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The Deepest Secret

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  5,556 ratings  ·  698 reviews
The Deepest Secret is part intimate family drama, part gripping page-turner, exploring the profound power of the truths we’re scared to face . . . about our marriages, our children, and ourselves.

Eve Lattimore’s family is like every other on their suburban street, with one exception. Her son Tyler has a rare medical condition that makes him fatally sensitive to light, whi
Hardcover, 427 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Bantam (first published January 18th 2013)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I loved Carla Buckley's book The Things That Keep Us Here. So I was excited to get this one.

Eve's son Tyler has XP. That rare condition where he can't be exposed to ultraviolet light at all. His chances of a full life are slim since most kids that have the condition don't make it until their 20th birthday.
Eve goes all out to protect her son. She makes sure all the neighbors never come in the cul-de-sac with their car lights on, don't use halogen lights, and pushes her daughter Melissa and husb
Heidi The Reader
Mar 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club, fiction
I enjoyed the conversation with my book club about The Deepest Secret more than I liked the book itself. Buckley has written a world in which everybody has secrets. Discovering what those secrets are is the point of this thriller about a cul-de-sac and its occupants.

Tyler, one of the main characters, has XP, a disease in which his skin can burn at the slightest exposure to UV rays. So, most of his portion of the story takes place at night, when he can safely go outside: "He goes over to the brid
Patrice Hoffman
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley is being compared to Jodi Picoult and William Landay and for once I don't feel like the book blurbs have gotten the comparison completely wrong. This compelling novel follows the lives of a family that seems to be falling apart by the seams regardless of the efforts of the matriarch Eve Lattimore. This isn't the familiar story of a dysfunctional family that readers won't feel any sympathy for, but in fact the opposite.

By all appearances, the Lattimore family
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
How far would you go to save your children? For many parents, you don’t even see a line. In your mind, it doesn’t exist. You’d do whatever it takes. Special film for windows, creams, ointments, face masks, friend screening, and neighbor counseling sessions are only the tip of the iceberg. You’d probably shoot out halogen lights with a shotgun from your front porch with a bottle of Jack standing ready by your side. You’d wheedle and cajole and squeeze out one more day, one more month, or one more ...more
Ruth Turner

We find out what the Deepest Secret is quite early in the book, and after that it just drags.

To me, the story was poorly written and on occasion confusing.

I found the characters flat and boring, so much so that when I started reading again after a break I had trouble remembering who was who. Eve annoyed me, David was insipid and I didn't like Tyler or his sister Melissa.

The only reason I finished reading it was because I wanted to find out how it would be resolved, which was just a little too pa
Nov 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Thank you Random House for providing an e-galley of The Deepest Secret prior to its February 2014 release.

I take the privilege of reading and commenting on a book not yet released quite seriously. I have sat for two days thinking about The Deepest Secret before expressing my thoughts. It's a hard book to peg and to rate. There were things I absolutely loved about it and others that gave made me want to stop reading. This is neither good nor bad, just the way I felt. On reflection, I've decided
Dale Harcombe
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine if you had a child who was allergic to sunlight? What lengths would you go to protect him from what to them is life threatening? This is the situation facing Eve and David Lattimore when their son Tyler is diagnosed with XP (Xeroderma pigmentosum). And it is not only sunlight that is the problem but any UV light which includes that from halogen bulbs. Blackout curtains, birthday parties at night, and a neighbourhood all asked to use non-halogen globes in their homes are just some of the ...more
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I gave this five stars because it has that one quality that I think defines a good book--I couldn't put it down. I started it one night before bed and didn't stop reading until the afternoon of the next day! I had to keep reading to see how everything resolved itself.

I mistakenly thought this book would be an insular family drama dealing with the harsh realities of having a child with XP. People with XP cannot stand UV light--it burns and blisters their skin and then causes mutations at a level
Rob Slaven
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 11, 2014 rated it liked it
This novel begs the question... How well do you really know the people around you??? I've learned to never say never... under certain circumstances many will make questionable decisions either to protect themselves or to protect the ones they love!!! This was a compelling novel that kept me wanting to find out how all the secrets would reveal themselves!!!
Judy D Collins
Wow! Carla Buckley's The Deepest Secret is true to its name in so many ways! Everyone has a secret and family members are protecting one another. This is my first book by Carla and was blown away! I had a 12 hr drive ahead of me, and the audio kept me engaged for the duration of my long road trip from NC to South Florida.

Without giving away the details – the novel was brilliantly written, emotional and suspenseful from beginning to end. There was so much going on with each of the characters,
Oct 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This was a Library Thing, Early Reviewers, Advance Readers copy that I won. More like 3.5 stars.

Although I liked this book, I didn't love it. Judging from some of the other reviews I must have very high expectations. We find out fairly early on what "The Deepest Secret" is, and then we are waiting until we get to the end of the book to see how this secret affects everyone's lives. I think I may have liked the book more if it was shorter because it was a bit draggy to me at times. Although I was
Mar 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
I hate giving books one star, and this one started out with so much promise. A woman is the mother of a boy with a rare disorder that causes his skin to burn easily in the sun, causing cancer. One night, something horrible happens to the mother that causes her life to change dramatically. And then the book just drags...and drags...and's 400 pages long and almost nothing happens. The writing is not exactly top notch, and the characters are far from well written as well. It's a shame b ...more
Kathryn in FL
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Psst...Can you keep a secret? Even if it cuts you off from those you love the most? Even if your guilt riddles you every waking moment? What if telling won't change the situation for the better or at least that is what you believe at the beginning? What if you realize that someone you love may pay the cost of your secrecy? What do you do when nothing ends up the way you had expected? How do you get back to normal when life has indelibly changed?

