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 fiance, 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 under-standing, 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
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The story did keep me reading to find out what the outcome was going to be.more
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.
In my reading of Vanishing Acts, I paid way more attention to the construction of the novel than I ordinarily do on a first time through a book (in which, unless the story is absolutely awful, I focus on the plot and the characters). I still thought the story itself was engaging, but I definitely found weaknesses in the characterization/writing. The main problem is that, if the fonts were not different for each character, I would constantly have been forgetting which character's point of view I was currently reading. They lack a unique voice. And even when they were freaked out about something, they all continued to read as a bit disaffected.
Although changing the font for each different character is neat, I really think you ought to be able to tell which character is 'speaking' without needing that. Or even without a heading. Also, I have to admit that I was annoyed by the similarity between Andrew's (Delia's father) and Eric's (Delia's fiancee) fonts. Is Picoult (or the publisher) trying to suggest that Delia has serious Elektra complex type daddy issues? Or were they just too lazy to find another font that looked entirely different from the others? There are thousands of fonts; how hard can it be?
All three had two things in common, despite their differing plots: a focus on family and a twist at the very end. The twist here was...pretty much nonexistent. The only things that could maybe called twists are Delia's continual rediscoveries of memories and a 'revelation' that was completely unsurprising given the discourse of the previous chapters.
A decent read on an interesting subject, but not an astounding book. Now for some lyrics! (This song was also selected because alcoholism is a huge topic in this book; about half of the characters are, were or were related to alcoholics).more
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.more