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12-year-old Veronica Swan's idyllic life in a close-knit Mormon community is shattered when her two younger sisters are brutally murdered. Although her parents find the strength to forgive the deranged killer, Scott Early, Veronica cannot do the same. Years later, she sets out alone to avenge her sisters' deaths, dropping her identity and severing ties in the process. As she closes in on Early, Veronica will discover the true meaning of sin and compassion, before she makes a decision that will change her and her family's lives forever.

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"A young Mormon girl finds herself torn between retribution and forgiveness in The Deep End of the Ocean author Mitchard's latest. Twelve-year-old Veronica 'Ronnie' Swan witnesses the murder of her two sisters in her family's yard in tiny Cedar City, Utah. Murderer Scott Early is immediately apprehended, but is diagnosed with schizophrenia and ends up spending just three years in a state mental hospital. The rest of Ronnie's family turns to their faith to forgive Early, visiting him just before his release after a battery of drugs have restored him to normalcy. But Ronnie remains angry and haunted by her inability to save her sisters from him, and as she comes of age she tracks Early to San Diego, becomes an EMT, talks his wife into hiring her as a nanny for their infant daughter, and starts planning her vengeance. But as Early's life comes into focus, Ronnie's plan leads to an unexpected, if overly summative, climax. Ronnie progresses from a stock girl-next-door type to a young woman with considerable emotional depth, and Mitchard understatedly portrays her attempts to navigate romance and other interactions as a Mormon raised very 'of the Church.' The results are sweet and solid." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Maybe you're too sophisticated for Bob Greene. Lord knows I am. After all, this is the Bob Greene who devoted an entire newspaper column to extolling the pretzel. I remember reading his work in the Chicago Tribune years ago and being skeptical that someone who shared a workplace with Mike Royko and Bernie Lincicome could remain so untainted by the pervasive cynicism everyone else seemed to take for... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"This is Mitchard's best novel to date." Library Journal

Review:

"Mitchard tells a compelling, even suspenseful, story; skillfully crafts an authentic narrative voice, and succeeds in humanizing the adherents of a religion that still suffers from widespread negative stereotypes." Booklist

Review:

"With a tender look at how every person is capable of having a dark side, Mitchard has taken an inhumane subject and given it a heartbeat. She has created a simple character from a good family and made her believably hell-bent on revenge." Denver Post

Review:

"It is a testament to Jacquelyn Mitchard's considerable writing skills that a reader gets sucked into Cage of Stars despite not believing much about the story she tells....The wrap-up is tidy and somewhat saccharine, but after what this girl has been through, she deserves some happiness." USA Today

Synopsis:

The author of The Deep End of the Ocean delivers a compelling, emotionally charged tale of tragedy, revenge, and redemption, set in a close-knit Mormon community, whose peace is shattered by two brutal murders.

About the Author

Jacquelyn Mitchard is the New York Times best-selling author of Twelve Times Blessed, A Theory of Relativity, The Deep End of the Ocean, and The Most Wanted. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and six children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780446578752
Author:
Mitchard, Jacquelyn
Publisher:
Time Warner
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Utah
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Mormons
Publication Date:
May 2006
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
289
Dimensions:
9.30x6.32x1.33 in. 1.14 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A young Mormon girl finds herself torn between retribution and forgiveness in The Deep End of the Ocean author Mitchard's latest. Twelve-year-old Veronica 'Ronnie' Swan witnesses the murder of her two sisters in her family's yard in tiny Cedar City, Utah. Murderer Scott Early is immediately apprehended, but is diagnosed with schizophrenia and ends up spending just three years in a state mental hospital. The rest of Ronnie's family turns to their faith to forgive Early, visiting him just before his release after a battery of drugs have restored him to normalcy. But Ronnie remains angry and haunted by her inability to save her sisters from him, and as she comes of age she tracks Early to San Diego, becomes an EMT, talks his wife into hiring her as a nanny for their infant daughter, and starts planning her vengeance. But as Early's life comes into focus, Ronnie's plan leads to an unexpected, if overly summative, climax. Ronnie progresses from a stock girl-next-door type to a young woman with considerable emotional depth, and Mitchard understatedly portrays her attempts to navigate romance and other interactions as a Mormon raised very 'of the Church.' The results are sweet and solid." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "This is Mitchard's best novel to date."
"Review" by , "Mitchard tells a compelling, even suspenseful, story; skillfully crafts an authentic narrative voice, and succeeds in humanizing the adherents of a religion that still suffers from widespread negative stereotypes."
"Review" by , "With a tender look at how every person is capable of having a dark side, Mitchard has taken an inhumane subject and given it a heartbeat. She has created a simple character from a good family and made her believably hell-bent on revenge."
"Review" by , "It is a testament to Jacquelyn Mitchard's considerable writing skills that a reader gets sucked into Cage of Stars despite not believing much about the story she tells....The wrap-up is tidy and somewhat saccharine, but after what this girl has been through, she deserves some happiness."
"Synopsis" by , The author of The Deep End of the Ocean delivers a compelling, emotionally charged tale of tragedy, revenge, and redemption, set in a close-knit Mormon community, whose peace is shattered by two brutal murders.
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