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Vanishing Acts

The policeman begins to push him through the doorway. I have a hundred questions: Why are you doing this to him? How could you be so mistaken? But the one that come out, even as my throat is closing tight as a sealed drum, surprises me. ‘Who is Bethany Matthews?’ My father does not take his gaze off of me. ‘You were,’ he says.

Author: Jodi Picoult      Genre: Fiction      Length: 418 pages

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As usual, Jodi Picoult does not disappoint in this page turner. I could not put it down! Picoult follows her usual style of writing from multiple viewpoints giving each character a unique and compelling voice. I am drawn to Picoult’s writing because she always gives her readers so much to ponder. She has a way of presenting moral issues that makes the reader wonder how they would handle the situation.

Delia Hopkins works in search and rescue with her bloodhound Greta in rural New Hampshire. One afternoon a police officer knocks on her door and tells her that her father is under arrest for kidnapping, and she is the one he kidnapped. Throughout the novel Delia realizes that there are many complicated reasons for why her father took her away, and she is confronted with the realization that there is not always a clear right and wrong choice in life. The book is also written from the perspective of Delia’s father Andrew Hopkins, her fiance Eric Talcott and her best friend Fitzwilliam MacMurray (Fitz). Each of the characters in this story are so real and relatable that the reader can imagine each one as a friend or family member that who is grapple with tough decisions.

Delia’s life is complicated further by the fact that her fiance Eric also becomes her father’s lawyer when he is arrested for kidnapping. Delia, Andrew and Eric travel to Arizona where Delia was born and where her father took her away years ago, this is where Andrew must await trial in prison. Fitz appears in Pheonix as well to support Delia and Eric, but it turns out he has ulterior motives that have nothing to do with his friendship with Delia. These four characters struggle to trust each other and reconcile their new reality with what they thought they knew.

Another thing I love about Picoult’s books is how she waits until the very end, I mean the last few pages, to tie up loose ends. Even then she manages to leave you hanging, wondering what each character could have done differently to bring about an alternate ending. Throughout the whole novel I was wondering how things could possibly work out and how Picoult would fill in the plot holes, but fill them she did and by the end I was satisfied.

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