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Vanishing Acts (Large Print)
Vanishing Acts - Large Print
Author: Jodi Picoult
ISBN-13: 9780743267649
ISBN-10: 0743267648
Publication Date: 5/15/2005
Pages: 624
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 14 ratings
Publisher: Atria
Book Type: Hardcover
Large Print: Yes
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Helpful Score: 23
Every time I pick up a book by Jodi Picoult I am amazed all over again. She writes like I imagine I can, with a deft twist of plot and an even defter (more deft) turn of the phrase. As I read her books I find myself wishing I had someone I could stop and share a sentence or paragraph with. Her writing makes you want to call up your best friend and say, Listen to this, isnt this the most fabulous thing youve heard?

Delia Hopkins dreams of a lemon tree and from there starts a story that spins her world out of control. Soon she finds herself in Arizona with a young daughter, an alcoholic fiance, and the man whose presence has completed the triumvirate of friendship since childhood. With her world tipped upside down and sideways Delia has to work her way through to the other side; while she learns that it isnt the memories of our lives that are the most important thing.
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Helpful Score: 17
This is the first Jodi Picoult book I read and half way through I ordered all the others available on PBS. This is an amazing author and I wish more people wrote like her. Each chapter is through the eyes of one of the main characters and it makes the book so much richer and we understand so much more because we see the same story through different eyes and this gives us the story as a whole instead of from only one perspective. You will think you know exactly what is going on in this book and then it twists just a little and changes everything.
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Helpful Score: 13
I almost put this book down when I found out what the father did, because I was scared it would have a horrible ending. I'm so glad I kept reading. Great book. I couldn't put it down, and there were many twists and turns along the way. This is my first book by her, and I'm now sure it won't be my last.
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Helpful Score: 7
Told from the POV of all the main characters, this classic Jodi Piccoult book makes you ask yourself what you'd be willing to do to protect your child. A tear-jerker & a page turner to the end.
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Helpful Score: 6
This is another wonderful book by Picoult: lyrical, touching, frightening, sensible and sensitive, thought-provoking. Full of well-drawn, real characters and specific details of place that take you on that journey, too. A joy.
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Helpful Score: 6
It was ok- the ending was lame; Picoult wrote herself into a corner. The idea is cool, though, and I like her style. Instead, though, I'd recommend My Sister's Keeper- it's amazing.
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Helpful Score: 5
Out of all the picoult books I have read, this one was very boring. You can skip the entire book and read the last six or so chapters and you'll have the entire story down.
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Good book, wonderful characters, interesting situations, lots of suspense. I personally have a background in psychiatry and had some problems with the reactions of various folks to the situations in which they are placed...especially toward the end when the pace becomes more rapid.
It is about Delia, a young lady raised by her Dad whose two best friends are guys she grew up with. The tale revolves around her alleged kidnap by her father (from her mother who had custody) 28 yrs. ago when she was 4.Her father, Andrew gets jailed for his crime even tho in Arizona where he is jailed, what he did would no longer be considered a crime. Sooo ignore the shaky premises and enjoy the fiction!
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Helpful Score: 4
A young woman finds out she's not whom she thought she was and questions whether her father's motives were selfish or was he just protecting his child.

Good but not great. Had trouble staying interested.
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Helpful Score: 4
Another excellent Picoult read! I had to put the book down a few times, as I have 3 and 4 year old daughters myself, but overall, it was a very good book. The ending left a lot of things open to interpretation as to where the characters wound up later, but the storylines did wrap up pretty well.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is my second Jodi Picoult novel that I have read. The first one had left me slightly disappointed and thinking that she just wasn't my type of writer, but I am very glad that I gave her a second chance. I really enjoyed this book. I especially enjoyed the fact that this story had several narrators. It was laid out in a way that was not confusing, and I felt really added to the story by allowing the reader to get into the heads of the characters and see how differently they all viewed everything. Overall, I found the book to be very thought-provoking and something that I could easyily relate to.
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My first Jodi Picoult book and I am hooked. I really enjoyed her writing style and plan on coming back for more. I hope her other books are as good as this one.
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This was a really thought-provoking book, and written in a format that was different from anything I've read before. I enjoyed it.
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I just finished this book last night. It was really good overall. I think I am building myself up for a bigger twist at the end, so on the final page I still had more questions. But I think Jodi does that on purpose!

The Hopi traditions section got to be a little much and didn't really mesh well with the rest of the story.

A good read, but not her best.
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The author explores how life, as we know it, may not turn we hoped; how the people we have loved and trusted can suddenly change before our eyes.
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Love Jodi Picoult, this book does not dissapoint. As with all of her books it makes you see every side of the situation.

A young woman finds out that the mother she thought was dead is actually alive and that she had been taken from her at age four. She discovers the reason she was taken and has to deal with the emotions of meeting a mother she thought was dead and a discovering a father she adored lied to her.
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Wonderful book, right when I thought I knew the ending, it took another unexpected turn. The multiple viewpoints made it impossible to put down!
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Nicely done. alternating point of view, complex layers of right and wrong
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UGH!!!!!
This was a GREAT book, up until the ending few chapters I just wanted to throw it I was so mad. She went through the whole book with such detail such ... grace(?) until the end, and then.....She rushed it. It was like she got bored with the story so sad.. it was realy SO SAD. She might of been leaving it open for a second book, but that would make little to no sense.
If you want to read her books, I wouldn't suggest making this the first book you read of hers.

:(

NOt to happy with it.
Sorry.
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Helpful Score: 2
I love books that make me think, and this is definitely one of those. In Vanishing Acts, Jodi Picoult explores the impact of our decisions. Would you break the law if you knew it was the right thing to do? Would you change someone's life forever in order to save them? Would you sacrifice everything? And even after the consequences come to bear, would you do it all over again - every bit of it?

