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The Divide [Hardcover]

Nicholas Evans
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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17 Oct 2005
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 chainsaws to prise her out. Identifying her doesn't take so long. Abbie Cooper is wanted for murder and her picture is on law enforcement computers all across America. But how did she die? And what was the trail of events that led this golden child of a loving family so tragically astray? From the number one bestselling author of "The Horse Whisperer", master storyteller Nicholas Evans, comes this powerful new novel, an epic thriller of the human heart. In a journey of discovery and redemption, from the streets of New York to the daunting grandeur of the Rocky Mountains, it tells the heart-rending tale of a family fractured by divorce. As both parents and children struggle in search of lost happiness, some devastating truths unravel. "The Divide" is the story of a great love betrayed and of the yearnings and needs, and the dashed hopes and disillusionments that connect and separate all men and women.


Product details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; First Edition edition (17 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593045262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593045268
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 942,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nicholas Evans is one of Britain's best-loved authors. His previous four novels, The Horse Whisperer, The Loop, The Smoke Jumper and The Divide, have been acclaimed international bestsellers, translated into 36 languages. The Horse Whisperer alone has sold 14 million copies worldwide, and was made into a celebrated movie directed by Robert Redford.

Nicholas Evans studied at Oxford University and worked as a newspaper reporter and television screenwriter before turning to fiction. He is married to singer/songwriter Charlotte Gordon Cumming.

To find out more about Nicholas Evans visit www.nicholasevans.com

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A journey of discovery and redemption (BELFAST TELEGRAPH)

The story of normal people thrust into an abnormal situation by perverse circumstance. THE DIVIDE is a book that genuinely merits the term 'page-turner (From its thrilling opening to its bittersweet conclusion')

DAILY MAIL ('A convincing and moving novel interlaced with wonderful descriptions of the Montana countryside')

SUNDAY TIMES ('THE DIVIDE is genuinely affecting') --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The brilliant novel from the bestselling author of The Horse Whisperer, reissued with a stunning new cover. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another bestseller ? 16 Oct 2005
Format:Hardcover
The Divide is aptly titled,representing several different aspects of this story. Perhaps most importantly it signifies the divisions in a family. both a thriller and a tender exploration of love and family.It delves into the impossible places, where remaining true to yourself can be at odds with all other obligations. This is a bitingly contemporary tale, full of laughter and beauty, lightness and sorrow. The characters of the Divide slowly creep up on you. They endear you, engage you, surprise you, make you giggle. Put down this book and you feel enhanced by them -they've become your friends
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rich in detail and pleasure 7 Sep 2006
By Phil Robertshaw VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
The opening chapters of The Divide had me thinking that this was going to be a crime story. Two skiers discover the body of a young woman encased in ice, and alert the police. The girl turns out to be Abbie Cooper, wanted by police all over America for murder and acts of terrorism.

I quickly realised that there was much more to The Divide. Most of the story is told in flashback, relating the history of the events that led up to Abbie's death. Strong focus is placed upon her parents, Ben and Sarah, whose relationship has now broken down. Ben has a new partner and has become estranged from most of his family, despite his obvious love for his children.

Nicholas Evans is a fine writer. His characters are well-developed and real. His descriptions of scenery and landscapes are rich and vivid in detail, with lovely use of language. And above all, he is a good storyteller. Although we know what is going to happen to Abbie, we find ourselves feeling sympathy for her as she is drawn into situations she never intended to be in, led astray by an older man. One realises just how easily this can happen to any young person with passionate feelings for a cause.

It could be said that some of the loose ends are tied up rather too neatly. On the other hand, this does give the story a sense of completeness which could be lacking if we did not know what would happen to the main characters. Overall, The Divide is a thoroughly enjoyable story and is to be recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rich in detail and pleasure 7 Sep 2006
By Phil Robertshaw VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
The opening chapters of The Divide had me thinking that this was going to be a crime story. Two skiers discover the body of a young woman encased in ice, and alert the police. The girl turns out to be Abbie Cooper, wanted by police all over America for murder and acts of terrorism.

