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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.

How do you recover the past when it was never yours to lose?

Delia Hopkins has led a charmed life. Raised in rural New Hampshire by her beloved, widowed father, 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…until a policeman knocks on her door, revealing a secret about herself that changes the world as she knows it—and threatens to jeopardize her future.

With Vanishing Acts, Jodi Picoult explores how life—as we know it—might not turn out the way we imagined; how the people we’ve loved and trusted can suddenly change before our very eyes; how the memory we thought had vanished could return as a threat. Once again, Picoult handles an astonishing and timely topic with understanding, insight, and compassion.

Topics: Kidnapping, Family, Suspenseful, Realistic, Alcoholism, Multiple Perspectives, Arizona, First Person Narration, Missing Persons, Fathers, Daughters, New Hampshire, Parenting, Single Mothers, and Heartbreaking

Published: Atria Books on Mar 15, 2005
ISBN: 9781416506706
List price: $7.99
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As the mother of a kidnapped child, you would expect me to have hated this book but I found myself in sympathy with the father . In fact I came to care about all 5 of the narrators of the book and will regret not being able to keep on reading about their future.read more
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I didn't enjoy this book as much as several others written by this author. Personally for me too much time was spent on life in jail for Andrew. It took away from the story. I would have rather Jodi Picoult handle the issue left hanging at the end. Would I have decided just to walk away for my own sake not knowing whether it has happened or will happen to another child?

