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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (20 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340962798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340962794
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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When is it right to steal a child from her mother? Jodi Picoult's explosive and emotive Sunday Times bestseller.

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By A Customer on 14 Mar. 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is the fourth book by Jodi Pilcoult that i have read. Although it is good it is nowhere near as good as My sisters keeper, The pact and Salem falls. If you have never read a Jodi Pilcoult book before dont read this one first as it doesnt show what a good author Jodi Pilcoult is. I found this book a struggle to finish which is a first for me with one of her books. Jodi Pilcoult is a great author but this isnt a great book.
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I have read 2 other books by Jodi Picoult; My Sister's Keeper, which blew me away, and A Perfect Match, which again was very good. Vanishing Acts, however, I cannot get into. I've read about 3/4s of it, which means I've probably not reached any twists or turns in te plot, but I just find the story quite slow compared to others and I've been reading it for 4 months so far, I usually read a book within a few days, a week at most.
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This the first Jodi Piccoult book I've read, the author coming highly recommended from my Mum, an avid reader whos opinion I completely respect. I was not disappointed.

If I'm honest, initially it's not the most gripping of reads. The story is slow to build up, and at first the different characters narrative is much like each others which is a little boring - aside from the obvious differences in experiences that each character talks about, basically if their name hadn't been printed at the start of each chapter, it would have been difficult to tell one from the other. Maybe it's wrong to compare, but in other books I've read, the characters are individuals that stand apart from each other. I didn't get this with the characters in this book. As for the pace - having just come from reading Dan 'cliff-hanger-at-the-end-of-every-chapter' Brown's novels - it could just be the change in gear made it even more slower for me, than it actually was.

The slow build had a considerable plus point however... I didn't feel compelled to read this book cover to cover exclusively, feeling free to dip into it when I was in the mood. Which to be honest was a welcome relief after Dan Brown who is responsible for the bags under my eyes! To people that have struggled with Vanishing Acts, I'd say 'hang in there!' The story *is* captivating as it unravels, and I certainly felt a strong empathy with each of the main characters, which grew ever stronger as more history about each is reveal, and as the plot unwinds.

The crazy thing was, I didn't truly appreciate just what a good read this book is, until the final page. After closing the book, I found myself lost in thought for sometime, just thinking 'wow - what a great story'.
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This is the third Jodi Picoult book I’ve read having already read My Sister’s Keeper and Plain Truth. I’m glad it wasn’t the first JP book I read as I doubt I would have read the others afterwards. Where My Sister’s Keeper and Plain Truth totally sucked the reader in and was non-stop the whole way through I found Vanishing Acts somewhat lacking. The idea behind the story was great but I found the story dragging in many places and have to admit that one more than one occasion I gave some pages just a quick scan before moving on. It is a very believable story and probably one that happens more often than any of us care to believe. However I did that Vanishing Acts was bogged down in some details which really weren’t necessary.
Throughout the book you wonder if there is any reasonable reason for a man to kidnap his daughter and keep her from her mother for twenty eight years. By the end of the book you will have made up your mind.
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By Alison TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Jun. 2006
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I really enjoyed Sisters Keeper, but Vanishing Acts was not quite as good. The story seemed drawn out to me and the fragmented scenes told by the different characters didn't hold the book together well. The ending felt unsatisfying but a lot of the book was gripping and interesting, just not quite in the league of Sisters Keeper.
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I've read all this authors books and absolutely loved them. The plots have been tightely woven and the characters come alive on the page.

However I found this story more laborious. I didn't bond with any of the three leads - Eric, Delia or Fitz - as they each seemed selfish, one-dimensional and uninspiring.

The strands of the story weren't knitted together as tightly either as in previous books. I don't want to spoil the plot for anyone but the final suprise seems thrown in with no reference to anything that has come before. There was no build up in the book - nothing to make you think that this was a believable situation - and when the outcome of the books rests on this fact / situation it seems strange not to have reader think 'oh right, now I see what has happened here'. So I'd have to say that whilst she remains a great writer, if you're thinking about sampling Jodi Piccoult for the first time, don't start here. Read the other reviews - My sisters keeper, Plain Truth and The Pact are all miles better than this.
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I have read My Sister's Keeper and Plain Truth written by this author and though I thought these 2 books ended in the weirdest twists possible, I still enjoyed them both, but Vanishing Acts really bored me and it was a battle to get through the book.

I especially disliked the parts where she described in such horrible detail the happenings in the prison where Delia's dad Andrew was held until the trial.

There was no climax in the book and it ended rather dull!

As other readers commented - if you are a first time Jodi Picoult reader, then don't start with this book as it might stop you from reading her other books!
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