This is one of those rare books that makes you take out your long-held beliefs, brush off the dust, and give them another look with a much more critical eye. Anything that manages to do that, in my opinion, is worth the read.
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Helpful Score: 2
I always find her books slow going in the beginning, then the writing and the complexities suck me in and I do not want the book to end. This also is a book worth reading.
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This was my first Jodi Picoult read. I have heard from many Picoult fans that this is not her best work so I was hesitant to pick it up, but I'm glad I did. The story, although a bit slow going at times, was compelling and thought-provoking, showing that sometimes there is justification in doing the wrong thing for the right reason. The characters were incredibly flawed but that is what made them interesting. I'm glad I read this book, good, but not great, will read more Picoult in the near future.
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Helpful Score: 2
Not one of my favorites. I felt like she tried to do too much in one novel, and while I usually have trouble picking up her novels, this one I sort of put down and didn't feel like picking it up. Still worth the read, though.
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Good read, provokes emotional turmoil in yourself. But like alot of her books the ending leaves you asking what happened. Did she loose interest or just run dry of ideas. I wish she would finish her books with the gusto she has in the beginning.
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Helpful Score: 2
I loved this book! I read it in less than two days, and it was a great read! You will enjoy it!
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Very good book. Delia has a great life. A father who loves her, a handsome fiance, and a wonderful best friend. She has a young daughter and is a search and rescue worker with a bloodhound. However, she begins to have flashbacks and begins questioning things, which opens up some doors to her past that she is not sure need to be confronted. This book was very well written and kept me interested from start to finish.
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This is a riveting story with rich characterization. I couldn't put it down.
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This book was very good. Picoult has an amazing gift of storytelling.
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This is the first book I have read by Jodi Picoult. It was a good book. I am anxious to read My Sister's Keeper. I intend to read others by this author.
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Takes on issues of repressed childhood memories and child custody in a fast moving story.
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Unfortunately I read My Sister's Keeper as my first ever Picoult novel. This was my 2nd and it paled in comparison. It was good enough to continue reading and I did enjoy the story it just didnt grab me as Picoults previous novel. However, I've found a new author to continue exploring as she does write a great story that will keep you looking for more.
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I so love Jodi Picoult and this book was just another that didn't disappoint. A true page turner with some twists and turns.
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I like Jodi Picoult, but didn't think this was one of her best. It felt like she chose issues to make a statement about, then worked the story around it. It was worth reading, but not as good as My Sister's Keeper or Plain Truth
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This is a beautifully written and crafted novel, but I did not find myself as drawn in as I should have. For some reason, I did not connect emotionally to most of the characters. However, it is such a well crafted novel that I still enjoyed myself and didn't have any trouble finishing it. There is a strong chance that I will read another novel by this author in the future, even though I did not LOVE this book like so many others.
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Another great book by Jodi Picoult. This book makes you wondering what you would do if you were confronted by the same situations. I highly recommend this book.
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Excellent book. Jodi Picoult has a knack for character development that really sucks you in from the beginning.
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A woman finds out that her life my not have been exactly as she currently remembers it. You end up going back and forth between being ticked off to having sympathy for some of the characters. An amazing story that unwinds.
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One of my favorite...this author really has you hooked from the beginning! Another book you can't put down!
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I sometimes feel like Jodi Picoult is the Steven King for mommies. She takes all my worst nightmares for my children and puts them down on paper. This was another wonderfully told story and I loved seeing the story develop from different points of views of the main characters. This is one of my all time favorites. I found myself thinking about this book for weeks after I had finished it, wondering what I would have done in this situation, the power of memories and how they can be altered into what we think happened. All the characters had vanished at one point and it was the finding of them that brought the story together. Can't recommend high enough.
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A story about a woman who learns her identity has been changed without her knowledge, and the reasons why unfold, as we learn of her father's secrets and her past life. Great mystery, I was addicted to it. The only negative I can say is...I could have done without the prison scenes, and the activities that occur there, as were implied. Other than that, I enjoyed it, another page turner by Picoult!
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I really enjoyed this book-- I really like Picoult's writing style, you get the story from a vareity of sources which I think adds so much to the book.
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This was a good book, but I didn't like it as much as some of her other books. But just like the others I've read, you definitely walk away with things to think about.
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Another great book by Jodi Picoult! She has such an awesome writing style. If you are a fan of her books, then this book will not disappoint. Loved it!!!
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Enjoyable read.
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Great book.
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This was an okay, even though it was an earlier publication by the author. However, if I continue to run across a pattern of lack-of-originality by the author, I may have to abandon reading future novels. The book is filled with cliches we've already seen on television programs. I honestly think Picoult would make a great politician due to her ability to appeal to mainstream by sensationalizing tragedies we've seen in the media.

There were some parts that dragged out and were filled with fluff that makes you think the author writes her books hoping that they are made into movies for tv. It definitely had too many filler pages with nonsense. Including how to make meth with pretty detailed instructions so that readers can play "Breaking Bad" the home game. :P She also manages to plagerize herself by reusing a prison inmates suicide in another book.

Overall, I finished this because I had nothing better to do. Luckily, I've read later novels by the author and haven't minded them.
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Jodi is a wonderful writer and she does it again in this book. The opening chapter sucks you right in, and you can't put it down until you know why he id it.
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Having just finished The Tenth Circle and feeling there just wasn't a character easy to root for, Vanishing Acts was completely different.

Loaded with a variety of interesting characters and a plot with enough loose ends to keep me interested, I hoped this book wouldn't end in her typical style that often leaves a reader feeling uneasy. Picoult came through for me.

