By Tina Jordan
Updated January 18, 2008 at 05:00 AM EST

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+