Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley

A riveting, poignant family drama perfect for readers of Defending Jacob and The Memory Keeper's Daughter, which explores the power of the secrets people keep-the darker, hidden facets of our lives, and what happens when they come to light.

Diagnosed with XP, a rare medical condition which makes him lethally sensitive to light, Tyler is a thirteen-year-old who desperately wants just one thing: to be normal. His mother Eve also wants just one thing: to protect her son. As Tyler begins roaming their cul-de-sac at night, cloaked in the safety of the darkness, he peers into the lives of the other families on the street-looking in on the things they most want hidden. Then, the young daughter of a neighbor suddenly vanishes, and Tyler may be the only one who can make sense of her disappearance…but what will happen when everyone's secrets are exposed to the light?

My Thoughts:
Let me begin with, wow! The Deepest Secret is one of those books you almost can't put down. It starts with just daily life, an odd daily life the Lattimore family has in order to keep their son Tyler safe. I was instantly drawn to Eve, as a mother doing everything in her power to protect her son and at the same time to normalize his life as best she can. I could immediately understand her and felt for her, she is on alert until the sun goes down and even then she can't just relax.

When young neighbor girl Amy goes missing the entire neighborhood begins to unravel. What happened to her? Everyone becomes suspect. And Tyler is prowling around the neighborhood, looking around when nobody is suspecting they are being watched. Tyler begins putting pieces together. Is Tyler able to figure out The Deepest Secrets of those around him?

Again, I could hardly put The Deepest Secret down. Very well written. I found both Eve and Tyler compelling and wanted to know how their stories were going to play out. Not only do we see a neighborhood falling apart, we also watch what happens when the already stressed Lattimore family responds to the events of that tragic night. The novel is told from multiple viewpoints of Eve and Tyler and a few chapters of Eve's husband. Even though their family is dealing with Tyler's awful disease I found I could easily relate to the family. I could just go on and on about how riveting and compeling The Deepest Secret is! I am highly highly recommending!

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