The moral and ethical mine fields created by lies told to each other in this novel has me wondering. Does anyone have the right to lie or keep a secret out of love? Read the book and decide for yourself.
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Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors. I find some of her work brilliant and others not as compelling. "Vanishing Acts" falls into the latter category. This book was predictable and at times a bit uninteresting. The ending went out of the way to be unconventional. But in doing so it left it unsatisfying. That said, even a less-than-wonderful Picoult novel is better than 90% of the fiction published today, certainly it's always better written.
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I loved this book. One of Picoult's best.
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This is one of the best books I have read by this author. I could not stop reading.
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This is a wonderful book and it keeps you guessing until the very end!!
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I think this was one of picoults best . I really liked the whole book and totally understood it . I loved it and had trouble putting it down .
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pretty good.
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Jodi Picoult succeeds once again with a surpise ending that keeps you guessing to the last page.
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I love this author! It is a story about self discovery and finding out that your name isn't as important as the life you lived, and that sometime people may have the best intentions, but dont always make the right choices. A must read.
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This was a great book. Very interesting and though provoking story line. Also easy and quick to read.
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A "Can't put it down" book...
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Not my favorite book by Picoult. Very slow going and too predictable at times. I found myself putting it down several times and reading other books before I finished it.
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Another winner by Picoult. What happens when you discover that you are now who you thought you were?
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There's as many truths to a story as there are people to tell it. This book uses five voices to tell a suspenseful and complex tale of love and frindship. Great drama.
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A story that deals with excessive drinking as well as kidnapping. Each character was very real. I just love Jodi Picult's books. An amazing story teller.
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Well, I think is the first or second time I have re-read this one. And it is pretty good, though it feels a bit more incomplete than her books usually do. Mostly because the ending is a little too open. . . two major parts of the plot were not really definitively concluded.

But, it's still an emotional book, especially in its dealings with alcoholism. Again, it brings back a Native American theme. The prison sequences are a little stupid and also go rather unresolved.

All in all, this isn't her finest work, nor is it her worst. It's somewhere in the middle.
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Not my favorite of the Picoult books. Well. My least favorite so far, really. I didn't really get "into" it at all, but it did pick up during the last 1/3 of the book. But most of her books don't take that long for me to become interested in them.
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This is a beautifully written and crafted novel, but I did not find myself as drawn in as I should have. For some reason, I did not connect emotionally to most of the characters. However, it is such a well crafted novel that I still enjoyed myself and didn't have any trouble finishing it. There is a strong chance that I will read another novel by this author in the future, even though I did not LOVE this book like so many others.
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This book was very readable but not as good as some other Picault books. I would recommend it as it does leave you guessing.
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this is another excellent book by the author this book is a great read. The charcters stories are deeply woven together. I would definetly recommend this book to anyone.
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What can I say? Jodi Picoult is my new favorite author. I've read three of her books so far and have all her other's on my wish and reminder lists. Loved it! I also highly recommend My Sister's Keeper by the same author.
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This was a great book. It kept me intrigued throughout the whole book. I highly recommend this book to others.
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I love Jodi Picoult's books, they are page turning reads that make you want to stay up all night to finish!
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Great read.
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A relational story with many interesting questions. Has a soap opera quality.
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Good book. Quick read. Very creative.
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I give this book 2 stars. It was VERY predictable.
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This is a great read. A young woman stumbles upon secrets from her childhood. Well put together, nicely written.
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Wow! I found this book to be well written and very compelling. The story is told in the voices of 4 or 5 main characters, and each truly has his or her own voice.
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Not one of her best........I would give it 2 stars.
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Another complex and thought-provoking read by Picoult. This story centers on a child who was kidnapped by her father -- but starts with her as a grownup, deeply happy with the only parent she remembers. Facinating story of how your past, whether or not remembered, colors your choices in the present.
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One of her better reads. Recommended.
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Another great Picoult read!
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Good read-fast too.
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This is another great book by Jodi Picoult!! She has an amazing and addicting writing style that makes you want to read all of her books!!
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A litle slow, but worth it in the end.
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Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors. She writes in the voices of her characters. This one written in 2005 has you so involved. Delia suddenly finds she was kidnapped and raised by her father when she was a very young girl. She now has a child of her own. She has to deal with her father's arrest for her kidnapping, reunion with her mother (whom she thought had died), and her fiance's addiction. I could not put this book down!
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Wonderful, quick read that really makes you think about life!
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Great story. I love this author, her books are captivating.
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Good book, suspenseful.
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THe story explores how life as we know it might not turn out the way we imagined;how the people we've loved and trusted can suddenly change before our eyes;how the memory we thought had vanished could return as a treat.
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32 YO Female finds out she was kidnapped by her father as a young child. Follows dad to Arizona for trial, meets mom and mom's new husband, learns stuff she did and did'nt know. A very good read.
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I found all the different narrators confusing and still found some characters' motivation unclear, but writing crisp and evocative. Will try another Picoult.
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Excellent read if you loke this author it does not disappoint
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Think "Face on the Milk Carton" all grown up. This was a terrific book. You will NOT be able to put it down!
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Disappearing Acts is deftly and dramatically takes on questions of honesty, loyalty, redemption, responsibility, fidelity, and identity, addressing a fascinating premise: What if you found out that the father who you love and trust had actually kidnapped you, and deprived you of a mother who you spent your life mourning? It is easy to root for Picoult's heroine, Delia Hopkins, a likeable character who balances her devotion to her young daughter and the single father who raised her with a fascinating career career finding missing people as the handler of a bloodhound trained to track human scent. Her daily life is buoyed by the steadfast friendship of two men who love her, childhood neighbors: one, Delia's fiancee, an unstable but devoted alcoholic in recovery, confronting his own childhood neglect as he tries to parent the daughter he has with Delia, and two, their best friend Fitz, who is in love with Delia but is quietly sacrificing his own chance at happiness in order to see her happy.

