The Deepest Secret {Carla Buckley}


Synopsis from Goodreads:

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?

My Thoughts:

(Disclaimer: I will never post spoilers in my reviews HOWEVER the comment section is completely fair game to discuss any and all specifics including spoilers)

5 Stars

Wow. Just wow. This is an amazing book with such complex characters and storylines. I loved it from page 1 and truly savored all 400 pages. It kept me guessing throughout the book as more twists were introduced. As a bonus, I loved learning about XP and found myself googling it to learn more about this rare condition on more than 1 occasion while reading. I had never heard of this author before reading this novel and I am definitely looking forward to reading more of her work! I loved her writing style, especially her gift of articulating thoughts compared to what was said aloud. I do wish each neighbor’s story was a bit more developed, I found that I was confused at times trying to remember who all of the neighbors were as well as their individual stories. I also will say that Amy was an 11 year old girl…but yet the descriptions of her throughout the book made her seem much younger. Did anyone else feel this way? I loved the overall theme that I took away from this complex story: How far will you go to protect those you love?

Bottom Line:

Best book I’ve read so far in 2018.

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