Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley

4 Star

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?

Sabrina-Kate - 4 Star

I initially decided to read and review this book because of this author being compared to Jodi Picoult. Even though the book wasn't completely similar to her style of writing, it was close enough that I feel that fans of that genre would not be disappointed.

The Deepest Secret was a very emotional read, full of family drama that was written in a way that was very believable. This felt like a story I was hearing from a friend or in the news. Tyler's devastating diagnosis would no doubt leave any family reeling and I found myself wondering how I would react to suddenly having to deal with a child who had such a difficult life ahead of them.

The story escalates with the personal dramas of Eve, David and their troubled and troubling daughter Melissa. Not only do they all have difficulties within the family, but they all have their own stories to tell. 

The Deepest Secret alternates from character to character, adding layers to the story until everything finally clicks into place. Though it started off slowly, I enjoyed the way the story developed and it definitely kept my interest throughout.

Thank you to Random House for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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