Quick thinking leads Deborah to make a life altering decision. She tells Grace to run the rest of the way home and she will wait for the police. Deborah talks her way around the police’s questions never once clearly saying that she was the driver of the car or not. But when it comes time to fill out a police report, there is no way to get around it. Deborah files false paperwork by taking the blame for the accident and leaving her daughter Grace out of it.
The two of them have created a secret between them that will tear their family apart. Grace becomes emotionally withdrawn when the hurt man takes a turn for the worse. If he dies, Deborah could be charged with vehicular manslaughter. Not only is the stress hurting Deborah and Grace, but it’s also ruining Deborah’s name in this small town. Everyone thinks she recklessly hit a pedestrian and if charged this could ruin her life as a doctor. Will Deborah and Grace be able to keep the secret about who really hit the pedestrian or will the truth come out and cause catastrophic consequences?
The Secret Between Us is an emotional story about how far a mother will go to protect her child. The story moves along at a fast pace as secrets about the pedestrian are slowly uncovered. Grace’s anguish and despair over her actions make this story heartfelt and will make you root for a happy ending. Deborah’s father, sister, son, and ex husband are all dealing with their own problems and this leads to even more problems for her to deal with. Overall, this is a profoundly moving story that I would recommend to fans of Jodi Picoult’s books.