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Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Things Thant Keep Us Here By Carla Buckley Review & Giveaway(CLOSED)

About the book?

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.

About the Author:
Carla Buckley was born in Washington, D. C.  She has worked in a variety of fields, including a stint as an assistant press secretary for a U.S. senator adn positions as 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. 

My Review:
I'm usually not into the whole science-fiction pandemic thing but I find this book to be the complete opposite of what I thought it was going to be.  This book really makes you think about how a pandemic is real threat.  I think that it was written extremely well and I love how she inserted different news quotes between chapters.  I HIGHLY reccomend that you read it!! :)

Out of 1-10:

For this spine tingler::I Give it a 9.5!!!

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kh123856 said...

I would stay inside a whole lot and use lots of antibacterial soap.


clynsg said...

A lot would depend on the method of transmission--if airborne, staying isolated as much as possible would be a safety mechanism. I am afraid most people don't realize how much society could break down in that case--maybe watching the developments in Haiti can help give them an idea--no food supplies, electrical and water systems could stop operating if everyone who worked with them became ill or died, health care overworked or non-existent. There are no simple answers, and the best way to survive would involve some cooperation, along with the necessary quarantine of the ill.

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Heidi V said...

I would either move away or lock myself in if moving wasn't possible.

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Alicia said...

I could stay cooped up in my house for a few weeks at least.

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skipthelaundry said...

Would get my kids and get out of town!

Anonymous said...

I would seal my home completely and HIDE!!

Cher said...

I would lock my family inside, I couldn't even imagine what else I would do!

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Linda Thieman said...

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Well, since the pandemic emergency was virulent and not causing electricity to go down, I'd make and drink tons of colloidal silver. That ought to do the trick.

The book sounds really interesting!

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Winning Readings said...

Well, first I'd make sure my family was safe. Then I would see what I could do to help (or send my husband out to do it while I stayed with my daughter...)

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Anonymous said...

I'd try to leave town. If that wasn't possible we'd have a lockdown at our house.

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Melanie said...

I've never really thought about it...but I guess I'd either hunker down in the house or immediately hit the road and stay with out-of-town family members.
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Kristi said...

I think that I would try to pack up my family and get them up north to the inlaws lake house!

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Julie said...

Keep myself and family inside-use Lysol products, wash hands quite abit

karen said...

I would go atay at mom's until it blew over. Thanks.


bayctygrl said...

I would panic! No really, I wouldnt leave the house. Man that is really scary to think about. I would use bleach and lots of vitamins and gloves and masks.

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Nickolay said...

I would sneak out of town with the family and hide out at the cabin up North


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joan ferris said...

I would try to help all I can.
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MannaB said...

I would probably seal up my house with plastic and duct tape and use gallons of sanitizer.

tsue said...

As a Mom, I hate to even think about it...sigh...I would seal the family in and talk to my kids, telling them all the wonderful things about them that I love so much and all those little things you always know you want to share/tell/teach your kids that often slip through the cracks.


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Margie said...

I probably would take my family and head out of town, if there were no quarantine.
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demmi said...

I am not sure I hope I never have to find out

mindy said...

i would stay inside with air purifiers and anti bacterial soap thanks minsthins at optonline dot net

Nancy S. said...

I would stay home and buy my groceries from Amazon.
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purango said...

I would try to take my family away. If that wasn't possible I would try to keep our family away from other people and secure medical supplies.

Gianna said...

Stay home until it blows over and thank God I have stockpiles in case of emergencies :)