Carla Buckley's brilliant psychological thriller ha
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Seems like this book continued on forever. You find out the secret early on and then you're stuck waiting 300+ pages to find out the consequences. Yawn.
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley follows the Lattimore family in Ohio (and Washington D.C.) daily for seventeen days, from August 28 - September 13, and then jumps to a final day on April 15th. Eve Lattimore lives in the family home in Ohio with her two teenage children, Melissa (16) and Tyler (just turned 14), while her husband, David, commutes to his job in Washington D.C. Fourteen-year-old Tyler suffers from XP, xeroderma pigmentosum, a rare skin disease that makes sunlight, or any UV rays ...more
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was very engaging, cleverly written and at times very touching and emotional. There are many layers to this story but I won't go into them all... I'll just highlight the parts of the book that drew me in the most.
The story is for the most part about the power of secrets. We all have them don't we?? Some aren't so bad, but others can be self destructive to ourselves and those around us. I love the way the author incorporated all of the different kinds of secrets people can have. It rea
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. It's a little bit heavy hearted at times but it kept me engaged. The author's style of writing, how she tells the story makes the story flow and reads quickly. I found the characters to be very relatable and they felt very real to me. Everyone has secrets and its interesting to see how the main female protagonist struggles with the secret she is keeping and watching how it is affecting everyone around her.
Katie/Doing Dewey
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I only finally picked up this domestic thriller because I needed something light to read at the end of my read-a-thon. I've been missing out! This gripped me from the first page. Even more impressively, the ending was just as shocking and satisfying as the neighborhood secrets sprinkled throughout. The family we focus on includes a son with "XP, a rare medical condition which makes him lethally sensitive to light" (source). This amps up the normal family dynamics in fascinating ways. But, in par ...more
Oct 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book is so horrible, I don't even know where to begin. Too many characters to keep up with and this has to be the most dysfunctional neighborhood ever. I refused to abandon the book only to finish it and regret that decision because never got better. Pick a different book and save yourself the 400+ pages of nothing.
Aug 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: udate, medical, contemp
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 word
May 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, 2014
Have you ever really sat down and asked yourself How well do you know your own family, friends, neighbors and even yourself? How far would you go for your family? What secrets are you hiding? What secrets are the people you love and know hiding?

In The Deepest Secret these questions are addressed and many more.

This is a novel about forgiveness and family secrets. Ethical questions are pondered upon both individually and socially leaving the reader lost in a sea of thought as you read
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.0 out of 5 stars - What lengths would you go through to protect someone you loved?

I thought about this one overnight, deciding how to rate it. Even though it left a few unanswered questions and loose ends, I thought the topics raised within the story would make for a great book club discussion.

The novel is about an ordinary woman -- a wife, a mother of teenagers, a friend. Eve Lattimore has a son, Tyler, who has a rare medical condition that makes him so sensitive to light that exposure to any
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway which didn't influence my review.

This book had promise and an interesting premise with one of the characters, Tyler, a boy of fourteen, suffering from XP Syndrome, an inherited disease that caused him to be extremely sensitive to light. So sensitive, that even the sweep of a car's headlights across his face could cause blisters and other skin damage, leading to a fatal case of skin cancer. As a result, Tyler was a prisoner in his own room from sunrise to
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Eve Lattimore is a struggling mother that is trying to make the best life for her son Tyler. Tyler is a ordinary boy but has a rare medical condition that prevents him from seeing light. Not only dos she worry about his condition, she wonders if she is not doing enough to provide him with the care that he desperately needs. Despite the fact that his Father is in his life, Eve does not think that he puts his work before his son. Much to his dismay, he thinks that his son is fine without his linge ...more
Chris N
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Tylor just turned 14 and suffers from an extremely rare genetic disease called XD, meaning that sunlight and UV rays can kill him. He lives in a world of dark and twilight. His home is tailored for his condition and spends most of this time locked in the upstairs wing of his home with boarded windows and goes to school via Skype. He loves photography and sneaks out at nighttime to take pictures of animals, nature and spies on his neighbors who he never get to see during the daylight hours. His s ...more
Nov 24, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm about 30% through this book and I'm not sure I'm going to finish! The book starts out strong and when the promised tragic event occurs I was hooked! I couldn't wait to see where the author took us.

Several hours of listening later and I'm getting very impatient with the pacing of the book. I appreciate that the unraveling of lives that is happening would develop gradually but it feels like the author is spending far too many words on innocuous details instead of developing the plot. And one
Rhiannon Johnson
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was so glad to finally read a suspense / thriller where I didn't have the whole plot figured out in the first 50 pages! Carla Buckley creates a great atmosphere of cul-de-sac life with a twist. The main character, Tyler's, medical condition affects not just him but extends to his family and his neighbors. Tyler's mom, Eve, is the epitome of a doting mother trying to do everything she can to protect her son and believing that no one else, even her husband, is responsible enough to monitor his c ...more
Sherri Lewis
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I had read from this author, but it definitely won't be the last. This story is about Eve and David Lattimore and their children Melissa and Tyler. Tyler has a rare medical condition that makes him fatally sensitive to light. Eve's entire world revolves around keeping Tyler safe. Tragedy strikes in their neighborhood when the daughter of Eve's best friend is killed. As the police scrutinize everyone in the neighborhood, secrets start coming out. Everyone has a secret to h ...more
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Carla Buckley is the internationally bestselling author of The Good Goodbye, 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 currently lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She serves on the board of the ...more

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