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Cuando El Abismo Separa/ When the abyss separates (Best Sellers)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  6,207 Ratings  ·  594 Reviews
On a crystalline Montana morning, two backcountry skiers find the body of a young women embedded in the ice of a remote mountain creek. All through the night police work with floodlights and chainsaws to extract her. Identifying her, however, takes no time at all. Abbie Cooper is wanted for murder and acts of ecoterrorism, and her picture is on law enforcement computers al ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Random House Mondadori (first published 2005)
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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
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
Jul 28, 2007 Kasey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Asghar Abbas

Lame. Broke no new ground here. Same themes and elements. You'd get more bang for your buck reading Sidney Sheldon formulaic novels.
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Therese B
Mar 13, 2016 Therese B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great story about a family torn apart by the daughter's devotion to save the world of the rich and powerful that use their weath and power to distroy land for the mineral rights. She gets involved with the wrong people in college who kill and set fires to prove their point. The book tells of the mother and father who are falling out of love and their son who tried to love all his family. It is a very involved story of characters and love. Good reading and well written.
Jo Sansevero
Mar 27, 2008 Jo Sansevero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 29, 2015 Janine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 10, 2016 Wendolyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
What a beginning! Unforgettable characters and action, and these weren't even main characters.

I didn't know that one can put newspaper on the windshield to keep it from freezing over.

"Charlie wondered what had gone wrong between the two of them, whether it was all about their daughter or whether they had traveled some other special route to sadness of their own devising. There was a story there, he had no doubt, along with the same old story shared by himself and countless others, of guilt and
Aug 05, 2009 Marvin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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

Jun 10, 2014 Gina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Renee Mcgrath
Apr 11, 2016 Renee Mcgrath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost didn't check out this book on CD from my local library because I initially confused the author (Nicholas Evans, who also wrote the Horse Whisperer) with Nicholas Sparks (author of several sweet and slightly sappy novels including The Notebook).

Am I ever glad I realized my mistake. There was nothing sweet and sappy about this brutal, honest, and beautiful story of a family growing up and growing apart.

The audiobook is narrated by Scott Brick, whose voice is so distinctive that I associat
Lee D'anna
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 17, 2016 Dyana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure about the low reviews, but I found this book gripping in places and well-written. It was a complicated and complex story with lots of detailed imagery and vivid descriptions. For me, the title of the book - The Divide - evokes three different images of what's taking place:

- The Divide is the name of the place the Cooper family visits for four consecutive summers in the Montana mountains. It is a dude ranch nestled in among some creeks and forests. Vacationing here, the Cooper family see
Oct 01, 2015 Kim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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!
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  ·  review of another edition
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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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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