The Deepest Secret
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, which means heavy curtains and deadlocked doors protect him during the day and he can never leave the house except at night. For Eve, only constant vigilance stands between an increasingly restless teenage son and the dangers of the outside world.
Until the night the unthinkable happens. When tragedy strikes, it becomes clear that this family is not the only one on the quiet cul-de-sac that is more complicated than it appears. And as Eve is forced to shield her family from harm, there are some crises she cannot control—and some secrets that not even love can conceal.
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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."
"A harrowing story."
—NY Daily News
"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...The story's 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." Starred review
"Exceptionally moving and unrelentingly suspenseful."
—Providence Sunday Journal
"...explores the complexity of ethical situations as two families face separate life-and-death crises. in this well-crafted page turner. I literally could not put the book down."
—The Roanoke Times
"...an intense and unforgettable read."
—Mystery Scene Magazine
"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
"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, torn apart by tangled desires, grief, lost dreams, and a crime that threatens to sink them all. Every page aches with searing emotions that builds to a heart-healing conclusion."
—Chevy Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of Always Watching
"The Deepest Secret is one of 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
"Elegant, poignant and utterly riveting, The Deepest Secret is a suspenseful tale of love, forgiveness and sacrifice, which 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
"The dark, tangled secrets of a quiet suburban neighborhood are slowly, masterfully exposed in Carla Buckley's riveting novel. The Deepest Secret will have you wondering what lengths you'd go to to protect the people you love most, questioning your own ideas of right and wrong, and pulling your family a little closer to you each night."
—Jennifer McMahon, New York Times bestselling author of The Winter People
"The Deepest Secret is a beautifully written novel, with such confidence in plotting and voice that the reader has no choice but to hang on for the ride. There are pages here that will break your heart, but you will be grateful to have experienced them."
—Alafair Burke, author of If You Were Here
"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 The Lemon Orchard
"A wrenching and utterly engaging story that kept me riveted from the first unsettling chapter to the final surprise. The Deepest Secret is a masterful and assured novel of a boy and his family and of just how far into darkness a mother's love will take them."
—Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of White Fire and The Monster of Florence
"Buckley does it again, getting under your skin with a book that, when you're not reading it, you're thinking about it. The first 50 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."
—Linwood Barclay, #1 International Bestselling Author of A Tap on the Window
"The Deepest Secret is a ferociously passionate book, and I am unabashedly obsessed with every human populating its pages."
—Lyndsay Faye, Edgar-nominated author of Seven for a Secret
"If you read The Deepest Secret late at night, better drink some coffee. This multi-layered story of a family beset by multiple crises is outstanding—the beauty of Buckley's writing has us treasure each character, even as we cringe at the choices they make. The harrowing circumstances the Lattimore family endures will take hold of your heart and not let go until you finish this book."
—Randy Susan Meyers, bestselling author of The Comfort of Lies and The Murderer's Daughters
"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
"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 that kept me riveted until the very end."
—Melanie Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator's Wife
"In plain language and with characters every reader will recognize, Buckley knits a plot that resounds with depth and complexity. If Shakespeare's world had included cell phones and SUVs, he might have devised a story like the one that pounds through The Deepest Secret."
—Lydia Netzer, bestselling author of Shine, Shine, Shine
"Buckley is a singular story-spinner, combining riveting tension with profound insight into human relationships. The Deepest Secret delves into the splintered depths of a family forced to bear the unthinkable, and then knits the shards into something entirely unexpected."
—Sophie Littlefield, Anthony-award winning author of Garden of Stones
"The Deepest Secret explores the unraveling of a family and the community it both relies on and shuns. As Carla Buckley peels away the layers of her story, the suspense mounts and the sense of pain is palpable. But Buckley's true gift is revealed by the joy she finds in one closely guarded life. In the end, the deepest secret turns out to be that we all have reason to hope."
—Jenny Milchman, bestselling author of Cover of Snow
"In The Deepest Secret, Carla Buckley pulls us with thrilling power into the beauty and spookiness of the night as a young boy turns his camera on a secret world. Her triumphant third novel is a rare thing: family drama, medical mystery and thriller—all strummed like violin strings with her poetic voice."
—Julia Heaberlin, bestselling author of Lie Still
"There is an unthinkable choice at the heart of The Deepest Secret, a powerful, thought-provoking novel about how far we are willing to go—and just how much we are willing to sacrifice—for the ones we love."
—Michelle Richmond, New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Fog and Golden State
"Dark and compelling from the first page, The Deepest Secret pulls you into the disturbing center of a parent's worst nightmare. Read it, and lose sleep."
—Deb Caletti, National Book Award Finalist and author of He's Gone
"The Deepest Secret blew me away. Equal parts dark family drama and pulse-pounding thriller, it's a wrenching meditation on love in the face of mortality. This book will make you hug your children tighter. I loved it."
—Sean Chercover, bestselling author of The Trinity Game
Bantam, hardcover, February 2014, ISBN: 978-0345535245
Bantam, trade paperback, October 2014, ISBN: 978-0553393736