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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,744 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Delinsky Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9781415943809
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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 deception 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 Delinsky has delivered a riveting study of family and a superbly crafted novel, perfectly targeted to fans of provocative fiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "Relationships are brought to the limit in Delinsky's splendid latest exploration of family dynamics.... [The Secret Between Us] combines her understanding of human nature with absorbing, unpredictable storytelling--a winning combination. Library Journal, (starred)
  • One of her best… Delinsky is a first-rate storyteller who creates believable, sympathetic characters who seem as familiar as your neighbors. The Boston Globe
  • Provocative… Delinsky is interested in how the lies we tell for love can destroy us instead–and she lays out this particular deception so painstakingly that even the most honest reader will sympathize. People
  • Delinsky offers a polished drama… creating sympathetic characters with personal problems. Well-crafted and satisfying. “ –Kirkus
  • “Delinsky treads the same domestic themes as fellow best-seller Jodi Picoult. Entertainment Weekly
  • 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. Cincinnati Enquirer

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 2/18/2014

    " Ok, sort of dragged out the story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/16/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was a easy going family type read but the only thing I would have liked to read about more was Jill having the baby. Even though she wasn't the main focus of the story I felt she was a supporting character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/16/2014

    " This books explores how a lie can effect so many people, not just those involved. Moral dilemma as well. Teaching a teenaged daughter it's ok to lie? That part bothered me a bit. Easy reading...though it dragged through the middle. I wanted to scream "just get on with it!!!" Kind of neatly concluded, everything turned out ok, but you wondered how long that lie would stick around and would it ever be revealed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacie | 2/9/2014

    " A very quick read with a great story about a mother's devotion to family. This book also deals with the topics of peer pressure, family expectations, lies, divorce and alcohol. This would also be a great teen read and a great way to bring up these topics with your teenager. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine Spencer Inskeep | 2/6/2014

    " Deborah takes responsibility for an accident that happens when her daughter Grace hits a man while driving in a rainstorm. Grace has her permit but not her license yet. While the beginning was pretty good, I found that as the book went on, it got very predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Miller | 2/5/2014

    " This book was amazing! It made me want to keep reading. I really got into it and fell in love with all the characters. Excellent! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael Jenkins | 1/28/2014

    " Deborah Monroe and her daughter Grace were driving home from a party, when they suddenly hit a man that ran out in the street. Grace was behind the wheel, she is a minor so she feels overwhelmed with guilt and sorrow but her mother promises that she will be be alright. That is until the word gets out that the victim was not only badly injured but later died, a shocking relevation that shocked both Deborah and Grace. Now Deborah wants to prove her daughter innocence, but it is not as easier as it seems. This book disappointed me, it started off promising but it ended abruptly. It was not consistent at all, the author added too many unecessary details that were not relevant to the story. I did not find anything redeeming about most of the characters, they were poorly developed and it caused me to wonder what was their purpose with the plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley (angelashly) | 1/24/2014

    " Good book. I liked the family as a whole and the issues were real "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 1/17/2014

    " A Family has to face a secret in a small town..the lies about an accident and family deceptions. I liked the mother's role and the teenage daughter needing to take responsiblity. Refreshing... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 1/16/2014

    " A good quick summer read about mother daughter relationships, parent child relationships and dysfunctional families. The bottom line is, it's always best to tell the truth. Lies just lead to more lies and trouble. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kp89dc2 | 1/7/2014

    " This book irratated me at first...can't really say why. However, about half-way (or 2/3 of the way) through I started to like the characters and the story. It's not one I'd read again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 12/28/2013

    " Started off good then got kind of slow. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Theresa | 12/26/2013

    " No, no, no. I did not believe any of this novel, but kept hoping for it to get better. There are a lot better of BD's out there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Fowler | 12/11/2013

    " Interesting story kinda a boring ending. Very predictable. Quick read. Life lessons to be learned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/10/2013

    " It's quite an interesting book. Makes you wonder what kinds of secrets people really do keep. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 12/3/2013

