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Party Girl: A Novel

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An unforgettable novel with ripped-from-the-headlines appeal: is being at the wrong place at the wrong time reason enough to ruin your life?

Twenty-nine-year-old Hope Reed didn’t pull the trigger….But a simple choice landed her behind bars, and now she is literally fighting for her life. After her car broke down, Hope accepted a ride from two neighborhood thugs. Later they were pulled over and arrested for a deadly convenience store robbery—and...

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Overview

An unforgettable novel with ripped-from-the-headlines appeal: is being at the wrong place at the wrong time reason enough to ruin your life?

Twenty-nine-year-old Hope Reed didn’t pull the trigger….But a simple choice landed her behind bars, and now she is literally fighting for her life. After her car broke down, Hope accepted a ride from two neighborhood thugs. Later they were pulled over and arrested for a deadly convenience store robbery—and Hope was arrested too.

Brendon Reed stood by his wife after her arrest. He took out a second mortgage on their house and wiped out the family’s savings for her defense. But as Hope’s case dragged on, he was forced to consider other options.

Hope’s best friend Katina vowed to step in and help out with Hope’s children. But that was when everyone thought Hope would get out of jail and be able to pick up where she left off. Now as years passed and Hope’s chances of acquittal began to look grim, Katina is torn, and the feelings she’s developed for Hope’s husband have thrown her loyalty into question.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593094034
  • Publisher: Strebor Books
  • Publication date: 6/24/2014
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,416,292
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Pat Tucker is the author of seven novels and a participant in three anthologies. She is a radio news director in Houston, Texas.

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  • Posted July 1, 2012

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    Guilt by Association

    Wrong place. Wrong time. Those words could ring no truer than for Hope Donovan, a married mother of three. Car trouble and accepting a ride from old friends landed her on death row. Death. Row. Six years in Hope is still fighting for her life and her freedom, but now she must add to that her marriage and her sanity.

    I closed “Party Girl” feeling torn. I’m having the coulda, woulda, shoulda blues. This coulda, woulda, shoulda been a really good book. That’s the way it started. The concept alone had me hooked. It’s everything that came after the concept that was problematic.

    For starters, the book faltered with its execution. The narrative, told from the point of view of four characters, flipped and flopped and flopped and flipped between the past and present with little or no warning. One minute you’re in the present. Next minute you’re weeks or years into the past. Then you didn’t know exactly when you got back to the present. It made for a confusing read at times. Had the past simply been signified by italics, problem would have been solved.

    “Party Girl” had all the elements for a really good read, but I think that was part of the problem. This novel worked against itself. There were too many variables thrown into this story. An innocent woman on death row is a story all in itself, especially with the controversial law under which she was convicted. Add to that a possible cheating husband, backstabbing friends, hoodoo voodoo, misconduct from the DA’s office, sibling rivalry and a woman bent on vengeance – it was just too much. Each variable could have been its own story. Instead of enhancing this plot, it pulled it in so many different directions, pulled away from the main story and resulted in stretched side plots. That was very unfortunate because had the story been focused, this could have been great. I don’t understand how this, unanswered questions and other slight issues (Jemar/Kemar) got past the editing staff.

    On the upside, besides those shortcomings, “Party Girl” is an entertaining, enjoyable and quick read. It’s just enough to keep readers engaged. This was my first read by Pat Tucker and I think I’d like to try something else by her as her style was easy reading.

    Reviewed by: Toni
    3.5 stars

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

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    Not your Average Party Girl

    Pat Tucker pens Party Girl, not only does the title set you up for the read but the cover as well. While reading on the job, some stared or wondered what the book was all about. Tucker had a great concept on “Texas Law of Parties” whereas Hope Jenay Donovan was sentenced to death for a murder she didn’t commit. Conversely, Adena wanted to see her “True Justice” for the brutal murder of her beloved husband and setup a committee of parents/mothers for the 5 years Hope was incarcerated. She became excited to see that after 5 years that Hope was ready to set a date for her execution but her family and friends wondered after this long period of time that Hope would go forth and expedite execution—guess she lost her fight. There were a pair of jail mates that kept her faith and gave her hope, then civil leader and Rev. Al Sharpton comes to see Hope and plead in her behalf of the ill-treatment for someone who is not guilty, based on a line of events to defend her case. This is not the first case; one similar to Hope's is the Todd Willingham’s case. After his death row was revealed of his innocence, to discover that he wasn’t guilty of the alleged crime. This gave Hope faith but she went back three steps and wants to get it over with!

    Some readers may shake their head to see a loved mother and wife, who never pulled the trigger, just happened to hop in a ride of her homeboys due to her borrowed car breaking down and needed a ride. However, Q and Trey, who actually committed the crime but all were arrested for a brutal convenience store robbery. Side note: I wished to see more of this brutal crime, and what actually happened to Q too.

    Brendon Donovan believed his wife innocence and fought for their love to be reunited but after all was said and done; he moves on and sleeps with someone close to her. On the other hand, her sister, Chastity is holding it down to take care of sister’s kids over these 5 years while her sister is behind bars but refuses to visit or respond to the numerous letters sent from Hope. She has an unstable relationship with a demanding boyfriend, Trey, and undernourished feelings for her brother-in-law, Brendon that should've never flourished in the first place. Trey accuses her of this fatal attraction and reminds her of what he had to give up being with her—making this unbalanced relationship work. My personal dilemma was how could Chastity date a married man and the same one who was responsible for the crime that her sister is behind bars? Moreover, I was glad to see Hope get over the “victim mentality” and others to encourage Hope to want to live once more, and seek justice beyond this stupid law. Fight for your rights.

    Although this novel derives from the Texas Law of Parties, if a murder occurs during the process of a crime that all parties are eligible for the death penalty. Many would say “at the wrong place at the wrong time” and this is a debatable issue of capital punishment. Will Hope be a “dead woman walking”? Did anyone have substantial evidence to stick on Hope’s case? Did the police or detectives get involved in this case, or only base it on the law of parties to send an innocent women to the electric chair long as justice is served? There were some things unanswered, and oddly didn’t tie securely together for me in this read. Is there a sequel? I hope there is a sequel to resolve all the unsolved mysteries. (Full Review on other review sites).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    Life

    This book makes you think about value of ones life. Being at the wrong place at the wrong time can cost you a lifetime.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    I gotta question

    Who knows CHRIS MASSOGLIA?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    Party is here

    Id starts singing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    Ryan to Below

    Hey sexy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    Ree

    I'm here watsup?

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

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    HARD LESSONS!!!!!! WOW!!! THIS BOOK WAS AN EYE OPENER FOR ME.

    HARD LESSONS!!!!!!

    WOW!!! THIS BOOK WAS AN EYE OPENER FOR ME. I HAVE NEVER BEEN TO TEXAS, AND I HAVE NEVER HEARED OF THIS LAW. I WAS IN TOTAL SHOCK AND SURPRISE, AS I WAS READING THIS BOOK.

    CAN YOU IMAGINE BEING WITH A GROUP OF FRIENDS, AND THEN BEING HAND CUFFED AND CARTED OFF TO JAIL FOR SOMETHING YOU DIDN'T DO. IF THAT IS NOT ENOUGH, THEN THROW IN BEING SENT TO DEATH ROW. NOW I UNDERSTAND WHY MOTHER ALWAYS SAID TO BE AWARE OF THE COMPANY YOU KEEP.

    THIS IS A BOOK FOR ALL YOUNG PEOPLE TO READ AND QUICK. I WOULD NEVER EVER WANT ANYTHING LIKE THIS TO HAPPEN TO ANYONE.

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    Posted November 30, 2012

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