Thursday, July 1, 2010

Book Review - The Things That Keep Us Here by Carla Buckley

From Amazon:

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 trying–and failing–to 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 home–with 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.

My Thoughts:

This story was very unsettling because it could happen to us at any time. I was discussing it with my husband, and we both agreed that if this were to really happen, he and I would probably not survive.

Carla Buckley brings to life a very real and frightening event of the worst kind.....a pandemic. It happens quickly, and within days many people are sick and dying. While I was reading, I realized exactly how much I take for granted in life. Shaken to the core after reading this book, I won't take anything for granted any more....electricity, medical care, clean and safe water to drink.....and most of all, my family.

The Things That Keep Us Here is an engrossing read, that kept me thinking about it while I was not even reading it. I will remember it for a long time, and I will also be looking forward to more books by Carla Buckley.

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; 1 edition (February 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440245095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440245094
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itsJUSTme said...

I have heard soooooo much about this book and seen it in all the book stores. You have no idea how many times I have almost picked it up!
I am so glad you did a review on it! It does sound so good, based on your review, I can't wait to read it!

Juju at Tales of said...

I read this one! Great review :)

pinkilili said...

Wow, thanks for the review - sounds like a powerful book!

Anonymous said...

I've got a copy of this book here that I have been meaning to read for some time. I know I will like it when I get to it. I think that cover is a little haunting. Thanks for sharing!!

Anonymous said...

Wow -- it sounds like this was a very compelling read for you. :-) You've definitely piqued my interest.

StephTheBookworm said...

I have been really wanting to read this one since it first came out. It sounds like the kind of book that will really stay with you, almost haunting. So glad to hear it was a great one from you.

Julie P said...

I added this one to my TBR and wish lists based on your review! Thanks, Missy....

Anonymous said...

I have a copy of this book that I really need to get around to reading. It's scary when a book like this sounds plausible and then you realize you wouldn't survive. It sounds really good, though.


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