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The Divide

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“Evans demonstrates the same intricacy of plot and depth of characterization that defined his international best-seller The Horse Whisperer…[a]heartrending story of a family in crisis.”—Booklist

For many anguished months Ben and Sarah Cooper's daughter has been on the run from the FBI, wanted for murder and acts of eco-terrorism. But when Abbie's body is found embedded in
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Published February 6th 2007 by Signet (first published 2005)
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For four anguished years Ben and Sarah Cooper's daughter, Abbie, has been on the run from the FBI, wanted for murder and acts of eco-terrorism. But when Abbie's body is found embedded in the ice of a remote mountain creek in Montana, the family's devastation deepens into mystery. How did Abbie die? And what was the trail of events that led this golden child of a loving family so tragically astray?

The Divide is a very well-written novel with an engrossing and interesting plot. The novel started
Jan 01, 2009 Fiona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: barbara kingsolver lovers
Recommended to Fiona by: Jeane, Atishay
Some books grab you the moment you read the first page, but others, like this one, burn slowly but constantly until you don't even know how or where it grabbed you.

This isn't a book that races, it is a book that meanders and flows. At first, it might just seem about a simple family drama, a family splintering and breaking apart. But it is so much more then that. It's about humans, about people and human nature and their deep, confused but complex emotions.

I can't quite put my finger on what I li
Jul 28, 2007 Kasey rated it did not like it
I can not believe this guy is a popular writer! Some people "LOVE him"
It's a story about a family who has a missing daughter, and then you go back in time and read about the parents divorce because the dad cheated. Read on to find the daughter became a dirty hippie, later morphing into some radical ELF (earth liberation front) person...I don't know! The only think I can say about the book is I finished it.

The best line in the book- which shocked me, made me laugh, and pissed me off all at the s
May 08, 2010 Heather rated it it was ok
I had never planned to read a Nicholas Evans book. I saw the movie of The Horse Whisperer, and while I love all things Redford (I've had a crush on him since The Sting), I thought the story was only so-so. It all felt a little too Lifetime Movie for me. But then, one day at school, I was alone in the teachers' lounge, bored, and there it was, The Divide. Someone had left it on the table, our universal sign for these cookies/chips/magazines/books are fair game. I will admit I was so desperate for ...more
The Divide written by Nicholas Evans tells a story of the Coopers, an ideal and rich family who live in New York, US. They have a good and decent life. Unfortunately, a disaster is yet to come and ruin their stable lives. Before the tragedy occurred, Ben had left his wife and started a new life which destroyed his daughter emotionally. Abbie, Mr. Cooper's daughter is wanted for murder and acts of eco-terrorism. After her body is found in the remote mountain creek, Ben as well as Sarah are comple ...more
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I had started with this book supposing it to be a missing person forensic procedural, one of my favourite genres. But soon I realized that the author stressed more upon the personal lives and emotions of the people involved, rather than materials and methods. I love reading about the way bodies are identified and how killers are found based on scientific evidence. But this book was more about what lead to the incident, and how various people involved faced it. There was a myriad of emotions, fam ...more
Mar 20, 2012 Brandi rated it liked it
I just re-read this for what must be the first time since I bought it, because I could not remember the story to save my life. Bits and peices came back as I read, but this was almost like reading it for the first time. I hadn't realized I didn't put his books on my read list either. I am a big fan of Evans and wish he would write more!! One thing that I came to realize is that my taste has evolved quite a bit since I had become a fan of his work. I still enjoyed it, but I don't think I will add ...more
Jo Sansevero
Mar 27, 2008 Jo Sansevero rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Jo by: found it in the stacks
Shelves: readandloved
This is a good story. I like the way the characters were developed. Focus on the problems that face todays families with the challenges of this modern world. Addie gets caught up in the Environmental movement during her college years and this is a disasterous event for her family and friends. I enjoyed reading about the ELF and the problems that idealistic organizations like that can reap on those they come in contact with. I would recommend this book to any one.
Nov 25, 2008 Atishay rated it it was amazing
For anyone who saw it on a bookshelf in a library or a book store, picked it up, read the back cover and put it down again because it seemed so Un-Nicholas Evanish, you made a serious mistake. I'd just read Horse Whisperer by this author earlier and this tale just showed me that Evans is not a typical drama storyteller. He can spin an incredibly moving story from our everyday lives and leave us gasping for more.
Aug 05, 2009 Marvin rated it liked it
Although set mostly in & around New York City, there are, as in Evans's earlier book, The Horse Whisperer, loving descriptions of the Western landscape. An upper middle-class family (the father an architect, the mother a bookstore owner, & teenaged son & daughter) vacation four consecutive summers on a dude ranch in Montana. The daughter falls in love with the Western landscape & gets involved with the son of a rancher whose land is being despoiled by a gas company. She decides t ...more
Feb 14, 2011 Nyra rated it it was amazing
He disfrutado las 447 paginas completa y deliciosamente!. Que maravilla de Libro, de Historia, de Personajes. No pense que disfrutaria y sentiria esta lectura como lo hice, pero el caso este que este es un libro con tantas historias y tantos contrastes que me dejaron gratamente impresionada; el autor supo manejar de manera magistral cada uno de los roles en el libro, entrelazando varios relatos en una trama fascinante.
Los temas que se abarca toda la narración son variopintos, el autor enfoca de
Jan 31, 2012 Bonnie rated it really liked it
The Divide by Nicholas Evans

