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The Deepest Secret

The Deepest Secret

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Publishers Weekly (starred review): 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.

Marc Platt Productions has optioned The Deepest Secret to be adapted into a feature film. The extraordinary artist and photographer Gregory Crewdson is attached to direct, and his writing partner, Juliane Hiam, is set to adapt the novel.

Rights have been sold so far to Germany (Goldmann), Italy (Editrice Nord), and Hungary (Pioneer Books)

Book Club Rights to The Deepest Secret have been sold to Doubleday Book Club

"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."
   —PEOPLE magazine

"A harrowing story."
   —NY Daily News

"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

" intense and unforgettable read."
   —Mystery Scene Magazine

"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

"Will make you count your blessings... Buckley masterfully portrays an ordinary family trapped in a heart-wrenching crisis."
   —William Landay, New York Times bestselling author of Defending Jacob

"Electrifying...every page aches with searing emotion."
   —Chevy Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of Always Watching

"The dark, tangled secrets of a quiet suburban neighborhood are slowly, masterfully exposed in Carla Buckley's riveting novel."
   —Jennifer McMahon, New York Times bestselling author of The Winter People

"Utterly engaging... a masterful and assured novel."
   —Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of White Fire and The Monster of Florence

"This is an unbearably wonderful novel."
   —Luanne Rice, New York Times Bestselling author of The Lemon Orchard

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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Carla's Previous Novels



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