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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  103,247 ratings  ·  4,829 reviews
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 March 5th 2005)
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Apr 03, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Vanishing Acts, Jodi Picoult

Vanishing Acts focuses on Delia Hopkins, a missing persons' investigator, and her family, including her young daughter, Sophie, her widowed father, Andrew, and her search and rescue bloodhound, Greta. But as Delia plans her wedding, she is plagued by flashbacks of a life she can’t recall…until a policeman knocks on her door, revealing a secret about herself that changes the world as she knows it and threatens to jeopardize her future. The novel is set in rural New Ham
Teri Zipf
Oct 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Sep 07, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: listenedto
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
Oct 22, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was absolutely fantastic however there were some parts that I found really hard to get through. Picoult in her usual way brings her characters to life and I feel her characters more than I feel most and I felt like that 60 year old adapting to life behind bars, it was a difficult read.

On the other end of the scale though it does make you realise how much has changed in terms of parental rights for fathers in most parts of the world since the 70’s.

5 stars.
Jun 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
"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
Dec 21, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
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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
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: three-star
I have a slight love/hate relationship with Jodi Picoult novels. There have been a couple which I absolutely adored and several more that I didn't enjoy at all. This latest read falls firmly somewhere in the middle.

I enjoyed the initial plot outline, it was something different and I felt empathy for the lead characters. By midway, I was beginning to feel a little bored as I knew where the story was heading. The writing felt dated. By the time the grand court case that Picoult is famous for came
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
I've read better from her. It wasn't terrible and I enjoyed parts of it, but all in all there were too many issues that bothered me and left me with an odd feeling. Partly, and I've had the same issue with some of her other books, especially my sister's keeper, where I feel like my idea of poetic justice or how people feel and react are just SLIGHTLY off hers. Which is worse than completely off, somehow.

Mostly I feel like she crammed a few too many side-plots and characters into this.
- I really
Sep 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
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Nov 27, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, owned, jodi-picoult
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
Mar 19, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recorded-book
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Mar 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
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
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
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-tn
It would be a 5 but not sure about the ending.
May 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mixed-reviews
I'm in two minds about Vanishing Acts. When I first started it, I was immediately excited by how the story drew me in, and pleased with Picoult’s command of writing, and I thought to myself, this is going to be a good book. For a good portion of the story, JP’s writing riveted me, but the story took a detour down a long winding trail that got a bit lumpy along the way.

For me, the problem was Picoult seemed to have thrown everything — and the kitchen sink — into this book. Subplots popped up lik
Feb 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been quite a while since I read anything by this author. I love her writing style (in this case, chapters were told in the voice of Delia, Andrew, Fitz and Eric). I have never read any of her books which haven't been thought-provoking, emotional, and more often than not based on something which can and usually does happen somewhere in the world. I'd forgotten how emotionally draining I feel after reading her works. This is a story which will stick with readers for a long time and have you a ...more
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing

The whole finding out you were kidnapped as a child premise interests me every time. It really doesn't even have to be a great plot for me to love a book like that, but this book did have a pretty great plot so was extra awesome in my opinion. I love how once again Picoult weaves in multiple tough themes into a story. For this one it showcased alcoholism, previous court prejudices against fathers having custody in the seventies, sexual abuse, prison violence and life, cognition and memories,
May 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, fiction
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
Rachel Baird
Dec 31, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Keli Wright
Sep 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, own
I honestly feel I figured out the origins of this book. Jodi Picoult found out a lot of interesting facts about Hopi Indians and prison gangs then came to the conclusion that there had to be someway to incorporate what she learned into her next novel. While she's at it, she figured she might try her hand at writing some rap lyrics - why not? Picoult already came this far! I bring this up because the descriptions of the Indian heritage and the inside of the prison seem to be the best written port ...more
Jessica Ashe
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books
Mysterious & terrifying until the very end

Who was your favorite character and why?
I loved the father. He lied, cheated & stole for what was in the best interest of his daughter, the mark of a true parent in my opinion. He was willing to go to any length to ensure that his daughter was safe from her mother and her boyfriend.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I must say, this book did cause me to shed a few tears, mainly because for me it hits very close to
Mar 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
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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
Aug 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
About to be married to the father of her child, Delia begins to have doubts by her past which are then confirmed on the visitation of a policeman. Her entire past is a lie! Today's dilemma drama? What if you had an amazing parent that gave you the perfect upbringing, only to find out that to do that they committed an unforgivable crime! DILEMMA!
Another great dilemma pulled apart, dissected and given it's day in caught by Picoult. Not one of best ones, but as like all her work, quite a compellin
Jun 19, 2007 rated it did not like it
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 #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-eight novels, including Wish You Were Here, Small Great Things, Leaving Time, and My Sister’s Keeper, and, with daughter Samantha van Leer, two young adult novels, Between the Lines and Off the Page. Picoult lives in New Hampshire.

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