Mary F. (Muskegon, Mi)
The Deepest Secret
When I first started this book, I thought it might be as good as Defending Jacob. I was exciting and couldn't wait for the story to unfold. Unfortunately for me, it never really got off the ground. The story lingered and was predictable. There was a great opportunity for the author to create many twists and turns in this book, but it never happened. I did not get the relevance of the relationship with the next door neighbor. That was just creepy to me. I also did not think there was much resolution at the end of the book. I would have enjoyed the book more if the book was condensed into the first 100 pages and then there was a trial in which the complicated relationships unfolded.
Nancy F. (Carmel, IN)
The great twist....
As a psychologist, I appreciated the author's ability to present an inter-woven snapshot of a family struggling to manage a chronic disease, and how one justifies moral decisions.
The characters are alive on the pages revealing a plot which grows in complexity as each perspective reveals itself.
I enjoyed the building suspense of the plot and characters! The final twist left me smiling as I did not have a clue.
A definite good read!
Wendy F. (Kalamazoo, MI)
Does everyone have a secret? As we meet Eve Lattimore, her family and neighbors, this is definitely the case. The secrets may be small and insignificant in nature or they may be life changing and devastating but each member of the cast has them. Carla Buckley weaves this tale of mystery and family drama in such a way that I could not stop reading it. The turmoil that each of the characters experiences throughout this two week period in which the novel is set is heart wrenching. Also interesting is the tendency for people to turn against each other in times of stress as well as defend and protect those close to them. A very well written book that I would recommend to anyone.
Brenda S. (Apple Valley, MN)
A Tad Bit Long for the Story
The fact that everyone has at least one secret is certainly highlighted in this book. And the secrets can often intersect with a loved one or a stranger. Carla Buckley has a wonderful story to tell; however, the writer occasionally adds several pages that just are needed. The book is a page turner, it just didn't need that many. I found the story interesting, but would not recommend it to a friend.
Eve A. (Henderson, NV)
The Deepest Secret
I really liked the writing in this story. It engaged me right away and kept my interest all the way to the end. This is a story of a family. On the surface, it is an average family except for the devastating illness of the son. His illness impacts each member of the family and the neighborhood they live in. Something happens that moves the story along in unexpected ways and reveals the secrets that each person has. I was satisfied with the way the story ended.
Lauren T. (Orlando, FL)
The Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley
The Deepest Secret is the story of a family, actually of an entire neighborhood, and how those in the family and neighborhood interact with one another. It brings home to us the fact that everyone has secrets and how jarring it can be when we learn the secrets those we think we know work so hard to hide. The fact that the story revolves around a young man with a rare disease adds an extra dimension to the tale. Buckley has done an excellent job of getting into people's heads. She has given us a cast of real people who do real things. I found this novel difficult to put down and a very satisfying read.
Mary Lou M. (N Royalton, OH)
So - So Read
Was looking forward to reading this book, but was extremely disappointed. Found the story very slow at times, the main character, Tyler, was very difficult to envision or relate to at times. Definitely a challenge to try and finish this book, would not recommend to my book club.