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The Deepest Water

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  1,207 Ratings  ·  152 Reviews
Jud Connors, a successful novelist, is murdered in his isolated cabin in the Oregon woods. His daughter, Abby, embarks on her own investigation, realizing that the clue to the murderer's identity is buried in her father's latest novel, finished just weeks before his death. But will she be able to see the truth right in front of her in time? Martin's.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Mira Books (first published October 1st 2000)
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Moira Russell
Nice setup (rendolent of Hitchcock's Suspicion), great setting as always, but the character interactions are flat, when they need to carry this kind of thriller, and the plot oddly dull. It should be like that Hitchcock description of suspense - the audience knows a bomb's under the table but the heroine doesn't - but it just isn't. It doesn't help the two (male) villains, the investigating homicide dick, and the Famous Godlike Writer-Father are all straight asshole. Wilhelm goes for the old tri ...more
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great story and wonderful narration on the audio book.
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Though not a fan of murder mysteries, “Deepest Water” was a very satisfying read for me. Abby Connor’s father was murdered, and—not trusting the police investigator--she set out to find his killer. The setting in a remote cottage near Bend, Oregon, was idyllic, and it simultaneously created both serenity and suspense. The other two female characters, Abby’s former college professor Willa—recently her father’s lover—and an elderly motherly neighbor, Felicia, were both very likable. Abby’s father ...more
Shawna Hansen
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the narrator's voice. She had a great range of voices for all the characters. The story was such a great peeling away of layers. Prior to the age of Bernie Madoff and the news about so many criminal activities taking place in the financial sector, most people would assume a "banker" was someone who was the opposite of a gambling addict, right? Abby's first marriage had ended when her father revealed her husband's gambling addiction and paid him off to get out of Abby's life. The second t ...more
Elaine Cramer
I made a new shelf for this, dark comedy. Not that this was intended as a comedy, but there was some definite (view spoiler). Not that I think it was much of a mystery either. It seemed pretty clear who the culprit was early, very early on. I only doubted it because I wasn't sure if it would turn out to be a red herring.

There were some well crafted scenes in this book. The burial of Jud was handled very nicely. The MC had a very clear arc,
Jan 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015-audio-books
I don't know where to start. I listened to the book instead of reading it and maybe that's why I'm feeling the way I am. I just felt it was just soooo boring and very much predictable. I have to wonder if maybe the author intended to make the killer so obvious?

I have a 50-60 min work commute, so I had plenty of time to listen, but I literally had to force myself to continue. I felt the main character Abby was an absolute idiot & the other characters were just.....boring. I felt like the aut
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While some reviewers knock this book, I really enjoyed it. Wilhelm is a good author, and it have appreciated several of her books, especially the Barbara Holloway series. This suspenseful thriller is a stand-alone book set in Oregon. Abby's father, a well-known author has been killed. She is coming to grips with this while trying to help the police solve the case. Jud, Abby's father has used people he knows in his novels, and Abby must go through and try to learn who would have motive. I guessed ...more
Yvonne Mendez
May 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Very slow start and the culprit was discovered almost half-way through the book, yet it took what seemed like endless chapters piling up evidence against him. Normally when this happens in a mystery novel it's usually a distraction to prevent the reader to see the real culprit, I kept reading thinking there would be a plot twist, but nothing and even the end was flat since there was no final confrontation with the bad guy. Overall the story was entertaining, but not enthralling.
Dawn Mateo
Aug 13, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book with one exception. There was no plot twist. You're basically given a strong hint as to who the killer is in the middle of the book.....and it ended up being that person. I'm use to novels that twist and turn to the end. I still enjoyed this book, even though the ending was a little anti-climatic
Betty Morrissey
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio
I listened to this book and did not care for the narrator's voice. I thought the story was predictable from the get go and I didn't care about the characters, (even if they were women living in the Northwest). I couldn't get a fix on the cabins, lake, fingers, condo's...nada. Can't recommend.
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Abby is in shock! Her father Jud, an accomplished author has been murdered in his own home, a remote cabin on the edge of a lake. He had phoned her the day before excited to share some news and asked her to come visit him but she already had plans made with two of her friends so she refused. Abby had always shared a special bond with her father but her visits had become less frequent since she remarried an investor. Her father never seemed to really approve of him but they did get along. Abby wa ...more
Rey Walker
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, detective
Intended or not, the way the women in the story were pretty much dismissed made me think of Susan Glaspell's Trifles.

The murder mystery in this story didn't really end up being about who dunnit but rather how. And, the mystery that was most interesting wasn't even about a murderer. Neither of which took away from story but rather added to it. Wilhelm's ability to layer in meaning and depth is what keeps me coming back.

Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm two hours into this travesty. I don't care who did it. At this point I'd be happy if the pace picked up.
Amy Nash
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Pretty tight writing making you want to keep going til you confirmed your suspicions of who dunnit.
Carol Evans
The female characters were the highlight of the book for me. Abby seems real, devastated by her father’s murder, determined to find the killer, confused by what she discovers. Wilhelm hits a perfect note with the two older women also. They each have their own personalities, their own difficulties. Felicia, Jud’s friend, is actually my favorite, perceptive, comforting, but capable of making tough choices.

