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The Secret Between Us by Barbara Delinsky
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Mar 23, 09

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bookshelves: chick-lit
Read in March, 2009

This was the perfect non-demanding novel to listen to in the car during my daily commute. Deborah is the ultimate keep-it-together, always-under-control mom/doctor/daughter - until she and her daughter accidentally hit a pedestrian while driving home late on a very rainy night. The accident, which results in the man's death after an operation, wasn't their fault - but Deborah's daughter Grace, a teenager with a learner's permit was driving at the time. Wanting to spare her daughter, Deborah lets the police and everyone else assume Deborah was driving.

Deborah's horror and stress at the way her calm and controlled life unravels after the accident and at the way her lie of omission looms over her is extremely convincing, as is Grace's guilt over the accident and her anger at her mom for lying about it. Their relationship is portrayed welll, as is the relationship between Deborah and her demanding, difficult father. A thoughtful book about family dynamics.

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