Picoult keeps the plot moving with ever-more complex scenarios, challenging the reader to ask when breaking the law may be justified, what punishments are fair for what crimes, and whether it is possible to ever truly find redemption for past mistakes.

What makes the novel most interesting -- multiple points of view including Delia, her husband Eric, her best friend Fitz, her father Andrew, and her mother Elise -- is also the novel's greatest weakness. Although the frequent shift in perspective allows the reader access to each character's internal dialogue as the plot progresses, no character is allowed to fully develop, and the shift in time and perspective is somewhat choppy. At times, what is unspoken between the characters stretches credulity: we have access to their internal dialogue, but it is difficult to understand how the characters can function under such stress when they seem seldom to talk to each other about huge emerging issues. And while the storyline focusing on the incarceration before trial of Delia's father is harrowing and riveting, it stretches credulity that he would endure so much and take on so many challenges and dangers without communicating about any of it with his beloved daughter or attorney.

Picoult also touches on thorny issues related to incarceration and addiction, alcoholism and parenting, and child sexual abuse and recovered memory, not enough to be preachy or didactic, but just engagingly enough to pique thoughtful questions. Overall, it's a somewhat flawed novel structurally, but a highly enjoyable and thought-provoking read. At its end, I wished for a sequel, wanting to find out how these characters had rebuilt their lives after so many cataclysmic changes.
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This was the first book I had ever read by Jodi Picoult. I really enjoyed it. The story was original, I liked the characters and I liked that the book was told from a few different perspectives (from different characters). I did think the ending was a bit abrupt, but I can forgive that. Very good book!
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Very well written and I enjoyed the characters very much so!
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I liked the way this author had written this book in such a way that she gave all the characters a way to speak for themselves
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Jodi Picoult always leaves you in suspense till the end. Loved this book!
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Wow, this was my first Jodi Picoult book. I found this story to be well written, with great attention paid to characterization. The plot was unusual and thought provoking. I think I will now be requesting more of Ms. Pocoult's works.
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THIS WAs a great book
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it was good
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I did not like the writing style of this book. This was a very wordy book. I have several other Jodi Picoult books on my list and I hope they are written in a different way.
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I like her books and each one has a moral we need to use in our lives.
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Loved it! lots of twists, really kept me reading :)
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This was the first book of hers that I read and I liked it very much, though I didn't expect to. I expected it to be much more sensational than it was. It really showed the working of close relationships, and what is important in life as well as studying what is "right" and "wrong."
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Liked this book. First book I have read by this author and will enjoy reading more.
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I really thought this was a well written story. The story kept me interested the entire time.
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Another great book by Picoult
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Excellent book! I love Jodi Picoult
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This is the first book Ive read by Jodi Picoult and I found it a lot more interesting than I thought it would. I never once got bored while reading this story. Quite the contrary. I wouldn't wait to read the next page.
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This was soooo good! You definitely do not expect what happens! I love all Jodi Picoult books so far!
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Loved this book and author's style ... could feel and relate to the characters and story.
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I read this book at the incessant urging of my best friend and can't understand why she was so insistent. It is a fairly good book with a twisting, detailed and very involved plot, but I never could form a firm bond with the main character - Delia Hopkins. I really did not much care what happened to her which of course colors my opinion of the book. Her story was interesting but I never really connected with her.

She was brought up by her father who "kidnapped" her at an early age and she did not meet her mother until she was 28 years of age. By then she had her own daughter who was around the same age as Delia when she was "kidnapped." Delia had 2 men in her life - next door neighbors on each side of her that she grew up with and who were both "in love" with her as adults.

The story takes place while her father is being tried for his crime of running off to another state with his daughter Delia and telling her that her mother is dead. Jodie Picoult knows how to tell a good story which holds your interest through all 418 pages. But really just not my kind of book.
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This was an okay, even though it was an earlier publication by the author. However, if I continue to run across a pattern of lack-of-originality by the author, I may have to abandon reading future novels. The book is filled with cliches we've already seen on television programs. I honestly think Picoult would make a great politician due to her ability to appeal to mainstream by sensationalizing tragedies we've seen in the media.

There were some parts that dragged out and were filled with fluff that makes you think the author writes her books hoping that they are made into movies for tv. It definitely had too many filler pages with nonsense. Including how to make meth with pretty detailed instructions so that readers can play "Breaking Bad" the home game. :P She also manages to plagerize herself by reusing a prison inmates suicide in another book.

Overall, I finished this because I had nothing better to do. Luckily, I've read later novels by the author and haven't minded them.
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Excellent book, the type you don't want to put down. Love how she weaves you into the story and you don't ever want untangled.
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I really enjoy Jodi Picoult's books, but sometimes they are too intense for me and I actually wish I could scratch some images out of my brain after reading them (e.g. Nineteen Minutes). Not so with this book. It is well written, it's Jodi Picoult after all, but did not leave emotional scars.
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I loved this book - it's well written, mysterious, with lots of details about all kinds of topics. I couldn't put it down.
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very good book
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Picoult has a tendency to be predictable and shocking all at once. I cant say whether I liked or hated this book !!!! Plain Truth was MUCH better.
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This book was fairly good, but not nearly as good as others by Ms. Picoult. I feel she got bogged down with details that weren't necessary to the storyline. I even skipped a couple of sections, because I didn't feel like I was enjoying what I was reading and it wasn't really important to the outcome of the book, as far as I could tell. Otherwise, the story was a good one and the end was pretty good.
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Another good Jodi Picoult book! As always, she writes about topics that can be very controversial. This one involves the issue of parental kidnapping and whether there are times when this is the right thing to do. Jodi examines the legal, moral and emotional issues of all those involved. Very good read!
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This was the first book I read by this author, and I was hooked. It is a romance/mystery. Most of her books revolve around some kind of court case.
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Great book! I couldn't put it down. Jodi's books are full of substance ~ definitely recommend!
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Great read by Picoult. This wasnt one of my absolute faves, but still a very good book, and as always left me anxious wanting to unravel the story and learn the truth.
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Another great read by Picoult. She definetly makes you feel for the characters in this book.
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From the back cover:
How do you recover the past when it was never yours to lose?
Delia Hopkins has led a charmed life. Raised in rural New Hampshire by her beloved, widowed father, 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 ... 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. With Vanishing Acts, Jodi Picoult explores how life - as we know it - might not turn out the way we imagined; how the people we've loved and trusted can suddenly change before our very eyes; how the memory we thought had vanished could return as a threat. Once again, Picoult handles an astonishing and timely topic with understanding, insight, and compassion.

