Delia Hopkins was six years old when her father allowed her to be his assistant in the amateur magic act he performed at the local senior. Summary and reviews of Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult, plus links to a book excerpt from Vanishing Acts and author biography of Jodi Picoult. external image The book Vanishing Acts starts out in New Hampshire with a woman named Delia Hopkins, who is on a Picoult, Jodi.

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Once, when Greta and I were searching for a runaway, we found his corpse instead. No good deed goes unpunished? It is Sophie who decides to teach the dog how to play board games. What do they add to the overall storyline?

Vanishing Acts

There were a great many questions left unanswered at the end, and I would have liked more closure, perhaps an epilogue, telling us what happens to the three of them… where do they end up, and with whom?

Dude, they could have just hired a lawyer, if she cared about him and picohlt sobriety and then helped the lawyer.

Jodi Picoult is a modern treasure. Mar 19, Kelly rated it it was ok Shelves: Also, I could tell the answer to the “mystery” of why the father did what he did was going to be a long time coming–there seemed to be a lot of secrets conveniently being kept, which I think really just served to draw the story out and keep the reader interested along the way.

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I’m trying to say, I guess, that Andrew was very separated from the rest of the story, and perhaps if there had been more connection, besides him and Eric-the-lawyer, it would have been better, but that also would have been kind of impossible.

Oct 29, Teri Zipf rated it did not like it. Quotes from Vanishing Acts.

I also got to read a medical treatise from a doctor who had an eleven-year-old patient come to him with an ache in his arch. How do each of the characters actions support or disprove this? The characters, with the exception of Andrew and Ruthann were irritating. It will cut to the heart of what she holds to be licoult and good.


This is a pretty formulaic Picoult book. Frankly, the novel should have only picked one of these heavy concepts instead of trying to cover all of them.

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Her identity issues stem less from her forgotten childhood and more from her inability to make a decision or vanishinh honest with herself. Trying to consider the situation of a father who snatched their identity of his daughter that is against the law by avoiding traumatic childhood experiences. So basicall I have sort of a love-hate relationship with Jodi Picoult books.

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May 23, Jessica Ashe rated it really liked it Shelves: The repressed memories are a very interesting subject that I look forward to learning more about, but also in a way, it is terrifying to think you could learn something that you may not want to know. She lifts the spoon, considers it, and sighs. Large Print Trade Paperback. It would be a 5 but not sure about the ending. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

Through Delia, who for a living works with a bloodhound named “Greta” to track and find missing people, we experience the irony of her chosen occupation. In the air or on the ground, bacteria attack, creating vapor trails. I understand the need to convey what a deplorable situation he was in, but I found it hard to believe that a sixty-year-old man would willingly engage in crime so freely with his fellow prisoners, even being a party to their Crystal Meth smuggling schemes.

What happens when you learn you are not who you thought you were? Does the good that Andrew has done for the town of Wexton and for the senior citizens in his care— not to mention the happy childhood he gave Delia— make up for or excuse his taking his daughter?

Jan 02, Suzanne rated it it was amazing. Right versus wrong is a dominant theme in Vanishing Acts— whether Andrew was right or wrong to kidnap Delia, whether Eric is right or wrong to hide his continued drinking from Delia, whether Delia is right or wrong not to stop Ruthann. What does the exchange between Eric and Delia while he is questioning her on the witness stand reveal about their relationship?

It is like visiting another planet when you only have one roll of film to record it; like coming to a banquet after a hunger strike — there is so much here that I have to consciously keep myself from racing through, before it all disappears. To ask other readers questions about Vanishing Actsplease sign up. When her father is arrested for the crime and put on trial back in Arizona, everything Delia knows to be true about her life and her world unravels.


I read the first or so pages of this one and didn’t want to read any more. Don’t forget my orchard trip! Jodi Picoult is a great author and does an amazing job setting up the narrative and it really seems like she did her research about what she was writing about. It is heavily a story about motherhood and expectations, with a realistic angle on alcholism thrown in for good measure.

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? If this woman had had a chance to think this over, if someone had bothered to go to the doctor with her and see what her options are, she might have changed her mind. So, why does Delia insist on him taking the case?

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See, a very interesting situation. When I reached the halfway point of this page book, I found myself wishing that I could just put it down and be done with it; but since I’d made it that far, I made the commitment to trudge on through to the end. More Uodi and About This Author. I appreciate the depth of the topics she writes about, this one, the ethics of a father’s decision to kidnap his daughter from a staggering, alcoholic mother.

Jdi, I’m not happy with Vanishing Acts but I really enjoyed the last 2 books I read before depreciating this book.


Once again telling the story through first person accounts of the main characters, she weaves together a family drama centered on a “kidnapping” that had occurred 28 years earlier. But Delia doesn’t care about Eric, Delia cares about Delia, and it never crosses her mind to hire someone else. The writing felt dated.