Monday, May 7, 2012

Audiobook Review: The Secret Between Us by Barbara Delinsky

The Secret Between Us
Author: Barbara Delinsky
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
Published: January 22, 2008
Genre: contemporary fiction
Audiobook: 9 discs
Source: borrowed from the library

My Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis (from GoodReads): 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.

My Thoughts: I was really intrigued when I read the synopsis for this book, and since I've listened to some Barbara Delinsky audiobooks before, I figured that this one was worth a shot. When a mother takes the fall for her daughter, they both are caught up in a scandal and the guilt that comes with it. While I would have liked to the plot to develop a bit more so you could feel more of the angst from Grace, I thought that this was a really good listen.

The characters in this novel are dealing with a life-changing incident, but some of them are also dealing with other life-changing matters. Dylan, Deborah's son, is dealing with eye issues, and her sister is trying to figure out how to handle their father. Deborah is also grappling with being a new single mother and how to raise her kids.

I will keep on looking for more Delinsky audiobooks in the future. They are gripping and always deal with several big issues.

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