    " The book wasn't terrible... definitely a chick book. I finally skipped through most of the ending, just reading a couple of ages per chapter until the last chapter. It was okay but not very brain boosting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 11/30/2013

    " This book was very slow moving. I never really got into it, I just kept reading because I wanted to know what happened in the end. It was very predictable and not very exciting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celine | 11/24/2013

    " A secret between Mother and Daughter--lies to cover lies--bad choices for right reasons--a special lasting bond -- "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 7/12/2013

    " At first I really liked the idea of this book and thought it had real potential. But then it just took a turn for the worst and was pretty predictable. Easy read, don't expect too much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 7/8/2013

    " A mother's lie to spare her daughter changes everything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Readstoomuch | 6/27/2013

    " I enjoyed this book ... it was an easy read. Not exactly what I would call a beach book ... but, just a nice read! I enjoyed the characters in this and it certainly does make one think of the hidden things that a lie can bring about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 6/3/2013

    " as always, an interesting story and ordinary people dealing with situations that can happen to anyone. As always, far too many issues are being dealt with at once and in the end, none are thoroughly explored. still a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Colbert | 1/31/2013

    " I saw this book mentioned in Entertainment Weekly and thought it sounded interesting. It's about a mother and daughter who are in a car accident involving the girl's teacher. It was an interesting family drama about guilt and relationships. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Honeywell | 12/15/2012

    " makes you think about the decisions we make as parents "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denya | 7/18/2012

    " A really good read about family relationships. It was really interesting to see all the secret between different people... Grace and Deborah, Deborah and Jill, Hal from his wife... I thought it was really good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Terri | 6/26/2012

    " This book didn't grab my attention from the beginning; it was hard to get in to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 6/25/2012

    " This reminded me of The Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty, but I liked this book much better. What I liked about this book was trying to figure out how the author would resolved the lie with appropriate consequence for the character that we care about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 4/29/2012

    " Loved it, really enjoy this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 4/25/2012

    " Page turner, what a mother will do to protect her child. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mistie Herring | 4/7/2012

    " Good plot idea, but boring book. The dialogue between characters is not realistic- especially between a mother and a teenage daughter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 3/1/2012

    " I liked the twists and turns in this book, and the different characters and relationships that were developed throughout the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jthadley | 12/3/2011

    " Very good read. I liked this page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren R. | 11/23/2011

    " I'd seen this at Target and wanted to read it. An easy read, but somewhat predictable. It reminded me a lot of Jodi Picoult books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie | 6/23/2011

    " Sounds like a hidden lesbian love story but in fact it's a story about how much a mother will do for her child. Could have been about 100 pages shorter. Kinda boring and the ending was not exciting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lena | 6/11/2011

    " Very well written...amazing how a lie can barrel out of control and affect so many. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 The | 5/14/2011

    " very fast read - decisions we make to protect our loved ones and the repercussions it can have. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annie | 4/22/2011

    " A good holiday read but no need to take it home "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denya | 4/14/2011

    " A really good read about family relationships. It was really interesting to see all the secret between different people... Grace and Deborah, Deborah and Jill, Hal from his wife... I thought it was really good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Msathos | 4/3/2011

    " With Delinsky's books (I've read two), I find that I cannot believe that ALL these problems occur at the exact same moment to ONE woman! The common theme, I guess, is that she's been a bit self-centered to see they were building . . . That being said, I couldn't put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gloria | 1/24/2011

    " It was decent, quick read. I found the emotions to be very relatable, but some plot lines were hard to believe. I'd still recommend it though... "

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About the Author
Author Barbara Delinsky

Barbara Delinsky, author of Escape, Not My Daughter, While My Sister Sleeps, The Secret Between Us, and Family Tree, has written more than twenty bestselling novels with over thirty million copies in print. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, she also wrote a nonfiction book, Uplift: Secrets From the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors, which is currently in its fifth printing. All of the proceeds from the book go to charity, which funds an ongoing research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. A lifelong New Englander, Delinsky earned a BA in psychology from Tufts University and an MA in sociology from Boston College.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of thirty-nine Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.