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Deepest Secret
by Carla Buckley
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Bantam, 2014 (2014)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

It is understandable that Eve Lattimore is prone to be a helicopter mom. Her son Tyler suffers from a rare medical condition that makes him fatally sensitive to ultraviolet radiation. Hovering over her son to make sure he steers clear of any exposure to sunlight has been a full time job for this concerned parent.

Balancing the needs of the rest of her family with Tyler's special situation has been a challenging situation for Eve, but she's managed quite well, all things considered. But as Tyler edges into adolescence he becomes more restless and the desire to test his boundaries, even if it means he can only do so at night, becomes an issue.

Then one rainy night an event occurs that completely destroys Eve's equilibrium and what little normalcy there might exist in her life. Forced to cope with the terrible tragedy, Eve must weigh what she believes is right for her family and son against a situation she has unwittingly created that throws her best friend's family into utter chaos.

Without providing more details that might ruin your enjoyment of this unusual novel, suffice it to say that The Deepest Secret packs an emotional impact that few novels deliver today. The powerful and smothering effect of one mother's love is played off here against a crisis that no one would ever want to have to deal with. You won't soon forget what unfolds in this troubled household.

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