The story did keep me reading to find out what the outcome was going to be.read more
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I did enjoy this one but it wasn't one of my favorites from Picoult. I was very unsure about the relationship between Delia and Ruth Ann (I believe that was her name) and why it was significant to the story. Otherwise, it was a very intriguiging story of deciding what is best, the truth or a lie.read more
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The first Jodi Picoult novel I read was My Sister's Keeper; it had been recommended to me by fellow teen oncology patients. Following MSK, I felt the need to snatch up any Picoult novels from my used books stores. None of them, however, have struck quite the same chord with me as MSK. These books are, however, easy to read, fairly interesting and something good to have laying around in case of illness or long car trips. I consider Jodi Picoult my guilty pleasure because her books are not very deep, but they are entertaining.I enjoyed Vanishing Acts because it moved out from the normal New England setting. The characters in Arizona were interesting and I wish there were more of them. The novel as a whole, however, followed along the rest of Picoult's novels and did not stand out very much.read more
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Great concept - how would you cope finding out your whole life was a lie. Plenty to discuss - will recommend to BGread more
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a nice quick read with many twists and turns about a girl who was kidnapped at a young age and doesn't find out until she is 28.read more
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Easy to read but I find the court cases not that believable and some of the characters annoying.read more
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So far I would have to say this one is my favorite of Jodi's. I really got sucked into it. I loved the story the whole way through. I was secretly wishing through whole thing that Fitz got the girl. Although I really wanted the family to stay intact. I felt for Andrew I knew from the beginning that he did it for the right reasons and was afraid for him when he was in jail. Definitely a good book and it made me cry.read more
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I liked this book, which surprised me. I liked MY SISTER'S KEEPER, but haven't really like anything else. And I've tried. I have bought KEEPING FAITH [?], NINETEEN MINUTES, PICTURE PERFECT, and CHANGE OF HEART and haven't been able to get through them. Seriously, I start them and then just read the end because getting through the whole book is excruciating. But I read all of this one and enjoyed it.I liked the relationship between the 2 men and the heroine. I liked who won the heroine's heart in the end. The twist of the alcholism from the anti-hero and the mother were wonderful. What I didn't like was the whole part about the dad in prison. It was so unbelievable to me. Getting beaten up, yes. Participating in making drugs in order to survive, maybe but it was a long time since he had been a chemist. Would he really have remembered all that stuff? When I stop working for a few weeks it takes me a couple of days to get back on track [I do science stuff] and remember details. Would he have been able to go from librairan to drug lord? Even in prison. It just struck me as too convenient.I also didn't like the whole tracking of the little old lady with cancer and watching her throw herself off the cliff. It was out of place. I get the whole "vanishing" thing, but it didn't really fit with the rest of the story.I did like the trial parts and especially the heroine's turn on the witness stand.The relationship between the mother and the returned daughter struck me as stilted. I don't mean that their relationship was [it was, but it was supposed to be], I meant the writing. There was something there that kept it from flowing with the rest of the novel. I think it needed to be fleshed out more, maybe a bit more time spent on it.Better than the other's, a keeper, but not on the favorite shelf.read more
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Bad writing! Annoying characters! Smarmy narrative! You can get all this and more with this book. I'm done with Jodi Picoult. She now officially annoys me.19 Minutes and My Sisters Keeper were both good, except for the ridiculous twist endings, but this one was lame. Actually, I take that back, the jail scenes were pretty good and I did actually read the entire book, and her love scenes are very tasteful.read more
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This is the second Jodi Picoult book I have read. She was highly recommended to me over and over through the years - and though I am not generally a fan of "ripped from the headlines" type writing - but I do love a good dependable storyteller. A few years ago I gave her a try with the book "Picture Perfect". I really didn't love that book. So I sort of abandoned the idea of reading any more of her books.I think it has been about 3 years since I read that book and decided to give her another chance. This book "vanishing acts" was much much more what I expected to encounter when I first tried her. This story has a nice brisk pace. The story moves along pretty well - there are a few stall outs - mostly when getting sidetracked discussing Native American Folklore. I thought the whole storyline featuring Ruthanne felt a little gratuitous and tacked on. I did get a flavor for why so many people really like her. She does have a gift for fluid writing. I might take on one of her more high profile books someday when I am looking for a fast read.read more
