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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...more
Published (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...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...more
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
Lizziet
Mar 05, 2008 Lizziet rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...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  ·  review of another edition
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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
Laura
The Secret Between Us was unlike any other Barbara Delinsky book i've previously read, and I don't know if that was such a good thing. I did like this book, but feel like this book didn't blow me away as many of her other romance-type novels did.

The Secret Between Us is a story of a mother and daughter who get into an accident in the middle of a rainy evening where they hit a man with the car. The only problem is the police believe the mother was the one driving, when in fact it was the daughter...more
Emily
In this book Deborah is trying to manage her life while it is sent into chaos. She is recently divorced, a single parent who is under alot of stress and living up to expectations from her father, and for some reason people keep telling her secrets or putting her in situations where she has to keep a secret. One dark rainy night while she lets her daughter who has a learners permit drive. A runner come out of the woods, hits/is hit by the car and ends up dying. While waiting for the police Debora...more
Rhonda
While driving home in a heavy rain Dr. Deborah Monroe and her sixteen year old daughter Grace are arguing. Visibility is extremely poor when suddenly on a remote stretch they hit history teacher Cal McKenna. Deborah calls 911 and sends Grace home to be with her younger brother Dylan. Leyland Police Chief John Colby asks Deborah what happened, but she fails to correct his assumption as to who was driving. Grace feels guilt as she had two beers before driving the car that hit Cal.

Grace feels ill...more
Sheryl
The Secret Between Us by Barbara Delinsky ~ This is the first book by this author that I have read and I have instantly become BFFs with ole Babs!! :o)

This is a story of keeping secrets and evading the truth by omission.... It's another one of those stories that makes you stop to think... Now, what would I have done in the same situation?

Before you read the next few sentences, know that there are not any spoilers. Anything I have referred to, below, is in the synopsis on the back of Bab's book....more
April WW
Bought this in the airport bookstore on Sunday (btw, IAH Terminal A has an awfully slim book selection) and finished it that night. It bugs me when I finish a book that fast, but there was a longer-than-planned flight and a night alone in a hotel room involved so I couldn't really stretch it out any longer. It was an okay read, but nothing special. I found the romance in the book -- yes, oddly, there is one -- wholly unbelievable, to the point that it pretty much ruined the book for me. On the o...more
Heaven is a bookstore
I never actually thought I would enjoy listening to an audio book. I have tried it in the past and ended up never listening to the end. But I had to take a car trip that I knew would be long enough and the radio stations tend to be horrible in between towns, so I thought I'd give it a try. I don't know when or where I picked up this audio book, but I loaded it on my Nook, plugged the card into the ear phone jack and then using my auxiliary cord, plugged it in to my car and out it came through th...more
Tina
This book starts out innocently enough. Deborah, a divorced mother of two picks up her teen-aged daughter, Grace, from a friend's house after what was supposed to be a night of studying. But Deborah is understandably perturbed when she arrives and finds not just three girls studying, but eight kids (4 boys, 4 girls) having what appears to be a fun time (no parents in sight). As the two women drive home on a a rainy night where visibility is nil, they argue about what Deborah's perceives and Grac...more
Carrie
Maybe I was expecting something else. Maybe I shouldn't pick books from my aunt's bookshelf. Maybe it's just because this is my first exposure to the ever-growing genre of chick-lit. I'm not for sure what the reason for my disliking this book was, I just know I had trouble getting into it. Perhaps it was the main character's habit of turning every encounter into a knock-down drag-out dramatic scene. Drama is essential, yes, but in every scene? After awhile it began to feel formulaic and predicta...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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