Book Title: Deliver Her
Author: Patricia Perry Donovan
Genres: Fiction, Suspense, Thriller
Date Read: 08/08/16
Pub Date: 05/01/16
3.5 STARS (rounded to 4 on Goodreads)
On the night of Alex Carmody’s sixteenth birthday, she and her best friend, Cass, are victims of a terrible car accident. Alex survives; Cass doesn’t. Consumed by grief, Alex starts cutting school and partying, growing increasingly detached. The future she’d planned with her friend is now meaningless to her.
Meg Carmody is heartbroken for her daughter, even as she’s desperate to get Alex’s life back on track. The Birches, a boarding school in New Hampshire, promises to do just that, yet Alex refuses to go. But when Meg finds a bag of pills hidden in the house, she makes a fateful call to a transporter whose company specializes in shuttling troubled teens to places like The Birches, under strict supervision. Meg knows Alex will feel betrayed—as will her estranged husband, who knows nothing of Meg’s plans for their daughter.
When the transport goes wrong—and Alex goes missing—Meg must face the consequences of her decision and her deception. But the hunt for Alex reveals that Meg is not the only one keeping secrets.
This was a sneaky read indeed, and I mean that in a good way. I seem to be on a roll for picking up books that are completely different than I expected, which I’m grateful for as it seems to be expanding my reading palate. I went in thinking this was going to be a bit more high action and mysterious, when in reality it is a steady, slower paced character study. I think if this one had been marketed better on Goodreads (which is neither the author or publisher’s fault), it would be getting the attention it needs from the proper audience. I might be wrong, but I felt this would be more at home in a General Lit or Domestic Suspense category, as the main focus seems to be on heavily developing the characters.
The author did a knock out job of creating characters that I was interested in, so much so, that I was actually more drawn in to the sections with Meg and her soon to be ex-husband/any scenes connected to their family life than I was in the actual mystery surrounding daughter Alex. If I had to rate this book solely on the character development and writing quality the author had created, this would have been hands down a 5 star read for me. I just felt the mystery and thrilling aspect were a little underwhelming and predictable which took away from the strengths of the story. Again, this might just be a fault in myself not being able to separate my past experience with previous high octane thrillers and my expectations derived from those experiences, so I want to emphasize again that this is definitely a book well worth the read, but I recommend doing it for the right reasons.
Overall, this was a strong story and I intend to read more from Patricia P. Donovan. I’m really interested to see where she decides to go next; she has an immense talent in developing characters who, even though they might be flawed and at times unlikeable, I felt attached to and connected with even after flipping the last page. This was a complex story with layers you had to peel back like an onion; not a speedy read but one to be enjoyed slowly as to absorb all the fine details included to enhance the story. It’s clear Ms. Donovan went the extra mile to instill a feeling of true anxiety and reality into the interactions between each member of the Carmody family, which I greatly appreciated.
* I received a my copy via the author in exchange for an honest and fair review. Thank you so much Patricia for including me and am looking forward to your next book!