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Vanishing Acts. Jodie Picoult. 2005. Delia has led a happy, happy life in New England even though she lost her mother when she was young and she occasionally has strange flashbacks. She has been friends forever with Eric who is the father of her young daughter and with Fitz who is also a soul mate. Her peace is shattered when her father is arrested for kidnapping her! Her father is moved to Arizona to stand trial and Delia follows with Eric who will be her father’s lawyer and Fitz who is assigned to write an account of the trial for a local New Hampshire newspaper. As with all of Picoult’s novels the plot unfolds by the points of view from the characters. In addition to Delia, her father and friends we also hear from Delia’s mother. New developments arise in each chapter and I learned more that I ever wanted to know about jail culture and how to make “meth.”I find her books compulsively readable—I think I finished this in three days!read more
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I don’t know what I would do if I woke up one day to find out that my entire life had been a lie. What if I woke up to find out that the name that I had gone by for as long as I could remember, wasn’t my real name at all. This has never happened to me, but it is exactly what happened to Delia Hopkins, who believes that she was born and raised in New Hampshire by her single, widowed father. Part of her life was in fact a lie, told to her by her own father. She was actually born in Arizona and her mother is still alive. Her father kidnapped her, changed their names, and moved them as far away as possible for reasons Delia was only beginning to understand. Jodi Picoult weaves a beautiful story of self-discovering, family crisis, and how far love can take all of us. This book faces the reader with the fragile line between morally and legally right; which is something we all have to face.Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors because of her ability to write compelling novels on controversy subjects. This story involving the moral decision of kidnapping your own child from a dangerous environment is counterbalanced with the fact that Delia herself has a young daughter about the age that she was when her father took her. Picoult writes with such vivid language and descriptions that when Delia felt betrayed by her father, so did I. And then when she had to face what she would have done in his place with her own daughter, I was right there with her. There is irony to the story that just turns your insides and makes you think about the people all around you and what their story’s could be. Delia’s job was search and rescue. Her job was to find missing people, when in fact she was a missing person herself. I get goose bumps just thinking of all the people out there who are missing or lost, especially the ones who don’t even know it. My favorite books are the ones that make you feel something true. The ones that make you laugh and make you cry. I read this book and I laughed and cried, making this book one of my favorites. I also enjoyed the mystery and suspense of it all. Jodi Picoult has a way of writing intrigue with twists so that you could think that you have it all figured out; but your wrong. She always changes the ending from where the book is going, so that it end s up being like nothing you could have guessed. It’s thrilling and I love it. This book made me realize, that there are some things in life that you think you know, but you find out you don’t. And it doesn’t matter the most the reason why there was a lie in the first place. What matters the most is that you find out what the truth is at the moment, because only then can you live what you believe and what you know.read more
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Delia finds out through a series of random events that she isn't who she thinks she is at all. Her name isn't even Delia, but Bethany. Twenty-eight years earlier, at the age of 4, her non-custodial father never brought her back to her mother. He told her her mother died in a car accident. Her father is no extradited back to Arizona for the "crime' he committed 28 years earlier. Some of the chapters deal with his experience in prison and the relationships he has while in there. The plot thickens as her fiance, Eric is her father's lawyer...and Fitz the boy both Eric and her grew up with comes along as a reporter for the trial. A love triangle develops. A lot of what ifs, what could-have-beens and what-do-I-do-now moments. A really good read.read more
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Very similar to a lot of other Picoult and I have to say that as soon as a UTI showed up in the girl's medical record my brain immediately leaped to the conclusion that the lawyer eventually reached and I couldn't understand why it was taking them so long to figure it out. So not so much of a last minute twist as Picoult was hoping I think. Perhaps I've just read too much of a similar genre recently!read more
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An agent recently mentioned that I should read more of Jodi Picoult's books. Instead of women's fiction, she said, I think you write issue fiction, and should brand yourself this way. I'd read Ms. Picoult in the past, but found the situations to soap opera/Oprah - ish, and the stories too angsty for me. But, when I'm given advice, sometimes I take it. So in the last few weeks, I've rounded out my Picoult library with Change of Heart, two weeks ago, and with Vanishing Acts this week.



