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The Divide

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  5,523 ratings  ·  542 reviews
“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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Paperback, 512 pages
Published February 6th 2007 by Signet (first published January 1st 2005)
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Aoibhínn
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
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Fiona
Jan 01, 2009 Fiona rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Kasey
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
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Heather
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
Mana-tasia
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
BookSmith
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
Brandi
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 4 of 5 stars
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.
Atishay
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.
Marvin
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
Nyra
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
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Bonnie
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

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Janine Precey
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.
Gina
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
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Gemma
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
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Jessica
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.
Kathy
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.
Theresa
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!
Rebecca
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
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
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Jlnpeacock
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.
Michelegg
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.
John
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
Heather Constantino
Really enjoyed this book. I could relate to many of the characters, especially Sarah. At first she came off as bitter and bitchy, but once you get into the nuts and bolts of the story, you begin to understand where she is coming from and why she was acting the way she was. This is a story of a family that is torn apart by divorce and the death of a daughter suspected of being an eco-terrorist accused of murder. It starts off with the finding of Abby's body frozen on the side of a mountain. The s ...more
Carolyn
This was a good book, but a haunting tale for a parent of a couple teenagers. No matter how well you bring up your children, they make their own (sometimes very bad) choices.
Jeanne
Jul 15, 2014 Jeanne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jeanne by: Judy Fura
This book is set in Montana, my home state. In fact, part of it is in Great Falls, my home town. Nicholas Evans tells a good story. I liked all the characters and found them to be believable. There were a few geographical oddities that I couldn't quite swallow but on the whole I really liked this book. If a person doesn't know how far it is from Sheridan Wyoming to Choteau, Montana, northwest of Great Falls, it probably wouldn't cause concern. It is one that I will keep and read again in the fut ...more
Anne Marie
No matter what other people said in their reviews, I really enjoyed this book! I agree with what "The Sunday Oklahoman" wrote...this book had everything a reader could want. It had romance, murder, plenty of suspense, and was simply an awesome story. I liked how we knew how the story would end in the beginning by finding the body of Abbie Cooper, and how the author all made it come together and made sense. It makes you wonder how if only Abbie went to college in the east, like her family wanted, ...more
Bernice
For several years the Cooper family of New York spent their vacation at a dude ranch called The Divide in Montana. Daughter Abbie decided to go to college in the west in spite of her family wanting her to attend an Ivy League school. Soon she became involved in eco-terrorism; when one unfortunate act resulted in a death, she also became wanted for murder throughout the country. She distanced herself from her family; so it was a tremendous shock when her body was found in a frozen river. The inve ...more
L.A. Miller
This book was not one I would normally read. The writer did an excellent job with not only the character development and creating a vivid world that came to life, but the book was depressing. Starting with the discovery of Abbie's body, frozen in the ice, it takes you through Abbie's downward spiral after her parents divorce and the anguish of parents who have lost a child and are searching for answers. The beginning grasps your attention but it slowly goes downhill from there. This is not a boo ...more
Jen
Slight spoilers. Meh. Again, not my genre. I have NO sympathy for the main characters whose lack of communication caused the divorce. Oh, also, cheating husband who "fell in love" with each of his affairs is an @ss. No sympathy.

Anywho, on to writing style. The two guys who found the body in the beginning had a HUGE amount of character building, BUT NO NAMES. Bad sign. Waaaay too much description. The book could have been half as long if an editor with a red pen had attacked it properly.

Not a 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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