Published by Random House LLC on 2014-02-04
Genres: Contemporary Women, Fiction, Sagas, Suspense, Thrillers
Source: Random House
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For fans of Jodi Picoult, Kim Edwards, and William Landay, The Deepest Secret is part intimate family drama, part gripping page-turner, exploring the profound power of the truths we’re scared to face . . . about our marriages, our children, and ourselves. Eve Lattimore’s family is like every other on their suburban street, with one exception. Her son Tyler has a rare medical condition that makes him fatally sensitive to light, which means heavy curtains and deadlocked doors protect him during the day and he can never leave the house except at night. For Eve, only constant vigilance stands between an increasingly restless teenage son and the dangers of the outside world. Until the night the unthinkable happens. When tragedy strikes, it becomes clear that this family is not the only one on the quiet cul-de-sac that is more complicated than it appears. And as Eve is forced to shield her family from harm, there are some crises she cannot control—and some secrets that not even love can conceal. Deeply moving and stunningly suspenseful, The Deepest Secret is a novel of rare power—a story about hope and forgiveness, about the terrifying ways our lives can spin out of control and the unexpected sacrifices that may save us.Praise for The Deepest Secret “Smart and thrilling . . . a taut family drama about a mother blindly obsessed with protecting her teen son from the UV light that could kill him.”—People “A harrowing story.”—New York Daily News “Daring . . . Buckley takes readers into the grayest area imaginable. . . . Though often heart-wrenching, the extensive emotional development Buckley packs into a world of everyday life overlaid by nightmare will leave readers wondering how far they might go for their loved ones, and the additional moral conundrums faced by each member of Eve’s family will provide hearty book club discussion fodder. As winding and treacherous as a slick road, this masterful thriller will leave readers clutching their chests.”—Shelf Awareness “In Buckley’s superb third novel, ordinary human nature and extraordinary circumstances collide to powerful effect. The story offers the intricate suspense and surprise of a thriller, along with rich characterizations and nuanced writing. . . . Ultimately, Buckley delivers a gripping read and a memorable reflection on the conflicting imperatives of love.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)“The Deepest Secret is one of Carla Buckley’s finest accomplishments. Fans of Jodi Picoult will enjoy this compelling blend of ripped-from-the-headlines suspense and close-to-your-heart characters.”—Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author “Every family is vulnerable, and every parent knows it. Carla Buckley masterfully portrays an ordinary family trapped in a heart-wrenching crisis. A memorable novel about how far a parent will go for her child, The Deepest Secret will make you count your blessings.”—William Landay, New York Times bestselling author of Defending Jacob “Elegant, poignant, and utterly riveting, The Deepest Secret is a suspenseful tale of love, forgiveness, and sacrifice that will leave you asking how far a mother really should go to protect her family and wondering about the cost of the secrets we all keep, even from ourselves.”—Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia
I received this book for free from Random House in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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I seem to be reading quite a few books that center around the community that forms within the confines of a suburban neighborhood. I can immediately think of at least half a dozen books I’ve read in the past six months or so that have this theme and, considering the diversity of what I tend to read, that’s pretty outstanding. I don’t know if it’s a theme to watch for, or if right now with so much in the world going crazy between school shootings and other attacks happening on children, it is something that is prominent in people’s (see: authors) minds. And, as you have no doubt surmised, it was the theme in The Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley.
So the question is this: if you had a child who only had a limited time on this early due to a rare and serious disease, and you did something that could compromise the time you spent with that child and, quite possibly, the child’s well-being, would you own up to what you did? That is the question that Eve faces. Her son, Tyler, has a rare disease that makes UV quite dangerous to him – as in fatal. She has taken care of him, given up everything for him, and now – due to circumstances beyond her control, she commits an act that would see her taken away from him for an extended period of time.
Buckley studies the dynamics of the decision that Eve makes within the context of the neighborhood as a whole. Some of the issues the family of a child with XP faces are brought to light as well as the behavior of the child that may be the result. Sometimes, Tyler’s behavior confused me and that is, ultimately, why the book didn’t get a 4-5 star rating…because there seemed to be quite a bit going on that just didn’t make sense, given the complete control Eve supposedly had over Tyler’s life.
As a mystery/suspense novel, however, this one had me biting my nails with worry. I kept telling myself not to care so much about Eve – but I couldn’t help it. My heart ached for her and The Deepest Secret, if nothing else, showed me that seemingly black and white decisions are not always quite so black and white.
Check out these reviews!
- “I thought the progression of the entire story could have moved along at a faster clip. But it’s well written, and I had no problem sticking with it.” – Annette’s Book Spot
- “Though I am usually not a big fan of the multiple person point of view it did work in t his book because the chapters were cut nice and clean with a beginning and an end and the time line made sense” – Ciska’s Book Chest
- “This was my first book by Carla Buckley, and I absolutely loved it. ” – Random Book Muses