- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (April 4, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1540517373
- ISBN-13: 978-1540517371
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Caging at Deadwater Manor Paperback – April 4, 2017
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About the Author
Sandie Will was born in Poughkeepsie, New York and moved to Florida during the 1970s. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Geology degree from the University of South Florida and Master of Science in Environmental Engineering Sciences degree from the University of Florida. She is currently working as a hydrogeologist and manager. During her career, she has written numerous technical reports and articles for various science-related publications. Now, she is adding fiction to her writing repertoire with her debut novel, The Caging at Deadwater Manor. Sandie currently lives in Florida with her husband, Charlie. They have two grown sons, a lovable lab-mix and a pesky cat. Her websites include www.sandiewill.com and www.deadwatermanor.com
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The more mature and disturbing content -- the dehumanizing trials suffered by the protagonist during her institutionalization at a legally suspect facility at the hands of vindictive family and sadistic staff -- is handled organically and, to the extent possible, tastefully, reflecting the lived experiences of the protagonist without resorting to gratuitousness. (Nevertheless, I'd recommend against audiences below 16 years of age.) Similarly, I also found the protagonist's reactions to be realistic most of the time despite the outrageous circumstances in which she finds herself.
Furthermore, the reader must interpret whether the narrator is reliable or not, adding another layer to the novel; en route, we question, alongside the protagonist, if we are accurately perceiving the reality of the situation as the story unfolds. As a bonus, although the setting of Tampa is somewhat secondary to the tale, the author clearly knows the area well and that familiarity adds a nice sense of place.
I only had three minor complaints. The novel is set in the present, which did strike me as somewhat odd, as I at first assumed, given the subject matter, that I would be reading a 20th century historical fiction; admittedly, while this sort of occurrence is hopefully more rare today (and sterilization, once not uncommon by force, is now virtually impossible to obtain for a nulliparous woman under age 40 for any reason whatsoever, consent or not), it would be naive to say it's unthinkable. Second, of the two main antagonists at the facility, the orderly is well characterized as a classic abusive partner with the usual complexities; the nurse, on the other hand, simply seems psychopathic; of course, psychopaths exist and would self-select for employment at shady facilities like Deadwater, but I found myself wanting more from her -- some motivation, a story: something besides unexplained hatred. Third, the ending wasn't entirely as satisfying as the meat of the novel, as the story quickly winds down in a few pages what is built in a hundred. (As an aside, it sent shivers down my spine to imagine that many went through what the protagonist did, and many of them spent the rest of their lives that way.)
In closing, I bought this book last night and stayed up all night to finish reading it -- I was anxious to learn the truth and the outcome. That alone makes it worth 5 stars.
Ms. Will shows talent with plotting, pacing, and character development, and after "Deadwater," I am certainly looking forward to her future releases. In the meantime, I recommend reading "Deadwater" as a thoroughly entertaining excursion.
This book sucker punches you in the gut, as you can only witness as 18 year old Jeannie is held captive in an insane asylum. Every word of every horror she is put through will stay with you.
And the ending, oh the ending... That's all I can say about that. Be prepared to be glued to the page. This is an amazing debut novel and I can't wait to find out what other stories Sandie Will has up lurking inside her!
The characters are SO well written it seems like a memoire...which makes it that much more creepy!!
Excellent job Sandie Will and I am looking forward to your next novel!!
This is a very well-written book. It captures your imagination from the first page and compels you to keep reading. The characters are well developed and the story draws you into Jeannie's world. Bravo Ms. Will! I look forward to reading your next book!!