#Spoiler Alert#



Let me say I think my books are not nearly as angsty. I don't insert issue of the moment into my character's lives and see what happens. Vanishing Acts annoyed me on so many levels. The characters were too passive. Delia is lied too her whole life, but she stands by her father/kidnapper. Delia puts up with her loser/alcoholic fiance. Fitz has always loved Delia and acts as her lap dog until she turnes to him. Her mother is villianized. There's a last minute revelation of sexual abuse (a la Change of Heart). Throw in a little Native American mysticism and jail violence, and stir - instant angsty novel. If you like angsty white people who create their own drama, well, then, this may be up your alley.read more
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I enjoyed this book. The recorded version had different voices to represent the different characters, so it was easy to keep track of who was telling the story. I did find the way the love triangle situation ended between Delia, Eric, and Fitz to be a bit unbelievable, but otherwise liked the way that this particular book ended.read more
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(BOCD) - Life could hardly be better for Delia Hopkins. She has a young daughter and a handsome fiance, and with her search-and--rescue bloodhound, she helps find missing persons. But as she plans for her wedding, she is haunted by inexplicable flashbacks to a time she cannot recall. Suddenly, Delia must confront devastating truths that could destroy her and everything she loves.read more
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This is my favorite to date of Jodi Picoult. The story line is captivating. There are so many twists and turns in the plot, that I finished the book in one sitting!read more
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This book was suspenseful from the first pages to the end of the book. I love how the author writes in different fonts for the different characters. I felt like I was able to related to the situation and empathise with each of the characters. This was definitely another great read by Jodi Picoult.read more
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Picoult chooses such interesting topics and provides a number of different and intriguing points of view. In this one, though, she rambled a bit, lost focus, perhaps, and omitted a couple of the key viewpoints. Still, a good and gripping readread more
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Rich, thoughtful, thought-provoking, compassionate, insightful, engaging.... How far would you actually go to protect someone you love?This is the second book by Jodi Picoult that I have read so far. The first one, My Sister's Keeper, I enjoyed so much that I took a chance on this one, hoping that I would get the same magic. I wasn't disappointed at all. This book deals with such an unusual situation, just like My Sister's Keeper, and it confronts what we think we know and trust, and how much we would sacrifice for love. The central story is about a woman who discovers that her father had kidnapped her when she was four. It has so many threads though, asks so many questions and then answers them. It's about alcoholism, about second chances, about the courts of law, about prison gangs, about faith, about falling in love, ....Read it!read more
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(unabridged audiobook, multiple readers): Delia Hopkins has a pretty ordinary life in Wexton, New Hampshire, that gets turned upside down overnight when her father is arrested for having kidnapped her during a custody visit 28 years ago. The twisty plot and complex character relationships are revealed slowly and deliberately, hooking me from the first chapter. This is my second Picoult book, and like the other (My Sister's Keeper), it is told in a series of first-person narratives, including Delia, her father, her mother, her fiancee, and her best friend. Each character is read by a different person, all of whom were quite good with the exception of Delia, who was almost painful to listen to. Luckily, the story was good enough that I still got sucked in despite her awkward reading. If the two I've read are at all representative of quality, I will definitely be picking up more of Picoult's books in the future.read more
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I believe that this is the best Picoult book I've read yet! It's the story of a woman who finds out that she was kidnapped as a child by her own father! There are twists and turns in the story as we travel from cool, comfortable New Hampshire to hot, dusty Arizona for his trial. We see the ins and outs of being in jail, of battling alcoholism, meeting people who profoundly impact others in the story, and struggling with accepting that things aren't always as they seem.read more
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On Wednesday, September 27, 2006 I wrote:

