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The Secret Between Us

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  13,557 ratings  ·  830 reviews

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

Hardcover, 343 pages
Published January 22nd 2008 by Doubleday (first published 2008)
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Mar 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 27, 2008 rated it liked it
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 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
Feb 23, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009, audiobooks
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
Feb 16, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Apr 26, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 24, 2008 rated it did not like it
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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
Jun 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
Was expecting more from this book and couldn't relate to any of the characters. It seemed to jump around a bit with different story lines. I haven't given up on this author just not one of my favorites by her.
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
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 take responsibility for the accident. But that story takes on a life of its own and threatens to damage the whole family.

"The Secret Between Us" is an unforgettable story about making bad choices for the right reasons and the web of deceit that can spiral out of control
Feb 28, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Nov 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, 2010
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
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Bookmooch
As Deborah Monroe and her teenage daughter, Grace, are driving home from a party that Grace attended; the unthinkable happens. Their car is in an accident; striking a man who is running in the dark. Although sixteen-year-old Grace was the one at the wheel, Deborah sends her daughter home before the police arrive, determined to shoulder the blame for the accident herself.

Deborah's rash decision, made in an attempt to protect Grace, quickly takes on a life of its own. Her decision soon morphs into
Dec 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. The plot is interesting, the characters are well-developed, and the story is well told.

There are, however, a few things I didn't like much about the book. First, there are sometimes long descriptions that are not always helpful to the story. There are also some details that seemed inconsistent to me. For example, I didn't understand how Deborah knew where Tom lived. It is never said in the book that he gave her his address. In fact, he never even gave
Jun 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Secret Between Us is a book all about, as you can guess, secrets.

The main plot is about Deborah and her daughter Grace. One night, while Grace is driving, they hit a man on the road. Deborah decides to shoulder the blame by saying that she was the driver of the car.
But, can the two of them live with the secret?

Every character in the book conveniently has a secret. Drinking problems, eye sight problems, affairs, pregnancies, and the list goes on.
The idea is how secrets, especially amongst
Jul 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Deana Ralston
Jul 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Finished listening to this book today. It was a quick enough read (listen)....but the storyline was totally predictable. It kept my attention, but it was just a mediocre book. Nothing more/nothing less.
Feb 19, 2015 rated it liked it
It was a really good book with some thought provoking plots, but it could be quite depressing at times and not exactly riveting. It was always entertaining and engaging though, sparking your own thought and discussion throughout.
Sep 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
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.
Everyone has a secret...and oh what a tangled web. Interesting, but the ending seemed a bit too pat...not Delinsky's best.
Mar 19, 2008 rated it liked it
This book was very slow moving. I never really got into it, I just kept reading because I wanted to know what happened in the end. It was very predictable and not very exciting.
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It kept me interested enough to read the whole book in one afternoon.
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very Good! Makes you stop and think. Just how far would you go for your daughter?
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put it down. The decision of protecting your child even with a lie can't be an easy one.
Oct 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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