Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult
One of my favourite books in the entire world. I read it eons ago, loved it and lost it like a tragic romance. Recently, I re-purchased it, and reminded myself how great it is.
Set between rural New Hampshire and Arizona, this book follows Delia as she learns that her father kidnapped her as a child, leading her to believe her mother was dead. When her father is arrested, everyone assumes that he is guilty. But does that mean that what he did wasn’t right?
A thought provoking story that seems to blur the lines between morality. It asks the question: When good people do bad things for the right reason, does that make it any less bad? It is incredibly well written and well researched with interesting, if not slightly selfish, characters. However, their selfishness seems justified, as they are all trying to protect themselves and/or someone they love. It’s full of plot twists and tension and is impossible to put down. Picoult tackles a very thought provoking subject and does it extremely well, making you question: What you would do if put in the same situation?