a wonderful read... i finished it in 2 nights. :)
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I love all of Picoult's books. This one is great.
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I am once again amazed with the writing of Jodi Picoult. I believe this is the fourth book I've read by her, and believe me, after the second one, she had already become one of my favorite authors. I was so surprised with every event which took place as the story went on, and I definitely didn't expect it to end the way it did. Jodi Picoult is amazing and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time reading this book!
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A classic Jodi Picoult book that fans of hers will enjoy. It has what readers expect from Picoult: courtroom drama, family drama and thought-provoking debates on topical themes. I enjoyed the chapters on Native American culture. Can't say that I "enjoyed" them, but the chapters on life in a prison seem well-researched. Will leave the reader questioning what is memory and its role in identity?
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Great book. I liked even better than "My Sisters Keeper"
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Enjoyed this one, seemed to move faster than some of her other novels.
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This is another great book of her's however it did take me a while to get through it. I guess I just felt it was slow moving for me. Not a book I'd hold on to, but I did enjoy it.
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As always Jodi Picoult has written another GREAT book.
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Jodi Picoult's books always seem to be based on an intriguing premise. In this novel, a young woman, about to marry her child's father, who is a recovering alcoholic, discovers she is not who she believed she was, but had been kidnapped by her father. Ironically,she works with a bloodhound and is trained to track down missing persons. As she slowly uncovers her past, and meets the mother she thought was dead, there are intertwining stories about prison life, law, alcoholism, and of three childhood friends who tell this tale from their different viewpoints. I enjoyed the book very much.
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I really liked this book. I was rooting for the main character all the way! Another great one by Jodi Picoult.
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Great book, you become familiar with all characters. It would be amazing to find out that you are somebody different than you thought you were and just how would you feel. Lots of twists that keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to find out what will happen next.
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The ending is unpredictable! Don't quit until you read every chapter.
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Book kept me interested from cover to cover. Great character development (as always with Picoult) and riveting story.
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This is the first Jodi Picoult book I've read. Started out slow but sucked me in. A little predictable but an excellent read and the writing was amazing.
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Once again, a solid and lively story from Jodi. A true page turner.
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Great book - like most of Jodi Picoult's books.
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wonderful.... I would reccommend this to anyone who loves her books.
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Not one of her better books.
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I have read this book it is good but not her best, Where in the world does Jodi come up with this stuff?? She really is a great writer.
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This book lost me for a while. But when it pulled me back in I couldn't put it down and ended up awake until the early hours of the morning trying to finish it. Her character adaptation is truly remarkeable.
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Another good read by Jodi Picoult. Her novels are written to make you think about different issues. The issue in this one is one of what would you do if your life isn't really what you thought. How do you deal with all of the ramifications of discovering who you were(or are)? You get to know each of the main characters as they tell their stories and there is an unexpected twist at the end.
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I just finished reading _Vanishing Acts_ by Jodi Picoult and it was very riveting! Imagine finding out when you're 32 that your beloved father kidnapped you and you had a mother living far away that you thought dead. Imagine seeing your father taken away by police charged with kidnapping (you)! Imagine being close to your wedding with your best friend from childhood on and handing him the daunting task of defending your father in another state!

In her usual great way, Jodi has woven intricate patterns of plots, subplots and surprises! Read it - you won't be sorry!
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I'm never disappointed by Jodi Picoult's books. This one was amazing. I carried it everywhere I went just in case I'd have a minute to read. I highly recommend it!
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This was an okay, even though it was an earlier publication by the author. However, if I continue to run across a pattern of lack-of-originality by the author, I may have to abandon reading future novels. The book is filled with cliches we've already seen on television programs. I honestly think Picoult would make a great politician due to her ability to appeal to mainstream by sensationalizing tragedies we've seen in the media.

There were some parts that dragged out and were filled with fluff that makes you think the author writes her books hoping that they are made into movies for tv. It definitely had too many filler pages with nonsense. Including how to make meth with pretty detailed instructions so that readers can play "Breaking Bad" the home game. :P She also manages to plagerize herself by reusing a prison inmates suicide in another book.

Overall, I finished this because I had nothing better to do. Luckily, I've read later novels by the author and haven't minded them.
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Great book
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Great book. I couldn't put it down!
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Excellent book.
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From Publishers Weekly
"Each of the five narrators in this excellent audiobook speaks intimately to the listener, capitalizing on the emotional complexity of Picoult's heart-wrenching tale. Delia Hopkins, read with simple grace by Gibson, immediately seizes the listener's attention when she relates how, on an ordinary day in smalltown New Hampshire, her beloved father, Andrew, is arrested for having kidnapped her, 28 years earlier, from the mother she long thought was dead. Delia's fiancé, Eric, and her best friend, Fitz (both of whom are given appropriately cultured New England accents), add dimension to this multifaceted exploration of love and identity, but Delia's parents, read by Jenner and Washington, offer the most noteworthy performances. Jenner successfully conveys the rainbow of personalities Andrew encounters while being held in an Arizona jail. Washington, meanwhile, embodies Delia's darkly tragic mother, who emerges as both a gentle healer with a dulcet Southwestern accent and a mother who was never there for her young child."