I quickly realised that there was much more to The Divide. Most of the story is told in flashback, relating the history of the events that led up to Abbie's death. Strong focus is placed upon her parents, Ben and Sarah, whose relationship has now broken down. Ben has a new partner and has become estranged from most of his family, despite his obvious love for his children.

Nicholas Evans is a fine writer. His characters are well-developed and real. His descriptions of scenery and landscapes are rich and vivid in detail, with lovely use of language. And above all, he is a good storyteller. Although we know what is going to happen to Abbie, we find ourselves feeling sympathy for her as she is drawn into situations she never intended to be in, led astray by an older man. One realises just how easily this can happen to any young person with passionate feelings for a cause.

It could be said that some of the loose ends are tied up rather too neatly. On the other hand, this does give the story a sense of completeness which could be lacking if we did not know what would happen to the main characters. Overall, The Divide is a thoroughly enjoyable story and is to be recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Divide 11 Feb 2006
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Another masterpiece from Evans and so beautifully written. His use of language and description transports the reader into the book itself. Absolutely gripping. Most definitely worth reading and cetainly on par with his previous novels, The Horse whisperer, The Loop and The Smoke Jumper. If you havent read one of Evans books, then get reading. My best friend introduced me to 'The Loop'and have never been disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 3 Jan 2006
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Don't hesitate to buy - Just as great as Horse Whisperer, Smoke Jumper and The Loop. My favourite author by far - Bring on the next one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Page Turner 10 July 2006
Format:Paperback
Although completely different to Nicholas Evans' previous books, The Divide proved to be an enthralling story that kept me wanting more. The somewhat adverturous storyline, combined with Evans' easy writing style ensures that you will be entertained from cover to cover. Although not necessarily a 'must read' I would definitely recommend it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Moving Read 10 Jan 2006
By Cheryl
Format:Hardcover
This is an amazing book it really does absorb you into the Cooper family and their lifes. One of the best books I have read. I really enjoy this author and all his books he has a good style and way with words. I recommend this book 100%
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rich and moving story 6 Mar 2007
By Heather
Format:Paperback
This is the 3rd book written by Nicholas Evans that I've read and I was even more impressed and moved by "The Divide" than all of the others. As suggested by another reader, it starts as a crime story then develops into a rich, deep and intriguing tale of passion, human errors and betrayal. This is definitely a book to pass onto or buy for friends and family members as it is enjoyable for all! A pure delight!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This is a riveting read. He finds new love while on holiday with his family and the main characters divorce, she being very bitter and he goes to live far away with his new love. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bredon Parish
5.0 out of 5 stars The Divide by Nicholas Evans
As with all his books The Divide kept me reading into the early hours.Mr Evans knows how to draw the reader into the story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Annie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Nicholas Evans is a great story teller, his books are exciting yet believable and keep one captivated to the end.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad tale of lost ability to communicate with open mind and heart....
This isn't throw away chick fiction but a more meaningful study of relationships and change. In fact, this isn't an easy read if you want to get the most from it - sure, the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. S. C. Bartos
3.0 out of 5 stars Like the Curate's egg...
When I read The Horse Whisperer it was before the hype had really got traction and, therefore, long before Robert Redford gave it an appalling Hollywood ending. Read more
Published 7 months ago by M Norman
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Enjoyable Reading.
I haven't read a Nicholas Evans book for years and I enjoyed this just as much as the others. It's a good read at a good pace and remains interesting throughout the whole book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Liz Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review
The book itself is in a pretty poor state. Although the contents are brilliant. Yet again Nicholas Evans has written another enrapturing book.
Published 9 months ago by susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous read
I first read this book some time ago but have just reread it as it was this months choice at my book club .It was just as good. Read more
Published 14 months ago by lizzinpaul
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT YET READ.
If you ask me again when I've had reasonable time to read it (or allow me to comment in fewer words, when I have nothing yet to say) I will be happy to do this review.
Published 14 months ago by Brenda Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Woow!
Nicholas Evans is a great story teller and I couldn't put this book down, I was captured from page 1.
Published 16 months ago by Mikaela Hansen
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