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Publisher's Summary

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 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. And then a policeman knocks on her door, revealing a secret that changes the world as she knows it.

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; and how the memory we thought had vanished could return as a threat.

©2005 Jodi Picoult (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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Mysterious & terrifying until the very end

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved the father. He lied, cheated & stole for what was best for his daughter, the mark of a true parent in my opinion. He was willing to go to any length to ensure that his daughter was safe from her mother and her boyfriend.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I must say, this book did cause me to shed a few tears, mainly because for me it hits very close to home. In my own childhood, my mother was an alcoholic & drug addict. I can recall coming home from school not being able to wake her, not knowing if she was just drunk or if I should call 911. My own mother would take us to her dealers houses in the middle of the night, not concerned with if we had school the following day or if she was putting us in harms way. In this sense, I identify with this book.

The repressed memories are a very interesting subject that I look forward to learning more about, but also in a way, it is terrifying to think you could learn something that you may not want to know.

To this day, my mother is a drug addict and alcoholic and even though I have forgiven her, I have no desire to forge a relationship with her. It's a strange feeling to know that you should have feelings for someone as special as your mother who should have walked to the edges of the earth for you, and yet feel the same as if you were passing a stranger on the street of a busy street.

The ending of this book really threw me for a loop. During the last 5 minutes, you are sure you see how this is playing out and at the very end you find out exactly why the father took his little girl away from her mother.

Sometimes it's vital to take heed to those gut feelings.

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  • Baschi - TR, Italy
  • 04-17-17

Disappointing

I had trouble finishing this book and must say I was disappointed. Other Jodi Picoult books, I've enjoyed. This one seemed to drag on and on and was implausible in places. It could have been an interesting story, but somehow became very boring. The narration was too slow and pretty average, across the board. Sorry...this one didn't do it for me

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  • KJ
  • 07-27-18

Two things that trouble me about this book.

I don't write many reviews, but I really had to say something here. It is really irresponsible of you! You give a recipe to make meth. What are you thinking?!! It wouldn't hurt your story line to cut it out.

The second is just a pet peeve. I always assumed that you had professionals doing your readings. If you don't know the words or how they are properly pronounced - look it up! Saguaro is pronounced suh-wahr-oh (g makes an "h" sound) and I'm assuming your "Cutcena doll" is a Kachina Doll. Which is pronounced Kuh-chee-nuh. It was like nails on a chalkboard.

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One narrator put me off

The story was good, and I enjoyed it. However I was unable to finish as one of the narrators drove me nuts. Constantly sucking up their split, licking their lips, not sure what. Cant they edit that stuff out?

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good story-terrible narrators

i struggled to understand the story at its beginning ....it didn't look like i was able to pick up on who was who. but the narrators, especially Delia's character... absolutely horrible. stretching words and pronounciations...like she's constantly high... I struggled with wanting to quit listening.

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Not as good as most

Jodi picoult is one of my favorite authors. This book was not a favorite. Didn't care about characters as much. Not sure what the point of her dad in jail story line was for.

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Loved the story, did not love the narrators

I almost stopped listening to this book because of the narrators. The voices who read for two of the main characters were.hard to listen to, but the story was great so I'm glad I stuck with it.

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Not her best work

Unlike the other books I've listened to by this author, I really struggled to listen to this to the end. There were times when the details were just too unnecessarily long and didn't add value to the story. Listening to the father in the story go on about his time in prison was too graphic for the value that it could have added. His voice was also pretty dull to listen to. The narrator for Fitch was just not likable at all. The end of the story was predictable. Typically I love this author but this is not an example of her amazing work.

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Really wanted to like it but......

I really wanted to like this book but I just did not. I liked the idea of different narrators, but the woman was so off-putting that I hated the main character. I never could connect with her. The other readers were not as bad, but there was a lot of background noises that were very distracting. As for the story line, I get the feeling that the author is trying to show you how much research she did for the book but it just doesn’t fit. There are so many distracting side stories and a bunch of facts that are not relevant to the storyline. The main character is not relatable at all.
Very disappointed and will not be listening to any others by this author or the reader for main character.

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an exciting read!

unexpected twists! spectacular narrators kept the listening lively and intriguing. I can't wait to listen to the rest of Jp's books!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-06-17

Another enthralling court room drama

Another brilliant story from Jodi Picoult: compelling narrative, well developed characters with a tangible emotional undercurrent that provides for a gripping read. The dialogue is excellent and believable and the multiple perspectives gives the off kilter story real depth. Like all of Picoult's books that I have listened to, the moral dimension makes the stories more vivid leaving traces of the nuances with you long after you have finished reading or listening. I really loved this and look forward to my next one. Highly recommended

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  • Lynne
  • 03-25-17

another great story

don't think there are many of J P booksI've not listened to and haven't enjoyed. in fact I have enjoyed each and every one
audio books are expensive so the longer the book the better for me
value for money !

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  • Caz
  • 01-05-17

excellent

some of Ms picoults books can be uncomfortable, but this one was engaging & fascinating

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-17-18

Usually A Picoult Fan...

I have greatly enjoyed other books by this author, especially the first class, multi-faceted Small Great Things, but I detested this one. Saccharine, poorly researched legally, one-dimensional characters and a one-sided moral perspective that condones child abduction and taking justice into your own hands as a parent, without any exploration of appropriate legal channels and child protection procedures. Don’t understand how she got this one
so wrong!

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  • Chrissy C
  • 06-20-18

Absorbing ! A good listen .

Hooked from the beginning . Characters intriguing and well defined with a great very believable and detailed plot.

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  • Ellisticity
  • 04-05-17

Compelling

Beautifully written and challenging your personal morals & choices at every turn... completely compelling & I found sympathy with every key character. I feel that I know these characters on a personal level because of the cleverness of the author.
Completely recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-05-17

not what i expected

disappointing book that wastes a lot of time on irrelevant areas and has no connection to the story itself

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-26-18

narration is just awful

The narration was just awful. Made it hard to follow the story. The mexican accents were the worst part for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-23-17

Brilliant

Brilliant! So many layers it kept unfolding. Really well narrated and such depth to the characters.