The Secret Between Us Author:Barbara Delinsky 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 dece... more »ption 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.« less
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 quite 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 bigger than she thinks.
Grace Monroe is a loving, athletic, brilliant, devoted teen who knows right from wrong but the one little unfortunate incident throws her into such an emotional turmoil that you sit and wonder how your own child would react to the same thing happening to her. The entire town knows this teen as truthfully honest and reliable almost to perfection which sets Grace up for emotional pain that is unimaginable.
The story brings into question what lengths we would go to as a parent in order to protect our children. It also questions our ability to handle one crisis following another as an adult especially in a small town where everyone knows everything about everyone. Can secrets truly be hidden in such a small community. Will one little deception tear a family apart not only from themselves but from all prying eyes. Can one selfish person willing cause so much emotional pain and break the trust that has been here for generations. So many questions with too few answers.
The author is brilliant with the actual storyline. With living in Massachusetts myself I can actually visualize all the areas that the author takes us to. Even though this is fiction it could also be someone's real life story. It's something we say can't possibly happen to us but in all reality, "It only takes one time", and it could very well come to pass.
I received this book for free as part of a marketing campaign conducted by BzzAgent, and had never read a book by Barbara Delinsky before (I don't think I'd even heard of her). The cover for some reason reminds me of a book you'd find in the "young adult" section (not where I shop), but I'm always up for trying something new.
The plot revolves around a family and several other people in a small New England town, who (surprise!) all have secrets. That said, I didn't find the book to be overly predictable. There are family tensions, concerns about reputation, and overwhelming situations, and the characters all act in an understandable manner.
The book didn't take a lot of brainpower to read, but it also wasn't complete fluff. I'd say it's a great book for the beach or traveling, something you can breeze through but not feel like you've wasted your time.
I'm sure like most of you I was very excited when I received this book due to the reviews and buzz I heard from others. Unfortunately, the book did not meet up to its hype (well, to me at least!). I found the book to be very slow moving and it actually took me a good few MONTHS to finish this book. And for an avid book reader like me that's saying a lot - I typically can devour a book in a sitting ;-)
The characters started to becoming more annoying than likeable and there were too many other subplots (Karen and Hal, Jill, unresolved issues, etc.) for you to actually feel the suspense I'm sure the author was trying to convey. Had the story been oh maybe 100 pages shorter I'm sure it would have flowed much better, but I must warn you not to rush to pick this one up if you decide to read it at all.
The Secret Between Us is a great book with one major secret between a mother and a daughter following a car accident with many smaller secrets between sisters, father and daughters, mother and son plus more. The book also describes teen presure to drink, difficulties after a divorce for both the parents and the children and the effects of guilt on both adults and children. As well as being a good read for adults, I would recommend it for older teens give them insite into teen problems involving drinking as well as parental presure to be perfect.
The diaglogue between mother and daughter never rang true. And if I thought the book was too preachy before, after the daughter confesses to her grandfather, all the family's problems were summed up and solved by mini sermons. I should have put the book down after the first chapter.