Blog Tour: The Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley Review + Giveaway

Posted March 4, 2014 by Kara in book review, Giveaway, Kara / 12 Comments

Blog Tour: The Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley Review + GiveawayThe Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley
Published by Bantam on 2014-02-04
Genres: adult, contemporary
Pages: 427
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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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?

I had NO idea what to expect when I started reading The Deepest Secret. Straight adult contemporary is not a genre I venture into often. I used to read a lot of Jodi Picoult, but it has been many, many years. And yet, I have always said that I read books based on blurb, not genre. If the blurb interests me, I am interested in reading it. First of all, I like learning things. I tried to read a book about XP last year (What We Saw at Night), but I didn’t like it. I thought I would try again with this book, and I am glad I did.

I have never read a book by this author before, but I will be certain to do that again in the future. I really like Carla Buckley’s style. She is great at building atmosphere, and it REALLY felt like the majority of this book was set in the middle of the night. It’s not an easy thing to accomplish, making a reader be able to get lost in the book and forget about the world around them. But I sat up at night with this book in my hand for three days, reading and burning the midnight oil. The book gave off a Rear Window by Alfred Hitchcock vibe for a little while there, and I was in LOVE.

The Deepest Secret is written in multiple POVs and I know some readers don’t like that, but I was completely satisfied with the way they were handled. The voices of each character were different–Eve sounded like a troubled mother who was trying her hardest to keep her son alive, David felt like a disillusioned, lonely father trying to make the best of the living situation he has to deal with, and Tyler REALLY sounds like a restless teenage boy suffering from a terminal illness. I was convinced. And if an author can convince me that their characters really do exist, they can write in TWENTY different POVs, for all I care. The characters were all remarkably well-developed, and even if you don’t like them, you will think about them and be invested and question their choices.

That said, I had a few small issues, and man they are really small because I so badly wanted to give this book 5 stars but I sat and thought on it for almost 24 hours, and I just couldn’t do it. This is primarily a character-driven novel. And I know the blurb makes it seem like that is not the case, it just isn’t so. That is not what I am marking the book down for. I had a few pacing issues. The book gets off to a bit of a boring start. There is all this exposition and getting to know the characters going on, and I was never bored, but I do think it could have been shortened. And then…I also felt there were some unnecessary scenes that really didn’t add much to the story. It is a bit repetitive at times but I was really invested in the characters (mainly Tyler) so I didn’t care about that so much. What I really would have liked to see is a bit of a shorter book by maybe 50 pages. But I don’t think it’s the type of thing that is going to make you not like the book, because I really still did love it despite that small issue. 

All in all, this is probably the best book I have read this year so far. It took me away from the world, made me question my moral choices, and wonder how I would react in the situations these characters faced. This is one of those books that I call a thinking book, and there is nothing more that I like than a book that makes me get all philosophical in my head. 

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12 responses to “Blog Tour: The Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley Review + Giveaway

  1. This sounds like the kind of book both my wife and I would enjoy even if it is a little overly-long. The characters sound very interesting as does the story. I think we’d get right into it. Thanks

    • Yes! I do think it is a novel that would appeal to men and women. I can totally see my parents loving this one. Not my husband because he has some really odd reading tastes but just about everyone else. 😛

  2. I liked this one a lot too – but I do agree with the pacing being a bit off. It was fascinating to read about XP and yes, the atmosphere was CREEPY.

    You should try The Things That Keep Us Here – I liked that hugely, it’s a kind of ‘slow-apocalypse’ story, so there is a fair bit happening but LOTS of character/relationship development.

  3. The moment I read the blurb I was like “hey, what’s that other book about kids who wander around at nighttime?” and I think it’s the one you mentioned, but I feel like there’s another, anyway!

    I have no issue with multi-POVs when they’re done as well it sounds in this case, as long as they’re all unique, I’m down!

    Sounds like a really unique read – will keep an eye out for it

  4. Like you I really enjoy a book that teaches me things and makes me think. Sounds like this one is a great winner in both of those categories!

    Thanks for being on the tour. I’m featuring your review on TLC’s Facebook page today.

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