The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

eBook - 2014
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Esme Lennox is a dreamy, bookish young woman, the kind of girl who stares and listens and won't flirt with boys. And then, in the space of a moment, she disappears. Years later, a stunning phone call breaks the silence at Iris Lockhart's vintage shop: her great-aunt Esme, whom she never knew existed, is being released from Cauldstone Hospital after sixty-one years. Iris's grandmother Kitty always claimed to be an only child, but Esme's papers prove she is Kitty's sister, and Iris can see the shadow of her dead father in her face. Still, she's basically a stranger, a family member never mentioned by the family, sure to bring life-altering secrets when she leaves the ward. If Iris takes her in, what dangerous truths might she inherit'</
Publisher: [S.l.] : HarperCollins, 2014
ISBN: 9781443420112
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Oct 10, 2019

I am very glad that I was introduced to this author, plus, I like women's fiction. This is a very sad story about Esme Lennox. To this day, I cannot understand why she was hated so much by her own family. Wow! Still blows me away.

Aug 27, 2018

I'm probably the only reviewer to assign this book a mere 2 stars. Once again, I'm at odds with the vast majority. Sorry, folks, I just could not warm up to this novel.
The basic premise is very intriguing and contains the bones of a great story but somehow it never really came together. The motivations of the main characters are difficult to understand and seem inconsistent. Even Iris, the best of the lot, seemed to lose her way at times. The sheer odiousness of some of the other characters ( who were needed to fill in the gaps) didn't help. Many commentators have praised O'Farrell's language; regrettably, that didn't really work for me either. Too cute and for me bordering on pretentious. I fear my ear for language and style has recently been spoiled by reading several of Kent Haruf's down-to-earth books with their plain language and total lack of ornamentation.
There were moments during my reading when I suspected O'Farrell was channeling Virginia Woolf and not succeeding.
I note that there seem to be very few male readers commenting on the book, which raises the uncomfortable question of whether it is the sort of thing that will appeal only to women. I detest the idea of classifying any book as "chick lit" (insulting term!) but the facts remain .....

Mar 21, 2018

Beautiful and tragic. I read it in one sitting, unable to look away.

CRRL_MegRaymond Oct 09, 2017

Iris gets a stunning phone call - she has a great-aunt named Esme, and Esme is being released from a mental hospital after sixty-one years - can Iris take her in?

Aug 09, 2016

Great ending. I'm not crazy about the author's writing style.

Jun 21, 2016

Thoroughly enjoyable. Quick easy but "stays with you" read.

Nov 18, 2015

Extremely well written! I couldn't put it down. Highly recommend!

Feb 10, 2015

I really enjoyed this book. It highlighted the plight of those confined to asylums as a matter of convenience and misdiagnosis. At the same time, this historical information was interwoven into a great story which told of the jealousies, loyalties, expectations and disappointments between siblings. I will be reading more of Maggie O'Farrell.

Dec 12, 2014

Sad and twisted, a scrumptious read. As the story unfolds, past truths are revealed, and it gets darker. The ending shocked me, I had to read the last couple of pages twice because it caught me off guard. Really enjoyed my time with this book!

Mar 06, 2014

I don't know what I was doing when this book came out, but boy did I miss a good one! This is the story of Iris a single young woman who possibly is in love with her step brother (just as an aside). Iris is contacted by an insane asylum regarding the release of a great aunt, Esme, Iris never even knew existed. The story goes back and forth beautifully between the childhood of Esme and Kitty (Iris' grandmother who is in a nursing home for Alzheimer's) and the present life of the three women. At first it was a bit confusing to figure out who was "talking" when as there are no different fonts to distinguish the storytellers, but you quickly figure out who's point of view the story is coming from.
I read this book in less than 24 hours, a new record for me as I am a slow reader, but I just could not put this down. The writing was superb! The author really kept you engaged throughout the story. There is scandal, mystery, twists and turns to be had.

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