The Deep End of the Ocean Author:Jacquelyn Mitchard "Watch your brother", says Beth Cappadora to her seven-year-old son, Vincent. She's checking in at her high school reunion in Chicago. Even with a hotel clerk who is in Beth's estimation, slower than weight loss, it's not more than five minutes before she turns again and asks, "Where's Ben?" — It's the moment every mother dreads. Three-year-old B... more »en is gone. And no one can find him.
Despite a police search that will turn in to a nationwide obession, Ben has vanished, seemingly without a trace. His disappearance will leave Beth frozen on a knife-edge of suppressed agony for nine years and drive a shattering wedge through her marriage to Pat - who, though he is a man of consummate kindness, can do nothing to bring his boy back. It will transform theit other son, VIncent, into a delinquent who courts danger in an attempt to break the bell jar of silence that surrounds the whole Cappadora family.
Then, just after the Cappadoras move back to Chicago to help start a family restaurant, something so unexpected happens, it changes everything that once seemed true or possible. And perhaps, only perhaps, it will give Beth what she thought was gone forever: a reason to live.
Jacquelyn Mitchard has a rare gift for understanding the bond between siblings, the nature of memory, and the healing power of love. The Deep End of the Ocean is ultimately a story about a family redeemed and reborn - one that will stun you with its pain, and surprise you with its hope. It is about a family catapulted into a hurricane - and the startling way they emerge; intact yet not one of them the same as they were. Every generation produces a few writers who leave their imprint on their readers forever. The Deep End of the Ocean is an unforgettable debut - a novel that will make your jaws ache with anxiety and haunt your heart as only the richest stories can.« less