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The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

AMAZING and unique story

I read for pure entertainment...show me a good story. I am a pretty tough critic and I am often disappointed by 'recommended' books. However, this book was absolutely amazing. I was hooked from the very first chapter. Although the book is sad at times the overall fe...
I read for pure entertainment...show me a good story. I am a pretty tough critic and I am often disappointed by 'recommended' books. However, this book was absolutely amazing. I was hooked from the very first chapter. Although the book is sad at times the overall feeling when reading it is not sad, simply enjoyable. I wish the ending would have had a bit more resolution however. I will definitely try more titles by this author.

posted by Anonymous on April 30, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

One of the most annoying, incomprehensible books I've ever read!

The plot would have been good and the story interesting (although not highly original) if the writing style weren't so hideously incomprehensible! There are three main female characters. Half the time I couldn't remotely figure out which character was 'speaking,' what y...
The plot would have been good and the story interesting (although not highly original) if the writing style weren't so hideously incomprehensible! There are three main female characters. Half the time I couldn't remotely figure out which character was 'speaking,' what year it was, or what was actually going on! It was the most annoying book I've read in a long, long time. The final insult was the end of the book. It just ended abruptly. Because it was so confusing, the reader never knows what happened at the end of the book. One can definitely speculate, but what's the point of that? It was so frustrating I almost slung my e-reader at the wall when it was finished. I would not recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a relaxing, interesting, consuming read. The first two chapters were well written and certainly made me look forward to reading the rest of the book. Once the three main characters were introduced fully, the writing took on its ridiculous back and forth between the three characters (although it wasn't interaction between the characters) with no indication which was 'speaking,' whose brain you were in or even what they were thinking/talking about; it was just random thoughts. One of the most aggravating parts about this book is that I believe this author has potential as a good writer and yet it was all wasted on a stream of consciousness from three women whom you couldn't identify when their internal dialogues were being switched back and forth rapidly from one paragraph to the next. EXTREMELY ANNOYING!!!! I think this would be an extremely frustrating book club subject. Fortunately, it wasn't a long book. I might try another book by this author, but I would be very skeptical. If a second book was like this one in writing style, I definitely wouldn't give her a third chance.

posted by bug167 on April 30, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Different

    Different, slow starting. Ending was surprise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    The book was confusing. It began well but by the middle I wasn'

    The book was confusing. It began well but by the middle I wasn't sure what the author was trying to relate to the reader. There were times I wasn't sure who was speaking. Interesting characters were found in the book but not developed very well. The ending left the reading with a big question mark. I guess we are suppose to have our own ending as to what happens to the main character. Would not recommend to a book club. It is too disjointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    Just Ok...

    The story was hard to follow at times, not knowing who the speaker was. It was an ok read. Not one of my favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Unsatisfactory

    Not

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2011

    Not my cup of tea

    Did not like this book much

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    Hard to follow.

    Although I enjoyed the basic story and content of this book, reading it on my (beloved!) Nook was a giant pain the rear. There are a LOT of paragraph fragments, jumping from pov to pov of several different characters, sometimes 3 or 4 on a single page. With a regular paperback or hardcover book, it is easy to refer back to a page if you forget the beginning of a paragraph or thought. Not so easy with the Nook.

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    Not a summer read

    It was hard to follow and not what i was expecting.

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    Too choppy

    This was written up in the Chicago Tribune and this was not a good read. Too choppy and the story wasn't good enough to overcome that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2008

    Left wanting more

    The story itself was interesting and kept my attention throughout the book, but I was left wanting to know more. I did not like the cliffhanger ending because there were questions that I did not get answered.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2008

    Good read, disappointing ending.

    The story was unique and incredibly interesting but the end really left a lot to be desired. To be quite honest, it almost ruined everything I had been enjoying up until that point. Great story line that truly just petered out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2007

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    The writing style was depressing. Not a bit of lightness at all. Could not work up any empathy for any of the characters. And the ending...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2007

    Such a disappointing book

    I was extremely disappointed in this book! I guess that's what happens when you buy the books Barnes & Noble discounts so much. I had this happen with something else I purchased cheaply. The story was really interesting - I almost read the whole book in one sitting because I couldn't put it down - but the ending completely ruined it! There hardly WAS an ending. If you don't mind reading a good story and then having it suddenly cut off at the end, I would suggest this book. Otherwise, I would try something else.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2007

    Interesting Cover, Not so interesting content!

    I wanted so much to enjoy this book, but... I would have liked to see better character development of the mother and father, actually, of all the characters. I kept reading and waiting for something exiting to happen, but, the big surprise was a big let down. I, at least, thought there was going to be a fantastic ending, but, again, NO. In fact, I am still trying to figure out what happened???

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2007

    vanish the book

    I feel I wasted precious time thinking it was all going to come together. It was to choppy and unclear for for my taste.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2007

    I needed more clarity

    I needed something more so I could tell which character was speaking - I agree the book (for me) needed more distinct segue-ways. I ended up not caring a whole lot about any of the characters with such a distanced treatment. I felt the ending was so unsatisfactory. Overall the premise was so promising I was disappointed and there was some wonderful writing in this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2007

    A reviewer

    I wasn't surprised by any of the 'twists' in this novel. It was a sad story, if you think about it, but it was terribly predictable.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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