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3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  917 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
Joanne Hunter's secure suburban world is falling apart. Her husband's desertion after twenty years of marriage leaves her stunned. Eve, her best friend, is strangely distant. Her grandfather, who has been a pillar of strength and support, lies ill and helpless in a nursing home. Lana and Robin, her teenage daughters, claim every ounce of her energy and devotion and all the ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 25th 2006 by Seal Books (first published 1981)
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Tilly Slaton
Nov 14, 2011 Tilly Slaton rated it liked it

The Dead End is a psychological mystery thriller.

I found this book at a sidewalk sale for 25 cents. The back cover:

The phone rang. She picked it up and a chilling voice said: “You’ve been a bad girl. I’m going to take down your panties and spank you…And them I’m going to kill you….”

What can I say? I’m a sucker for spankings and death! Sold!

Unfortunately, the only reason I finished this book is because I HAD to find out WHO the stalker psycho was. I suppose that’s the point of the book. Som
I read this such a long time ago my only vague memories are of a woman in a house with an unfinished pool in the backyard having to deal with a creepy stalker and an absent, douchey husband. Reading other descriptions about this book, I'm surprised I couldn't remember a thing about the unsupportive psychosomatic best friend next door and the fact that the protaganist, Joanne, has two teens living with her and a beloved grandfather in hospital. I guess that speaks to how alone Joanne truly is in ...more
Jan 26, 2016 Elusive rated it really liked it
Shelves: review
In ‘The Deep End’, housewife Joanne Hunter’s wonderful life begins falling apart when her husband Paul moves out in order to decide whether he wants to continue being with her. Her best friend and neighbour, Eve is no longer the pillar of support she used to be as she’s now convinced that she’s dying despite myriad trips to various doctors who can’t find anything wrong with her. Plus, her beloved 95-year-old grandfather is dying. Meanwhile, she is receiving calls from a stranger who threatens to ...more
Corinna Bub
Jul 11, 2015 Corinna Bub rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Der Roman ist zwar schon sehr alt, aber immer noch lesenswert - nicht grundlos ist das Buch schon mehrmals neu aufgelegt worden. Joy Fielding schreibt einfach zeitlos und ist bis heute eine meiner Lieblingsautorinnen. Ihre Protagonistin Joanne Hunter ist in diesem "Sommerschmöker" das erste Mal in ihrem Leben auf sich selbst gestellt. Als sie ihre Töchter für das Sommercamp anmeldet, rechnet sie nicht damit, dass auch ihr Mann auf unbestimmte Zeit aus dem gemeinsamen Haus auszieht. Allein in ein ...more
Susan Leary
Jul 19, 2015 Susan Leary rated it really liked it
I got this book entirely by accident, while looking for a new novel by the same name. And guess what? I really enjoyed it. It was not long nor recent but it was very tight from a plot perspective and moved along at a good clip. Fielding's characters were very real. The twp women were mirror opposites but they were tightly written characters. It was almost a ying-yang balance of personality between the two. The plot was tight, real tight, and at times quite scary, I was almost hesitant to read it ...more
Dec 26, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was ok
Only so-so, a lot of build up to an abrupt and anticlimactic ending. Fielding ratcheted up the suspense but fizzled in the end.
Oct 15, 2013 Lesley rated it liked it
I can only say I remember reading this I think in the late 90's and I liked it enough to keep reading her books!
Okay, wirklich kein schlechtes Buch, aber der Buchrücken verspricht eindeutig mehr Spannung.
Jul 25, 2014 Angela rated it liked it
After a couple of starts and stops, I was finally able to get into this book. There was a lot of drama, and some of it inspired an eye roll or two: the cliché husband, the antics of the teenage daughters, the lusty tennis instructor, and top it off with the crank phone calls. I did not care for the main character at first; mostly because of her passive spinelessness.

I did enjoy how Fielding built the suspense as she built Joanne's character to the point where Joanne was strong enough to stop le
Sep 11, 2011 Jan rated it really liked it
I was with the heroine of this story from page one when the ringing phone, she won’t answer, hints strongly at what is to come. Joanne is a woman in her mid forties, with a husband who has just left her. Her two teenage daughters are , well, teenage daughters! Her best friend of 30 years, Eve, who lives next door with her Policeman husband, is going crazy (or is she?) To add to this already stressful and upsetting life, a serial killer is on the loose and he is stalking Joanne. We know this is t ...more
Apr 26, 2009 PurplyCookie rated it did not like it
Shelves: thriller-novel
A woman living separated from her husband, not sure whether she really wants this, a best friend who might not be so good after all and a telephone that won't stop ringing -- these are the main ingredients Fielding uses to create this suspense book.