Well I guess I agree with you on this book gizzy.

The writing is sometimes so slow and it was boring on a lot of parts. I did want to know what happened so I finished it. I think this was my second or third book by this author, I did read My Sister's Keeper and liked that much better.
Thanks for sharing.


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I love Jodi Picoult! And although this wasn't one of my favorite of hers, I still have to give it to her!read more
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I got this from a friend from my birthday when I was 16 & it was a fab choice!!!I loved it, the fact that Delia was so unaware of the life that she had lead.read more
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It's the typical Jodi Picoult...tugging at those heartstrings. However, no tears were shed. Not her best, not her worst!read more
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This book could have been good but unfortunately it was unmitigated drivel. I hated the pointless Native American subplot which added nothing to the book and just coopted some pseudospirituality to it.read more
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Great story with lots of twists. Discovering who we are in spite of what we are named, who we think are paretns are, etc.read more
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As the mother of a kidnapped child, you would expect me to have hated this book but I found myself in sympathy with the father . In fact I came to care about all 5 of the narrators of the book and will regret not being able to keep on reading about their future.
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I didn't enjoy this book as much as several others written by this author. Personally for me too much time was spent on life in jail for Andrew. It took away from the story. I would have rather Jodi Picoult handle the issue left hanging at the end. Would I have decided just to walk away for my own sake not knowing whether it has happened or will happen to another child?

