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Delia Hopkins has led a charmed life. Raised in rural New Hampshire by her widowed father, Andrew, 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. And then a policeman knocks on her door, revealing a sec ...more
Paperback, 426 pages
Published November 15th 2005 by Washington Square Press (first published 2005)
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Jen
I'd never read any Jodi Picoult before. I read the first 100 or so pages of this one and didn't want to read any more. I found it very uneven, and the character of Delia just ran around being shrill, unreasonable, and oblivious, while there are three men in her life who seem to live only to please her. Jeez.

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
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Hollyhocks
Okay, I got to disk 10 and could not listen to this nonsense anymore! There's so much to this book that coulda been left out! I'm annoyed w/ all the Hopi Indian stuff and the gruesome prison scenes .. and the skirting around the truth crap ... I liked this book in the beginning and the way it was set up switching perspectives but then when it got to Fitz' charachter and everytime thereafter I felt ill .. what man is really like this? I thought I was listening to a female w/ all this unrequited l ...more
Stephanie
Oct 23, 2007 Stephanie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: only big Jodi Picoult fans
I have sort of a love-hate relationship with Jodi Picoult books. I really enjoyed Plain Truth and My Sister's Keeper, but there are definitely things about her writing that irritate me. It seems they were more apparent in this one. I personally think metaphors would be more effective (and part of a beautiful written piece) if they are few and really well woven into the book. In Vanishing Acts, Picoult tended to bash the reader over the head with meaningfulness and metaphorical irony.
So basicall
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Teri Zipf
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Elizabeth
I have been working my way through Jodi Picoult's books for the last couple of weeks and was really disappointed by this book. I had previously read My Sister's Keeper and The Pact and although I didn't love them I thought they were very well written and the multiple character angle worked in them. My main problem with this book was that there was too much going on, from start to finish there were just too many story lines (I felt the relationship between Delia, Erik and Fitz was pointless an ...more
Michele
"The Only Way Someone Can Leave You Is If You Let Them."

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
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Kwesi 章英狮
I don't know why Jodi copied her first book's concept about having a 5 different person's point of view. But it only differs to the topic that Jodi wanted to be enjoyed by the reader, unfortunately I never enjoyed it. The positive side, it was an easy read and it doesn't takes your whole day scourging your eyes from leaping undesirable pages. Compared to her first book, this one is better but I'm not really into comparing her works and she really improves in her past few books.

The thing is, at f
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Liza
I'm in a Piccoult zone. THis is the second book of hers that I've read and I"ve just started a new one. I appreciate the depth of the topics she writes about, this one, the ethics of a father's decision to kidnap his daughter from a staggering, alcoholic mother. Was the daughter better off never knowing her mother? Was losing her daughter what the mother needed to get clean, the ultimate tough love test? Did the father have the right to make that decision for everyone based on his fears and disc ...more
Tima
Jul 01, 2012 Tima rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Current Jodi Picoult die hard fans, my Mom
Recommended to Tima by: Goodreads
Page 70, review: I've just barely cracked into this book but I already needed to comment on something. I really dislike Picoult's use of different fonts for each character. (she does the same in My Sister's Keeper If you cannot write a character well enough that it can't stand alone in generic font..you ought to start writing from one perspective only. Barbara Kingsolver writes almost all her novels from the view of 3-4 different people per story and keeps the same font. She gives them such dept ...more
Holly
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Ellie
This was the first Jodi Picoult novel I ever read and it got me hooked on her books. I started this book and write away I was completely engrossed in the story and the characters. I thought this was an amazing, thought-provoking story, which stayed with me long after I finished reading. As soon as I finished it I went out and brought another novel, My Sister's Keeper, by Picoult. I would definitely recommend Vanishing Acts, although it's not one of her best novels, it is still a pretty good read ...more
Rachel
Dec 31, 2007 Rachel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: picoult
this was my 2nd jodi picoult. i hadn't been so thoroughly engrossed in a book in quite some time. its a quick and enjoyable read that will make you laugh, cry, and keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time. i love the way picoult questions morally complicated situations. the plot was one of the most interesting ideas i have every read and i found myself emotionally, intellectually, and morally challenged throughout my reading.

i have heard complaints about the way jodi picoult does not ma
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Julie
This is a pretty formulaic Picoult book. She tackles many issues in this book including kidnapping, alcoholism, memory, being a parent, etc. The novel is told from multiple perspectives: Delia, who finds out her father kidnapped her as a four-year-old; Eric, Delia’s alcoholic fiancé who happens to be a lawyer and defends her father; Andrew, Delia’s father who spends a majority of the novel in jail; Fitz, Eric and Delia’s best friend; and Elise, Delia’s mother who has not seen her daughter in twe ...more
Cecilia
I have decided to create a new genre of fiction: Missing Child Fiction. This category will include such titles as The Lovely Bones by Alice Seybold, The Little Friend by Donna Tartt, How to Be Lost by Amanda Eyre Ward, The Bright Forever by Lee Martin, and this book, Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult.

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
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Jo
Nov 23, 2008 Jo rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: soap opera fans
This book relates the circumstances leading to and resulting from a father kidnapping his 4-year-old daughter and being caught and tried for it 28 years later. The story is told through the eyes of each character as events unfold. A section may contain the first person account of any combination of the father, the daughter, her fiancée, their childhood friend, the mother or a few other minor characters. The author throws in alcoholism, adultery, child abuse, loss, suppressed memory, deception, u ...more
Keli Wright
I could have read this book straight if I had nothing else to do, I liked it that much after I was done reading it I went online and found out a lot of people hated it... I think that those people are haters!
1.people did not like that she switched characters and fonts,
I say why not!?? like they have never read a book that has done that???
2. people did not like that she had unnessasary characters and sub-plots, don't all large novels have those??? I would be shocked if I read one that did not ha
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Anjum
Sep 15, 2013 Anjum rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ... No one.
Gosh. I don't really know what to say. I read this book a year ago, and while I found it having moments of profound ideas, the storyline was... Meh. Don't get me wrong, it was interesting, and I haven't read a book like it before, but it was just kind of too much. Like she tried to have everything in here. Kidnapping, pregnancy, finding long-lost mom, death due to suicide/cancer, alcoholism, Jail raping type stuff. It was kind of too much.

