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The Deepest Secret

by Carla Buckley

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The Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley
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  • Published Feb 2014
    448 pages
    Genre: Literary Fiction

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  • 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.
  • Roe P. (Massapequa Park, NY)
    What would you do if.......
    This book will make you wonder what you would do and how far you would go to keep your family safe, happy and together... Mother and son with a rare disease are the main focus of this book, but there are many other characters that you will become very familiar with by the end of this book. Reminded me a little of Jodi Piccoult without the court drama....This book will appeal to almost anyone since during its course the cast of characters encounter many of the problems people face during their life. This story kept me up reading late at night because I couldn't put it down...I can highly recommend this book...but be ready to lose some sleep.
  • Gerald R. (Pompton Lakes, NJ)
    It could happen to any of us
    Carla Buckley's latest work epitomizes the thriller in its purest form. There are no super heroes, psychopaths or serial killers; only real people like you and me. They live in a cul-du-sac like any other in thousands of towns throughout the country. Her characters are real, the story is gripping, and will keep you guessing up to the very end. I recommend it highly.
  • Madeline (Florida)
    The Deepest Secret
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It serves as a warning to be careful because when cracks form in the foundation of our lives, of our families, they are so easily and insidiously filled in with lies and secrets and silences. The elements of tension and suspense and deep family dynamics in this story reminded me of Buckley's first novel, THE THINGS THAT KEEP US HERE. Both novels would make a great book club picks.
  • Beth T. (Savannah, GA)
    From "WHOA" to "WOW" !
    When I first saw the size of this book, I was afraid: Oh, no, a big book right at holiday time! But I jumped in, and could hardly put the book DOWN. It's a thought-provoking tale about a family with a very special-needs son - a boy just entering his teens who has an extreme allergy to UV rays, to the point that if he's exposed for too long, he could die from the burns. Add an older sister, a dad who works in another state, a needy best friend, and a variety of neighbors (all of whom have their own secrets), THEN toss in a tragic accident, and you have one enthralling read and study of human dynamics. I had not read Carla Buckley before, but I am definitely going to read her again. Highly recommend!
  • Mary Margaret F. (North Venice, FL)
    The Deepest Secret
    Eve Lattimore worked so hard to keep her family together and one rainy night's tragic occurrence illuminated the reality that each family member was an island harboring secrets against the backdrop of a medical condition that impacted each of their lives.

    I enjoyed this engaging novel which would foster great discussion for book clubs. How well do you really know the ones you love? How far would you go to protect your family?
  • Kathryn M. (Bethel, CT)
    Rear Window meets Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons
    Due to health issues 14-year old Tyler can only go out when the sun goes down. Unbeknown to his cul-de-sac neighbors, Tyler uses his camera to capture moments (and secrets) of their lives.

    It doesn't take too long to become involved with the main characters and storyline of the book. There are layers of secrets involving the main characters, as well as the neighbors.

    A thought I took away from this book is there are neighbors you don't know, but really do, and neighbors you think you know, but really don't.

    I do think the pace of the book is a bit slow and in a few places it's bogged down with "nature" descriptions that I don't find relevant to the story.

    Overall, I enjoyed the book, found it to be page-turner, and think it would work well as a book club selection.
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