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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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  • Susan R. (Julian, NC)
    Family Secrets
    This was a very intriguing book about family secrets. As the story unfolds we find that not only Eve was keeping secrets in the Lattimore family - all of them had secrets. Its the story of a family with a special needs son who gets most of the family attention, to the detriment of the rest of the family. Some parts of the story were unbelievable but overall this was a great novel that kept you reading until the end.
  • Barbara L. (Novato, CA)
    )h the secrets that we keep
    Oh , the secrets that we keep! That is what this page turner is all about. The Deepest Secret, by Carla Buckley kept me reading into the night, even though I had Thanksgiving dinner for 20 to prepare for! I needed to know how this all was going to turn out. Eve, married and mother to two teenagers, has a really big secret. It is imperative to her that no one finds out what she did one rainy dark night. The life of her youngest child depends upon it.
    But she is not the only one, it turns out, that is keeping secrets, leading us to wonder about how well we know all the people in our life.
    I found the writing in this very suspenseful novel quite enthralling. My stomach clenched as I put myself in Eve's place as she lives through the days following her misdeed trying to keep her life from unraveling. I really liked this book.
  • Ruth O. (Downingtown, PA)
    Dark and Deep Secrets
    A child has a rare genetic condition and must be protected from ultraviolet rays. This is the underlying fabric of this story about a seemingly normal family in a quiet, friendly neighborhood. However, to paraphrase a sentence in the book: 'All the ways in which they've worked to protect this house from the sun had only allowed the darkness to creep inside'. This sums up the story in which no person is exactly who they appear to be on the surface, and all keep dark secrets.

    A tragedy occurs early on in the book which develops the story of secrets. I found it difficult to understand the thought processes that the main character, Eve, was going through, although I realize she was trying to protect her son, the child with the genetic condition. Her lies and omissions aggravated me, and I did not feel much empathy for any of the characters, although overall the book was interesting enough to keep my attention.

    This book reminded me overall of a Jody Picoult novel but without quite as much depth. It would be a good book club read to discuss emotions and decision-making in the face of a tragedy such as the one presented here.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Julie G. (West Hartford, CT)
    Too Many Secrets
    While the author aimed for a book which would pull at the readers' heartstrings, I, as a reader was unmoved. While the plot of the story was good, each character had secrets to the point of absurdity; I found none of them believable or relatable, and therefore had very little interest in the outcome of the story.
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