As the calls go on, Joanne is terrified, but nobody believes her. The last person to believe Joanne is her best friend Eve, who lives next door and has her own set of problems it seems. Eve is battling many different types of ailments that the doctor
Jan 25, 2015 Judith rated it really liked it
This book was pretty entertaining, however, I think that Joanne's stalker should have been a bigger part of the plot. There was too much focus on her husband and daughters, and I think it would have been better if the stalker storyline was more developed. I did enjoy the suspense, however, and was surprised by the ending. I guessed everyone else in the story except for the culprit.
Apr 10, 2009 Louise rated it really liked it
This completes my reading of ALL Joy Fielding's novels written thus far. Ya-hooo!! I'll now be able to peruse each new one as it arrives out in the stores. Such a nice feeling to be 'caught up'!! LOL

Quite a suspenseful novel. I kept thinking I knew for sure who was stalking Joanne Hunter but was completely surprised by the ending. I didn't at all have it figured out.

Joanne's lawyer husband, Paul, had walked out on her as he needed "time" to figure out what HE wanted in life. Joanne is alone wit
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"Joanne Hunter's secure suburban world is falling apart. Her husband's desertion after twenty years of marriage leaves her stunned. Eve, her best friend, is strangely distant. Her grandfather, who has been a pillar of strength and support, lies ill and helpless in a nursing home. Lana and Robin, her teenage daughters, claim every ounce of her energy and devotion and all the love she feels she has lost. Only one person seems to care -- a stranger with a rasping voice, a tormentor with a vi
Feb 26, 2016 Gerry rated it it was ok
Deserted by her husband of twenty years and increasingly distanced from her best friend, Joanne is haunted by threatening phone calls that leave her fearing for her life. Red herrings and unexpected twists right to the end leave the too-pat conclusion still unsatisfying.
Nov 13, 2014 Laurie rated it really liked it
A woman finds her life and her marriage are falling apart. Her best friend since childhood is changing after suffering a miscarriage and since her husband of 20 years moves out, she has been getting threatening phone calls. A good read.
Rebecca McNutt
The Deep End is an incredibly eerie and intense story. Joanne, the main character, is having bad news thrown at her left and right, but to make matters worse, a pervy creep is repeatedly calling her. She assumes that it's an obscene prank, but is there something more sinister at work?

I usually don't write reviews that are very long because I read a lot and I'm working much of the time, but I really enjoyed this little psychological thriller so I felt like it deserved it. This book was very well-
Diane Wachter
The Deep End, Joy Fielding, RDC-M #3, 1986, 9/1993. A woman's world is falling apart, her marriage is disintigrating, her best friend is distant, her grandfather's ill and in a nursing home. Very good story.
Oct 29, 2014 Sherrie rated it really liked it
Good suspense -- kept me guessing right til the end.... many suspects. My brain was working overtime to figure it out! Good old fashioned mystery, because today with caller id & cell phones, the scenario becomes kind of moot. Good characters & story.
Jun 10, 2012 Schmasi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 29, 2013 Marisa rated it it was amazing
As I expected Joy Fielding has delivered another epic wife, mother, friend finds herself again and is stronger and more independent for it. Loved the heroin and loved her girlfriend Eve of thirty years, I really hated her selfish midlife cliche husband, however in the end the Joanne understands she can survive on her own without her estranged husband.
Very suspenseful, thriller, it was a riveting book, kept me engaged from start to finish. Recommend to read if you have the chance.
Sep 15, 2014 Tomi rated it liked it
Good story - kept me wondering through most of the book.
Nov 13, 2014 Jamie rated it liked it
Oct 08, 2015 Jennifer rated it did not like it
So ridiculous and dull!
Feb 16, 2016 Cathy rated it it was amazing
Jul 29, 2012 Kristilyn rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf

[from my blog 'Reading in Winter']

Could this be the shortest review ever?

This was such a horrible, predictable book! It took forever to read - it was one of those books where I could put it down, read 4 other books, and come back knowing exactly what was going on. It was that slow.

I'm not sure if all of Fielding's books are like this, but this really made me not want to attempt another one!

Mar 28, 2012 Lorma rated it liked it
This was another book I read when I got back into my reading groove, which I found to be an enjoyable suspenseful read.

Joanne Hunter's husband just ups and goes after twenty years of marriage shattering her world. In fact everyone Joanne ever counted on seem to be abandoning her. Eve, her best friend, her grandfather is very ill in a nursing home. Suddenly she starts receiving mysterious calls from a stranger. It will keep you hooked to learn his identity.

Apr 14, 2013 Lynda rated it liked it
Newly separated woman begins to see the people in her life from a different viewpoint. She is being tormented and threatened she will be killed and nobody believes her. She becomes stronger as she deals with unexpected turmoil and the attack by the killer.
Sharon Lawrence
Mar 07, 2015 Sharon Lawrence rated it liked it
Good read. Mystery. Friendships. Coping with a lost relationship. Heroine was much stronger than she imagined.
Cheryl Harflett
Aug 01, 2013 Cheryl Harflett rated it liked it
This was a great story up until the last couple chapters. It was one of those books that just ended "suddenly" when it could have been so much more climactic (and really should have been based on the rest of the book).
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Joy Fielding (née Tepperman; born March 18, 1945) is a Canadian novelist and actress. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, she graduated from the University of Toronto in 1966, with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. As Joy Tepperman, she had a brief acting career, appearing in the film Winter Kept Us Warm (1965) and in an episode of Gunsmoke. She later changed her last n
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