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Vanishing Acts [Hardcover]

Jodi Picoult
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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Jodi Picoult is not one to shy away from fictional controversy; in fact, the more tangled and messy a moral dilemma appears, the better she likes it. Approaching each carefully chosen subject with relish, and backed up with meticulous research, she creates the kind of satisfying emotional conundrums that have her fans wondering about what they would have done in the exact same circumstances, long after they've turned the final page of her latest novel. At the heart of this enjoyable novel are two gripping questions: how can you manage to be a good parent in difficult circumstances, and what happens when you take action that's morally right but legally wrong. Picoult provides no pat answers; instead this book encourages debate and discussion. (Eithne Farry, Daily Mail)

Jodi Picoult is not one to shy away from fictional controversy; in fact, the more tangled and messy a moral dilemma appears, the better she likes it. Approaching each carefully chosen subject with relish, and backed up with meticulous research, she creates the kind of satisfying emotional conundrums that have her fans wondering about what they would have done in the exact same circumstances, long after they've turned the final page of her latest novel. (Daily Mail)

'A gripping tale of trust, love and forgotten memories.... Picoult creates a story so compelling that, as the narrative skips between the past and present, you'll be so desperate to find out what happens next, you'll end up feverishly reading when you should be doing things like getting off the train or taking dinner out of the oven. If you're after a book that will have you utterly enthralled and stay with you long after you've finished it, look no further' 5 stars (out of 5) (Heat)

Highly enjoyable . . . Picoult has an eye for detail and is a dab hand at plot twists (Suzie Doore, Waterstone's)

Jodi Picoult is guaranteed to become a bestseller (Lisa Milton, BCA)

Gripping read ... never slips into straightforwardly familiar territory, and successfully avoids being overly sentimental (Guardian)

It's a very long time indeed since I discovered a new author whose books I have enjoyed so much (Helen Ward, WH Smith)

Picoult takes a red hot topic and turns it into a gripping and thought-provoking novel. (Woman & Home)

Gripping, moving and thought-provoking . . . Jodi Picoult is an author to watch (Ann Walker, Ottakar's)

This is typical Jodi Picoult - taking on emotive issues and delivering twists, with never any guarantee of a happy ending. (Huddersfield Daily Examiner)

If you're after a book that will have you utterly enthralled and stay with you long after you've finished it, look no further. (Olivia Cooke, Heat)

A gripping and absorbing story about the power of memory. (Royston Crew)

'Picoult demonstrates her skill in tackling emotive issues and challenging preconceptions. She excels at exploring profound emotional states and providing twist upon twist - storytelling at its best . . . This is a captivating and thought-provoking novel, which forces us to think hard about the true concept of right and wrong.' (Books Quarterly)

The narrative never slips into straightforwardly familiar territory, and successfully avoids being overly sentimental. (Guardian)

'An emotional and powerful book about the power of memory and how trust can often be misplaced.' (Women's Weekly)

'Captivating and thought-provoking novel' (Books Quarterly)

'Compelling . . . I defy you not to be hooked.' ( Peterborough Evening Telegraph)

'The novel is slick and pacey and the author has done her research ... if you like a brisk read with a soft centre, this is the novel for you.' (The Sunday Times)

'Elegant, spare prose with the punch of a populist thriller' (Elle)

'Brilliant, thought-provoking page turner' (Leisure Options, South Africa)

"Picoult makes us ponder the ambiguous relationships between love and lying, legality and morality; the strange ways repressed memories leak into the present." (LA Times)

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The stunning new unforgettable novel from the hottest international talent to reach the UK in years

From the Inside Flap

Why would a man who loved his wife – so much that in the quarter century since her death, he hasn't found someone to take her place – why wouldn't he have a record of the life he'd had with her, of the baby they'd made?

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 at her door, and her world fractures into something unrecognisable.

In shock and confusion, Delia must search for the truth among her newly discovered memories – even when they threaten to devastate her life, and the lives of those she loves most.

Don’t miss Jodi Picoult’s other astonishing novels. My Sister’s Keeper, Plain Truth and The Pact are all available from Hodder.

About the Author

Jodi Picoult grew up in Nesconset, New York. She received an A.B. in creative writing from Princeton and a master's degree in education from Harvard. Her previous novels include KEEPING FAITH, THE PACT, and MERCY. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.
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