The Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley is one of those novels that you just can’t put down and you race towards the end because you can’t stand not knowing how it is all going to turn out. The Deepest Secret was such a book for me and even better I was listening to the audio version that had me completely mesmerized! The audio is narrated by Kirsten Potter who I haven’t had the pleasure of listening to before. She is fantastic and does an awesome job of bringing life to this novel. The Deepest Secret is a family drama that is a moving and suspenseful story of facing your own fears and truths no matter how hard it can be.
Eve has normal family in every way except one very big one. Her son Tyler is extremely sensitive to light to the point of it being deadly for him. It’s a rare disorder and it has completely changed the lives of everyone in the family as Tyler can’t come out during the day at all. Even at night some types of light can cause irreparable damage. Eve has devoted her life to making Tyler happy and keeping him as healthy as she can. Doing that though takes time away from her daughter and husband and that rift is beginning to show a great deal. Eve though will do anything and I mean anything to protect her son and family.
Going to pick up her husband one evening from the airport the unthinkable happens and in an instant Eve knows her life will never be the same. So begins the battle of doing the right thing or protecting her own family. In the meantime the young daughter of one of Eve’s best friends goes missing from the neighbourhood and it throws everyone into turmoil. Accusations fly and disagreements ensue and suspicions turn toward everyone … and yet nobody would ever suspect who is actually responsible for the girl’s disappearance.
I’ve deliberately kept this vague because I don’t want to give away the best parts but I will say that I think this book would make an excellent book club pick. There are marital and family issues to discuss not to mention the big one which is questioning who we are ourselves. How far would you go to protect a loved one? Would you break the law or hide something important to protect them? Could you forgive yourself if you did? There are many topics just begging to be discussed!
I really enjoyed this book. The audio clocks in at eleven hours and they literally flew by I was so engrossed in these people’s lives. The Deepest Secret highlights just how quickly you can lose all that’s important to you in the world. Highly recommended – especially the audio version!
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher. No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are my own.l