Title: Vanishing Acts
Author: Jodi Picoult
Genre: Fiction, Drama
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Date Published: May 2006
Format: Paperback, 418 pages
Goodreads Rating: 3.67/5 stars
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
This was yet another great book by Jodi Picoult, and, as always, there was a brilliant message.
We follow a number of different characters through this book, Delia; her dad Andrew; her fiancee Eric and best friend Fitz.
Dalia’s world is turned upside-down as she discovers a secret about her family that she never could have imagined. She is then in a constant battle to figure out what is true and what is not. In the meantime, the reader is forced to think how far they would go for someone they love.
I really enjoyed this book, although some parts dragged a bit more than I thought was necessary, overall it had a really good message and was an enjoyable read. I don’t want to go into too much detail as it will spoil it for those who haven’t read it, but if you are a fan of Picoult’s other work, then you won’t be disappointed with this one.It is told from the point of view of a number of characters, which I quite enjoyed as you get different angles on the same story, the same problem.
About the Author:
Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-three novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Leaving Time, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Between the Lines, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.