The Secret between Us


Barbara Delinsky has written over 20 novels, most focusing on family dynamics, ‘The Secret between us’ is her latest novel, released in paperback earlier this month.

‘The Secret between Us’ is a story within a story. In addition to the accident and its aftermath, this is a story of relationships, community and secrets. The characters are filled with guilt, allowing the reader to feel like they are a character in the book and you can’t wait to see how everything turns out. Most of the characters are flawed giving you a sense of normalcy, real life.

I wasn’t able to put this book down, an easy read that hooks you in from the opening chapter. As a parent, I thought the story was believable, showing that parents will do almost anything to protect their children, not taking future consequences into consideration. We can not predict life’s journey and the twists and turns we will experience through life. A deeply touching story.

Type: Fiction, 352 pages, Trade paperback
Readers guide: Yes
Recommend for book club: Yes

Synopsis:
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 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 consequences of a lie gone wrong. Once again, Barbara Delinksy has delivered a riveting study of family and a superbly crafted novel, perfectly targeted to reading groups and fans of provocative fiction.

Reviews:
Publishers Weekly… When Dr. Deborah Monroe’s teenage daughter Grace hits her high school history teacher while driving, Deborah allows the police to think she was at the wheel. Dealing with the aftermath of the accident is just one more unwelcome burden for Deborah, already stressed by work and family problems. Meanwhile, Grace is devastated by the pressure of the lie and the guilt she feels, particularly after her teacher dies. Orlagh Cassidy make a serviceable if not particularly distinctive attempt to distinguish between character voices, but her overall performance is warm and compassionate. Together, the smoothly abridged text and the narration create an emotionally affecting and realistic portrait of a family in crisis.

1 comment

  1. I agree that the story pulls you in from the start and I liked the dynamic of the family. But I thought there were too many issues being thrown into one book.

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