[Reading] ➶ Vanishing Acts Author Jodi Picoult – Horse-zine.co.uk

Vanishing Acts summary Vanishing Acts, series Vanishing Acts, book Vanishing Acts, pdf Vanishing Acts, Vanishing Acts 5473e65feb 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 Secret That Changes The World As She Knows It In Shock And Confusion, Delia Must Sift Through The Truth Even When It Jeopardizes Her Life And The Lives Of Those She Loves What Happens When You Learn You Are Not Who You Thought You Were When The People You Ve Loved And Trusted Suddenly Change Before Your Eyes When Getting Your Deepest Wish Means Giving Up What You Ve Always Taken For Granted Vanishing Acts Explores How Life As We Know It Might Not Turn Out The Way We Imagined How Doing The Right Thing Could Mean Doing The Wrong Thing How The Memory We Thought Had Vanished Could Return As A Threat


10 thoughts on “Vanishing Acts

  1. says:

    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 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 think really just served to draw the story out and keep the reader interested along the way And at 419 pages, that s a long way to go I was curious enough to find out the why of the mystery, so I read the ending and leafed thru a few middle bits I don t feel like I missed anything.


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    Never reading Jodi Picoult again If there were just one thing wrong with this book I d give her another try, but read on The number one thing I hated about this book was the Hopi character who has breast cancer and kills herself, without bothering to get any treatment, just jumps off a cliff in front of Delia, who doesn t stop her because if she had to look forward to losing her hair and a breast, she d probably do it too Well good god, hair grows back They can give you new, bigger boobs But no one can restore you to your family and friends If this woman had had a chance to think this over, if someone had bothered to go to the doctor with her and see what her options are, she might have changed her mind We re never given enough information for this to have seemed to have been an informed decision The woman obviously wasn t in any advanced state of cancer, as she hiked out to this remote spot to jump from, and had previously continued every activity of daily living unimpaired Why Picoult would even want to put this in a book calls her entire brain into question The number two thing is Dear Daddy While being held in jail, mind you, not prison, but county jail, Dear Daddy gets involved in a drug ring manufacturing and selling meth, shoots someone in the eye with a staple, makes a gun, hides a bullet, smuggles drugs and Oh yeah and holds his best buddy, the Black Guy Who Has to Die, in his arms as he dies This is all in what seems to have been about 2 months And yet Dear Daddy is the good guy The reader is the only one who knows this, which makes you wonder why it s there at all, but still, if that doesn t reflect on Daddy s character, I don t know what it would take Number 3 Mommy has not had a drink in 26 years, and reaches out to Delia, and yet there s no indication that Delia has the emotional maturity to forgive and establish a relationship Get over it Delia Number 4, Delia Delia has one admirable trait, being a good mom Which turns out to be just thinking she s a good mom, see below Other than that, she s a self centered, self righteous bitch who never cuts anyone any slack.Number 5 Victor, Mommy s boyfriend, may or may not have molested Delia, and yet even though he took her daughter for a visit WITHOUT ASKING and had her alone for an uncertain amount of time, Delia, Mother of the Year, never follows up on checking whether Victor may have molested her own daughter, nor does she even tell Victor that that taking a kid without asking is not OK.Number 6 Eric, Delia s fiance, also alcoholic, starts drinking while defending Daddy So, why does Delia insist on him taking the case He is most emphatically NOT the best man for the case, as he s not a member of the Arizona bar, has never defended anyone on this kind of charge or even any criminal charges that we know of, and has a background that is sure to cause his immense emotional distress in defending Daddy But Delia doesn t care about Eric, Delia cares about Delia, and it never crosses her mind to hire someone else This is because Delia lives in a novel and Jodi Picoult has a lot of points to make.Again, even though Eric himself hasn t drunk for 2 years, Jodi Picoult can t leave him alone and let him be a good guy Like Mommy, he is bad Oh, not really bad, because like Fitz and her father, Eric s whole world just revolves around Darling Delia, so that makes him OK But he is someone you have to throw away for the good of your child So Delia throws him away for Fitz I mean the good of her child Who will be scarred by the whole experience Finally, although Delia is supposed to be a great mother she never gives a thought to how her child might take this throwing over of Eric, her father, for this other dude This is because both the guys love Delia, and therefore her daughter, and she probably just won t notice the difference.Number 7, Fitz as a character has one characteristic he s hopelessly in love with Delia This is enough for both Delia and Picoult It s also the only thing he ever talks about, and losing his job is apparently so inconsequential that no one even wonders how he and Delia are going to pay the bills when they get back to New Hampshire Last I heard, search and rescue, Delia s so called career, is a volunteer gig, not a paying job No wonder she still lives with Daddy Fitz is basically just standing around, waiting for Delia to ride off into the sunset with him That is, once Eric s life is trashed This switch from love of her life Eric to best friend Fitz takes about a 2 weeks for Delia to justify Good luck to all of them.Number 8 I could forgive all the writer s workshop flowery writing if that was the only fault of this book, but it s not This book in no way stands up to the oh so beautiful writing All the freaking metaphors while the lovemaking characters who are 5 minutes from breaking up was enough to make you puke Pull a curtain over it gentle writer, and move on This is a really bad romance novel, not a poem There were no passages that made me want to stop and underline, there were only great globs of writing I wanted to stop and draw a line through Truly the worst novel I ve read this year if only because of its pretensions Throw in the rest, and it s bad on a scale I haven t encountered in a long time.


