As one lie forces another lie, a life falls apart in this stunning novel from bestselling author Barbara Delinsky. When Deborah Monroe's car hits and kills a man on a deserted road on a dark and rainy night, questions of who is to blame muddy the already complicated life of a woman who is newly divorced and struggling with emotions that are ...
As one lie forces another lie, a life falls apart in this stunning novel from bestselling author Barbara Delinsky. When Deborah Monroe's car hits and kills a man on a deserted road on a dark and rainy night, questions of who is to blame muddy the already complicated life of a woman who is newly divorced and struggling with emotions that are rampant in a house with two vulnerable children. Deborah's daughter, 16-year old, Grace, was behind the wheel but, desperate to protect her daughter, Deborah covers for her and takes responsibility for the death of the man. But, when it seems that the victim may or may not have been suicidal, issues of guilt and responsibility, truth and honesty, are all brought into sharp focus. Barbara Delinsky is the master of the issue. Perfect for all fans of Jodi Picoult, this novel will make you question where the lines of right and wrong can be drawn.
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This book was good enough that I finished it til the end, but there was something missing. Like one of the other reviewers mentioned, I wish the book had stayed more focused on the girl and her mom. It started to drift off a little in places...If you like reading about family dynamics, then give this one a go. Otherwise don't bother. I much prefer thriller and suspense anyway!
Aug 25, 2009
If you like Jodi Picoult
If you like Jodi Picoult - this book is very similar to her work.
The book was quick and makes you think about what YOU would do for your child, if you had the option. Would you take the blame for something with legal implications to protect your daughter from a life of potential future issues, wrong-turns and judgement? Think about it.
The mother / dead-guy's brother relationship was just weird... I mean, where did that come from????
Aug 2, 2009
Good book- first I'd read by this author. Kept my interest and didn't take long to read.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-10-15 Relationships are brought to the limit in Delinsky's splendid latest exploration of family dynamics. On a rainy night, Deborah Monroe and her teenage daughter, Grace, are driving home when their car hits a man. The victim, who turns out to be Grace's history teacher, is unconscious but alive. Although Grace was driving, Deborah sends her home and takes responsibility for the accident when the cops show up. Deborah is juggling a lot: as a family doctor, she is in private practice with her uber-demanding widower father, who is trying to hide a drinking problem; her son, Dylan, is vision impaired; her mother's death continues to affect the family; Deborah is still dealing with her ex-husband's new, separate life; and her unmarried sister, Jill, has just announced she's pregnant. Grace's guilt about not taking responsibility for the accident makes her withdraw from friends and family, and the accident victim turns out to have a more complex private life than anyone imagined. The author seamlessly resolves relationship issues without sentiment, throws in a promising romance for Deborah and offers a redemptive scene between Grace and her grandfather. Delinsky combines her understanding of human nature with absorbing, unpredictable storytelling-a winning combination. (Jan.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2008-03-31 When Dr. Deborah Monroe's teenage daughter Grace hits her high school history teacher while driving, Deborah allows the police to think she was at the wheel. Dealing with the aftermath of the accident is just one more unwelcome burden for Deborah, already stressed by work and family problems. Meanwhile, Grace is devastated by the pressure of the lie and the guilt she feels, particularly after her teacher dies. Orlagh Cassidy makes a serviceable if not particularly distinctive attempt to distinguish between character voices, but her overall performance is warm and compassionate. Together, the smoothly abridged text and the narration create an emotionally affecting and realistic portrait of a family in crisis. Simultaneous release with the Doubleday hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 15, 2007). (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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