Gage Dekker still blames himself for the car accident that claimed the lives of his first wife and young son. Then he meets Anna, who understands grief all too well. Within a year, Gage and Anna are married. After a heartbreaking miscarriage, they begin the long adoption process, until fate brings Lily into their lives. Young, pregnant, and homeless, Lily agrees to give her baby to Gage and Anna in exchange for financial support. But something isn't right once Lily enters their lives. At work and at home, Gage is being sabotaged, first in subtle ways, then things take a more sinister turn. Every attempt he makes to uncover the truth only drives a wedge between him and Anna.
©2014 Daniel Palmer (P)2014 Dreamscape Media, LLC
"If you've somehow missed reading Daniel Palmer, it's time to - pardon the pun - get Desperate." (New York Times)
This was indeed a thriller! Such a surprising ending! I was so stressed that I went on line to look for spoilers to ease my stress. I'm glad that I didn't find so that I could guess and enjoy. It is quite conceivable that a woman desperate for a baby could ignore signs. I'll was more by this author for sure.
Yes, Daniel Palmer is developing along nicely as a thriller writer; just a little bit more investment in the development of believable and intelligent heros would be a welcome move. With the exception of Gage Dekker, all the other character remained ghostlike and underdeveloped. Upon reflection, perhaps this was intentional and the writer just wanted the whole story to be totally directed by his main character, Gage. If this, indeed was the case, then Gage's character needed further development and given more insight, less hysteria, and more intelligence than the present character appears to have. Having said that, I enjoyed the book thoroughly. The suspense was strung like a tight wire throughout the book and it was hard to put down. Peter Berkrot's performance as Gage Dekker was excellent and he brought the character to life. I look forward to Daniel Palmer's next book.
narrator...5 stars. i like guessing what will happen next, but getting it right too often is a bit of a let down. That still didn't stop me from eagerly listening through to the end.
This story was very predicitable and repetitive in the storytelling. I couldn't even finish it because there just wasn't any point. It got worse as the story went on.
Peter almost made the book worth listening too.
Yes. He is a good narrator and I generally enjoy his readings.
The first half of the story had me really engaged - the second half had me wanting it to end. It became stupid and rediculous. It could have ended a lot sooner than it did. The author tried to do too much - a romance - a tragedy - corporate thriller - crime story all in one and I don't think it worked. Once the character Roy came in, the author lost me. The fact that Lily wasn't pregnant was evident to anyone with a brain in the first chapter. I would try another one of his novels, before crossing this author off my list, but this was underwhelming.
Why ever would I do that?
The narrator has an "affected" accent which he mixes with an annoying nasal tone. His voice practically made my skin crawl.
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