Friday, February 06, 2015

Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult

vanishing actsSUMMARY (from Goodreads): Della Hopkins has led a charmed life. Raised in rural New Hampshire by her widowed father, she now has a young daughter, a handsome fiancé, and a job she loves, finding missing persons. However, she is plagued by flashbacks of a life she can't recall. Then she discovers that her father had kidnapped her when she was a child.


As always, it is hardest to review the books one likes, and since it has been a while since I read this, I will do this the short way.

Things I liked about Vanishing Acts:

  • all five POVs – the combination worked perfectly together and made an amazing story;
  • the insight into prison system/life, however harsh it was – it felt much more realistic than in most books;
  • the parallels between Delia and her daughter Sophie and between Delia’s family and Sophie’s;
  • the subplots fit in very well;
  • and, finally, this is how you do love ‘triangles’, subtly in the background.

I cannot think of anything I didn’t like about this book.

All in all, Vanishing Acts was an absolutely heartfelt story not only about the kidnapping as its main focus, but also many other present everyday issues everyone could or might be facing already. 5 stars

RECOMMENDATION: Jodi Picoult’s books are excellent for those interested in a thought-provoking material about contemporary issues and Vanishing Acts is no exception.

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