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The Divide by Nicholas Evans
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Oct 24, 2009

it was ok
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Read in January, 2010

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 completely devastated. They ask themselves question how did she die, since she was this perfect, smart and always cheerful child.

At first glance, the plot may seem a little bit overused, since we have seen it applied in so many other books before. It doesn't look too promising or convincing but it catches one's attention after the first chapter. As the story goes on, it reveals some more facts making it even more interesting. Most of books show you the general idea of what happened but Nicholas Evans presents the story to you from a different angle - how people react on certain incidents. Despite that in the first two chapters you actually get to know how the story ends, it is so well composed you wouldn't even imagine how complicated and complex the story is going to become. You start thinking what could have caused such a tragedy and this pushes you forward to reading it until you don't realize you have been sucked in by this book. The story is gradually developing as you read it so you want more and more of it. What I really like, is the way the characters are introduced and developed. Every one is actually different, yet absorbing. It also contains important and crucial aspects about divorce and coping with damaged life. The Divide is about personal tragedy of unhappy marriage but, more importantly, it shows how each person handles it in the best way they can. Nicholas Evans is probably one of the best writers I know, who can grasp human emotions with such ease and then just writes it all down making an enjoyable, if not a great story.
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