As I mentioned in my last post, I picked up quite a few books from the library on Monday. While there I got two older books by Joy Fielding, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite others. I decided to pick up The Deep End and quickly read it. I give it an A-.
Joanne Hunter's secure suburban life is quickly falling apart. Her husband's deseration after twenty years of marriage leaves her stunned. Eve, her best friend, is strangely distant. Her grandfather, who has been her pillar of strength and support, lies ill and helpless in a nursing home. Lana and Robin, her teenage daughters, claim every ounce of her energy and devotion and all the loves she feels she has lost. Only one person seems to care- a stranger with a rasping voice, a tormentor with a vicious mind. Danger and disappear close in with each ring of the telephone. Each deadly message lures her inexorably towards the deep end...
While there is a "Suburban Strangler" on the loose, preying on suburban housewives and the calls Joanne is getting tells her that she will be next, this story was much more than a psychological mystery. Though The Deep End was written in 1986, there are many topics relevant to today's topics many people face. I think Ms. Fielding does an excellent job of showing what it looks like to be a woman who's whole life is suddenly uprooted by her husband walking out on her and her teenage daughter getting mixed up with those who she shouldn't. Besides the comments on the clothes that people are wearing in the story, the book wasn't dated at all. I really enjoyed this book along with the other stories running through it, especially what is happening to Joanne's best friend, Eve. My only complaint is that I felt like there was a little bit of strings left hanging at the end regarding Eve. The mystery was just an added bonus to this book!
Well I am now officially on Spring Break! No more subbing for over a week... YAY! I have big plans of deep cleaning, lots of reading, and lots of relaxing. Now if only the weather could cooperate... I mean it is April and snow should not be part of the weather forecast. Also, the Red Wings start the playoffs next week and the Tigers home opener is tomorrow. I have been counting down for this week for months so I am happy it is finally here! Happy Reading everyone!