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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Dell Publishing Group, Div of Random House, Inc (6 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345535243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345535245
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.5 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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"Smart and thrilling . . . a taut family drama about a mother blindly obsessed with protecting her teen son from the UV light that could kill him."--"People"
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"A harrowing story."--New York "Daily News"
"Daring . . . Buckley takes readers into the grayest area imaginable. . . . Though often heart-wrenching, the extensive emotional development Buckley packs into a world of everyday life overlaid by nightmare will leave readers wondering how far they might go for their loved ones, and the additional moral conundrums faced by each member of Eve's family will provide hearty book club discussion fodder. As winding and treacherous as a slick road, this masterful thriller will leave readers clutching their chests."--"Shelf Awareness"
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"In Buckley's superb third novel, ordinary human nature and extraordinary circumstances collide to powerful effect. The story offers the intricate suspense and surprise of a thriller, along with rich characterizations and nuanced writing. . . . [Its] suburban world is beautifully observed, its characters convincing, flawed, and sympathetic. Ultimately, Buckley delivers a gripping read and a memorable reflection on the conflicting imperatives of love."--"Publishers Weekly "(starred review)
""The Deepest Secret" is one of Carla Buckley's finest accomplishments. 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
"Every family is vulnerable, and every parent knows it. Carla Buckley masterfully portrays an ordinary family trapped in a heart-wrenching crisis. A memorable novel about how far a parent will go for her child, "The Deepest Secret "will make you count your blessings."--William Landay, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Defending Jacob"
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"Elegant, poignant, and utterly riveting, "The Deepest Secret" is a suspenseful tale of love, forgiveness, and sac

"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"
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"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
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"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

"From the Hardcover edition."

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

"From the Hardcover edition.""

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

From the Hardcover edition." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Carla Buckley is the author of The Deepest Secret, Invisible, and The Things That Keep Us Here, which was nominated for a Thriller Award as a best first novel and the Ohioana Book Award for fiction. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Wharton School of Business, and lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband and three children. She is currently at work on her next novel, The Good Goodbye. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Blogger Jerome TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Mar. 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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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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Carla Buckley's latest novel, The Deepest Secret, poses not only the question about how well do you know the people around you, but also that the line between right and wrong isn't always clearly defined. I was exited to read it after I enjoyed Buckley's The Things That Keep Us Here in 2012, and interested to find out more about Eve's son's condition.

Xeroderma pigmentosum (or XP) is a genetic disease in which the sufferer's ability to repair damage caused by UV light is deficient - in other words, XP sufferer's cannot step into sunlight or any other type of UV light such as halogen bulbs without suffering burns, and subsequently skin cancers. Eve and David's son Tyler was diagnosed with XP as a baby, and their whole lives have been adapted to keeping him safe - from nighttime birthday parties through to asking all their neighbours to use non-Halogen globes in their homes and having all the street lights in their cul-de-sac turned off.

Such is Eve's obsession with keeping her son safe, that her husband has taken a job in another state, travelling back and forth every weekend to spend time with his family, and starting to feel very disillusioned with his life. What makes this relationship stand out from all the standard 'troubled marriage' story lines however, is the obvious fact that he still loves his wife - he has regular flashbacks to what she was like when they first met, the beginnings of their relationship, and how she lived before Tyler's diagnosis.

Eve's best friend Charlotte, who is her complete opposite, also lives in the cul-de-sac, and many of the residents are on friendly terms with each other, attending Tyler's birthday party and obliging Eve's requests, but there are also a few rebels who refuse to go along with her security measures.
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