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1.0 out of 5 starsHard to Believe a Woman Wrote This
Reviewed in the United States on November 26, 2018
A very slow, boring read about a young teacher who finds herself pregnant without a clue as to how she got that way. I disliked Abby the victim, who is a stereotypical depiction of a woman drinking to excess at a party where she blacks out and then when she finds out she is pregnant, turns into a blubbering mess ,wringing her hands, stumbling around aimlessly and hysterically accuses men of raping her without any proof. The only thing that kept me reading is to find out who did the deed and why. The fact that she lives rent free with her sister and brother- in- law was another strike against her emphasizing her Loser label. Immature, self pity party, weak. I prefer a woman who stands on her own, not constantly calling her male friend for backup. Refund!
2.0 out of 5 stars2 stars just because the author took the time to write this book.
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2018
It was a time filler. I am glad I did not pay money for this book. The lead character was running around blaming every man she did and didn't know for her pregnancy. I gave this book 2 stars just because the author did take the time to write a book and it was a good basis for a great story, this just did not hit the mark for me.
Many thanks to the author / Querus Books / Netgalley for the digital copy of this psychological fiction. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
No.. No..No.. it can't be! When Abby's doctor tells her she's two months pregnant, first there's shock, then disbelief. She hasn't been with anyone in more than a year .. so how is this possible?
Desperately seeking an explanation, Abby remembers the New Year's party she attended ... about 2 months ago. She remembers being at the party, she remembers waking up with the father of all hangovers.. and not much else. This baby must have been conceived that night ... but who was she with?
She enlists the help of her friend, Danny, who hosted the New Year's Ever party. She feels that she must have been drugged and assaulted ... and she wants a list of all the men who attended that party.
While starting her personal investigation, she starts receiving anonymous text messages...and packages delivered to her home that she shares with her sister and brother-in-law. Someone knows her secret .. but who? She's only told one person .. her friend Danny, but he swears he knows nothing about any of it. And she's pretty certain that someone is following her.
This is well-written, the story line is intriguing. Characters are well drawn, warts and all. Can't say that I liked most of them, but they drew me into their stories. It was fascinating to see how Abby goes through and accuses first one man and then another of fathering her child. Yet she feels attracted to one of the men that she thinks may have taken advantage of her when she was passed out. There are some twists and turns that point first in one direction, then another. Th conclusion was a total surprise ...
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2018
The ending while unpredictable there was absolutely no indication that the person responsible would be involved... usually there’s a hint or something that ties it all together but it’s like having a completely random no one not involved with the story come out as the villain.
4.0 out of 5 starsI thought I had it all figured out...I was completely wrong
Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2019
So, I felt a little smug reading this, thinking I had the whole thing figured out fairly quickly, but I was way off the mark! I've never in my life had enough to drink that I've blacked out, but it didn't really seem to give Abby pause at the time it happened, so I assumed it had perhaps happened previously.
The further Abby gets in her pregnancy, the more unhinged she becomes, with good reason: she's being stalked, her sister is being obsessive about her pregnancy, she can't seem to get any answers about what happened that night. There are a couple of small clues that I recognized in retrospect, but I really didn't figure it out until the end.
I appreciated that fact that the story didn't drag out, I read it in a lazy afternoon. The premise was intriguing and the ending shocked me, I'd definitely read this author again.
Abigail is teaching and living with her sister and brother-in-law. Not feeling well, she discovers that she is pregnant. Problem is She hasn't slept with anyone in well over a year. Near she can figure, she got pregnant at her friends' New Year Eve party. She starts chasing down the timeline as all she remembers is that she has no memory.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 27, 2018
This is quite wel -written but it's too long and the main character, Abby, is really annoying. She omits to tell the police everything, goes round accusing people, actually sleeps with one suspect, Alex, and generally behaves like an airhead when she is supposed to be a (presumably) intelligent teacher. The ending is ridiculously melodramatic.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 27, 2018
I just finished this book. It wasn't a slow story at all throughout but it was a story that somehow I could relate to. I mean there was no violence, no shooting, killing, etc just this mind game all the way while I was guessing who is who, what is what ... then everything changed...I thought I know who it is and started to read the book thinking that is the person...I wasn't exactly right...also, the writing style changed, suddenly it was hard to read, like the whole story started to pick up speed...great read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 27, 2019
This book came up as recommendation on my facebook page. The plot sounded gripping and at just under a pound (I spend more on a magazine) I decided to give it a try. I am glad I did. Karen Cole has wrote a terrific debut novel. When Abby's doctor tells her she is 2 months pregnant she is convinced it must be a mistake as she has not had sex for over a year and staying in her sister's spare room she is certainly not in a position to raise a baby. Once it's confirmed that she certainly is expecting Abby realizes with horror that the baby must have been conceived at her friends New Years Eve party. A party which she has only vague memories of. With the help of her best friend Danny, Abby is determined the uncover the truth about that night and find out who the father of the baby is but as Abby begins to search for the truth she starts to receive messages warning her off. Somebody doesn't want her to remember that night..... The book kept me guessing until the very last chapter and I really enjoyed it. Well worth a read. I cannot wait to read Karen's next book.
5.0 out of 5 starsBreathtaking storyline! As soon as I finished I ordered her next book!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 7, 2019
Whilst I read a couple of books with a similar “amnesia” storyline last year, I have to say that this book really did blow those others out of the water! The premise here that forms the basis of the storyline really was one that shocked the hell out of me! What would you do if you went to the doctors because you were feeling ill and he diagnosed your pregnancy? Well that would be great news…unless you hadn’t had sex for more than a year!! And that’s what happens when Abby takes a positive pregnancy test and realises that she’s must have been drugged then raped at her friend Danny’s New Years Eve party. And as she retraces her steps from that night, she realises that she’s not the only one seeking answers and that someone is out there…watching her.
Deliver Me is such an incredibly exciting but terrifying debut novel from Karen Cole. I was completely gripped from the first page as the tension was slowly built upon so that I was in a permanent state of anxiety throughout. The plot itself made me feel very uncomfortable at times, the fact that Abby had an unwanted and unremembered sexual encounter that resulted in her conceiving, was often difficult to read about. But Karen Cole handled it perfectly without too much lasciviousness so that although we know what must have occurred, we don’t get a detailed account of what happened. Saying that, there are a few disturbing paragraphs to read but I think by that time, we are desperate to know who, what, where and why so it’s an important part of the plot development.
This is a clever “cat and mouse” game that kept my attention throughout. The characters are well crafted and I felt a connection with Abby. She didn’t always make decisions that I agreed with but where would the fun be if she did?! The pace didn’t let up even in the middle so I became very quickly engrossed and read this in one session (thankfully hubby was off over Christmas so I didn’t even have to leave the sofa for a cuppa and a chocolate biscuit!). I was also completely wrong in my predictions about what had really happened when Abby conceived her baby and I loved that Karen Cole was able to pull the wool over my eyes, especially in her debut. I was so impressed that the minute I finished Deliver Me I went straight to Amazon and preordered her second novel Deceive Me which is out in July this year.