Tuesday Intro: Deliver Her by Patricia Perry Donovan

imageThis week, I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon. I really enjoy these tasters when I read them on other blogs so wanted to join in.

Right now, I’m about half way through Deliver Her, which came out earlier this month (or maybe it was last month?) and despite a slow start, I’m starting to enjoy it.  Here’s what it’s about…

imageOn 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.

Here’s how it starts…

“Right, Meliss. Like Mom would ever have fallen for . . .”

Meg Carmody’s voice trailed off at the sight of her house, her smile fading as they pulled into her driveway, the sheen of the day’s happiness already evaporating.

Not again.

Every light blazed. Beneath her forearm, the car door throbbed with the bass track reverberating from the modest colonial. As she stepped out of her sister’s car, Meg neatly crushed the stem of a wineglass under her heel; one of her favorites, she noticed as she walked around to the driver’s side.

What do you think – would you keep reading?


  1. Nice intro. It definitely has me curious.

    1. I haven’t finished yet but I would say so far worth a read.

  2. Sounds like a sad one. I hope you enjoy this one.

    1. For Alex definitely but there is suspense too.

  3. Not my normal type of book, but the blurb sounds very compelling. Glad you’re enjoying it after the slow start.

    1. It is more suspenseful than I thought to be honest. Enjoying it so far.

  4. I could see how you could get into that story. Not sure it’s for me, but I’ll keep it on my radar.

    1. It is drawing me in…though I wasn’t sure at first myself.

  5. This one sounds sad and a bit suspenseful, too. Thanks for sharing…and enjoy. Here’s mine: “BLOOD DEFENSE”

    1. It is both – so far at least!

  6. I’m intrigued. At first it sounds like it would be a simple story of grief, but it sounds much more complex than that–especially with Alex going missing and the promise of secrets . . . Hmm. I like the teaser you shared to. I can just imagine what is running through Meg’s head.

    1. It is quite complex as messy – which things always are when secrets are involved.

  7. Very interesting. I am sure it is a heart breaking story, one we mother’s never hope to experience. I would read on@

    1. Meg definitely is stressed and it’s not going great so far but I have a feeling it will all end up ok.

  8. Wow, the typos abound! “we mothers” and “read on!” Sorry! Was so worried about my WordPress account being incorrect, did not take time to preview my comment!

    1. No worries…I’ve done worse!

  9. I’m drawn to family dramas, so this sounds like a book I’d enjoy. I’d keep reading to find out what’s going on at the house.
    My Tuesday post features HANGTOWN CREEK – A Tale of the California Gold Rush.

  10. Great first paragraph! It’s drawing me right in. I want to find out what’s happening.

    1. It keeps going as well – or so far, I haven’t been able to read much today 😕

  11. Sounds good, though the first paragraph didn’t really grab me. Girl Who Reads

    1. No I agree on the intro but it does get more compelling!

  12. I think I’d keep reading- I’m curious from the synopsis what the secrets are. And where (and by whom) she was taken- so yeah definitely.

    1. I do love a good secret or two…😄

  13. I am curious as to what happens. Hmm, you may need truffles for this!

    1. Truffles, wine, and a hanky.

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