The story did keep me reading to find out what the outcome was going to be.
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I did enjoy this one but it wasn't one of my favorites from Picoult. I was very unsure about the relationship between Delia and Ruth Ann (I believe that was her name) and why it was significant to the story. Otherwise, it was a very intriguiging story of deciding what is best, the truth or a lie.
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The first Jodi Picoult novel I read was My Sister's Keeper; it had been recommended to me by fellow teen oncology patients. Following MSK, I felt the need to snatch up any Picoult novels from my used books stores. None of them, however, have struck quite the same chord with me as MSK. These books are, however, easy to read, fairly interesting and something good to have laying around in case of illness or long car trips. I consider Jodi Picoult my guilty pleasure because her books are not very deep, but they are entertaining.I enjoyed Vanishing Acts because it moved out from the normal New England setting. The characters in Arizona were interesting and I wish there were more of them. The novel as a whole, however, followed along the rest of Picoult's novels and did not stand out very much.
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Great concept - how would you cope finding out your whole life was a lie. Plenty to discuss - will recommend to BG
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a nice quick read with many twists and turns about a girl who was kidnapped at a young age and doesn't find out until she is 28.
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Easy to read but I find the court cases not that believable and some of the characters annoying.
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So far I would have to say this one is my favorite of Jodi's. I really got sucked into it. I loved the story the whole way through. I was secretly wishing through whole thing that Fitz got the girl. Although I really wanted the family to stay intact. I felt for Andrew I knew from the beginning that he did it for the right reasons and was afraid for him when he was in jail. Definitely a good book and it made me cry.
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I liked this book, which surprised me. I liked MY SISTER'S KEEPER, but haven't really like anything else. And I've tried. I have bought KEEPING FAITH [?], NINETEEN MINUTES, PICTURE PERFECT, and CHANGE OF HEART and haven't been able to get through them. Seriously, I start them and then just read the end because getting through the whole book is excruciating. But I read all of this one and enjoyed it.I liked the relationship between the 2 men and the heroine. I liked who won the heroine's heart in the end. The twist of the alcholism from the anti-hero and the mother were wonderful. What I didn't like was the whole part about the dad in prison. It was so unbelievable to me. Getting beaten up, yes. Participating in making drugs in order to survive, maybe but it was a long time since he had been a chemist. Would he really have remembered all that stuff? When I stop working for a few weeks it takes me a couple of days to get back on track [I do science stuff] and remember details. Would he have been able to go from librairan to drug lord? Even in prison. It just struck me as too convenient.I also didn't like the whole tracking of the little old lady with cancer and watching her throw herself off the cliff. It was out of place. I get the whole "vanishing" thing, but it didn't really fit with the rest of the story.I did like the trial parts and especially the heroine's turn on the witness stand.The relationship between the mother and the returned daughter struck me as stilted. I don't mean that their relationship was [it was, but it was supposed to be], I meant the writing. There was something there that kept it from flowing with the rest of the novel. I think it needed to be fleshed out more, maybe a bit more time spent on it.Better than the other's, a keeper, but not on the favorite shelf.
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Bad writing! Annoying characters! Smarmy narrative! You can get all this and more with this book. I'm done with Jodi Picoult. She now officially annoys me.19 Minutes and My Sisters Keeper were both good, except for the ridiculous twist endings, but this one was lame. Actually, I take that back, the jail scenes were pretty good and I did actually read the entire book, and her love scenes are very tasteful.
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This is the second Jodi Picoult book I have read. She was highly recommended to me over and over through the years - and though I am not generally a fan of "ripped from the headlines" type writing - but I do love a good dependable storyteller. A few years ago I gave her a try with the book "Picture Perfect". I really didn't love that book. So I sort of abandoned the idea of reading any more of her books.I think it has been about 3 years since I read that book and decided to give her another chance. This book "vanishing acts" was much much more what I expected to encounter when I first tried her. This story has a nice brisk pace. The story moves along pretty well - there are a few stall outs - mostly when getting sidetracked discussing Native American Folklore. I thought the whole storyline featuring Ruthanne felt a little gratuitous and tacked on. I did get a flavor for why so many people really like her. She does have a gift for fluid writing. I might take on one of her more high profile books someday when I am looking for a fast read.
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Vanishing Acts. Jodie Picoult. 2005. Delia has led a happy, happy life in New England even though she lost her mother when she was young and she occasionally has strange flashbacks. She has been friends forever with Eric who is the father of her young daughter and with Fitz who is also a soul mate. Her peace is shattered when her father is arrested for kidnapping her! Her father is moved to Arizona to stand trial and Delia follows with Eric who will be her father’s lawyer and Fitz who is assigned to write an account of the trial for a local New Hampshire newspaper. As with all of Picoult’s novels the plot unfolds by the points of view from the characters. In addition to Delia, her father and friends we also hear from Delia’s mother. New developments arise in each chapter and I learned more that I ever wanted to know about jail culture and how to make “meth.”I find her books compulsively readable—I think I finished this in three days!
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I don’t know what I would do if I woke up one day to find out that my entire life had been a lie. What if I woke up to find out that the name that I had gone by for as long as I could remember, wasn’t my real name at all. This has never happened to me, but it is exactly what happened to Delia Hopkins, who believes that she was born and raised in New Hampshire by her single, widowed father. Part of her life was in fact a lie, told to her by her own father. She was actually born in Arizona and her mother is still alive. Her father kidnapped her, changed their names, and moved them as far away as possible for reasons Delia was only beginning to understand. Jodi Picoult weaves a beautiful story of self-discovering, family crisis, and how far love can take all of us. This book faces the reader with the fragile line between morally and legally right; which is something we all have to face.Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors because of her ability to write compelling novels on controversy subjects. This story involving the moral decision of kidnapping your own child from a dangerous environment is counterbalanced with the fact that Delia herself has a young daughter about the age that she was when her father took her. Picoult writes with such vivid language and descriptions that when Delia felt betrayed by her father, so did I. And then when she had to face what she would have done in his place with her own daughter, I was right there with her. There is irony to the story that just turns your insides and makes you think about the people all around you and what their story’s could be. Delia’s job was search and rescue. Her job was to find missing people, when in fact she was a missing person herself. I get goose bumps just thinking of all the people out there who are missing or lost, especially the ones who don’t even know it. My favorite books are the ones that make you feel something true. The ones that make you laugh and make you cry. I read this book and I laughed and cried, making this book one of my favorites. I also enjoyed the mystery and suspense of it all. Jodi Picoult has a way of writing intrigue with twists so that you could think that you have it all figured out; but your wrong. She always changes the ending from where the book is going, so that it end s up being like nothing you could have guessed. It’s thrilling and I love it. This book made me realize, that there are some things in life that you think you know, but you find out you don’t. And it doesn’t matter the most the reason why there was a lie in the first place. What matters the most is that you find out what the truth is at the moment, because only then can you live what you believe and what you know.
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Delia finds out through a series of random events that she isn't who she thinks she is at all. Her name isn't even Delia, but Bethany. Twenty-eight years earlier, at the age of 4, her non-custodial father never brought her back to her mother. He told her her mother died in a car accident. Her father is no extradited back to Arizona for the "crime' he committed 28 years earlier. Some of the chapters deal with his experience in prison and the relationships he has while in there. The plot thickens as her fiance, Eric is her father's lawyer...and Fitz the boy both Eric and her grew up with comes along as a reporter for the trial. A love triangle develops. A lot of what ifs, what could-have-beens and what-do-I-do-now moments. A really good read.
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Very similar to a lot of other Picoult and I have to say that as soon as a UTI showed up in the girl's medical record my brain immediately leaped to the conclusion that the lawyer eventually reached and I couldn't understand why it was taking them so long to figure it out. So not so much of a last minute twist as Picoult was hoping I think. Perhaps I've just read too much of a similar genre recently!
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An agent recently mentioned that I should read more of Jodi Picoult's books. Instead of women's fiction, she said, I think you write issue fiction, and should brand yourself this way. I'd read Ms. Picoult in the past, but found the situations to soap opera/Oprah - ish, and the stories too angsty for me. But, when I'm given advice, sometimes I take it. So in the last few weeks, I've rounded out my Picoult library with Change of Heart, two weeks ago, and with Vanishing Acts this week.



