The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard

The Deep End of the Ocean

Cappadora Family #1

Jacquelyn Mitchard

464 pages first pub 1996 (editions)

fiction contemporary mystery mysterious reflective slow-paced


Few first novels receive the kind of attention and acclaim showered on this powerful story—a nationwide bestseller, a critical success, and the first title chosen for Oprah's Book Club. Both highly suspenseful and deeply moving, The Deep End of th...

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Community Reviews Summary of 1,695 reviews


emotional 70%
mysterious 60%
sad 40%
reflective 30%
challenging 10%
dark 10%
tense 10%


slow 50%
medium 50%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 50% | Character: 37% | Plot: 12%

Strong character development?

Yes: 71% | It's complicated: 28%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 50% | It's complicated: 37% | No: 12%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 85% | Yes: 14%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 85% | It's complicated: 14%

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