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The Deep End
A therapist treating abused children and families in crisis, Wilson Corder faces his most horrifying experience yet when seven-year-old Sabrina Parker is kidnapped and his own children's lives are threatened. Reprint. PW. K. LJ.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Zebra
(first published 1992)
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Unlike Crutcher's other books, this is a book for adults, not teens. And as a book of suspense, it's a delight. But, and this is a big but---even though the therapeutic work with abuse victims in this novel is grounded in reality (as in all of Crutcher's books), the way the therapists act and the outcome of this novel provide a casebook study in how bad things could get if therapists got over-involved and didn't keep appropriate boundaries---again and again, as a group, and trying to handle thin ...more
I selected this book because I enjoy his young adult literature and wanted to see what he wrote for adults. The Deep End was a fast-paced thriller that begins with the kidnapping of a young girl. However, the mystery of her disappearance is only the beginning, and several other crimes occur during the investigation. How they are all related becomes the focus of the narrator (a therapist) who becomes a key figure in the investigation. The book was a quick and easy read. If you are familiar with ...more
Aug 15, 2008 Claudia rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Suspense fans
I had to really search for this one! Crutcher's only adult novel. I loved it. I'm guessing Wilson is a lot like Crutcher when he was a practicing therapist...He is the man Crutcher's young men could grow up to be. The reflective 'essays' at the beginning of each chapter allowed a glimpse into Wilson's heart. I asked Crutcher if he had any intention of ever bringing Wilson back -- I would love to see him write a series, like Jonathan Kellerman, only better! Wilson is a hero, even though he'd ...more
I read this back before I really knew who Chris Crutcher was (possibly before reading any of his YA novels), and I'm pretty sure I found a hardcover of this title in a library book sale. This was back when I read a lot of thrillers and really enjoyed stories about people with mental illness. The main character was a child therapist and I remember reading this and thinking that being at therapist might be an interesting job. Of course, then I went on to major in psychology and work with disturbed ...more
I have never read such a disturbing book. The details of the inside world of child abuse is quite frightening, and the descriptions, honestly, sent chills down my spine. Then again, I am not a big fan of scary movies or things of the sort, but I did not know a book could do the trick, too. Thanks to this book, I have now realized I want to explore scarier and more disturbing book topics, they seem to be easier to read because they keep the reader in the story.
Chris Crutcher's writing is controversial, and has been frequently challenged and even banned by individuals who want to censor his books by removing them from libraries and classrooms. Running Loose and Athletic Shorts were on the ALA's top 100 list of most frequently challenged books for 1990-2000. His books generally feature teens coping with serious problems, including abusive parents, racial ...moreMore about Chris Crutcher...