Also, I could tell the answer to the "mystery" of why the father did what he did was going to be a long time coming--there seemed to be a lot of secrets conveniently being kept, which I thin...more
Vanishing Acts is yet another well told tale by Jodi Picoult, who is a master at character development. Once again telling the story through first person accounts of the main characters, she weaves together a family drama centered on a "kidnapping" that had occurred 28 years earlier.
Thirty-one year old Delia Hopkins, aka Bethany Matthews, discovers her loving and devoted father, took her away from her alcoholic mother and her childhood in S...more
The thing is, at f...more
Having recently read so many books with plots that revolve around a missing child I began to consider what about this topic inspires so much powerful fiction and compels so many of us to read these boo...more
Personally having a niece and 4 nephews that I adore, I have a hard time seeing the gray here, but I know legally he was wrong. I hope that I could put their lives above my own if it was needed.
On to the positive. The discussion of memories and how they...more
One of the characters really bugged me, it was the boyfriend Eric. He did too many things that didn't make sense, and left me thinking "nobody would've done that", and that can really ruin a book. Why did he agree to defend the dad? He shouldn't have done it. It didn't make any sense.
Also, all t...more
The book has more than one protagon...more
i have heard complaints about the way jodi picoult does not ma...more
I read about 3/4 of the book and found it interesting, it was just a little too predictable. Of course the protagonist was going to leave the fiance and fall for the best friend, of course the father was going to suffer.
The imagery and language were both lovely, just the story not compelling enough for me...more
What better title than Vanishing Acts to describe a search-and-rescue worker who turns out to be a missing person herself, as well as the daughter of an amateur magician who makes people disappear? Reviewers praise Picoult (My Sister's Keeper ***1/2 July/Aug 2004) for her cleverness and her abilities as a storyteller, but her tendency to hang her narratives on Issues-with-a-capital-I has limited appeal. Her 12th novel seems particularly overcrowded with themes and subplots addressing the nature...more
However, Vanishing Acts was painful to read. I had to force myself to go through the book. It was cliched, and very, very predictable. The character of Delia was not well portrayed and the book just kept going r...more
All of the characters' narratives sounded the same, to the point where I often lost track of who was speaking. There were too many subplots, like the Hopi woman's suicide, Andrew's meth production, and the love triangle between Delia, Eric, and Fitz (which bel...more