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The Secret Between Us

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Delinsky Does it Again!

I must say that I love the few books that I have read by Barbara Delinsky. Of course, when I purchase them, I do so in no particular order, and often times read a book from 1993 and then read a book from 2006 next.

The Secret Between Us is a great story of the str...
I must say that I love the few books that I have read by Barbara Delinsky. Of course, when I purchase them, I do so in no particular order, and often times read a book from 1993 and then read a book from 2006 next.

The Secret Between Us is a great story of the strong relationship between mother and daughter. All too often, mothers forget that their children have strong emotions and are capable of heading down a shame-spiral if they feel guilt. "Mother knows best" sometimes does not apply, hence this book.

It begins with a very scary automobile accident involving a pedestrian. The mother, a very well-respected family doctor in a small town, takes matters into her own hands and simply forgets that we are responsible for our own actions in the world. From page one, I was immediately captivated by Delinsky's words, and I found myself often wondering what I would do in the same situation.

posted by TangledUpInBlue19 on May 17, 2010

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Intriging

This novel is about a mother named Deborah and her daughter, Grace who one night they are driving home and Deborah and Grace are arguing about what Grace was really doing at her friends house before her mom came to pick her up. It is raining like crazy and very hard to ...
This novel is about a mother named Deborah and her daughter, Grace who one night they are driving home and Deborah and Grace are arguing about what Grace was really doing at her friends house before her mom came to pick her up. It is raining like crazy and very hard to see especially for Grace who is driving when all of a sudden they hear a "thud". they find out a few minutes later that it was Grace's teacher from school and she had just ran him over! Deborah does not want her daughter to take the blame so she tells her daughter to leave before the police arrive. Now Grace and her mother have to face a hard ship for what they have done and keep it a secret from EVERYONE. What I liked about this book was the whole situation between the mother and daughter and by the end their relationship has grown even stronger. What I disliked about this book was the ending, I feel that the ending was rushed and I didn't get enough time to let the ending sink in. The moral of the story is to not lie especially not to authorties and to stick with your family through thick and thin. As a teenager this book relates to me because I am a sixteen year old girl who is quiet and keeps her feelings to herself and lets everthing bother her just like Grace.

posted by 9860381 on October 12, 2011

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  • Posted November 12, 2008

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    No Secret - Mediocre Book

    The premise of this book is interesting but the execution is lousy. Repetitive and obvious. I also could see the relationship with the dead man's brother coming a mile away. And the ending was just too neat and tidy. Also, maybe it's different in what I presume was Massachusetts, but in Florida the DA (State Attorney) does not get involved in civil suits only criminal, so I found this part of the plot annoying because it was unrealistic. This is the second Delinsky book I've read and I must say she's 0 for 2 in my book (pardon the pun)

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

    Boring

    Quick read but story was monotonous.

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  • Posted January 4, 2010

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    Interesting Idea, Very Slow Read

    The idea behind this story is so interesting, but could have been told in about 100 pages. The story dragged at points and kept going on and on about the same things. I found myself looking for more realistic dialogue between characters. Also, I think the character of Grace (the daughter) had so much potential but was very under-developed. I wanted to see more interaction between Grace and her friends. Some of the sub-plots seemed a little forced, not amounting to much at the end. And I was dying to hear from the perspective of the victim's widow. We kept hearing all this information about her and never got to hear her side! Also, I won't spoil the ending, but the outcome of the legalities seemed very unlikely and unrealistic. I was disappointed. It was however, an easy read and had me thinking about what could happen when an accident takes a life.

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