The Things That Keep Us Here
By Carla Buckley
(Bantam, Paperback, 9780440246046, 432pp.)
Publication Date: January 25, 2011
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Everything seems quiet on Ann Brooks’s suburban cul-de-sac. Despite her impending divorce, she’s created a happy home and her daughters are adjusting to the change. She feels lucky to be in a supportive community and confident that she can handle any other hardship that life may throw her way. But then, right before Thanksgiving, a crisis strikes that turns everybody’s world upside down. Suddenly her estranged husband is forced back onto her doorstep, bringing with him his beautiful graduate assistant. Trapped inside the house she once called home, confronted by challenges she never could have imagined, Ann must make life-or-death decisions in an environment where the simple act of opening a door to a neighbor could jeopardize all she holds dear.
The choices she makes will impact the lives of those around her irrevocably and linger in the reader’s memory in this marvelous first novel, written with authority, grace, and wisdom.
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Carla Buckley lives in Chapel Hill, NC, with her husband, an environmental scientist, and their three children. She serves on the Board of the International Thriller Writers as Vice President of Awards, and is the international bestselling author of Invisible and The Things That Keep Us Here, which was nominated for a Thriller Award as a best first novel and the Ohioana Book Award for fiction.
“Balances all-too-real terrors with genuine emotion. I read it in one sitting.” —Jacquelyn Mitchard
“Riveting . . . crisp writing and taut pacing . . . could attract fans of authors as diverse as Jodi Picoult, Robin Cook, and P. D. James.” —Library Journal
“Engrossing . . . [for] anyone who enjoys suspense and exceptional writing.”—The Dallas Morning News
“A brilliant debut that deserves to be read by everyone.”—James Rollins, author of Altar of Eden
“Guaranteed to keep you up all night.” —Lisa Gardner, author of Live to Tell
“[A] knockout.”—Los Angeles Times