Let's discuss "The Deepest Secret" by Carla Buckley

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?

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  • Beth M.

    Shari, I loved the movie "Flight" and the ending but it never occurred to me to draw the parallel. As usual I was hung up on the husband and his totally virtuous on a pedestal behavior of living with the pretty but not gorgeous co-worker who he shared all of his secrets with and worshiped him because his wife no longer understood him but he wouldn't sleep with her because he didn't want to ruin the family or something like that. But of course the family kind of gets ruined anyway. As I said, I ended up liking Melissa the best and hope she moves away from the family and neighborhood with its weird light bulbs and secrets and has fun with her horses and a normal life.

    1 · July 1, 2014

  • Beth M.

    Can't decide whether the deepest secret was that the author really had no idea how to end the book, or that it's okay not to like you child or husband occasionally. Or that people hide strange things in their homes or basements. Or that maybe what the mother or son did was bad but done for the right reasons was okay. We had a great time discussing all these questions and more, so as always, it was a great way to spend a Sunday evening.

    2 · July 1, 2014

    • Shari G.

      The ending totally reminded me of the movie "Flight". Am I the only one that would live with the guilt? You have to commit to making a bad choice 100%....

      July 1, 2014

    • Andrea F.

      #allinornothing :) Yes, her change of heart was a little sudden and unexpected. Whooops, my kid framed somebody for murder and since it is all about ME, ME, ME and ME it is totally MY fault alone. Guess I better turn my life around and do what I wanted to avoid all the freaking 400+ pages: going to prison! I mean, I watched "Orange is the new Black", how bad can it get, right? (Mistakes in punctuation are totally intended to add extra drama)

      1 · July 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Argh! I can't go. I have a day trip planned tomorrow and I thought I'd be back in time for book club but now know that isn't going to happen. I hope someone can take my place!

    June 28, 2014

    • Andrea F.

      What Beth said! Missed you but looking forward to seeing you again soon!

      July 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Aw, thanks guys! I missed you too! I am looking forward to getting back in the swing of things soon. I've already read The Middlesteins and am looking forward to your thoughts about it!

      1 · July 1, 2014

  • Beth M.

    Shari, bummer because it's always great fun when you're at the meeting to discuss the book. Hope to see you at least once, if not twice in July.

    1 · June 23, 2014

    • Shari G.

      Thanks, Beth!! Can't believe I've had to miss so many meetings lately!!!! And the books have been so great!

      June 23, 2014

    • Andrea F.

      Don't you just hate it when work interferes with free time????? I hope your schedule will become "book club friendly" again soon!

      2 · July 1, 2014

  • Michelle C.

    I'm so sorry to cancel at this late hour, but I'm on my way back from out of town and will not make it back in time. Someone, please take my place and enjoy!

    June 29, 2014

    • Andrea F.

      Sad you had to cancel, hope to see you soon! :)

      July 1, 2014

  • Carol C.

    I am sorry I had a bad weekend and was a no-show.

    July 1, 2014

    • Andrea F.

      Carol, I hope things are going better by now and I look forward to seeing you soon!

      July 1, 2014

  • Tina E.

    Very interesting - in depth discussion on a book that on the surface was not that deep.

    2 · July 1, 2014

  • Beth M.

    Hi, looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend. Just want to remind you all that it looks like we have a waiting list of people who want to attend so if something comes up today, Saturday or Sunday and you can't attend, please post if you can to let someone know a spot is available so they can attend.

    And attend another meeting so we can enjoy your company! See everyone Sunday.

    Beth

    1 · June 27, 2014

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  • Shari G.

    Ugh! Have to work! Was a great read! Have fun! Miss you ladies!!

    June 22, 2014

  • Brenda Y.

    Cannot wait!

    April 16, 2014

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