I like multiple perspectives in books, if I like all of
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Wendy
This is my first Picoult, and I have to say, the woman knows how to weave a story, if this is any example. All the characters are detailed and real, the situations believable, and the research about the Arizona prison system (and the people in it) impressive in scope, scale, and focus. I'm not usually much into court drama, but the courtroom scenes in this one definitely take second place to the intricate weave of the lives and relationships of the characters.

The book has more than one protagon
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Tracy
Apr 17, 2008 Tracy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jodi Picoult fans
I usually really like Jodi Picoult books. She has a great, easy readable style that still leaves you really pondering the circumstances and her character's choices. However, this was not one of her best.

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
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Danielle
Of all of Picoult's books that I've read, I do think Second Glance is still my favorite. But I did enjoy this one very much. Andrew Hopkins kidnapped his 4 year old daughter from Arizona, and started a new life together in New Hampshire. He becomes both father and mother to her, and provides her with all of the love and support she needs.

The daughter, Delia Hopkins, now a professional search and rescuer, has always known that her mother died in an automobile accident, and invents many versions o
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Kelly
When I reached the halfway point of this 418 page book, I found myself wishing that I could just put it down and be done with it; but since I'd made it that far, I made the commitment to trudge on through to the end. Was it worth it? Only in the sense that, having completed it, I can now add it to my "Read in 2012" list. My 3-star rating means that it was just average for me; it wasn't horrible, but it wasn't any better than "okay", either. It even bordered on being annoying. By that description ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Jodi Picoult is one of the most popular contemporary authors. I have read and enjoyed (to varying degrees) three of her other novels. For one of my classes at Pitt, we read My Sister's Keeper, or were supposed to. I had read the book prior to taking the course and did not reread it. That one was my favorite of the Picoult books I had read. Imagine my surprise when all of my friends hated it. They said the writing was absolutely atrocious.

In my reading of Vanishing Acts, I paid way more attention
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Joan
I certainly loved this book enough to want to keep getting back to it. Some reviewers complained about having to keep track of so many characters. I listened to this on CDs where each of the main characters had their own voice making it easier to differentiate. I loved the character of Ruth Ann who gave a real flavor for the area where the story was taking place and shared insights that you couldn't argue with. This book wasn't about whether you could figure out what would happen or how it would ...more
Brenda
Delia Hopkins grew up with two best friends, Eric and Fitz. They did everything together, she was 'one of the boys', didn't do 'girl' stuff! When they were teenagers, they both loved her. She ended up engaged to Eric, with their gorgeous daughter Sophie and planning their wedding, when suddenly the police appeared at their door, and arrested her dad, Andrew Hopkins, for Delia's kidnapping in Arizona 28 years earlier.

She couldn't believe it! Andrew was a respected member of the community, he was
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Tifnie
Anyone who has read Jodi Picoult will know that you can finish one of her books in less than 2 days. It's not because her books are so easy to read, but because they are so compelling you can't place them down.

Vanishing Acts is about Delia Hopkins who had a great childhood, a wonderful little girl, and was engaged to one of her best friends, Eric. However, 28 years later, her father is arrested for kidnapping Delia when she was 4 years and moving across country. Delia now uncovers the truth abou
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Harun Harahap
Kehidupan Rahasia

Pernahkah anda membayangkan bahwa tetangga anda yang terlihat rukun di luar ternyata seorang pelaku kejahatan? Atau teman kantor anda yang selalu sigap menolong anda adalah seorang pelaku pemerkosaan. Bahkan ternyata Ayah anda yang selalu berpakaian rapi dengan dasinya saat pagi hari ternyata saat sampai kantor harus berganti pakaian dengan seragam buruh pabrik.

Kita tidak pernah mengetahui secara pasti apakah seseorang yang kita kenal seperti apa yang ia tunjukkan kepada kita.M
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Louise
I read this book because I enjoyed Lone Wolf and wanted to read more by Jodi Picoult. I love analyzing people and situations and enjoyed the depth she goes into her characters. Interestingly, I recently read No Place Like Here which has a similar theme of a woman who finds people for a living finds herself lost. Of the two I enjoyed Vanishing Acts the most. I think this book points out how nothing is as black and white as we would like it to be...it is all about our perspective of the person or ...more
Adri
As always, spellbinding. JP has the ability to make one look at something from 3 or 4 different aspects and making each of those utterly convincing.
Lia
Jul 07, 2007 Lia rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: someone on a planetrip looking for interesting but not challenging.
I bought this book to read on a plane trip, whilst it was OK, once the whole trip ended and my normal routine recommenced the book did not hold enough to warrant me picking it up to complete it.

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
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Jennifer
I love Jodi Picoult, and for the most part her intricate plot lines blend together in a way that is cohesive and makes sense. Hwoever, I think she was trying too hard with this novel to blend one too many storylines. I was lost to the significance of much of her side plots. Her editor should have just vetoed them completely. And the ending seemed like a deadline needed to be met, so she dumped multiple revelations onto her readers' laps and expected them to accept them. Unlesss you are a die har ...more
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Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-two novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Between the Lines, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

Her new novel, LEAVING TIME, is now available in hardcover, ebook, and audio.

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