***Story centers around a family with a college-aged daughter who finds herself mixed up with extream environmentalist fanatics and then dead. The story examines the idea of a "divide" both literally and figuratively. I enjoyed the book. I felt I could relate to the daughter in the way it's easy to get caught up in radical ideas as a young and naive college girl. And also I could relate to the married couple and the way life comes in and "divides". Easy read.
Nicholas Evans writes good stories with interesting themes. This book is about a married couple with two teenage children, a boy and a girl. From all appearences they were happily married buth husband decides to leave his family and later takes up with another woman. This leaves the wife to struggle with life and the raising of two teenages. The daughter runs away with an ecoterrorist and gets herself involved in corporate burnings and bombings to save the enviroment. However, one incident goes badly and they are forced to go on the run and be charged with murder. The daughter is subsequently found dead by two skiers frozen in a creek in the mountains of Montana. How did she die, and what was the trail of events that led this golden child of a loving family to go tragically astray. The trials and tribulations of passions and needs and dashed hopes and disillusionments all connect in this story. A good read.
Sometimes this book was difficult to read having been through some trials with my own teenage daughter. I feel very fortunate that mine came through it alive and well. The characters were very real to me in how they all handled the tragedies they were faced with. I think I'm ready to read something light and funny after this one!
This book was pretty good. A friend recommended it to me because we lived in Missoula Montana & a large portion of the book takes place there. It was a fairly quick read for me. The characters are lovable and relatable and you really feel for their struggles. Evans makes even the bad parts of people understandable. The book showcases the good and evil in all of us. The story is interesting and intruiging and it's written backwards and throughout the story you find out what happened to the family. It was a little dark, but not too much. The story was very intruiging and original.
You know how you hear stories on tv about horrible things that happen to families? This is like hearing the story from the family's point of view. It's very interesting. I recommend it.
This was an incredible story about a family dealing with tragedy. It was written backwards, so you learn how everything came to be. Even though this was a novel, I thought it was so well-written that I couldn't put it down.
Excellent book!!! Of course I read his other books starting with "The Horse Whisperer". "The Loop" got me interested in wolves. This started with the discovery of a body frozen in the ice of a creek. Then the explanation begins with what happens at a dude ranch one summer and takes it from there. You get to know the main characters really well and there is a twist in the end. I couldn't wait to pick up the book and start reading again. I recommend it.
I was really looking forward to reading this book as I had loved The Loop and The Horse Whisperer. Maybe it was because I had loved Evans' other books but I was disappointed in The Divide. It was a good story with an interesting beginning but there weren't many characters that I identified with or really liked. It was worth reading and the storytelling was interesting because the book started with the end result and then told how that result occurred. I was just anticipating more, I guess.
This book is good, but not as good as The Horsewhisperer. I thought that the author spent too much time on the back history and not enough details at the end.
All in all, the book was good, but I wouldn't put it in my top 20.
When two back-country skiers discover the body of a young woman, frozen into a high-country Montana stream, the corpse is quickly identified as that of an ecoterrorist and accused murderer long sought by the FBI.
But how Abbie Cooper got there is another story indeed; one that reaches back miles and years and through the tangled history of one family.
Evans does a great job keeping things moving, and creates characters who are compelling even when they aren't being particularly likeable.
Nicholas Evans is one of my favorite authors. His writing is so engaging, I find myself lost in his books as well as thinking about them when I'm not reading.
"On a crystalline Montana mornng, two backcountry skiers find the body of a young woman embeded in the ice of a remote mountain creek. She's Abbie Cooper, a brilliant
college student on the run from the FBI and charges of murder. But what was the chain of events that led this golden child so tragically astray?"
"A tale that lets you see into everyone's mind and heart." The Providence Journal Bulletin
The story starts out with a dead body; then the rest of the book is the backstory about who that person was and how they ended up where they were found. The characters are well-written -- you feel like you really 'know' each of them well, and the book moves at a good pace without any long, boring descriptive passages.
This is a truly memorable tale of a man and his needs for love. His idolized daughter's anger and self destruction. A vivid revelation of want vs duty. Clever story that brings both understanding and empathy for each of the four family members. Teenage angst and love in all it's forms. Truly engaging audio presentation. The reader is the best, Scott Brick. 14 hours and 12 discs.
The Divide was a place that seemed to want to keep itself secret. It perched concealed at the head of a split and tortuous valley that descended to another far grander. Montana had ritzier ranches, with finer cuisine and glitzier guests. But there were few, if any, so beautiful. Its guests came by word of mouth and returned again and again. And thus it was with the Cooper family. For the last 2 weeks in June, they always took cabins six and eight. This was their 4th visit and it would be their last, the vacation that would change their lives forever.
On a crystalline Montana morning, two backcountry skiers find the body of a young woman embedded in the ice of a remote mountain creek. She's Abbie Cooper, a brilliant college student on the run from the FBI and charges of murder. But what were the events that led this golden child so tragically astray?
One Montana morning, two skiers find the body of young women embedded in the ice of a remote mountain creek and she is Abbie Cooper a brilliant college student wanted by the FBI for charges of murder. The stunnng answers unfold on an emotional journey from the streets of New York to the daunting gandeur of the Rocky Mountains where a American family with dark secrets and lies are reunited by atradegy that will change all their lives forever. A very good book that you can not put down once you start reading it.
Two backcountry skiers find the body of a young woman embedded in the ice of a remote mountain creek.She is Abbie Cooper a college student on the run from the FBI and charges of murder. But what was the chain of events that led her so tragically astray?