#Spoiler Alert#



Let me say I think my books are not nearly as angsty. I don't insert issue of the moment into my character's lives and see what happens. Vanishing Acts annoyed me on so many levels. The characters were too passive. Delia is lied too her whole life, but she stands by her father/kidnapper. Delia puts up with her loser/alcoholic fiance. Fitz has always loved Delia and acts as her lap dog until she turnes to him. Her mother is villianized. There's a last minute revelation of sexual abuse (a la Change of Heart). Throw in a little Native American mysticism and jail violence, and stir - instant angsty novel. If you like angsty white people who create their own drama, well, then, this may be up your alley.
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I enjoyed this book. The recorded version had different voices to represent the different characters, so it was easy to keep track of who was telling the story. I did find the way the love triangle situation ended between Delia, Eric, and Fitz to be a bit unbelievable, but otherwise liked the way that this particular book ended.
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(BOCD) - Life could hardly be better for Delia Hopkins. She has a young daughter and a handsome fiance, and with her search-and--rescue bloodhound, she helps find missing persons. But as she plans for her wedding, she is haunted by inexplicable flashbacks to a time she cannot recall. Suddenly, Delia must confront devastating truths that could destroy her and everything she loves.
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This is my favorite to date of Jodi Picoult. The story line is captivating. There are so many twists and turns in the plot, that I finished the book in one sitting!
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This book was suspenseful from the first pages to the end of the book. I love how the author writes in different fonts for the different characters. I felt like I was able to related to the situation and empathise with each of the characters. This was definitely another great read by Jodi Picoult.
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Picoult chooses such interesting topics and provides a number of different and intriguing points of view. In this one, though, she rambled a bit, lost focus, perhaps, and omitted a couple of the key viewpoints. Still, a good and gripping read
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Rich, thoughtful, thought-provoking, compassionate, insightful, engaging.... How far would you actually go to protect someone you love?This is the second book by Jodi Picoult that I have read so far. The first one, My Sister's Keeper, I enjoyed so much that I took a chance on this one, hoping that I would get the same magic. I wasn't disappointed at all. This book deals with such an unusual situation, just like My Sister's Keeper, and it confronts what we think we know and trust, and how much we would sacrifice for love. The central story is about a woman who discovers that her father had kidnapped her when she was four. It has so many threads though, asks so many questions and then answers them. It's about alcoholism, about second chances, about the courts of law, about prison gangs, about faith, about falling in love, ....Read it!
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(unabridged audiobook, multiple readers): Delia Hopkins has a pretty ordinary life in Wexton, New Hampshire, that gets turned upside down overnight when her father is arrested for having kidnapped her during a custody visit 28 years ago. The twisty plot and complex character relationships are revealed slowly and deliberately, hooking me from the first chapter. This is my second Picoult book, and like the other (My Sister's Keeper), it is told in a series of first-person narratives, including Delia, her father, her mother, her fiancee, and her best friend. Each character is read by a different person, all of whom were quite good with the exception of Delia, who was almost painful to listen to. Luckily, the story was good enough that I still got sucked in despite her awkward reading. If the two I've read are at all representative of quality, I will definitely be picking up more of Picoult's books in the future.
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I believe that this is the best Picoult book I've read yet! It's the story of a woman who finds out that she was kidnapped as a child by her own father! There are twists and turns in the story as we travel from cool, comfortable New Hampshire to hot, dusty Arizona for his trial. We see the ins and outs of being in jail, of battling alcoholism, meeting people who profoundly impact others in the story, and struggling with accepting that things aren't always as they seem.
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On Wednesday, September 27, 2006 I wrote:

Well I guess I agree with you on this book gizzy.

The writing is sometimes so slow and it was boring on a lot of parts. I did want to know what happened so I finished it. I think this was my second or third book by this author, I did read My Sister's Keeper and liked that much better.
Thanks for sharing.


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I love Jodi Picoult! And although this wasn't one of my favorite of hers, I still have to give it to her!
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I got this from a friend from my birthday when I was 16 & it was a fab choice!!!I loved it, the fact that Delia was so unaware of the life that she had lead.
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It's the typical Jodi Picoult...tugging at those heartstrings. However, no tears were shed. Not her best, not her worst!
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This book could have been good but unfortunately it was unmitigated drivel. I hated the pointless Native American subplot which added nothing to the book and just coopted some pseudospirituality to it.
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Great story with lots of twists. Discovering who we are in spite of what we are named, who we think are paretns are, etc.
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