The Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley (Bantam, February 4, 2014)
What secrets do we keep from even those to whom we are closest, what secrets do we keep even from ourselves, and how do the lies we tell ourselves become our truths? These are all topics that Buckley considers in her latest novel. Eve Lattimore has devoted her life to caring for her fourteen-year-old son who has a condition that prevents him from having any exposure to UV rays which will most likely kill him. Eve has created a safe haven for Tyler, trying to keep as normal a life for the rest of the family, but ultimately alienated sixteen-year-old Melissa and her husband who has taken a job away from the family in Washington, D.C. One rainy night, on the way to the airport to her husband up, Eve takes her eyes off the road for one minute while texting and hits something. She is sickened and terrified when she realizes it is her best friend Charlotte’s eleven-year-old daughter Amy and that Amy is dead. Eve quickly creates a story that convinces herself that it is for Tyler’s sake that she doesn't report the accident, but things slowly unravel for her, and her family, as the truth is finally revealed. Flawed characters, not beyond redemption, a complicated, moral story line and a police investigation elevate this family saga a notch. The ending allows some of the characters to examine themselves a little more closely as some startling admissions are made.