By Jodi Picoult
Isbn-10: 0743454545 | Isbn-13: 9780743454544 | Publish date: 01/03/2005
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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 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.
Liz4211 said on Feb 25, 2012, 01:00
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
Nanopausa said on Aug 15, 2011, 13:16
Lucie Jordanna said on Feb 28, 2011, 23:42
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?
Chloelady said on Oct 31, 2010, 01:11
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.
Linzi said on Oct 15, 2008, 04:39
I did enjoy this book quite a bit, but I think that Jodi Picoult needs to vary her writing style. This is the third book that I have read by her, and each has the same plot; drama, flashbacks, and more drama all leading up to a (dramatic) court scene, then winding down to the conclusion. I like that she puts little random facts into each of her novels, because I think it helps her gain credibility, and its obvious that she possesses a ton of court knowledge.
Julie said on Jul 06, 2008, 05:38
Don't get me wrong. It's a very good book. But it's not quite the page-turner as some of Jodi Picoult's other books are. Daughter finds out that the father she adores kidnapped her years ago to protect her from her alcoholic mother.
SaraA said on May 18, 2008, 16:31
This book is good at the beginning, and gets a little weak in the middle, especially for the part of Andrew's interaction with other inmates in the prison, which I found not so related to the theme of the book and which I skipped paragraphs when reading. The book gets better and better when the trial starts . I almost couldn't stop.
I still think what happened between Delia and Fitz in the end is a little weird.
The truth why Andrew took Delia, revealed at the very end, is so touching and powerful. I forgave Andrew completely when I finished the book.
phyphia said on May 16, 2008, 03:54
The copy I own is signed by the author Jodi Picoult! I saw Jodi speak on March 23, 2005. I enjoyed hearing her speak. It was so refreshing and interesting to hear her thoughts on how her books turned out and what prompted her to write what she did.Vanishing Acts is good, but it definately isn't my favorite of her novels. I can't imagine finding out that the only parent you know actually kidnapped you when you were 3 or 4 years-old. Picoult again used the method of telling the stories from different perspectives. Each chapter was told from 1 of 4 perspectives--Delia, the girl who was kidnapped and now 30-something with her own daughter; Eric, her alcoholic fiancee and the father of her daughter; Fitz, the friend of both Eric and Delia Fitz has been in love with Delia for always; and Andrew, Delia's father who took her away from her mother.You can tell the research Picoult does for her novels. Everything seems so real and realistic.
SheReads said on Mar 05, 2007, 21:51