Piccoult is one of my "guilty pleasure" authors. I have read many of her novels and can't seem to put them down once I start reading.
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ENJOYABLE BOOK WITH SOME TWISTS AND TURNS. I CAN'T WAIT TO READ ANOTHER OF JODI PICOULT'S BOOKS.
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This is a great book. It is a little different than some of her other books, like Plain Truth. But, as usual, she really makes you feel like you know the characters.
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I enjoyed this book, once I started I could not put it down. Typical Picoult book containing many controversial issues. Great bookclub selection, can't wait for our discussion.
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good book
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excellent mystery and very touching
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Wonderful book of frienship and the father/daughter bond
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Typical Jodi Picoult. Not as depressing as My Sister's Keeper.
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Great book -- typical for the author in that it provides lots of perspectives on the same incidents, as well as twists and turns in the plot.
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Typical Picoult-style. Good story.
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GREAT BOOK!!!!
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A story of how an everyday family deals with secrets of the past,as they gradually come to light. Well written, good development of characters.
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This is a very powerful book. I stayed up all night to finish it.
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Another great book by Jodi Picoult!
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Good combination of character drama and unravelling mystery
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Wonderful read.
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Great book! Once you start reading it, you can't put it down!
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I love all of Picoult's books that I've read so far, but this is the one I liked the least.
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This was the third book I have read by Jodi Picoult, now on my fourth. I found that I didn't enjoy this one as much as I had her other books. My Sisters Keeper and Keeiping Faith kept me very interested and wanting to keep reading, not so much the same for this one. I just couldn't get interested in it. Wasn't horrible, just not one of my favorites..
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In this book, Jodi Picoult explores what happens when a young woman's past - a past she didn't even know she had - catches up to her just in time to threaten her future.
One night as she is planning her wedding, a policeman knocks on her door, revealing a secret that changes her world as she knows it. In shock and confusion, the heroine, Delia, must sift through the truth, even when it jeopardizes her life and the lives of those she loves.
Another wonderful, contemporary read by this most excellent writer!
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Wow, great book. First I have read by her, I want to read more.
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OMG, this is one of the BEST books I've read in a long time. Riveting, and well written. A must read.
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This was an okay, even though it was an earlier publication by the author. However, if I continue to run across a pattern of lack-of-originality by the author, I may have to abandon reading future novels. The book is filled with cliches we've already seen on television programs. I honestly think Picoult would make a great politician due to her ability to appeal to mainstream by sensationalizing tragedies we've seen in the media.

There were some parts that dragged out and were filled with fluff that makes you think the author writes her books hoping that they are made into movies for tv. It definitely had too many filler pages with nonsense. Including how to make meth with pretty detailed instructions so that readers can play "Breaking Bad" the home game. :P She also manages to plagerize herself by reusing a prison inmates suicide in another book.

Overall, I finished this because I had nothing better to do. Luckily, I've read later novels by the author and haven't minded them.
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This was the first Jodi Picoult book I read. I was completely caught up in it and couldn't put it down. Thus began a long, long relationship with Jodi Picoult novels. This is one of her best!!
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While I give this book a 4 star for writing. And it's a good story and all...I don't ever want to read another one of her books. I found the detailed description of drug production to be completely unnecessary and a crime in and of itself. It didn't do a damn thing for the story...in fact it pulls the reader right out of the story, along with the rap songs...and think of the harm it could do! Yeah, I get it jail sucks...don't want to be there! There are a hundred other ways the author could have expressed that...including with the drug production without the details. Okay, there's my rant. She's a good writer...there were no surprises in the plot, but it was carried out with expertise.
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This book was very good! It was very engaging and kept me coming back to read more!
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This was an okay, even though it was an earlier publication by the author. However, if I continue to run across a pattern of lack-of-originality by the author, I may have to abandon reading future novels. The book is filled with cliches we've already seen on television programs. I honestly think Picoult would make a great politician due to her ability to appeal to mainstream by sensationalizing tragedies we've seen in the media.

There were some parts that dragged out and were filled with fluff that makes you think the author writes her books hoping that they are made into movies for tv. It definitely had too many filler pages with nonsense. Including how to make meth with pretty detailed instructions so that readers can play "Breaking Bad" the home game. :P She also manages to plagerize herself by reusing a prison inmates suicide in another book.

