Vanishing Acts Paperback – 20 Mar 2008
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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'.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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