life and the lives of those she loves. What happens when you learn you are not who you thought you were? When the people you've loved and trusted suddenly change before your eyes? When getting your deepest wish means giving up what you've always taken for granted? Vanishing Acts explores how life -- as we know it -- might not turn out the way we imagined; how doing the right thing could mean doing the wrong thing; how the memory we thought had vanished could return as a threat. Once again, Jodi Picoult handles a difficult and timely topic with understanding, insight, and compassion.

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    As I have more titles by Jodi Picoult on my TBR shelves than by any other author I decided it was time I read another one of her books as I have not done so for a couple of years! I really used to enjoy her novels until I got bored with them all bein ...(continue)

    As I have more titles by Jodi Picoult on my TBR shelves than by any other author I decided it was time I read another one of her books as I have not done so for a couple of years! I really used to enjoy her novels until I got bored with them all being so similar in format. I Thought it would be interesting to see how I felt after a break. I was not impressed! Maybe my tastes have changed as I really did not enjoy this one. It is strange as did I know somehow that this was going to be the case. I only discovered the work of this prolific author in 2006 although she has been a published author since the early nineties. I last reviewed a book of hers here back in August 2009, at which time it appears I was very keen on her writing having read eight up to that date. Why then has it taken me over two years to pick up another one, especially when even after reading this one I still have another six on our bookshelves waiting to be read. They will be read eventually as I am still hoping that this was a one off disappointment.

    What would you do if you found the life you had lived for years was all a lie? This is exactly what happened to Delia Hopkins who has led an almost idyllic childhood with her widowed father. It would have been perfect had her mother not died in a car accident when she was very young. She is now on the verge of marriage with a daughter of her own and a search and rescue job that she loves. Sad that her mother will not be at her wedding she is disturbed by flashbacks from her past that she simple cannot recall. The nature and power of memory are strong and that is the central theme of this powerful story. What happens when the past we did not even know we were running from catches up with us and the memories come back to haunt you.

    This should have been so much better than I found it to be as it had all the potential of being a gripping and sentimental story, which it was in parts. Just the parts that I did not like were a big let down for me. The truth hurts I know but I just found the scenes set inside the American prison system far too disturbing in my current frame of mind. Unfortunately these horrendous scenes spoilt the novel for me but do not let my weakness put you off. If you read this or have already done so I will be interested to know if you think I was over reacting; by letting just part of the story spoil the whole.

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    Lindyloumac said on Feb 27, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    Not too bad at all

    I picked this up as an easy read when I had nothing else left to read. I surprised myself by enjoying it much more than I thought I would

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    Liz4211 said on Feb 25, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    Far too slow in the middle part, it missed that sublime capacity of making you feel empathy for each and every character that made me fall in love with My Sister's Keeper or The Pact. A bit of a disappointment.
    3 1/2 stars

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    Nanopausa said on Aug 15, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    The relationship of these people (Eric, Delia &Fiz)
    is too weird to convince me to understand their unbroken friendship.And the feeling why Andrew lie to everyone is just want to run away from Jail to keep him safe.
    I am not sure what author want ...(continue)

    The relationship of these people (Eric, Delia &Fiz)
    is too weird to convince me to understand their unbroken friendship.And the feeling why Andrew lie to everyone is just want to run away from Jail to keep him safe.
    I am not sure what author want us to find in the end.
    thinking that everything just a vanishing acts?

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    Chloelady said on Oct 31, 2010 | Add your feedback

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    vanishing acts

    In the beginning, I have to say, this author is my favorite, thus the comment here could be a bit preference..but yeah..that's my comment tho. :)
    This book took me a very long time finishing it. I like the beginning very well; however in the mi ...(continue)

    In the beginning, I have to say, this author is my favorite, thus the comment here could be a bit preference..but yeah..that's my comment tho. :)
    This book took me a very long time finishing it. I like the beginning very well; however in the middle part, I was kinda confused..but in the very end...Things make sense step by steps..and there is, I wont say its a good ending, but its an end of a reality.
    And, there is one thing I want to emphasize..This author always has some points that I am really touched...In my opinion, there is no 'right' and 'wrong' in the reality; there is only 'you think it is right' and 'you think it is wrong' in our life. She catches the point so well, that's why I like her novel.

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    Linzi said on Oct 15, 2008 | Add your feedback

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