Overall, I finished this because I had nothing better to do. Luckily, I've read later novels by the author and haven't minded them.
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Very good. One of her best books.
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Another great book by Jodi Picoult!
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All of Jodi Picoult's books are amazing... this one is no exception!!
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This is the second book I have read by Jodi Picoult, and I am definitely becoming a fan. This was a good read.
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Very good story!
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Not the BEST one of Jodi Picoult, but still a very good story.
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I loved this book..what a fabulous read!
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Compelling!
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This was the 2nd book I've read by Jodi Picoult. I enjoyed it. It was a fast read and I liked reading from different points of view!
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Flashbacks surface and lead a young mother to discover a mysterious past that could ultimately effect her future and that of those closest to her.
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Not my favorite,Picoult book. I found it a very slow,moving book.
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This is my first Picoult book, I found it drug on and on in parts and I got bored with it, I made myself finish it so I would know how it ended. I am going to try another one of hers before I decide if she is just not my kind of author.
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One of her best, in my opinion. If you are a Jodi Picoult fan, and haven't read this one yet, put it at the top of your "gonna read next" list.
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Delia Hopkins has led a charmed life. Raised in rural New Hampshire by her beloved, widowed father, she now has a young daugher, a handsome fiance, and her own search-and-resuce 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...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. With Vanishing Acts, Jodi Picoult explores how life---as we know it---might not turn out the way we imagined; how the people we've loved and trusted can suddenly change beofre our very eyes; how the memory we thought had vanished could return as a trheat. Once again, Picoult handles an astonshing and timely topic with understanding, insight, and compassion.
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This was an awesome story about how far people will go for those that they love.
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I couldn't put it down!!
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The story had a lot of twists but in the end it all worked out for the best for all the characters. I will read this author again.
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GREAT BOOK!!!
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One of my favorite Picoult books so far. I like the story told by different characters in different voices. Heart-wretching as always, but a story of several different kinds of love
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If you like JP books, then this one will not disappoint. I little darker than her other books, but still a great read. And while I should not be surprised by this point- I am was still taken away by the "twist ending". Loved it. Love JP.
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This was a very interesting story. It really made you think about both sides of the coin.
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I found parts of this book to be interesting but overall I didn't find it to be as gripping as I am used to with Jodi's writing.
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Jodi Picoult is a great write. I would highly recommend this book.
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Once again Jodi Picoult writes another wonderful book
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Beautifully detailed and rich, characteristic of all Picoult's books. Some common elements permeate the book, including a deep friendship that stretches back to childhood and a somewhat sensationalist trial, but the characters are uniquely compelling.
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Enjoyable read - Picoult makes the characters so real.
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Great read again! Love you Jody P
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Another great Jodi Picoult Read.
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I could not put this one down. It was wonderful!
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This was the first novel I have read of Jodi Picoult. I can't wait to get my hands on more. Great read.
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so good. couldn't put it down
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Good book, although the ending is a bit anticlimactic. Worth the read though!
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fab. great just like any Jodi Picoult book hard to put down.
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Great read - Jodi Picoult has a beautiful writing style and the story is engrossing. I couldn't put it down!!
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Another great Jodi Picoult that you leaves you on the edge of your seat! Always love the depth of her characters and this is facinating look at a family in turmoil.

A good read!
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From back of book: Delia Hopkins has led a charmed life. Raised by her father, she now has a young daughter, a fiancé, 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 . . . until a policeman knocks on her door, revealing a secret about herself that changes the world as she knows it.

A very good read. One of those books I found hard to put down.
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Another great book by Jodi Picoult! I just loved it.
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Excellent!!!
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This is my second Jodi Picoult book. The ending wasn't as amazing as "My Sister's Keeper" but it was still a quick, fun, read. She has a very interesting style that is easy to get through, so much so that I hadn't realized that I had been reading for 5 hours until I finished the book!
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With this book it is how life as we know it might not turn out like we imagined it to.
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What a great story, Jodi Picoult never fails to keep her readers captivated
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FOUND THIS TO BE A GOOD BOOK ON MANY DIFFERENT LEVELS. THE PLOT IS WELL DONE, THE CHARACTERS SEEM TO CHANGE BEFORE YOUR EYES AND THEN CHANGE BACK. INTERESTING.
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My first Picoult, and I am hooked.
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A hard-to-put-down-until-you're-finished book
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I felt there were a few snags in the middle, but the ending was well worth the journey. Another book from Picoult that makes you think.
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With Vanishing Acts, Jodi Picoult explores how life as we know it , might not turn out as we imagined. very very good read.
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good griping story from Jodi. I just need a break. Written like many of her others.
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I have yet to read a Jodi Picoult book I didn't like; however, this one is a real diversion from her other novels. It moves into the eerie realm of life on another plane with a compelling central character named Delia Hopkins.
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This was my first Picoult novel, and I loved it. Great characters, completely compelling story, enjoyable twists-and-turns. Best of all-- the psychological aspects attached to the characters, including issues such as alcoholism, repressed memories, self-identity, parenting, are flawlessly executed.
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Like all of Picoult's books, this is another winner!
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Great book; on par with "Plain Truth." I couldn't put it down!
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Another great Jody Picoult book!
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IF LOVE JODI PICOLT! A WOMAN LEARNS THAT SHE IS NOT WHO SHE THINKS SHE IS WHEN HER FATHER IS ARRESTED FOR KIDNAPPING HER WHEN SHE WAS FIVE YEARS OLD - HE TOOK HER FROM HER MOTHER. THE AUTHOR EXPLORES THE FEELINGS OF THE MOTHER, FATHER DAUGHTER AND THE DAUGHTER'S FIANCE WHEN THE FATHER IS JAILED. TRULY A GREAT BOOK.
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A thought-provoking book, I enjoyed it.
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great characters lots of surprises
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A great book! Very interesting relationships and characters.
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Very very good novel by Picoult, with her usual unique story line and multifaceted characters and plot.
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I was given this book as a 30th birthday gift...what a great gift it was! Great read, great story, great love.
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Not bad, but not one of my favorites of hers
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Loved it! This was my first Jody Picoult book, and it was awesome!
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another great book by a wonderful author
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A beautifully written story. I couldn't put this book down because of the emotions in it. It's a great story about a woman uncovering her hidden past and choosing between two loves.
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Delia led a perfectly happy life living with her father growing up. Her mother had passed away years before and she has a daughter and is engaged. But she keeps having flashbacks or memories that she can't figure out. Then one day a policeman knocks at her door and life as she knows it completely changes. Could her life be a total lie, could the father that she trusts so much be nothing but a liar?
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I just joined a book club. This book was the book of the month. I loved this story. At the ending of the first chapter the was a surprise which really prompted me to continue you reading to find out what happened. Delia and the other characters in this book seem to come alive. Each character is written in a different chapter, however they all go together. It is really easy to follow and a great read.
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Great book. Love her.
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as usual a well-written novel from Picoult.
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Another great read by Picoult. Deals with the issue of parenthood--what makes a good-or at least, suitable-parent--and the ambiguities of memory. As usual in her novels, there are no neat endings.
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Really similar to a lot of her other books....if you haven't read any you'll find it interesting but if you have, you'll know the ending.
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Absolutely loved this book! I didn't put it down. I don't think I did anything for an entire day except read this book. Absolutely amazing.
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Another thought provoking book from J. Piccoult that seems to be ripped out of the headlines. It was hard to put down.
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Great story. I love all of Jodi Picoult's books.
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another great and heartwarming story from Jodi Picoult...
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The subject matter alone is worth the five stars. But as it digs deeper and deeper into the story line and the detail of the subject...just perfect!
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Delia Hopkins has led a charmed life. Raised in rural New Hampshire by her beloved, widowed father, she now has a young daugher, a handsome fiance, and her own search-and-resuce 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...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. With Vanishing Acts, Jodi Picoult explores how life---as we know it---might not turn out the way we imagined; how the people we've loved and trusted can suddenly change beofre our very eyes; how the memory we thought had vanished could return as a trheat. Once again, Picoult handles an astonshing and timely topic with understanding, insight, and compassion.
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A hard read after the completly dramatic and heart wrenching MY SISTER'S KEEPER
This book was OKAY - predictable and easy read
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Excellent story- Jodi Picoult definately has you thinking!

