Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Vanishing Acts: A Novel Paperback – November 15, 2005
|New from||Used from|
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From Bookmarks Magazine
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
VANISHING ACTS has a similar format to all of the other novels of hers that I've read, with a story that resolves itself as the characters debate a moral issue in a courtroom. But this story is strong and works well laid over Ms. Picoult's standard structure.
Delia Hopkins, the main character who's in her early 30's, learns that the beloved father who has raised her actually kidnapped her as a young girl. She was taken away from her mother in Arizona, given a new identity, told that her mother was dead, and then grew up with no memories of any of her life before they moved to New Hampshire. The secret comes out, and Delia now must come to terms with what her father has done and with the still-living mother she never knew. Delia is a mother herself, now, and she spends much of the novel reconciling her own hurt and anger over being taken away with her perspective as a mother who'd do anything to protect her child. Toss in Delia's fiance (a lawyer) and her male best friend (a reporter) who both have strong interests in the legal case, and you have the main love triangle that drives the story.
This was a fast-paced, compelling read. There were a few sections that I thought slowed things down (most of the story of the father in prison) but Ms. Picoult also managed to weave in a nice element of Native American mythology through the Arizona setting.
Although I initially found the story somewhat engaging, it just unraveled at the end. When Delia's father tells her that he is not sure if he remembered her abuse or imagined it, I wanted to throw the book against the wall. He was sure enough at the time to commit assault and battery, but then he waited 6 months to take her away! I can't imagine having that kind of uncertainty about something so vitally important.
Why didn't Andrew ever say anything to Delia or Eric about Eric's alcoholism? You would think with his first hand experience he would have warned his beloved daughter about the perils of such a relationship.
Why was Delia so ready to dump Eric and jump into the arms of Fitz? I think we all know that one doesn't lightly and easily endanger such a long-standing and precious friendship. In fact, the whole Delia-Fitz-Eric triangle was just too unbelievable. No woman is so perfect that two delightful men will carry a torch for over a decade with so little resentment towards her or each other.
Why didn't Delia bring charges against Victor when she knew he wanted to prey on her daughter? Didn't she have any moral desire to protect other innocent girls from him?
What was the point of giving us a detailed recipe for making methamphetamine?! Or the lenghty list of Phoenix-area gangs? These and many of the violent prison scenes just seemed gratuitous to me.
I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
Raised by her warm and loving father, Andrew, Delia had as happy a childhood as anyone could wish for. Her dad, a widower, was always right there for her. She could talk to him about anything...and she still can, she believes. Sometimes, she would think about what it would be like to have a mother and fantasize about meeting her in heaven. Her mom died in a car crash when she was a small child. On the other hand, it seems to Cordelia that she and her father have lived forever in the same cozy house in rural New Hampshire, just the two of them. He has run a local senior center there for as long as she can remember, and has always been active in community affairs. Although she has vague memories of a woman who smelled of vanilla and apples, Delia remembers almost nothing of her life prior to Wexton, NH.
Her two next door neighbors are her two best friends and have been for most of her thirty-two years. She grew up with both of them. Eric Talcott, her fiance, is the father of her pre-school daughter, Sophie. They are in the process of planning their wedding. Fitzwilliam MacMurray, (Fitz), formed the other part of their triumvirate from the time they were little kids. They were a "fungible" trio, as Fitz once put it. In high school, when Eric and Delia fell in love, the three-way friendship continued and still does, years later. Eric is now a lawyer, and Fitz a journalist.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this to be a good read, a solid story. I enjoy Jodi Picoult’s books and this one was no different. Strengths: The story was engaging and unpredictable. Read morePublished 15 days ago by stuartsara
I have read at least six of Jodi Picoult's books. Leaving Time was the most fantastic of them so far. This one is the worst. It is so drawn out and boring. Read morePublished 2 months ago by U Rhodes
Jodi Picoult is an excellent writer. She keeps the reader so engrossed in the book due to the surprises in the plot and realistic theme. Loved it.Published 3 months ago by Beverly Knapp
i usually love jodi picoult but i hated this novel. the protagonist was such a self-centered baby, everything was aout her.Published 3 months ago by pat
I love Jodi Picoult. Every book is great. This story was just long and drawn out. It was a long read because it was harder to get get into. I do love the storyline though. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Celena Solorza
It was a good story, although I didn't care for the audio book voice of Delia.Published 5 months ago by Angie K