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Nothing will break this mother-daughter bond. Not even the truth.

Deborah Monroe and her daughter, Grace, are driving home from a party when their car hits a man running in the dark. Grace was at the wheel, but Deborah sends her home before the police arrive, determined to shoulder the blame for the accident. Her decision then turns into a deception that takes on a life of

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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 22nd 2008 by Doubleday (first published January 1st 2008)
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Terra
The Secret Between Us by Barbara Delinksy is truthfully painful. A good novel but with so much guilt that you really start to feel like it's you in the story. It's a can't put down book til the end so that you can see if things come out for better or worse.

Deborah Monroe is mom, daughter, sister, ex-wife, and prominent town doctor to a quiet little town in New England. Highly respected and loved, independent, honest to a fault has her life upturned by one little incident. Oh, is it little or big
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Lisa
Thanks Misty, for a great buddy read! Misty and I tend to like books that make us a weeeee bit crazy and want to yell at the characters (see our last read, The Whole Golden World, for more on that)!!! They don't always do the smartest or most sensible things, these characters. And that's why we love 'em: for the fist-shaking-factor :) Deborah's Dad and her ex-husband were both deplorable, but it was Deborah herself that made me the craziest, because she put up with all their shenanigans and NEVE ...more
Jennifer
A pleasant surprise. It wasn't challenging reading, but a good story that kept my interest. Would be good for a vacation book or beach book. Similar to Piccoult's style - but much better character development.


I'm not done yet, but enjoying the book. It's easy reading. I got the book from the publisher as part of a buzz campaign through BuzzAgent.com I've been telling people that I know are interested in this genre of books about this book as well as the author. I thought at first that I would fi
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Laura
I have to say I've read better books by Barbara Delinksy. For some reason, although this was a reasonably interesting story, if felt a little overwrought to me, particularly since it only covered a two week span of time. There was just something about going from extreme stress and panic to everything neatly tied up in such a tidy fashion - all in two weeks - that annoyed me. I'm not sorry I read it, but I have come to the conclusion that Delinsky's best work, like that of authors before her (Ste ...more
Kandice
I found this story very weak and boring. Not worth my time writing a review from scratch, but here’s my response to the synopsis on goodreads… The normal text is what GR had to say and my responses are in bold:

Deborah Monroe and her daughter, Grace, are driving home from a party when their car hits a man running in the dark. Grace was at the wheel, but Deborah sends her home before the police arrive, determined to shoulder the blame for the accident. Her decision then turns into a deception that
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Lizziet
Mar 05, 2008 Lizziet rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: New york times
Okay. I picked up this book because I was looking for a new author like Jodi Picoult. This book was a quick read but dragged at times. I kept reading because I was intrigued by the topic and the relationships. A daugter kills a man while driving with her mother on a rainy night. The mother does not correct the police when they assume that the mother was driving. Made me wonder if I would do the same. Also, it reminded us how a lie can impact your life and how the truth can set up free.

I could re
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Misty Vauble
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this but then I typically enjoy Delinsky's work. I'm not a parent except to the four legged variety of a child so I'm not sure Deborah's choices were right but I understood her reasoning. grace I got perfectly and I felt for her. Deborah's dad worked my last nerve a good portion of the book but ultimately he learned something too. This may be closer to a 4.5 for me
Carole
I was torn between giving this book 2 or 3 stars. The Secret Between Us seemed to be a decent book at first and moved forward fairly quickly, but the story wrapped up far too neatly and the main characters are too goody-goody. I'm not sure how to describe it, but the daughter is boo-hooing about not being held accountable for what she did wrong and about everyone giving her a pass on all her mistakes. I just find it hard to believe a teenager being this altruistic. The mother, Deborah, is also s ...more
Jaclyn
This book was my first introduction to Barbara Delinsky. My mom loaned it to me and said it was so good she lost sleep trying to finish it. Wow was she right. I could not put this book down! Like Jodi Picoult, Delinsky writes about family issues and weaves a compelling drama that pulls you in instantly and hooks you all the way to the end. However, Picoult likes to write about somewhat obscure issues, or highly controversial topics, whereas Delinsky chooses topics that could easily happen to any ...more
Mackenzie
This book is the story of Deborah Monroe and her daughter, Grace. One night when Grace is driving home with her mother from her friend's house, a man comes hurtling in front of their car. It is raining heavily so visibility is far from good that night, because of this Deborah and Grace don't see the man until it's too late. Deborah, after finding out who the man is and making sure he isn't fatally injured, calls the cops and sends Grace home to take care of her brother, Dylan; which ultimately c ...more
Michele
Feb 29, 2008 Michele rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Anita Shreve and Jodi Picoult
"Expectations are a powerful motivational tool"
3.5 stars. The Secret Between Us, a novel by Barbara Delinsky, defines "a fast read." The writing is clearly the effort of a pro and flows from page to page with lots of dialog and little description or prolonged prose. The storytelling is first rate. I was riveted.

The main character, a woman named Barbara, is likeable and believable. She's a divorced mother of two, a small-town doctor. In the opening pages, she and her daughter, Grace, have a terri
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Misskey
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Jill
I'm giving this book two stars because I didn't mind reading it. But when that's the best thing you can say about a book, that's really saying something, isn't it?

Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if the book had stayed focused on the main "secret" of the mother covering for her daughter during a car accident. Instead, pretty much every other character in the book had to have a "secret", too, so the whole deception-eats-away-at-you theme got old real fast. The saccharine-sweet ending bugged me
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Mom
Much like a Jodi Picoult book. Mother allows daughter with her driving permit, to drive home in the rain. A man runs out in front of the car and is hit. Though not critically injured, he dies two days later because he did not tell caregivers about a drug he had been taking. Complications in the accident investigation ensue since mother sent daughter away from accident scene and neglects to tell police who was really driving. They assume it was the mother and she never corrects them. But guilt on ...more
Chloe
3.5 stars. Not one of those "I couldn't put it down" type books, but interesting enough to keep the pages turning.

