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Starred Review. Relationships are brought to the limit in Delinsky's splendid latest exploration of family dynamics. On a rainy night, Deborah Monroe and her teenage daughter, Grace, are driving home when their car hits a man. The victim, who turns out to be Grace's history teacher, is unconscious but alive. Although Grace was driving, Deborah sends her home and takes responsibility for the accident when the cops show up. Deborah is juggling a lot: as a family doctor, she is in private practice with her über-demanding widower father, who is trying to hide a drinking problem; her son, Dylan, is vision impaired; her mother's death continues to affect the family; Deborah is still dealing with her ex-husband's new, separate life; and her unmarried sister, Jill, has just announced she's pregnant. Grace's guilt about not taking responsibility for the accident makes her withdraw from friends and family, and the accident victim turns out to have a more complex private life than anyone imagined. The author seamlessly resolves relationship issues without sentiment, throws in a promising romance for Deborah and offers a redemptive scene between Grace and her grandfather. Delinsky combines her understanding of human nature with absorbing, unpredictable storytelling—a winning combination. (Jan.)
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People Magazine has called the work of bestselling author Barbara Delinsky “Engrossing reading!”

“Delinsky delves deeper into the human heart and spirit with each new novel.”

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Product Details

  • File Size: 708 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; 1 edition (January 22, 2008)
  • Publication Date: January 22, 2008
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000YJ53KE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,018 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Barbara Delinsky, author of BLUEPRINTS (2015), SWEET SALT AIR (2013), ESCAPE (2011), NOT MY DAUGHTER (2010), WHILE MY SISTER SLEEPS (2009), THE SECRET BETWEEN US (2008), and FAMILY TREE (2007), has written more than twenty-two bestselling novels with over thirty million copies in print. She has been published in twenty languages worldwide. Barbara's fiction centers upon everyday families facing not-so-everyday challenges. She is particularly drawn to exploring themes of motherhood, marriage, sibling rivalry, and friendship in her novels.

A lifelong New Englander, Barbara earned a B.A. in Psychology at Tufts University and an M.A. in Sociology at Boston College. As a breast cancer survivor who lost her mother to the disease when she was only eight, Barbara compiled the non-fiction book Uplift: Secrets From the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors, a handbook of practical tips and upbeat anecdotes. She donates her proceeds from the sale of this book to her charitable foundation, which funds an ongoing research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Barbara enjoys knitting, photography, and cats. She also loves to interact with her readers through her website at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter as @BarbaraDelinsky.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Theresa M. Studer on January 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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 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.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ann M. Macpherson on February 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I'm a huge fan of Delinsky and buy her books without reading any reviews. This one didn't disappointment me---but I'm quite surprised by some of the other reviews. To me, this book had so much impact and depth. I loved it.

There are the issues of teens drinking and driving, the overwhelming issue of a parent trying to protect or perhaps over-protect her child, the trauma of divorce on the entire family, the guilt over your life's decisions, the keeping of secrets, the telling of lies that affect everyone you love,painful loss of a loved one, expectations that aren't fulfilled. The list goes on and on. There is so much in this story that it's at times painful to digest.

Deborah regrets her divorce and what it did to her family. But she lies by omission causing more pain and trauma to her children. There's also the piece that shows a softening of the relationship with everyone she loves--including the ex-husband. And then there's the promise of a new love in the future----perhaps she learned from her past mistakes.

How can you not love the story? Perhaps the writing isn't done in the depth of other writers but the story has a huge impact on life and all its issues of living. I couldn't put it down, lost some sleep and pushed work aside to finish this book. To me, that's the kind of book that gets a "5 star" rating.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SunMoonStars on April 5, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'll be short and brief. This is the third and LAST book by this author that I will read. Among the MANY annoyances I had with this book were:
The person the mother ends up with. I mean, come on...REALLY? I'll not get into that so I won't ruin the ending for anyone else.
What kind of ethics and morals is this mother teaching the daughter? Mama will always cover up her mistakes and take the blame for her wrong doings? Where is responsibility? The daughter wants to grow up, so teach her the consequences!
If this were my kid, she would NOT be still able to go hang with her friends! She would be grounded! Where's the getting in trouble for underage drinking? What about an attempt at shoplifting? Where is this kid getting in trouble for anything that she's done?
I feel bad for the poor schmuck who died, he's almost forgotton...and not much is said for the widow either.
The brother and his whole storyline is so unrealistic.
The chief of police just turns a blind eye to the whole situation because the mom's such a great person in the community....PUHLEASE!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KND on December 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book was so horrible I couldn't finish. The writing, the characters, I just couldn't stand it. This had the potential to be a great story but I just couldn't get through it. I had no relatability to any of the characters. I found the mother to be incredibly stupid and the daughter to be incredibly annoying and the greandfather to be incredibily gruff and mean. I almost threw the book across the room because I couldn't stand it. I don't even care how it ended. Please save your money and don't buy this book. It'll save you some aggrevation. Id give it no stars but they won't let me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on February 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Like reviewer Ann Mcpherson, I am a Delinsky fan. I have read her for many years and she doesn't disappoint me. She always leaves you thinking of her characters long after you've closed the book.

I thought this novel had a little bit of everything. Great discussion book. Lots of emotion - the scenario a young girl and her mother arguing while driving in the rain, and how in a split second something tragic can happen to change everyone's lives. The characters are likeable and believable, the accident one we can picture easily happening to anyone. The side stories contributed a lot to the enjoyment of the read: the boy with the eye disease/his feelings about playing baseball/his relationship with his dad and grandfather. I enjoyed the sister of the main character with her bakery venture, her choice for single parent pregnancy, and the small town scenario of everyone knowing everyone. The police chief being in the job forever makes the ending plausible, although doubtful in big city real-life.

The only reason I rate this a 4 instead of 5 is because there was one area that I found far-fetched, and that was about the victim in the accident, how he happened to be where he was at the time of the accident. Without giving anything away, I guess Delinsky needed to go that way to give us a satisfactory ending, and she did wrap it up nicely. I also felt it would have added a lot more to the novel to have a bit more character development about the victim and his family. Suffice it to say it didn't make me enjoy the book any less.

If you are in a book club, this is an excellent choice, as there is much to discuss. One thing to address if you are in a club:
1) Would you cover for your child if this happened to you in this way?
2) Is the teen driver here typical of young-girl-driver's today (guilt or relief)?
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