Sunday, February 24, 2008
Vanishing Acts II
Delia, a member of the sarch and rescue team in rural New Hampshire, is lost herself. She feels like she doesn't know who she is or what she's becoming. Her marriage is strained and she is constantly worrying about her daughter, Sophie. To top it all off, at the end of the first chapter her dad is being arrested for a kidnapping. Delia, though dealing with a lot at the moment, is certain that there must be some sort of misunderstanding in her father's arrest. For this was the man she grew up with, the man who raised her without a mother, and who has given her all the love in the world by being a wonderful, caring and devoted father. (Her mother died in a car accident when Delia was four.) As if Delia wasn't confused enough, this abrupt event sparks new worry and concern within her to build upon the old worry and concern. I predict that there are certain people who are behind her father's kidnapping, and, personally, I think that one of them is Eric, Delia's husband. The reason I believe this is because when the police were taking Delia's father away, and she was standing there shocked and confused, he said, "Call Eric...He'll know what to do" (Picoult 26). Clearly, there is something mysterious going on between Eric and Delia's father. But what confuses me most is when Delia asks her father who Bethany Matthews (the person who was suppoesedly kidnapped) is and he replies, "You were" (Picoult 26).