Marsha S. (Nags Head, NC)
The Things That Keep Us Here
Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. It is a gripping story of a woman who finds herself forced to ensure the survival of her family in a flu pandemic which is sweeping the country. The story certainly made me think hard about what I would do if faced with some of the same decisions that Ann was forced to make. Given the timely nature of the subject, I think any mature reader would find the story interesting and though-provoking.
Vicky R. (Cumming, GA)
I was pulled into this story from the beginning and the author kept me there until the end. I was able to connect with all of the characters and the chilling circumstances they were facing. Since this particular pandemic wasn't so unbelievable, it was easy to imagine myself in their situation. Many times throughout the book, I would ask myself, "what would I do?". This is an engrossing, easy read but highly entertaining ... and the subject matter is certainly not that far-fetched.
Anita P. (Honeoye Falls, NY)
Engaging Premise; Perfect for Book Clubs
What would happen if a deadly disease spread so quickly that is wreaked havoc on society as we know it?
That is the premise of this engaging novel. The protagonist, Ann, faces a myriad of moral dilemmas in this book that will have you asking yourself "what would I do?" It provides enough fodder for book club discussions that could last well into the night.
This book reads like a thriller at times, but with much better character development. If you enjoy Jodi Picoult (and I do!), the writing style is reminiscent of hers ... fast paced, engaging, with imperfect characters that you quickly grow to care about.
Jane H. (Owensboro, KY)
The Things That Keep Us Here
This is a very timely little book about what could happen in the event of a flu pandemic. I have to tell you I was riveted to the pages until I finished. I was so "into it" that I found myself much more aware of people sneezing, coughing in public -- finding myself almost terrified when I was close to someone with cold symptoms.
The writing was a little simplistic and I found the ending to be a bit rushed ... thus the ranking of 4 rather than 5. It is a VERY readable book and would make for wonderful book club discussions. I think it will do well in the marketplace.
Christine B. (St Paul, MN)
A Timely Story
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. With the H1N1 virus dominating our news, this certainly brought an interesting perspective to a possible pandemic. The many decisions this family had to make would surely develop into a dynamic exchange for book clubs! This family will expand your heart and thoughts. I would welcome reading another book by this author.
Jane N. (Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey)
The Things that Keep Us Here
This is the story of how one family survives, and endures, a pandemic outbreak of avian flu in this country. It is the story of the choices that the main characters, Ann, Peter and Shaiza make and the consequences that those choices have. Ms Buckley has written a remarkable first novel. Her characters could be your next door neighbors. The plot line is simple but powerful. She asks and answers the question "what would you do to survive in a emergent situation". The book will remind the reader of Katrina and New Orleans and have us hoping that nothing like this ever happens in our country. I highly recommend this book. It is a thought provoking read that will stay with you for a long time after you finish the book.
Dianne S. (Shelton, Connecticut)
Wonderful, Thrilling, Chilling a Delight to Read
This is a phenomenal debut thriller about what happens to one family when a virulent bird flu pandemic hits the USA. And it has the potential to kill about 50 our of every one hundred that it infects. And then that potential turns to reality.
This is the story of one broken family coming to grips of the reality that is America during an unseen and unprepared for worldwide emergency.
So far this year I've read about 250 books; this is the one that I will remember for years to come. I’ve just finished it and I want to grab it up and start rereading it. It was an utterly amazing book especially for a debut. The characters are so well written that I came to think of them as friends of mine. The plot was very well thought out, fast paced, chilling, thrilling and yet tender. This book preys on our deepest emotions and fears, it also makes us ask the really hard moral and ethical questions of ourselves. It makes us wonder if we could cope just half as well as the Brooks family does. If we would come out of something like this with our sanity even half as intact as they did.