Ellen
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Excellent.
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I'm not the biggest Picoult fan...I can only read one of her books once in a while, or I get tired of the way she writes. I liked some of her others better, though I did find this interesting because it occurs partly in Phoenix, where I live. A pretty easy read.
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This book kept my interest with the twists and turns right up to the end, about a father who takes his little girl away from her mother at age 4. She believes her mother is dead for 28 years, and when she meets her, her life unravels and things are not what she thought.
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Got this book for my wife. She loved it! As usual, Jodi Picoult provides the reader with an excellent story.
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Really good mystery. Her world get tossed upside down when her father is arrested for kidnapping her years ago. Her husband is a lawyer and takes the case but it doesn't look hopeful. She drags her young daughter to Arizona for the trial and investigation. Where she finds out her mother isn't dead but alive and well.
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This book was very different from the ones I usually read.. Excellent writing & I love books written in the first person!! Subject matter was pretty intense at times but so well written, I just couldn't put it down. My first of her books, but certainly not my last!!
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This book was excellent....I couldn't put it down. Lots of twists and turns yet spellbound.
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I thought the end could have been a few more pages- but the story line of a girl who is abducted by her father and only finds out about 20 years later is very interesting!

Ellen
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This was a great book
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UNBELIEVABLE+++++ How does she continue to write so well
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If you like Jodi Picoult's books, you'll enjoy this page-turner.
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I really didn't care for this book!!! Even tho i am a huge Jodie Picoult fan, i didn't think this was up to her usual standards!!!!
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great read
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Another at least 4 star Picoult novel.
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As a flaming Libertarian (socially liberal, fiscally conservative), I stopped reading this book just shy of halfway because of the liberal tripe. I'm used to reading books with liberal slants, but this was unnecessary (Sheriff Jack, nay, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, I do believe.) It's just pitiful for such a good writer to be so petty. I'm done with Jodi Picoult. DONE.
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this was the first book i've read by this author and i'm impressed.
the story is difficult for me ...a child/woman waking up one day to find out that what you thought was your life was all a lie. there were so many words and sentences that made me gasp in recognition.
i will read more by this author
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fabulous- love JP
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Would you believe this is my first Jodi Picoult book? It won't be my last!
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I'm starting to think the Piccoult writes with a specific formula that culimnates in a court trial. This book wasn't my favorite.
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This was another terrific read from Jodi Picoult. Nice Twist.
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Well written.
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Hated to lay it down and couldn't wait to pick it up again.
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I haven't read this book yet, but my mother reccomends it highly.
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Jodi Picoult sticks to her tried and true formula with this story about a woman who learns many years after the fact that she was kidnapped as a child. Thorny ethical and legal issues as well as exhaustive research and the use of multiple storytellers are the hallmarks of this author's style. It works for this novel well enough, but I did find myself skimming some of the overly described scenes. It kept me up late, wanting to get to the end.
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jodi picoult what more do i need to say?
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Copyright 2005. This trade paperback printed Nov 2005.
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Good read but I was a liitle dissappointed inhow it all wrapped up
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Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors. She did not disappoint me with this book. A suspenseful insightful story that was hard to put down. Loved it.
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the story is wonderful for a young mother. very suspenseful
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Jodi Picoult never fails to satisfy me when I want a good book to read. I have read so many of her books, and the amazing thing I find about her is that her books are not at all predictable. I have found with many authors that have published a lot of books, you only have to read a few chapters to know how they are going to end.
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This was an unusual book for me. It was a bit difficult for me to get into but finally engaged.
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This was predictable, but a good read. Not one of Jodi's better books.
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Delia Hopkins has lead a charmed life. Raised in rural New Hampshire by her beloved, widowed father, she now has a young daughter, a handsome fiance, and her own search & 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, until a policeman knocks on her door, revealing a seccret about herself that changes the world as she knows it--author Jodi Picoult, explores how life as we know it might not turn out the way we imagined, how people we've loved and trusted can suddenly change before our very eyes; how the memory we thought had vanished could return as a threat.
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It is ok. This is the 3rd one I have read by here frist was my sisters keeper that was very good. The 2nd was the packt. That was good as well. This one I ust can't get in to. I was in to at frist. then it got to be like the ather 2 books I read by her. Maybe it was becouse of the lawer jail thing that thay all have in commine. If you like these books then it is for you just not for me.