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3.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 5 3.43 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jacquelyn Mitchard Narrator: Hope Davis Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9781594835131
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The author of The Deep End of the Ocean delivers a compelling, emotionally charged tale of tragedy, revenge, and redemption.

Twelve-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, Veronica is unable to 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 the murderer, 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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Quotes & Awards

  • Cage of Stars is a worthwhile and compelling read, a novel that has all the elements of good storytelling.”

    Washington Post 

  • “Sweet and solid.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Mitchard tells a compelling, even suspenseful, story; skillfully crafts an authentic narrative voice, and succeeds in humanizing the adherents of a religion that still suffers from widespread negative stereotypes.”

    Booklist 

  • “Hope Davis’ performance is spot-on as her voice reveals Ronnie’s innocence and earnestness, maintaining consistency as the years pass.”

    Audiofile 

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kris | 2/17/2014

    " Very good book. Easy to get into it right away and I didn't want to put it down. I especially enjoyed the bits of information about the LDS religion. (Latter Day Saints) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 2/16/2014

    " About a girl who's two sisters were murdered at a young age when she was babysitting. A man named Scott killed them because he went off his medication and didn't know why he did it. He gets help and moves away. The sister who survives follows him to his new place and weaves her way into his life without him knowing who she is. She is trying to change her own life in the meantime by going to school. After awhile she has to come down to a decision of moving on in her life or get revenge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Parsons | 2/16/2014

    " For some reason, I had a hard time getting into this book ... picked it up a week ago and read a few pages and then put it down. Finally picked it back up ... and I ended up liking it. It was interesting to read such a controversial plot about a Mormon girl. Reminds me that we're all "regular" people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 2/8/2014

    " In the vein of Jodi Picoult. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mdoty6 | 2/5/2014

    " I almost quit reading this book several times. The author is not Mormon, but writes about a Mormon family and gets many facts wrong - REALLY wrong. That bothered me. I also did not enjoy her style of writing as it seemed to change throughout the book. I read it for book club, otherwise I wouldn't have finished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandra | 2/2/2014

    " I bought this book completely unaware it had anything to do with my faith and fell pray to judging a book by its cover (we've all done it) but it looks like I picked a good one. When I read the first page I almost shut it and took it back to the bookstore but I'm happy I gave it a chance and kept reading. This is not an Anti-mormon book and the author surprised me by actually writing a moving story about an lds girl that is actually almost realistic. She took time to understand the lds faith and the result is a book that is emmotional moving and in my opinion respectful of our beliefs. She got a few facts off but nothing thats not forgivable. This book really surprised me by how good it turned out it be and I found myself becoming so invested in the emotions of the characters and what they went through. It got me thinking about my loved ones and how I would handle having any of them murdered especially my siblings. i found myself getting so emmotional reading this book. For not being a member of the church the author sure tapped into the the heart of our belief in the reality of an eternal family and the love that is cultivated in a good lds home. A love that is really all encompassing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 1/26/2014

    " Wow. What a powerful story of responsibility. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elsie | 1/20/2014

    " A different look at the value of forgiveness and the seeking of revenge. Raise up a child in the way he should go and he will not depart from it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teri Massey | 1/15/2014

    " Found this had interesting plot / voice, had an epilogue which is different "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candice | 12/15/2013

    " Some tough subject matter for a Mom to handle in the beginning. And a few too many coincidences that made me roll my eyes here and there, but for the most part I enjoyed this book and wanted to keep reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monica | 11/15/2013

    " A little too much mormon for my taste, but still a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vanialee | 10/25/2013

    " I had higher hopes for this book. I really had to motivate myself to keep reading. The book lacked momentum, it had the potential to be so much more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kriscrowe | 7/27/2013

    " This book had me from the very start, but it revolved around an incredibly sad tragedy, so emotionally it was draining in the beginning. It was a quick read, because I didn't want to put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelbys | 2/17/2013

    " This book was extremly sad and depressing but got better slowly i kinda just made you want to kepp reading to find out how it gets happier. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 11/28/2012

    " The author should have had a member of the LDS church read her book and correct all her mistakes. But a very compelling story and well-written. Tough issues though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 E | 7/15/2012

    " Not your typical book. Very interesting, hard to put down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris Ernest | 2/1/2012

    " The book provided an interesting insight into the Morman faith. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mtiempo | 10/19/2011

    " Yuck. There are 2 versions of this book: one was edited more than the other. I read the less-edited version and found the storyline intriguing, but the writing pathetic and inaccurate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 10/7/2011

    " What an amazing book! I love this author and her style of writing. Good, quick read! I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 10/5/2011

    " This is an incredible read about a Mormon girl who witnesses the brutal murder of her two younger sisters by a deranged killer. The author does justice to the voice of a teenage Mormon girl who one day faces the murderer and has a choice to make...forgiveness, or revenge? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 5/12/2011

    " Another good story about family and what binds them together. She's one of my favorite authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 5/12/2011

    " This book doesn't get the attention as much as The Deep End of the Ocean, but it is one of my favorites. I just love the story. A heroine's journey into the past who discovers what she really wants may not be what she's been searching for her entire adult life. Great storyline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 5/9/2011

    " I enjoyed this book, although it was tough getting through the horrific crime that occurred in the beginning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 4/29/2011

    " Pretty good but not great. I like the story and the love story but it was too preachy in parts. It was like she was introducing and defending mormonism to the masses. Didn't need it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 4/28/2011

    " This book was such an emotional rollercoaster. I went through feeling every sort of emotion right along with Ronnie. It is hard to imagine the amount of strength it would take to forgive someone for such a horrible crime but the ending was well done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebekah | 4/16/2011

    " I received this book as a present. When I read the synopsis I thought I was going to hate this book. I loved it. Very well written, heartbreaking and lesson-learning all at the same time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candice | 4/5/2011

    " Some tough subject matter for a Mom to handle in the beginning. And a few too many coincidences that made me roll my eyes here and there, but for the most part I enjoyed this book and wanted to keep reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 3/17/2011

    " Gave interesting perspective into different characters' opinions. Excellent read for mental health issues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 3/16/2011

    " Great book, very different story than I have ever read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 3/4/2011

    " This was a great book. It was very powerful and at times hard to even imagine because of the awful situation but very good read. It felt like you really understood the protagonists struggles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danelle | 2/18/2011

    " I really liked it. The Mormon aspect was really interesting and made me more aware of their faith- in a positive way. Good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 2/10/2011

    " I really enjoyed reading this book, learned a lot about mormons of which i didn't know anything really. Book is a tear jerker but i really liked the story. I am a big fan of jacquelyn mitchard too, love her books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babete | 2/6/2011

    " Mais um livro marcante desta autora. Adorei! "

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About the Author
Author Jacquelyn Mitchard

Jacquelyn Mitchard’s first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, launched Oprah’s Book Club and became an international bestseller, hitting #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Her other works, including The Most Wanted, Twelve Times Blessed, The Breakdown Lane, and Cage of Stars have also been well received. Mitchard has appeared on the Today show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, MSNBC, and numerous other local and national television and radio programs. She was a contributing editor for Parenting magazine and wrote a weekly syndicated column until 2007 which appeared in more than one hundred newspapers across the country. Her articles have appeared in Newsweek, Life, Reader’s Digest, TV Guide, Ladies’ Home Journal, and many other publications. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and nine children.

About the Narrator

Hope Davis has starred in more than twenty feature films, including Arlington Road, American Splendor, and Next Stop Wonderland. Also an accomplished stage actress, she earned a Tony Award nomination for her performance in the Broadway play God of Carnage