12. The Secret Between Us by Barbara Delinsky (2008)
Length: 431 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Started: 7 February 2015
Finished: 9 February 2015
Where did it come from? From Bookmooch
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 2 February 2015
Why do I have it? I like contemporary fiction and have read and enjoyed several books by this author in the past.
As Deborah Monroe and her teenage daughter, Grace, are driving home from a party that Grace attended; the unthinkable happens. Their car is in an accident; striking a man who is running in the dark. Although sixteen-year-old Grace was the one at the wheel, Deborah sends her daughter home before the police arrive, determined to shoulder the blame for the accident herself.
Deborah’s rash decision, made in an attempt to protect Grace, quickly takes on a life of its own. Her decision soon morphs into a deception, one that ultimately threatens the special bond between mother and daughter. In The Secret Between Us, Barbara Delinsky explores the limits of personal responsibility – responsibility of a mother to a daughter, of a daughter to a father, and of a husband to a wife.
Once again, Ms. Delinsky has delivered a riveting, superbly crafted family story. This book was absolutely great. I find that Ms. Delinsky is wonderful at creating nuanced family relationships and dramatic plots. I do like reading books that deal with secrets and deceptions, and how such things can detrimentally affect the family dynamics. I give The Secret Between Us by Barbara Delinsky an A+!
A+! – (96-100%)
Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight