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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Edition edition (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345535243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345535245
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every family is vulnerable, but Eve’s might be more fragile than most. Her son’s incredibly rare medical condition means any exposure to UV light could be fatal, forcing Eve to change the way her son lives, learns, and plays. Since Tyler’s only able to experience the outdoors after the sun goes down, Eve is forced to form close relationships with her neighbors, requesting that they use UV-free lightbulbs on porches and garages. Though most of the neighbors happily comply, some new additions to the cul-de-sac prefer to make things difficult. When a young girl disappears, suspicion among the neighbors flows freely, and the most unlikely suspect turns out to have all the answers. Buckley highlights the power of community in The Deepest Secret, the story of a mother’s desire to protect her child from the dangers of the outside world at any cost. Eve, her husband, and Tyler narrate the story in turn, weaving personal bias and suspicion into the overarching drama. Fans of Lisa Scottoline and Lisa Gardner will appreciate Buckley’s unique blend of poignant emotion and thrilling suspense. --Stephanie Turza


“A taut family drama . . . smart and thrilling.”People
“Elegant, poignant, and utterly riveting . . . 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
“Exceptionally moving and unrelentingly suspenseful . . . everything a great novel, and thriller, should be.”—Providence Journal
“Superb . . . The story offers the intricate suspense and surprise of a thriller, along with rich characterizations and nuanced writing. . . . A gripping read and a memorable reflection on the conflicting imperatives of love.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Carla Buckley masterfully portrays an ordinary family trapped in a heart-wrenching crisis.”—William Landay, New York Times bestselling author of Defending Jacob
“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 of Fear Nothing

“[A] masterful thriller . . . as winding and treacherous as a slick road.”—Shelf Awareness
“A harrowing story.”—New York Daily News
“A mesmerizing page-turner for the era of Big Brother and constant surveillance: Who is guilty and who is innocent? Loved ones are not exempt from suspicion, as the devastating power of a mother’s love has unimaginable consequences. I was riveted until the very end.”—Melanie Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife
“An electrifying and sensitive portrait of an ordinary family struggling with tragic circumstances, The Deepest Secret is a rich human drama that pulls on larger themes of life and what it means to be a family, one torn apart by tangled desires, grief, lost dreams, and a crime that threatens to sink them all. Every page aches with searing emotions that build to a heart-healing conclusion.”—Chevy Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of Always Watching
“Carla Buckley captures the beauty and sorrow of a family about to change forever. The Deepest Secret is about magic spun from pain, deep truth sprung from secrets, and, most of all, the extraordinary love that carries Tyler and his family all through the night. This is an unbearably wonderful novel.”—Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author of Little Night

“Carla Buckley brilliantly uses darkness to illuminate the truth about one family that could be any family. In the process she entertains and astounds the reader with a riveting page turner that is also a deeply moving examination of parenthood and the dangers that are always lurking in the shadows. You will hug your child harder after you finish The Deepest Secret.”—M. J. Rose, internationally bestselling author of The Book of Lost Fragrances
The Deepest Secret gets under your skin—when you’re not reading it, you’re thinking about it. The first fifty pages already draw you in, but then Buckley sets a hook that makes it impossible not to race to the end to find out what happens.”—#1 internationally bestselling author Linwood Barclay

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This story kept my attention and kept me guessing to the end.
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You can feel Eves pain in the decision she made that not only changed her family life but life of her best friend family.
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The characters are very developed and the story line flows along with lots of tension and suspense.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By the GreatReads! TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
One dark stormy night as Eve Lattimore was driving, she receives a text message and takes a look at it. In the next instant she hits what she initially thought was a deer. But it was Amy, the 11 years old daughter of her neighbor and best friend, Charlotte. Eve realizes she has few choices - to own responsibility or to leave the scene immediately. Either way, she will have to pay a heavy price. It resulted in the neighborhood where she lives being sucked into a vortex of drama as the police take over their lives and a frenzied media invading their privacy and turning their lives inside-out. When the cops scrutinize everyone in the neighborhood, secrets start tumbling out. It strains the relationship in the entire neighborhood. One single incident has changed many lives forever.

The Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley is a sad and thought-provoking story that follows the Lattimore family who live under trying circumstances in Ohio. David and Eve Lattimore are the parents of two teenage children. While David shuttles to his job in Washington, DC, and comes home only for the weekends, Eve struggles to follow a regimented life as their son, Tyler, is suffering from a rare disease that makes him extremely sensitive to sunlight, and like most others who suffer from the disease, won't live past his twentieth birthday. Though Tyler can't be exposed to the faintest of sunlight, he has a life of his own from sunset to sunrise. Unknown to his neighbors, Tyler during his nightly adventures uses his camera to capture their lives which they would rather keep secret.The ever-protective Eve sees to it that he remained locked up in his room during the day.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By RobynJC VINE VOICE on April 13, 2014
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Eve is a typical suburban Mom who on the surface is living a very ordinary life: married to a good man from whom she is drifting apart, mothering a teenage girl whose secrets might be ordinary - or might be serious - but mostly, Eve's a mom raising a son who will die in just a few years; a son who is poisoned by sunlight and whose death warrant was signed years ago. So this family lives by the ticking of a clock; the daily tick of sunrise and the bigger tick of a life winding down when it's supposed to be starting up. Eve thinks her life couldn't get harder. But one day, in the space of a text message, Eve's fragile life takes another fatal blow. And as her community reels from its impact, we start to explore all the secrets that everyone is keeping - and what price they will pay for those secrets.

Sounds like a great book doesn't it? And I wish I could rate this book higher - I don't like leaving critical reviews, especially for young authors, and I look for the best. But for me, after a nice setup and a good catalyzing event, the book slowed down to a crawl. It was as if the writer had thought of a great premise and created a compelling community, but then didn't know where to go. The plot is a waiting game, and reading becomes a waiting game as well, as all the characters passively wait for their secrets to be revealed. No one in the book does anything, really; days just unfold while we wait for something to happen. This is the second book I've read lately with this problem ("You Should Have Known" is the other) and it's a bad trend! Thrillers or mysteries in which the main characters are defined by their passive avoidance and denial of their circumstances do not make for good reads.
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Format: Hardcover
As usual I received this book because it showed up in the mail without the need to purchase it. Unusually, I don't seem to be able to track down exactly why it showed up. I am forced to assume it was a direct publisher giveaway of some sort. Nevertheless, my candid thoughts follow.

You've doubtless read the blurb so I won't make even the smallest attempt to resummarize the summary. The narrative is written in round-robin narrative from the viewpoint of our protagonist, Tyler, who can't be exposed to even the faintest shadow of sunlight, lest he die, his mother, his father and a few random viewpoints thrown in for fun.

On the positive side the whole thing is pretty attention-grabbing. At 450 pages or so I sat through most of it in one prolonged 4-hour stretch. It has a well-executed narrative flair that pulls you along at just the right pace. The writing and editing are all very tight and exceptionally dramatic. This is one of the best executed books I've read in a long time. Highly recommended to anyone except the deepest recluse without friend or family. The book draws much of its power from the "What if this were my family?" spirit.

The book's central theme, as anyone reading the title will no doubt guess, is that we all have our inner little bits that we don't show anyone. Some of those bits are dark and some of those are light and some of them are a bit of both. Buckley's true triumph is the realism with which she paints this narrative. Everyone has a secret something and some stay secret, some come to light and devour the secret-holder and some you just get away with. There's no big happy bow at the end of this one; sometimes a secret is just too big.
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