Thursday, February 4, 2010

ARC Review: "The Things That Keep Us Here" by Carla Buckley

Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press (February 9, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0440245095
ISBN-13: 978-0440245094
Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.3 inches


Book Summary:

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 Review:

I will tell you right now that this book will probably be in my top 10 books of 2010. It was a fantastic pre/post pandemic story of survival. I had chills within the first few pages of this book. Carla Buckley has done a wonderful job with her first novel.

In "The Things That Keep Us Here" we follow the story of a family of four facing issues that are heart wrenching on their own only to be hit by a H5N1 pandemic. Carla formed a frighteningly real tale of what happens to the world in general when faced with a major crisis.

I will say that I cried many times during the book; mostly because of the mother Ann, and her fight to keep her family together and alive. It makes you think about what you would do if ever faced with this very real threat. Are you prepared?

This book was (in my opinion) a truly great piece of fiction and I recommend it to readers. Carla Buckley is a fantastic writer and I can definitely see myself becoming a long time fan of her work!


About the Author:

Carla Buckley was born in Washington, D.C. She has worked in a variety of jobs, including a stint as an assistant press secretary for a U.S. senator, an analyst with the Smithsonian Institution, and a technical writer for a defense contractor. She currently lives in Ohio with her husband and children. The Things That Keep Us Here is her first novel. Bantam Dell will publish Buckley's next novel in 2011.

**This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review**


  1. Wow, I'm going to have to get that book. Thanks for posting.

  2. Aubrie I think you was just a phenomenal story!

  3. I'm glad you really liked it. I'm interested in reading this one too and have it on my Kindle. Now, if I could get through the 40 other books I need to review, I could sit down with this one.

    Thanks for the fabulous review.


  4. Great review! I've been thinking about reading this one, but not sure if I can handle a story that real.