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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2011

    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 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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    Jennifer Wardrip - Personal Read

    THE SECRET BETWEEN US deals with the interactions of family. How far a mother will go to protect her child, how a child reacts to knowing they've done something that can never be taken back. It's not a bad story, but it wasn't as fully evolved as I would have liked it to be.<BR/><BR/>The main problem, for me, was the ending, which I saw as a total cop-out. In the end, the resolutions came too easily, and in ways that made everyone turn out to be a good guy. Things rarely work this way in real life.<BR/><BR/>This isn't Barbara Delinsky's best story, but it's still good for reading about a family who will do anything to keep itself whole.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2010

    Not bad, but...

    Get it in the bargain bin or at the library.Not worth the nook book price.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2009

    Overall, Good Book!

    I enjoyed reading this book. It became a little slow in the middle, I wanted things to speed up a bit. But it was a thought provoking storyline. This was the second Barbara Delinsky book I have read and it definitely won't be the last. --K--

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2008

    Predictable

    Such an easy read - nice character development but it was almost painfully predictable and a lot of it was repetetive. I really like the easy and flow8ing way Delinsky writes but it doesn't make up for the above.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2008

    Too Many Issues.

    Great storyline, but subplots and personal issues of the main characters become tedious. The question of whether or not a mother would lie to protect her child is universal. Of course you would. Unless said child has a history of trouble. Deborah did the only thing she could do, but Grace had so many other issues going on that she became obsessed with this accident. In fact every character in this novel had major problems. I think Tom was the only person who wasn't plagued by some past disturbance, and he never knew his family. I would have liked to have met Nana Ruth, she seemed to have it all together. This author can and has done better.

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