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The Divide (2005)

by Nicholas Evans

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Two backcountry skiers find the body of a young woman embedded in the ice of a remote mountain creek. All through the night, police work with arc lights and chain saws to dig her out. But identification doesn't take as long. Abbie Cooper is wanted for murder and acts of eco-terrorism, and her picture is on law-enforcement computers all across America. But just how did she die? And what was the trail of events that led this joyous, golden child of a loving family so tragically astray?… (more)
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When two back-country skiers discover the body of a young woman, frozen into a high-country Montana stream, the corpse is quickly identified as that of an ecoterrorist and accused murderer long sought by the FBI.

But how Abbie Cooper got there is another story indeed; one that reaches back miles and years and through the tangled history of one family.

Evans does a great job keeping things moving, and creates characters who are compelling even when they aren’t being particularly likeable. ( )
  LyndaInOregon | Jun 26, 2020 |
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  janicearkulisz | Feb 16, 2018 |
The Divide reveals the story of a family slowly torn apart by divorce, criminal offence and depression. Although a seemingly complex storyline, The Divide proves to be a simple and rather slow story which takes you chronologically through the events which led to the interesting mystery you are presented with at the beginning of the book.

Evans' drama routinely skips between the different personae as the storyline gradually progresses. As each reveal of the plot passes, the character most responsible or affected by the event takes the lead in the story and the book remains easy to follow despite these character changes. Each of the characters are well-written and easy to imagine. At times the realism of the family and the nature of the events experienced enable you to imagine how you and your own family would fare in similar circumstances. The emotion is certainly present. The most well written and intricately described moments in the book however, remain those of the scenery; predominantly set in the West of USA, Evans' descriptions of the mountains, valleys and landscapes easily paint a beautiful picture in your mind.

Evans' is the best-selling author of The Horse Whisperer, a book which in my opinion surpasses this work of fiction. The Divide, though cleverly and emotively written, in my opinion, remains a rather slow and unexciting story despite the promise of the plot. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys slow and detailed family dramas but for a bit more of a suspenseful and thrilling kick, I'd look elsewhere. Alternatively, if you want to stick to the same author, I'd choose The Horse Whisperer over this story any day. ( )
  Charlotte1162 | Nov 29, 2017 |
This book is mainly set in Missoula which is the main city in the Bitterroot Valley and one we visited on our trip. So that made it interesting to me personally. It was also an interesting story about a marriage breakdown and how that affects the husband, wife and their two children. The daughter gets involved with a radical ecological group or at least one radical person who is an ecological terrorist. I thought the character of the husband, the one who caused the breakup of the marriage, was more sympathetic than that of the wife and I suspect that is because the writer is a man. There was also one thing which was never explained (I don't want to go into details because I don't want to spoil the ending) and which is crucial to the denouement. Other than that, it was a good read. ( )
  gypsysmom | Aug 24, 2017 |
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  kyndyleizabella | Jan 23, 2017 |
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Two backcountry skiers find the body of a young woman embedded in the ice of a remote mountain creek. All through the night, police work with arc lights and chain saws to dig her out. But identification doesn't take as long. Abbie Cooper is wanted for murder and acts of eco-terrorism, and her picture is on law-enforcement computers all across America. But just how did she die? And what was the trail of events that led this joyous, golden child of a loving family so tragically astray?

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