Imagine being 16 and in high school with your whole life ahead of you. You have a close group of friends, and your family throws you a blowout party for your Sweet 16. Later that night you get into a car accident where your best friend is killed. And now you have to go on without her. This is the premise of Patricia Perry Donovan’s debut, Deliver Her.
After Alex loses her best friend, she starts to withdraw, starts skipping school, and spends her time with not the best crowd. Her mom, Meg, knows how upset she is but doesn’t know how to reach her to help. When she brings up the idea of a change of scenery in a boarding school, Alex scoffs at the idea. Fiercely determined to help her daughter, she goes behind her back to enroll her and hires a private company to take her there. And that’s where the trouble begins.
Deliver Her is narrated from multiple points of view, including Alex, Meg, and the driver of the transport company, Carl. While the point is to get Alex from Point A to Point B, secrets from each character’s past bubble up threatening multiple lives during the course of the book.
I could completely relate to the character of Meg. While my daughter is still young, I know how it is to question each and every parenting decision you make, still unsure if you did the right thing days after the fact. She was portrayed completely realistically.
If you like books filled with secrets or domestic dramas, Donovan alternates between a fast-paced thriller and a good character study of a family crumbling under a tragedy. I’m eager to see what she comes up with next.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours and the author for a copy in exchange for an honest review.
About the author:
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, with whom she has fond memories of raising their young family abroad in France. Connect with her on Facebook and on Twitter. Learn more at her website.
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