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The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard
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Sep 09, 2009

really liked it
Read in September, 2009

This was a hard book to read. It was a story of a family after their
three-year-old son disappeared, probable kidnapping. It was a "slow-
moving nightmare for Beth, for her family, for everyone involved in the ultimate testing of the ties that bind people together and the wounds that tear them apart." A review said, "Strangers rarely destroy a
family; it is accomplished internally...or (the family) is spared."
I found, as usual, some good lines: "She tended to embrace pain as a matter of course; Kerrys did that--no hangnail was too small for a short fulmination." I've learned from crime novels and shows that there
is lots of resentment of "the Feds" by local law enforement. Example:
"My own personal perspective on FBI agents is that as criminal investigators, they're great accountants. The actual reason they exist is to hoard computer data banks and show up briefly when it's time to make an arrest. Particularly if there are cameras." Then there were the many uses of churches for meetings: "Beth had come to think of church basements as a kind of underground railway to emotional succor--trailing all over America, where people in transformation, grieving, marrying, giving birth and dying, were gathered around scarred tables with walls covered by children's crayoned pictures of the Anunciation."
Good summary of the book: "Beth sometimes felt they were all strangers brought together to act in a play without rehearsal."

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