For a mystery, I knew the killer early on, but I’m not sure if it was from the clues or from
Jul 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Honestly, I was a little skeptical of this book. Usually, if I read a mystery, it will be a whodunnit, not a howdunnit like this one was. The tantalizing bit of finding a killer in the midst of a murdered author's final work was a bit of a let down, and I was about to declare the entire thing a waste of time. But Kate Wilhelm's remarkable character development and emotional tension kept me reading. However, as I finished the book, I felt like it was less of a mystery and more of a tale of a youn ...more
Kathleen Hagen
The Deepest Water, by Kate Wilhelm, b-plus, Narrated by Marguerite Gavin, Produced by Blackstone Audio, Downloaded from

This book is a stand-alone and isn’t part of the Barbara Holloway series, but does take place in Oregon, where Wilhelm seems to set most of her mysteries. In this book, a famous author is killed. He is just publishing the third in a trilogy of books commonly supposed to be mainly autobiographical fiction. He is murdered in his remote cabin which you can only get to
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Abby stumbles through her days after her beloved father's murder; the funeral, the police questioning, and the financial adviser talking about the stipulations in the will... Until she remembers that her father's novels contained fact among the fiction. Did he write her into his latest novel yet again? Is there anything in them she can use to help find his killer? She starts to go through the pages and pages of his unpublished manuscript searching for something she can find to help herself under ...more
Feb 06, 2015 rated it liked it
I"m always attracted to stories about writers, especially if they are out somewhere in a log cabin. That's one of my ultimate dreams- being a full time writer out in the boonies. So this one was interesting for me for that reason. While I found the lead character Abby a little annoying at times, she wasn't completely out to lunch when it came to investigating her father's death. Sure there are always a few things that rub you the wrong way when people take things into their own hands and want so ...more
Sandra Strange
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
This mystery is fairly well plotted, though just a bit predictable. A woman is forced by circumstances to investigate the murder of her father in a remote cabin where he lived and made a living writing. Complications: her father's tendency to "love 'em and leave 'em," leaving many women who loved and were disappointed in him. He has had a long affair with his daughter's mentor, causing a rift between him and his daughter. Now the mentor claims they were to be married--but were they really? The n ...more
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I didn't know what to expect with this novel, and I didn't have the highest of hopes. But I was blown away with how it pulled me right into the mystery from the first page. I enjoyed the characters, but my favorite part was trying to solve the murder right along the other characters. However, the reader essentially finds out who the killer is halfway through, and I would've liked it to be a big revelation at the end. It's a quick read, and the pace is fantastic. I look forward to reading more bo ...more
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've finished the Barbara Holloway series and also her Hugo Award winning sci fi book, so I came back for this stand-alone book about Abby and her father's death. It was a little like coming back to an old friend because of how Wilhelm writes. Also, it was more of a psychological book than a mystery, and I enjoyed it. She describes everything thoroughly, which comes through nicely in an audiotape, and I thought the narrator did a good job of reading it aloud (except for her pronunciation of Spok ...more
Jan 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put this one down! Not part of the Barbara Holloway series, but every minute was enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the story within the story; a writer incorporates friends, family and neighbors into his novels, but in such a subtle way they often don't recognize themselves in the story. Following his murder, his daughter and son-in-law are trying to solve the murder, and his unfinished novel brings a new twist.

The best part is that Wilhelm has been writing since the sixties, and there ar
Kara Peterson
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have never read this author before and found her a very strong 3 1/2. Her story was based in the Eugene, OR area which I am very familiar with so I loved that part of it. It is the story of a grown woman and her father who have always been very close until recent years. The father dies unexpectedly and the daughter wants to find out how. While she is trying to discover this, she learns so much about her father and herself and while she grows in her understanding, she is deeply saddened at the ...more
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Great suspense novel. I really enjoyed it. Abby Connors, the protagonist, goes from believing her father's murder was a horrible random event to believing it was a premeditated murder possibly committed by someone close to her. She begins to hunt for clues in her writer father's last novel, yet unpublished, putting herself in danger as well, as she gets closer and closer to the truth. Very good book!
Dec 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
I frequently listen to Wilhelm's books on MP3 because my library has a lot of them. Every time, I get annoyed that the reader can pronounce neither Willamette or Spokane properly. That aside, all of Wilhelm's books are great, and this one is no exception. I have great admiration for authors (like Sue Grafton) who can crank out such a volume of work in the same genre without telling the same story again and again.
Jun 25, 2012 rated it liked it
This boook was just OK. I wouldn't necessarily put it at the top of your "to read" list. It's a murder mystery that takes place on a little lake, and the surviving daughter of the murdered author has to read through his last novel to find clues about who killed him. Although the premise sounds intriguing, there was more time spent on the interactions between the various quirky characters who lived in the community. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't really that good either.
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I knew "whodunnit" as soon as the character was introduced. Call it intuition, but there was one particular line that raised my suspicions. I just had to wait to see how proving guilt played out through the novel. I listened to the audiobook in the car (much better than talk radio, and revolving playlists) and really enjoyed the presentation. I could easily visualize locations and that made even more enjoyable. I felt like I was witnessing the events, not just "reading" them.
Barbara Schultz
Hmmm this was so slow. I couldn't decided if I liked any of the characters. Typically if I don't like the characters I usually don't like the book but Jud had me curious. A novel about a novel had me hanging in there. But ..... overall it was disappointing and I usually like Kate Wilhelm's novels :(
Feb 28, 2009 rated it liked it
A murder mystery - who done it - story. I bought this book 2 years ago and it has been sitting on my shelf, and I decided I needed something to read that didn't take much thinking so pulled this one off the shelf. It was pretty good, and is about a woman who solves the murder of her father, who was killed at a lake cabin in Oregon.
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Kate Wilhelm’s first short story, “The Pint-Sized Genie” was published in Fantastic Stories in 1956. Her first novel, MORE BITTER THAN DEATH, a mystery, was published in 1963. Over the span of her career, her writing has crossed over the genres of science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy and magical realism, psychological suspense, mimetic, comic, and family sagas, a multimedia stage producti ...more
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