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The Deep End of the Ocean
The Deep End of the Ocean
Author: Jacquelyn Mitchard
Few first novels receive the kind of attention and acclaim showered on this powerful story -- a nationwide bestseller, a critical success, and the first title chosen for Oprah's Book Club. Both highly suspenseful and deeply moving, The Deep End of the Ocean imagines every mother's worst nightmare -- the disappearance of a child -- as it explores...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780451186928
ISBN-10: 0451186923
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 448
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 273 ratings
Publisher: New American Library
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Touching story of a woman whose life is changed when her toddler is kidnapped and found years later. Emotional & a great read.
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Very Good book, lots of twists and turns that draw you in and tug at your emotions as you read. You feel for each character as you see different perspectives on the disappearance of young Ben Cappadora.
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Engrossing and hard to put down. Very real and raw feelings are explored in this book. I truly enjoyed it and want to read more by this author.
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A mother's worst nightmare comes true when her son is abducted in a crowded lobby. Many years later, her marriage is unraveling and she is obsessed with finding out if her son is still alive. If he is, could he come back to his family without ruining his life and theirs?
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Sad book but very absorbing. great story.
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This is one of those books that, as a parent, has you holding your breath as you're reading it. It has been turned into a movie and I have to admit the movie is fantastic! I think they did a great job adapting it from the book. This is an amazing story from start to finish. I felt so in touch with the mother, that I noticed myself keeping an extra eye on my kids after reading it. The author did a great job of helping the reader to feel what the mom was going through.
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Great book, get a kleenex!
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When Beth Cappadora, a suburban mother and photographer, loses sight of her three-year-old son, Ben, at her fifteenth high-school reunion, not only does her life implode, her family's does as well. Her husband, Pat, discovers cracks in the marriage where there were no apparent rifts before. More disturbingly, her older son, Vincent, who was supposed to hold on to his little brother's hand, begins a lifelong descent, intent on proving he is as shameful and unlovable as he believes his parents consider him to be. Then, in what appears to be a miracle, the Cappadora family finds Ben, who has been raised and loved by a former classmate of Beth's â a woman whose success as an actress has been a mask for madness and depression â and her husband, who adores Ben as his son. Ben has no memory of his family; he is heartbroken and lost. The Deep End of the Ocean asks the reader, is it true that more tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones? The authenticity of grief in the novel was informed by the death of my husband, a man whose big Italian family, like the Cappadoras, was in the restaurant business, and who died the year before I began to write the book. Are we who we are because of our genetics or because of what we remember?...The only difference between any of us and the Cappadoras is that they have been caught and stunned by extraordinary circumstances. They are everyday people who have experienced what was once called "the great lyric passage" in their lives that will change them forever...

This story was in detail compared to the movie. Some of the characters lives were not the same as what was stated in the movie. The story in the movie was shorter and some of the things didn't happen in the same way as the book.