A teenage daughter is driving the car when they hit a man. The mother doesn't correct the police when they assume it was her behind the wheel. And thus, a lie is born. And the web gets tangled.

The story focuses a lot on relationships. Mother - daughter. Sisters. Father - daughter. Even Doctor and patient. Relationships that are built on trust - and become fragile when trust is betray
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Wanda Gibbons
I just couldn't believe this mother expected the daughter to keep the secret of who was driving. Really? She expects a 16 year old to be able to do that. She obviously had no idea of the lies that the daughter would have to tell. Well the daughter, Grace, talks to no one so she doesn't tell any lies. She ignores her friends and avoids school. Even worse. What would one expect? The girl became more guilt ridden with each passing day.
I almost gave up on this book after the second chapter. It seem
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Chris
A car accident changes the dynamics of an already-troubled family. Delinsky tries to make the story compelling but there is no real tension here and the resolution is somewhat unsatsifying. An easy read but also easily forgettable.
Lori
I listened to the greatest audio version of THE SECRET BETWEEN US and I am glad I did. This is a very good story but it very was well told without everything that could be added to the unabridged version. I can also somewhat relate first-hand to this mother/daughter relationship but to a much greater severity which I will tell my last paragraph.

In any case, as many have reviewed, it is a story about a mother and [teenage] daughter's close relationship being stretched many times over after a lif
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Patsy
Deborah Monroe and her daughter, Grace, are driving home from a party when their car hits a man running in the dark. Grace was at the wheel, but Deborah sends her home before the police arrive, determined to shoulder the blame for the accident. Her decision then turns into a deception that takes on a life of its own and threatens the special bond between mother and daughter.

The Secret Between Us is an unforgettable story about making bad choices for the right reasons and the terrible consequence
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Gail
This book shows a mother's love for her child and how far she will go to protect her child. Great reading. I had a hard time putting it down because I had to see what would happen next.
Yvette
The is the first book that I've read by Barbara Delinsky and It was Great!!! A very compelling account of famliy, love, lost, sacrifice and reconciliation
Gail
Good story about lies and truth and families. I liked it a lot.

Here's my research "hmmm": A civil lawsuit is just that, one person against another-- even a corporation as a person. The government has nothing to do with a civil suit. So one would never be waiting on the DA to decide about a civil suit. District attorneys, in the USA, don't do civil, only criminal. The decision about a civil suit would be made by the person doing the suing. The DA would be deciding whether to file criminal charge
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Suzetteelkins
Very Good! Makes you stop and think. Just how far would you go for your daughter?
Linda
AWESOME book LOVED it!!
Janice
this was a good read - easy read, but with some solid deep thoughts to consider in relationships. As a parent, what would you lie about / and would you lie - to save your child from struggles/issues? At what cost? Then there are the unspoken family rules and ways that each family has - how they carry from generation to generation and how and when do you address tough discussions with family members? Let's not forget the power in healing and forgiveness through divorce - there's a lot here! Worth ...more
Olga
Meh... Ok, it was an easily digestible,formulaic "women's fiction" offering. Yet one more parent trying to protect a "good kid" who accidentally caused a car accident and killed a person. Very similar to Lisa Scottoline's "Keep quiet", albeit a bit less dramatic. I did not really feel any loyalty for the good mother or the good teen, or even the family of the good teacher who died. Both authors find ways to explain the deaths away so that nobody is really at fault. Kids and parents are still goo ...more
Kelly
I've been exploring a lot of new-to-me authors for the past several months, and Barbara Delinsky is one whom I had never read before. I was pleased to find that I really enjoy her writing. I started reading "The Secret Between Us" late last night and had it finished by the same time tonight; I would have read it straight through if I'd been able to keep my eyes open any longer last night. As the book begins, Deborah and her daughter Grace are driving home late one rainy night and hit a man joggi ...more
Lindsay
When Grace and her mom became involved in sticky situation together they become more than mother & daughter--they become partners in crime. The Secret Between Us is an interesting novel of a woman and her daughter who uncover secrets to not only the disasterous situation at hand, but with other issues in their lives. Throughout the story, these two women learn how to cope on their own, together, and with a little help from the people closest to them in their lives.

I enjoyed The Secret Betwee
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Jacki
I have a thing for 'family drama' type novels. I like to see how people interact together, and this month, I guess the theme is "mother/daughter relationships", because this is about the 3rd book I've read this month that focuses heavily on that.

The story here is that the daughter, Grace, is driving, hits a guy and the mother, Deborah, tells her to run home & she takes the blame. Grace feels bad, Deborah feels bad that Grace feels bad and tries to come to terms with it. Meanwhile, she's dea
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Jazzmin
I give this book 3 1/2 to 4 stars overall- great read in my opinion! It had a lot of substance and was captivating and kept my attention-making me wonder what would happen next. Unexpected and small twists kept my interest as well. This was a quicker read as well, so that made it nice- opposed to some books that last forever and sometimes get dull as they go on. The story was a good one, with nice detail and I think Delinsky told it in a very charming and understandable way- this is my 1st book ...more
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I was born and raised in suburban Boston. My mother’s death, when I was eight, was the defining event of a childhood that was otherwise ordinary. I took piano lessons and flute lessons. I took ballroom dancing lessons. I went to summer camp through my fifteenth year (in Maine, which explains the setting of so many of my stories), then spent my sixteenth summer learning to type and to drive (two sk ...more
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