For those not familiar with Nicholas Evans, he is author of The Horse Whisperer.

The problems which evolve into the lives of the characters in The Divide are substantial. At times it was so poignant I just had to stop reading, close my eyes and say a prayer for all those families out there who are experiencing similar problems.

Like The Horse Whisperer, Evans seems to have a way to grab a hold of the reader, and even though you know things are probably going to get wo

Janine Precey
May 29, 2015 Janine Precey rated it it was amazing
The Divide expresses divisions between people - husband and wife, friends, parents and children, people fighting for heart felt causes and everyone else ... At the beginning of the story I felt connections to different people than I did at the end which is a very challenging and interesting technique that is hard to successfully do. Enjoyed the storyline and enjoyed the interactions between the characters.
Jun 10, 2014 Gina rated it really liked it
The Divide is the story of a family that is split by the decision of the father/husband to leave his family, and by the drift of the eldest daughter into terrorist groups.

This story is quite different from the previous books by Evans. It doesn't have much to do with animals, and it goes a lot deeper into the differences between men and women, human relations and how people and a family can drift apart. It is quite tragic and Evans depicts a harsh reality for his characters.

I thought this story w
Feb 10, 2012 Gemma rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, drama
This book was excellent, as are all of the Nicholas Evans books I have read so far.
The story starts with a body of a young girl discovered, but it is not a murder mystery, instead of tracking the killer (if there was one) we learn all about the family and their problems, and how the young girls life changed so much and eventually led to her death.
Evans deals with each individual family members feeling, like he is that person and makes a really interesting, believable family. There isn't much ac
Raw human emotion. Illustration of the betrayal and each of the Coopers are so realistic that I could barely managed to stop myself disliking/liking them intensely. Still, I cannot reconcile with Benjamin, who is so damned selfish in my opinion, despite him being forgiven by Sarah. But then again, she is after all a weak woman. And I can't bring myself to sympathize with those kind of people who always blame themselves and saying sorry and finding excuses for the husband's wrongdoings.

I like how
Lee D'anna
Aug 30, 2015 Lee D'anna rated it liked it
Interesting story and intriguing enough to keep me going as part of my "summer of reading on the deck". The book delves into the story of a family torn apart by divorce and what happens (possibly as a result but probably due to other factors as well) to their children, who are teenagers when their father leaves after deciding he no longer loves their mother. Abbie, the oldest and described as the "golden child" decides she can no longer live the privileged life she grew up with and at a very vul ...more
Jul 27, 2015 Laura rated it liked it
After reading "The Loop", I remembered how much I like this author. Right before vacation, this was the only book I could find in the library, so I grabbed it. I liked this one but the characters and the plot were a little more difficult to swallow in this book. No one stood out as a great moral or ethical character- they all had some serious faults. Sometimes, this makes a book more challenging for me to read because I am not rooting for anyone in particular and I find these books make great re ...more
Nan Williams
Dec 17, 2015 Nan Williams rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: no-more
I like to finish a book and ask myself, "what was the author's purpose?" What is he trying to tell his readers? What did he actually SAY? In this book you have the strong environmental concerns of clear cutting and fracking (was it fracking?) for natural gas. But to negate that message you also have the violent, arsonistic and murderous environmental terrorists.

