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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  3,189 ratings  ·  472 reviews
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 w
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Hardcover, 480 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Bantam
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Shelby *wants some 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
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Patrice Hoffman
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
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Robert
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
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Q2
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
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Carol
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
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Rob Slaven
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
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Lori
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!!!
Laurie
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
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Brian
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 drags....it'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
Joy
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.
Judy 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,
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ChattyKat
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
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Lori L (She Treads Softly)
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
Michael
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
Cynthia
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.
Rhiannon Johnson
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
Melinda
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 and l
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Kat
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
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Denise
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
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Chris N
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
Sherri Lewis
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
Valentina
This novel surprised me. I didn’t expect it to have its feet planted so firmly on literary ground since it is described as a psychological thriller of sorts. It was a welcomed surprise to see that it, in fact, had layers and layers of depth to excavate.
The character development is what makes this story truly worth reading. All the characters change and grow in their individual ways as the novel progresses, which is very gratifying to see after reading too many books with flat characterizations.
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Janice
What's your secret? How far are you willing to go to keep that secret? How far would a mother go to keep a secret in order to protect her family? These questions and more beg to be asked in this book. It is truly gripping. I found it easier to read this book while pacing rather than sitting because I was so anxious.

It only takes an instant for something to go wrong. It only takes an instant for your whole world to get turned upside down. It only takes an instant to be infected with a secret. As
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Carol
This book was a book-club read and led to a lot of discussion, but the reading of it left a lot to be desired. The premise seemed interesting, but it was way, way too long and the writing mediocre at best. After meandering on for far too long, the ending was extremely abrupt. There were at least ten occasions throughout that the language of a happening was so confusing that I had to read several times to understand the concept. In two instances, I never did!!

I probably would not pick up another
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Jenna
Meh. Review to come...
Diane S.
Review to follow
Tiffany
This book was less of a mystery (since you know from the beginning what really happened), but I kept expecting a twist ending that never came. I'm not sure why I thought that way, but I did. This is more of a portrait of a family in constant crisis. I wasn't familiar with the disease of XP before I read this book, and it was very enlightening. I felt so sorry for Tyler, but then I realized he (and others that have this disease) would probably NOT want my pity. My sister had a severe medical cris ...more
Linda C
This is the second Carla Buckley book that I have read. I thought her first book, "The Things That Keep Us Here," was astounding. This one not as much (ergo, three stars, not four) but it is still a thought-provoking read.

This writer does a great job of making the reader think about what he/she would do. She takes complex moral issues and breaks them down into the situation of one family and how they cope with unbearable circumstances.

That being said, however, I wish the author would create a f
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Jenee Rager
There is nothing more frustrating than a book with a great premise/book flap that ends up being pretty terrible. Within 100 pages into this book I kept thinking "when do I get to the good part", when I finished the book I was still wondering where that good part was.

First of all the characters were awful people, all of them, and none of their behavior fit with regular human behavior, it seemed like everything was done to further the "plot". Whenever it seemed like something would get interesting
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