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Desperate

Desperate

Escrito por Daniel Palmer

Narrado por Peter Berkrot


Desperate

Escrito por Daniel Palmer

Narrado por Peter Berkrot

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4/5 (7 avaliações)
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12 horas
Lançado em:
May 13, 2014
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9781629234892
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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.
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May 13, 2014
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9781629234892
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Sobre o autor

Daniel Palmer is the author of numerous critically acclaimed suspense novels, including Delirious and Desperate. After receiving his master's degree from Boston University, he spent a decade as an e-commerce pioneer before turning his attention to writing. A recording artist, accomplished blues harmonica player, and lifelong Red Sox fan, Daniel lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two children. Visit him online at www.DanielPalmerBooks.com

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  • (4/5)
    This book had me guessing all the way through. Being the genius I am, I had it figured out at least ten times. Or more. And was wrong each time for a new record. Loved the characters, even the bad guys. I never tell anything about the book or the story itself because all someone reading this needs to know is how it makes you feel when you read it.......the answer is great! Was hard to put the book down when life got in the way.Love the writing style, the characters, the intrigue.......
  • (4/5)
    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, his career is thriving, and both feel ready to become parents once more.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. It's the perfect arrangement for everyone. Seeing his wife's happiness and optimism for their new life and child, Gage begins to feel a sense of hope he thought he'd lost forever.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. Even as he's propelled toward an unthinkable choice to save his marriage and his job, Gage discovers that the most chilling revelations are still to come. . .
  • (5/5)
    Great mysterious plot and characters. Didn’t see the ending coming. Highly recommended.
  • (3/5)
    I was lucky enough to receive a free copy of Daniel Palmer's 2013 thriller, Desperate through the (seemingly limitless) bounty of the Goodreads Giveaway program in exchange for an honest review upon finishing the book. My feelings about the novel, the first I have read by this author, are largely unambivalent and easy to explain.I found this read fully consistent with my hopes for it when I entered the contest to win a copy. I am a reader with a regular appetite for various fiction that fits comfortably within 1 or more of these broad genre types: mystery, thriller, suspense. There are some categories of fiction that I find more appealing overall, but I consider novels that focus on people grappling with significant danger, disturbing unknowns, or which portray and sometimes arouse deep-seated fear to form a vital component of my literary consumption, as it were. There is a plain reason for this view; books that go to uncomfortable psychological places threaten my self-absorption (which, unsurprisingly, can be a formidable enemy to my best intentions) and any pointless worries perpetuated thereby on two fronts. Like other great novels, this work can capture my imagination for the entire length of my reading experience and give me a much-needed break from any and all stresses that occupied my mind before and may do again thereafter. Reading is so wonderful that way! Secondly, a book with stress and fear at the core of the characters' psychology, that is plotted so as to directly implicate such emotions, and seeks to engage empathy and deep sympathy in the audience to accomplish its artistic purpose offers me a way to release all my nervous energy by engaging sympathetically with the plight of another person (however unreal as a matter of fact ;) rather than keeping it trapped in my mind focused on ultimately selfish and uninspiring concerns.Although Desperate did not make a big impression on me in light of the many other valuable texts I am lucky enough to read on a regular basis. Although unexceptional, this novel's strengths should not be overlooked by prospective readers, IMHO. Please consider that from the first page to the last, I inhabited the protagonists' world and cared only for the outcome of their affairs thanks to Palmer's excellent craftsmanship as a novelist. Palmer maintained an expert balance among the disparate elements of the novel (character, setting, plot, etc) as well as a steady, organic pace in his storytelling. Most critically, he delivered the high-impact, climactic plot elements that provided the natural thrills for me I sought to find in this particular book. etc) as well as a steady, organic pace in his storytelling. Kudos to Palmer; this reader is completely satisfied with Desperate.
  • (4/5)
    Daniel Palmer is a new to me author. I picked up his latest book - Desperate - on the strength of Harlan Coben's blurb - "If you've somehow missed reading Daniel Palmer, it's time to -- pardon the pun -- get Desperate." Gage Dekker tragically lost his wife and son in an auto accident. It is at a grief group that he meets Anna, a woman also mourning the loss of a child. The two eventually marry and the thought of a child together is raised. With miscarriage and a lengthy adoption wait, their hopes for a new family together seem destined to not happen. But when they come across Lily, a pregnant young woman crying at a bus stop, it seems like fate has stepped into their lives. Lily does not want her baby and the Dekkers desperately do. But can you want something so much that you become blind to those niggling feelings of misgivings? In the beginning it seems like Lily is an answer to their prayers. But then Gage does begin to listen to that little voice at the back of his head. But not Anna.... The 'everyday person put into extraordinary circumstances' premise is a favourite of mine. Palmer does a good job building on this style. The small things become larger until Gage himself is in a desperate position, with his life careening out of control. Palmer's novel is built on plot and action, not on character development. The characters are somewhat one dimensional, despite the emotional baggage they are carrying. But is the plot that is the strength of Desperate. Palmer adds one twist after another, dizzying the reader with the direction the story takes. Palmer did definitely catch me unawares with many of the turns the book took. Some of them are a bit contrived, but add a grain of salt and you 've got a great thriller/suspense book for your beach bag this summer.
  • (2/5)
    Predictable. I had not read this book before but I knew the story a short way into the book. A lot of skimming just to see how the author handled wrapping it all up but no surprises. Dissapointed.
  • (2/5)
    From my blogI received this review request and pushed my way through it. I have always said torturing yourself through a book is not worth it but I feel I have to complete review requests. This was more family drama then a thriller, but it was sold as a Domestic Thriller. If you enjoy con artists stories it may be worth a try. The writing was not the problem other than to much detail at times, but that is a detail and style I don't enjoy. The book overall was unbelievable to me, the whole story. I would have gave up initially at approx 25%. Once I got 50% I skimmed the rest, reading all dialogue right until the end, I was desperate to finish after giving this book 2 weeks of my life.I cannot believe someone loves anyone enough to be completely naive and dumb. I wasn't a Gone Girl fan either, maybe fans of that one will enjoy this. Gage and Anna who are married and decide to adopt directly, they find Lily and start the process, which was the beginning of the end. I am going to accept some of the story line due to Gage grieving his loss of wife and child and using prescription drugs to live life, unknown to his new wife. I was unable to suspend belief enough to enjoy this book. I am shocked with the amazon 5 stars for this book, thrilling...... not at all. If you try it and are enjoying the story you will enjoy how it comes together at the end.
  • (4/5)
    Want a child? This novel by author Daniel Palmer presents a thriller that has unexpected plot twists. Attempt's get a child to adopt result in terrifying consequences. Your spine will tingle as you delve into this novel, with great characters and insightful writing. Corporate data security systems, firearms, wireless communications, and lithium ion battery manufacturing are just a few of the plot elements. Adoption, or delivering your own child, this book will hold you on the edge of your chair, as author Palmer shows how desperate one can become for a child. I heartily recommend this book for a thriller and an unexpected plot, not one of the run of the mill detective/mystery/thriller books out there now..
  • (5/5)
    This book has more twists and turns than the average maze, and finding the ending is just as confusing. Every time I thought I had a handle on what would happen next, I was proven wrong. Nothing followed conventional paths in this thriller. Saying more would spoil the story for a reader in search of the new and different.