Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult is a story about kidnapping, abuse, and alcoholism, and yet it still manages to be uplifting. Delia Hopkins is a single mother who works with her bloodhound, Greta, to do search and rescue missions. She is enjoying her life as she plans her wedding and has a close relationship with her father. In the midst of this her father is arrested for kidnapping. Suddenly all that she depends on in her life is lost and Delia tries to do a search and rescue mission for the secrets of her past.