  3. says:

    Okay, I got to disk 10 and could not listen to this nonsense any 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 love b.s So I looked this book up on the internet for spoilers and the stuff I saw coming does happen but other stuff makes me glad I m deciding not to read to the end what a ridiculous excuse for a book I m wondering why people like Jodi Piccoult so much and am very apprehensive about picking another one of her books..


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    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 apparent in this one I personally think metaphors would be 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 basically, if you ve read and liked other Picoult books, read this one too But if you ve never read one of her books, start with a much better one Plain Truth is my favorite and only get to this one if you really like it.


  5. says:

    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 Scottsdale, AZ, created new identities for himself and his daughter, and raised her on lies in New Hampshire Delia believed her mother was killed in a car accident When her father is arrested for the crime and put on trial back in Arizona, everything Delia knows to be true about her life and her world unravels.This is a quick and easy read Through Delia, who for a living works with a bloodhound named Greta to track and find missing people, we experience the irony of her chosen occupation Through her fiance, Eric, an alcoholic and the lawyer who defends Delia s father, we get a close up look at how alcoholism can destroy alter so many families Through Andrew Hopkins, aka Charlie Matthews, we get an insider s look at life in prison and learn to understand the desperation of a loving father Other pertinent characters include Fitz, the best friend of both Delia and Eric, Sophie, Delia and Eric s young daughter, and Ruthanne, a Native American woman Delia and Sophie meet in a trailer park, where they temporarily reside in Arizona during the trial.Fans of Picoult will not be disappointed I recommend this book for readers who look for good writing and interesting, dramatic story lines.


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    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 and was really disappointed in the outcome at the end of the book and characters to keep track of all of Andrew s jail mates and the Hopi people added unnecessary confusing trying to keep everyone straight The final surprise at the end of the book was almost an after though although the basis of it was introduced early in the book and although it served a purpose I think it was too easy of an out.


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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 depth and voice that they are entirely identifiable, no matter the font they re in Page 214, review Qualms 2 3 about this book I really am disliking the inconsistent perspectives the characters are using Some of the characters are narrating in 1st person and some are narrating in 2nd person There s one the father who switches between the two of them It s making me want to smash the book in the garbage disposal Qualm 3 is that this book is just a bit ridiculous, I d love to give a full example of why, but i m not ready to set up my spoiler tags yet. oi vey Page 300, review view spoiler This book is getting increasingly difficult to finish reading I m tiring of the jail chapters, the page long poorly written raps from the courtyard , the entire meth operation with the father is just coming across really flimsy, unnecessary and highly uncharacteristic of the character Picoult has built I just think she went too far over board with this book That seems to be the name of her game though, over doing it hide spoiler


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    I have a slight love hate relationship with Jodi Picoult novels There have been a couple which I absolutely adored and several 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 to be, I had lost ninety percent of my patience with the book and found myself skimming the long court based conversations.Indeed some of the characters are interesting but too many of their actions felt contrived As so many of this authors books focus on similar topics, she needs to ensure that every single one is brilliant This was just about okay To date, her best book has been The Storyteller On a final note, this book signifies my 100th read in 2016, reaching my target With still several weeks of the year to go, I hope to exceed my initial target by tackling several books on my ever growing to read list.


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    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 discomforts in the situation Were there other alternatives for a man, a single father, in the seventies Fact is, this is a very real situation that deserves very real attention I think Jodi Piccoult touched on some of the elusive elements of situations like these, and touched on them well So far, two books into her collection, I am very impressed.


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    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 could have done without the love triangle or Fitz the character whiny, useless, zero agency in the story Same with her mother s santaria While I liked the Native American subplot I m no expert in how it was handled because it really factored into the story and led to insights the MC needed, her mother s witchcraft was just this loose thread that never tied back into the plot Same with the Orange is the new Black stuff with Andrew in prison I get that it showed how he can become a criminal when pushed into it, but the elements just seemed jangled and weird and it kept ripping me out of the story And the worst it has ZERO impact on the story or the main character It s just gruesome stuff that happens to him, while he can brag like Piper in Oitnb that he is the ONLY white non racist ever to enter prison yawn And I never say this, but OMG the big secret was so effing obvious it hurt how stupid and blind all the characters were I really don t mind being able to figure out how things end, that s fine with me, but when the clues are so obvious and none of the characters react to it at all yeah Not good view spoiler 1 There is literally ONE obvious reason to steal a child in that situation One Sexual abuse or other abuse that can t be proven So you already start out thinking it has to be that in the end.2 Andrew is very, very transparent.3 The guy actually took her daughter BY HIMSELF, WITHOUT the mother s okay, after they had seen each other like twice THAT S NOT NORMAL And she actually thanks him, and thinks that s totally fine what hide spoiler


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