Tina Jordan
January 18, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Secret Between Us

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Barbara Delinsky
publisher
Doubleday
genre
Fiction

We gave it a C+

The man appears out of nowhere, hurtling himself in front of the car on a dark road. After the accident, Deborah Monroe makes a split-second judgment and tells her teenage daughter Grace — who’s behind the wheel — to go home before the police arrive. After all, she thinks, it will be better if she, a seasoned driver (and beloved local physician), shoulders the blame. But when the man dies, Deborah’s decision has fallout that she could never have imagined. Barbara Delinsky treads the same domestic themes as fellow best-seller Jodi Picoult but The Secret Between Us lacks the latter’s deft plotting and prose style. C+

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