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Carla Buckley lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and their three children. Carla pursued a career in marketing before deciding to stay home and raise a family. While the babies napped, Carla wrote. She is a fitness enthusiast and loves spending time in art museums.
It began with a dead bird. Then state-wide school closure. Before long, the whole town is in lockdown and the Brooks family are quarantined in their own home - with a faceless enemy on their doorstep. They must cope as best they can, battling hunger, cold and boredom. But as the threat inches closer, and neighbour turns against neighbour, single mother Ann doesn't know who she can trust - including those taking refuge in her house. With no end in sight, Ann knows that if she is to protect her daughters from untold danger, she must make impossible decisions in order to survive...
What if you did something unforgivableand had to live with it? This intimate, page-turning family drama for readers of Jodi Picoult explores the profound power of the truths we're scared to face . . . about our marriages, our children, and ourselves. Eve Lattimore is barely keeping things together. Her husband works fifteen hundred miles away, leaving Eve to juggle singlehandedly the demands of their teenaged daughter and fragile son. Tyler was born with XPthe so-called vampire disease: even one moment of sun exposure can have fatal consequences. So Eve does what any mother might do: she turns their home into a fortress. Every day, she watches the sun rise and fall, and keeps a close eye on her child. Friendships fall away. Her marriage is on the rocks. Her daughter's going through something but won't talk about it. Still, Eve believes that it's all a matter of time before a cure is found, and everything can resume its normal course. Until the night she makes a terrible decision, and it's not only the sun she has to hide from.Praise for The Deepest Secret ';A taut family drama . . . smart and thrilling.'People ';Elegant, poignant, and utterly riveting . . . a suspenseful tale of love, forgiveness, and sacrifice that 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 ';Exceptionally moving and unrelentingly suspenseful . . . everything a great novel, and thriller, should be.'Providence Journal ';Superb . . . The story offers the intricate suspense and surprise of a thriller, along with rich characterizations and nuanced writing. . . . A gripping read and a memorable reflection on the conflicting imperatives of love.'Publishers Weekly (starred review) ';Carla Buckley masterfully portrays an ordinary family trapped in a heart-wrenching crisis.'William Landay, New York Times bestselling author of Defending Jacob ';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 of Fear Nothing
Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Carla Buckley's INVISIBLE is a stunning novel of redemption, regret and the complex ties of familial love. When a devastating secret forces Dana to flee from home, leaving her sister Julie behind, they don't see or hear from each other for sixteen years. Until Dana receives the news that Julie is seriously ill. But by the time Dana makes it home, she is too late. Julie has left behind a shattered teenage daughter, and a mystery - whatever killed Julie may be killing others, too. Why is no one talking about it? As Dana struggles to uncover a truth that no one wants to hear, the secrets of her hometown threaten to tear apart Dana's life, family, and the town itself...
Wie Pech und Schwefel hielten die Schwestern Dana und Julie fruher zusammen - bis ein tragisches Ereignis Dana zwang, ihr Zuhause zu verlassen. Sechzehn Jahre lang hat sie nicht mit Julie gesprochen. Als sie erfahrt, dass ihre Schwester todkrank ist und nur ihre Nierenspende sie retten kann, kehrt sie in ihre Heimatstadt zuruck. Doch sie kommt zu spat. In Black Bear muss Dana nicht nur erkennen, wie sehr sich die Stadt und ihre Bewohner verndert haben, sondern auch, dass Julie offenbar keines natrlichen Todes gestorben ist. Noch immer lauert eine unsichtbare tdliche Gefahr in der Stadt. Und sie droht alles zu zerstren, was Dana liebt.
How far would you go to protect your family?Ann Brooks never thought she'd have to answer that question. Then she found her limits tested by a crisis no one could prevent. Now, as her neighborhood descends into panic, she must make tough choices to protect everyone she loves from a threat she cannot even see. In this chillingly urgent novel, Carla Buckley confronts us with the terrifying decisions we are forced to make when ordinary life changes overnight.A year ago, Ann and Peter Brooks were just another unhappily married couple tryingand failingto keep their relationship together while they raised two young daughters. Now the world around them is about to be shaken as Peter, a university researcher, comes to a startling realization: A virulent pandemic has made the terrible leap across the ocean to America's heartland.And it is killing fifty out of every hundred people it touches.As their town goes into lockdown, Peter is forced to return homewith his beautiful graduate assistant. But the Brookses' safe suburban world is no longer the refuge it once was. Food grows scarce, and neighbor turns against neighbor in grocery stores and at gas pumps. And then a winter storm strikes, and the community is left huddling in the dark.Trapped inside the house she once called home, Ann Brooks must make life-or-death decisions in an environment where opening a door to a neighbor could threaten all the things she holds dear.Carla Buckley's poignant debut raises important questions to which there are no easy answers, in an emotionally riveting tale of one family facing unimaginable stress.From the Hardcover edition.