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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"Sweet and solid" - PW.
"This is Mitchard's best novel to date and is an essential purchase for all public libraries." - Library Journal.
"Thinly conceived and timidly executed." - Kirkus.
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Jacquelyn Mitchard's first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, was named by USA Today as one of the ten most influential books of the past 25 years second only to the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
The Deep End of the Ocean was critically acclaimed, won several awards, and was chosen as the first novel in the book club made famous by the TV host Oprah Winfrey, later transformed into a feature film produced by and starring Michelle Pfeiffer.
All of Mitchard's novels have been greater or lesser bestsellers and include The Most Wanted, A Theory of Relativity, Twelve Times Blessed, The Breakdown Lane, Cage of Stars, Still Summer, No Time to Wave Goodbye and Second Nature. Critics have praised them for their authentic humanity and skillful command of story.
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