Deliver Her by Patricia Perry Donovan + Giveaway

Title:  Deliver Her
Author: Patricia Perry Donovan
Publisher:  Lake Union Publishing
Release Date:  May 1, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Literary Fiction

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.

Hmmmm. How shall I begin? In Deliver Her by Patricia Perry Donovan, we start off knowing of a tragedy. One that could devastate any family as well as friends - young friends that are at the very impressionable teenage years. We understand or rather we try to understand the mindset of Alex, the daughter, as well as Meg, the mother. What can be a great premise for a story with depth and intrigue lays flat and in turn falls short of the expectation one would hope based on the cover or the synopsis. After the first couple of chapters, I had to read the back cover to see if I'm getting the book at all. The description in the back gives the content of the novel much more credit. Maybe because it's shorter - giving it a concise and to the point suspense one would love to dive into. Yet, when we head into the story, even after half-way in, it was flat, with no major action nor a climatic event that gives readers a satisfaction "Ah!"

Possibly I'm expecting too much. With a book in the category of literary fiction, I'd expect a certain level of development or a certain redemptive quality, which I find neither in Deliver Her. The characters lack umph and pizzazz for me to root for, or even dislike. There are dislike-able  characters for sure, but do I feel strongly about them? No.  And then when I looked up the genre to write this review, I realized it's categorizes as a suspense novel. Nope. Not at all for me.

One aspect I might say have some element of complexity that gives it some merit, and that is the disbanding of the marriage. Seeing it almost piece by piece does create a connection of responsiveness or empathy from readers.

I think what really troubled me is the disparity of words throughout and the ineffective continuity of plot. It was underwhelming and disappointing.  It may appeal to a different audience, possible those with teenagers or parents that are struggling with how to cope with marriage and parenthood at once.

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NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through TLC Book Tours for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



Patricia Perry Donovan is an American journalist who writes about healthcare. Her fiction has appeared at Gravel Literary, Flash Fiction Magazine, Bethlehem Writers Roundtable and in other literary journals. The mother of two grown daughters, she lives at the Jersey shore with her husband.

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  1. My boys are grown now, but I remember when they were teenagers. One of them was on house arrest for a month, that was hard!

  2. My daughter and son are grown. My son spent the night in our backyard in a tent with two neighbor boys when he was a pre-driving teenager. They slipped off unknown to us and was picked up a ways down the road by a cruising policeman. One of the neighbor boys as he was getting in the police car asked, "Are we going to be on Cops?"

  3. I don't have any teenagers. I can't remember any really bad thing I did as a teenager, I guess I was pretty boring kid.

  4. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book for the tour.

  5. No teenager here. I like the storyline with this novel.

  6. I have almost-teenagers, which is just as good! One thing I did as a teenager was skip school to go to a NKOTB concert.

  7. This sounds like a really great book thanks for the chance to win a copy I put the wrong Twitter acct for following you on Twitter I follow @LindaMoffitt02 I forgot the 02 on the end of it

  8. Mine are not teens yet and I did most everything you could think of sadly enough


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