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The Divide | [Nicholas Evans]

The Divide

Two backcountry skiers find the body of a young woman embedded in the ice of a remote mountain creek. All through the night, police work with arc lights and chain saws to dig her out. But identification doesn't take as long. Abbie Cooper is wanted for murder and acts of eco-terrorism, and her picture is on law-enforcement computers all across America. But just how did she die? And what was the trail of events that led this joyous, golden child of a loving family so tragically astray?
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Publisher's Summary

Two backcountry skiers find the body of a young woman embedded in the ice of a remote mountain creek. All through the night, police work with arc lights and chain saws to dig her out. But identification doesn't take as long. Abbie Cooper is wanted for murder and acts of eco-terrorism, and her picture is on law-enforcement computers all across America. But just how did she die? And what was the trail of events that led this joyous, golden child of a loving family so tragically astray?

In a journey of discovery and redemption, from the streets of New York to the daunting grandeur of the Rocky Mountains, The Divide delves into the dynamics of a fractured family and their struggle with the pain of lost happiness. Electrifying and heartbreaking, master storyteller Nicholas Evans' new novel delivers an extraordinary tale about the timeless power of nature, and about the yearnings, hopes, and disillusionments that connect, and separate, all men and women.

©2005 Nicholas Evans; (P)2005 Penguin Audio, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., and Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"Evans demonstrates the same intricacy of plot and depth of characterization that defined his international best-seller The Horse Whisperer....Sure to be a runaway success, this lyrical novel runs the gamut from devastation to despair to deliverance." (Booklist)

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    M. Andrews Orlando, FL 12-30-05
    M. Andrews Orlando, FL 12-30-05 Member Since 2003

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    "Awesome"

    This was one of those books that I couldn't turn off. The reader was excellent. The story, primarily a love story of sorts, was so compelling that it drew you into the characters and the messes they made of their lives. Nichlas Evans did a fantastic job - can't wait for his next book!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Canton, MI, USA 01-22-06
    Lisa Canton, MI, USA 01-22-06
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    "Haunting"

    This is the best book this author has written since the Horse Whisperer. You have to keep listening. Each character has the lead at their own time and you laugh and ache with each of them. It is one of those books that you can't book down but at the same time are sad when you reach the end, Very Memorable.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Safety Harbor, FL, United States 01-23-10
    Gail Safety Harbor, FL, United States 01-23-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Sorry to Disagree With Other Reviews, But.."

    Long, drawn out and extremely boring. From the other reviews, I was looking forward to a good book, for a long road trip. This book nearly put me to sleep. Its only redeeming grace was Scott Brick, the narrator. If I made a horizontal line on a graph, to plot it's ups and downs, the line would be totally flat. VERY slow moving, no excitement, no suspense. I'd suggest not wasting your credits, money or especially your time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 07-24-09
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 07-24-09 Member Since 2003
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    "A Decent Listen"

    This was my first listen of a book by Nicholas Evans. My perception before (and after) reading this book is that he is a serial writer like Danielle Steele. Cranks out a large number of very similar style books.

    The story was good. Light reading fare and certainly nothing I could not live for having not heard it. The narration (as with anything by Scott Brick) was fantastic.

    So this is a good summer read. Nothing too heavy, but enough to keep you interested.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Kremmling, CO, USA 04-11-06
    Jane Kremmling, CO, USA 04-11-06
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    "Engrossing and Moving"

    This was a fascinating telling of a good family, apparently living the American dream, until things get seriously off track. Each point of view shows another angle of a complex situation. Even when some of the characters infuriated me at times, it was the author's skill that made them very real portrayals of flesh and blood people. The ending was sad, but satisfying. Great book and GREAT narrator!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cleveland NEW YORK, NY, United States 01-05-14
    Cleveland NEW YORK, NY, United States 01-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    This book could have been better researched. It missed a great opportunity to delve into the complexities of the issues surrounding our relationship with the environment.


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    Amber Salmon, ID, United States 11-23-09
    Amber Salmon, ID, United States 11-23-09 Member Since 2008

    I'm a 31 year old momma to two amazing young men, wife to the greatest guy on earth, a multiple sclerosis survivor and school bus driver!

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    "Whoa . . . . . heart wrenching"

    I had a love hate relationship with this book! Although it could be a little slow in places, it was wonderful and heart wrenching all in one! Even though you know the ending before you get to it, I just kept pulling for the main character. This is one I'll listen to over and over again.

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    Angela G. 08-29-06
    Angela G. 08-29-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Terrific Story"

    I loved it. Yes, as always, Scott Brick was great but this was a terrific story that made me feel entrenched in the characters lives. Don't miss this one. Believeable and well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy ROCK SPRINGS, WY, United States 03-14-06
    Sandy ROCK SPRINGS, WY, United States 03-14-06 Member Since 2004
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    "A touching novel I couldn't put down"

    This "mystery" offers depth of characters not often found in the typical cops versus bad guys or modern detective novel. Even though Abbie is dead from day 1 in the novel, she comes alive as a real person, as do all the other inhabitants of the novel. It is an excellent read, one that will stick with you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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