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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

D is for disturbing

Jacquelyn Mitchard's The Deep End of the Ocean is one of the most heart-wrenching books I have read. I immediately thought of it when I realized today was Wednesday and that it was once again time for another book recommendation -- we're now in week four, the letter D -- for Reading at the Beach's book challenge, A-Z Wednesday:

While I heartily recommend The Deep End of the Ocean, I must tell you that it was one of the most disturbing books I've read. The plot of this novel centres around every parent's nightmare: the disappearance of a child. Beth, the book's main character, is reluctantly at her high school reunion with her family and, for a moment, leaves her children while she tends to other business, her son watching his toddler brother. But seemingly in a mere heartbeat, her 3 year old son disappears. Police are called, minutes and hours and days agonizingly pass by, and still no sign. How does a family cope with this tragedy? How do Beth and her husband deal with the uncertainty of not knowing where their child is, if he is even alive? How to deal with the overwhelming guilt? The novel touches on all this and more.

I recall that I was actually so disturbed by the whole concept that I put the book down for several days, refusing to finish it. Eventually, I did. I was glad I picked it back up again, glad to read through to the end.

If you want to read a book that totally tugs at your emotions, give this a look.


Irene said...

I can't imagine the feeling. I know my son went missing at the farmers market for a few minutes, I thought I was going to kill my husband, fortunately a lady who saw them together made him stay where he was until his dad caught up to him. So all the street proofing in the world didn't work with him. Thanks for the recommendation. Now that my guys are men I might be able to read that book.

Zia said...

I remember this book and movie.

Kristen said...

After I read this one, I wanted to tether my children to me with a leash at all times. She has just published (or maybe it's not out yet) a sequel to this one.

Anonymous said...

I've seen the movie but haven't read the book. Since books are usually so much better, I might need to put this on my TBR list.

Thanks for joining!

Nise' said...

Its been 14 year since my son temporarily was missing (at the neighbors) and I still get sick thinking of it. Not sure I can read this one!

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