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Deliver Her: A Novel (2016)

af Patricia Perry Donovan

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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.… (mere)
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I read other reviews and agree this story has a slow beginning. Once into the story though I had to keep reading to see what happened. The slow beginning made more sense as the plot developed and the character's experiences and trials were felt and shared. It is a very interesting story and one that will stick with me. ( )
  LuLibro | Jan 22, 2024 |
This book was engaging enough to read, but I didn't find the plot to be terribly novel or engaging.

Upon reading the blurb, I assumed that Alex would be kidnapped or something metaphysical would happen or something extraordinary. Spoiler alert: it's just a car crash and she wanders off by herself like any intelligent human teenager would do. The blurb implied a lot of suspense that wasn't delivered.

From there, the plot honestly isn't that riveting. At no point while reading was I ever on the edge of my seat, concerned about the character's lives. It took a good half of the book to build up to the actual disappearance, and while I enjoyed the first half of the book more, it was let down by the ending turning into a wild goose chase. Reading about the family dynamic was much more interesting.

Alex was fun to read about, and I enjoyed details such as her calling one lady Mom Hair and folding her gum wrappers into Ws all the time. Seeing her struggle and hearing about all of her history was intriguing and I felt that for a teenage character she was well developed and while Donovan did make her extremely angsty, she avoided making her childish.

I'm glad this was told from third person, because otherwise switching from Carl's to Meg's to Alex's perspectives would have become confusing very quickly. Carl was a fun character with an interesting backstory and it was entertaining to see him moving forward, but he also didn't really fit in with the other two, and his perspective felt continually out of place.

This book's strongest aspect was honestly the family dynamic and looking at the process of divorce/separation and how it affected the children. There was one really poignant scene when Alex's friend called Alex's parents out for fighting, and that scene was by far the most powerful one of the book.

This wasn't necessarily a bad read, but nothing really stood out to me and I had much higher expectations.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  whakaora | Mar 5, 2023 |
Deliver Her/Patrica Perry Donovan 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 book was engaging enough to read, but I didn't find the plot to be terribly novel or engaging.
 
Upon reading the blurb, I assumed that Alex would be kidnapped or something metaphysical would happen or something extraordinary. Spoiler alert: it's just a car crash and she wanders off by herself like any intelligent human teenager would do. The blurb implied a lot of suspense that wasn't delivered.
 
From there, the plot honestly isn't that riveting. At no point while reading was I ever on the edge of my seat, concerned about the character's lives. It took a good half of the book to build up to the actual disappearance, and while I enjoyed the first half of the book more, it was let down by the ending turning into a wild goose chase. Reading about the family dynamic was much more interesting.
 
Alex was fun to read about, and I enjoyed details such as her calling one lady Mom Hair and folding her gum wrappers into Ws all the time. Seeing her struggle and hearing about all of her history was intriguing and I felt that for a teenage character she was well developed and while Donovan did make her extremely angsty, she avoided making her childish.
 
I'm glad this was told from third person, because otherwise switching from Carl's to Meg's to Alex's perspectives would have become confusing very quickly. Carl was a fun character with an interesting backstory and it was entertaining to see him moving forward, but he also didn't really fit in with the other two, and his perspective felt continually out of place.
 
This book's strongest aspect was honestly the family dynamic and looking at the process of divorce/separation and how it affected the children. There was one really poignant scene when Alex's friend called Alex's parents out for fighting, and that scene was by far the most powerful one of the book.
 
This wasn't necessarily a bad read, but nothing really stood out to me and I had much higher expectations.
 
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  whakaora | Mar 5, 2023 |
Like many of the readers that have turned the pages of this book, I selected Deliver Her: A Novel because it was one of this month's options for Amazon Prime subscribers via Kindle First. Listed under suspense, the title's description hinted at an edge-of-your-seat, fast-paced story. While the tragic tale of Alex Carmody, her dysfunctional family, and the hired transport were entertaining, it did not live up to my expectations when it comes to a novel of this genre.

After the horrific death of her best friend, Alex Carmody spirals out of control and she becomes the typical angst filled, rebellious teenager. In a last-ditch effort to save Alex from herself, her mother decides to hire Carl Alden, owner of Begin Again Transport, to take her to The Birches, a boarding school for troubled youth. En route, as stated in the description, Alex goes missing and things begin to spiral out of control.

The plot of the story is fairly simple and does bear realistic elements, even if a few of them, such as Alex's behavior, are a bit too cliche. While the story is centered around Alex's transport to The Birches, it seems as if her mother plays the most dominant role in the book. It is easier to feel "in touch" with Meg's thoughts, feelings, and realizations than it is Carl's or Alex's. Many times, I felt that Meg was closer to the brink of losing control than Alex was, perhaps due to the way in which her entire life was deteriorating around her. In her portrayal of a dysfunctional family and a marriage in shambles, Donovan succeeded in creating a feeling of empathy for the Carmodys.

On the other hand, the story progressed fairly slowly, and at times the style was inconsistent. There were many occasions in which I felt the word choice was too verbose, only to become more simple a few pages later. This, coupled with the frequent change in point of view, interrupted the story's flow while simultaneously blurring the line as to which of the three main characters served as the protagonist.

The minor characters seemed, more often than not, to be a convenient scapegoat, used to justify certain actions and outcomes. Evan is introduced to the reader as your typical drug-abusing kid, and despite Alex's feelings for him, plays a very minor role in the book. It's mentioned that Alex is his mule, however that subject isn't really touched upon beyond simple acknowledgment. Jacob, Alex's father, sits backseat for the majority of the story, only to become a major player toward the end, bringing to light his own shortcomings - and the truth behind some of the accusations that Alex has suffered. Shana appears to exist solely to substantiate the tragedy that started Alex's decline, while her brother is mentioned only in memories, despite the crucial role he's played in the Carmody family history.

Despite its shortcomings, and the fact that I do not feel it should be categorized as suspense, Deliver Her: A Novel was a fun read. I do not regret the time that I spent turning its pages, and should Donovan decide to turn this into a Transport series, I would probably read further installments.

This book was acquired free of charge via Amazon Prime Kindle First. My review is an accurate expression of my own opinion, without bias. ( )
  agrimscythe | Mar 20, 2018 |
This was a part of the Kindle First program... It sounded so intriguing. Then I read it... These are the reviews I don't like writing. Writing a constructive review for a book that was nothing like the hype always makes me question the validity of the hype. I know that not every book is for everyone. I do. But sometimes I question if I read the same book as others did.

I am not sure where to start with this book. I guess with the fact that this book was labeled as a suspense novel. There wasn't any suspense. None. I am sure the author tried to build some suspense, but it didn't come through to me that way.

I could not connect with the characters in any way. I really tried. They were too unrealistic. I don't care that this is a fictional story. Readers have to be able to connect with the characters in some way. These characters felt very underdeveloped in many ways and over exaggerated in other ways.

When I have characters that I can't jive with it makes the plot of the story drag. And this is such the case with this book. The plot wasn't smooth and easily read. I was hoping that it would pick up and redeem itself but it never did. ( )
  AmberGoleb | Mar 13, 2018 |
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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.

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