Also we have a perfectly nice family of 4 torn apart by divorce - with subsequent unfortunate consequences. And the requisite unbridall
Aug 29, 2007 Jessica rated it really liked it
My mom actually gave me this book. I actually really enjoyed it. It was a good summer read. Events that happened in the first chapter made you want to read the whole book to find out what happened. Any book that is just amazing to me. Another thing that I really enjoyed about this book was the writing (duh), I think Nicholas Evans did a fantastic job describing people and places. I want to see this made into a movie one day. Maybe I should go into screenwriting.
Oct 01, 2015 Kim rated it did not like it
I loved the movie Horse Whisperer and I wanted to read the book it was based on by this author, but instead. I decided to read The Divide first. For the first chapter, I was spellbound. Evan's use of descriptors in the narrative was wonderful. His writing was rich and poetic. I was so excited to dig into this book. Then I read chapter two, and the rest of the book was the same...AWFUL. It was like a different author had written the first chapter. This book is a HUGE cliche. I hate to say this, b ...more
Jul 27, 2013 Kathy rated it really liked it
I quite enjoyed this story about a family whose lives are torn apart by several events- the divorce of Benjamin and Sarah, and their daughter's descent into the world of eco-terrorism. The characters are very real and you can sympathize with each of their plights and challenges ( Sarah was a bit annoying though!). Good story-telling that kept you guessing right to the end. A quick, engaging read.
Nov 12, 2007 Theresa rated it really liked it
Another good book by Nicholas Evans. I didn't get into the book immediately, however towards the middle I was really drawn in and couldn't wait to see where the story would go. It's a mystery about what happened to a young girl whose body was found, basically the story begins with that but then takes us back to several years before so we can see what led up to that point. Suspenseful!
Oct 29, 2012 Rebecca rated it liked it
Read and gab book club book. A little unsure of a book by the author of The Horse Whisperer but actually liked it. The story was unique enough and the style was fast paced enough to keep me guessing and interested, respectively. Enjoyed that a large portion of the book took place around my neck of the woods, Montana and the Rocky Mountains. Overall, enjoyed it.
Stacey Melia
Aug 26, 2014 Stacey Melia rated it really liked it
After cringing my way through the first chapter, which was very clunky and uninteresting, I quickly grew to love this book.

I had previously not read any of Nicholas Evans’ books, but his story of Abbie Cooper who is found deceased within the first few pages perfectly encapsulates teenage desire and the emotions of a fractured family. Although the book is weighed down by a sense of hopelessness, as we already know of Abbie’s fate, the environmentalist in me empathised completely with her passion
Jan 28, 2009 Jlnpeacock rated it really liked it
The story was well written and portrayed life in a most realistic way. It was sometimes difficult to read the book because the pain discussed was so real. The ultimate solutions for the characters are not the same as those I would have chosen, but it is helpful to be aware of what different world views will bring about in the decisions people make.
Feb 04, 2009 Michelegg rated it really liked it
This was probably the saddest book I read all year. It's amazing how the decision by one person to end a marriage could have such tragic and life altering consequences for so many people. This poor family. My heart just ached for all of them. A good reminder of the truth that every decision you make has consequence and affects more than just you.
Mar 19, 2014 John rated it really liked it
This one starts off with a bang and ends with a heart warming sniffle. That's what you get when you mix the startling compelling but slow train wreck tale of a middle American divorce-in-action Family with the live-action story of high school girl to college woman. We learn of Abbie's transformation into a radical college student juggling boifs. Abbie -- a clear reference to Edward Abbey's _Monkey Wrench Gang_ -- explores the identity of an ecological justice vigilante as the author layers intri ...more
Oct 30, 2011 Nike rated it liked it
Shelves: leest-lekker-weg
Ik hou wel van de natuurbeschrijvingen van Evans, maar dit verhaal is me net iets teveel bij het haar getrokken. En toch blijf je lezen. Hij weet zijn lezers te boeien.
The loop en The smoke jumper vond ik net iets beter.
Nov 20, 2015 Barbara rated it liked it
Shelves: in-montana
Thinking of getting a divorce? Read this book first. The heartbreak of watching the teenagers in the story turn away emotionally, physically and, in one case, permanently from their parents should be enough to make you reconsider.

This book is dread-full. Not bad. Full of dread. It starts out by telling you how the story will end, but not why or how it gets to that point. So the whole time you're reading the story, it's with a vision of what the end will be, and wondering how there can possibly b
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Nicholas Evans was born and grew up in Worcestershire, England. He studied law at Oxford University, graduating with first class honors, then worked as a journalist for three years on the Evening Chronicle in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He then moved into televsion, producing films
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“Look after each other. As a couple. When you have kids, you'll want to put them first. Don't. Marriage is like a plant. To keep it alive you've got to water it and feed it. If you don't, when the kids are gone, you'll look in the corner and it'll be dead.” 9 likes
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