1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Tugs at your heartstrings,
This review is from: The Deep End of the Ocean (Oprah's Book Club) (Paperback)
While my book club enjoyed this book, and it did give us a lot to talk about, I think that the writer missed several key points. Firstly, the mother is unsympathetic b/c she just wallows in her grief instead of trying to help her (assumedly) surviving children deal with it. It's like the writer assumed that since she lost a child, the mother must be sympathetic. Instead, she's merely pathetic. Also, I found the blase racial slurs, like the Japanese one above, offensive. Also, there were numerous typos that should have been caught by a proofreader.
For a much better book, try Rabid: A Novel by T.k. Kenyon or Black and Blue (Oprah's Book Club) by Anna Quindlin.