by Daniel Palmer
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Desperate 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Zuni More than 1 year ago
I just completed Desperate, I have not read a book lately that has really kept me from going to bed, this is that book. Daniel Palmer delivers yet another FANTASTIC thriller. DESPERATE is a book that has a great storyline, well developed characters and just darn good writing. The best recommendation I can give is : Read DESPERATE( just make sure that you set aside plenty of time, you will not want to put it down.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want to begin by stating that I received an advanced copy from the Author, Daniel Palmer with the only request being that I read the book and write an honest review. I love Tuesday’s because I can go into my local Barnes and Noble and see what new and exciting books are released. Tomorrow Desperate is released. Desperate is the newest addition to the books Daniel has written; Stolen, Helpless, and Delirious (in no particular order). The common theme running in Daniel’s books are what would happen if this happened to an ordinary person. Daniel introduces the problem, the problem morphs and things become complicated, and the resolution. I think that is the easiest way to “boil down” the style. In each of his books the problems are very real, in fact they are possible, not farfetched or hard to believe. The problem or problems really could happen and as things unfold the problems that follow are also very real and not farfetched. It’s the believability that allows readers to buy into the book. Sure I also like stuff that is harder to believe, but it’s the believability that allows me to enjoy the ride. Desperate does not disappoint it is an exciting read that will keep your attention throughout with twists and turns, and a few left turns thrown in that leaves you wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put this book down. The ending was fantastic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not sure how this book gets so many 5 star ratings. It was so poorly written I found myself skipping pages at a time just to get to the ending. Even with jumping through the pages I was able to follow the ridiculous plot. Yes, the ending has a good twist, but not worth reading the entire book. I was looking for a new author to read, I will be passing on Daniel Palmer.
Twink More than 1 year ago
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.
quaintinns More than 1 year ago
ow, not sure where to start, as DESPERATE has so many twists and turns, you are not prepared for what comes next, and more importantly questioning each person (are they real, fake, an illusion)? What is true and what is a lie? A skillfully crafted mystery filled with suspense and intrigue! First, Daniel Palmer knows how to create a plot(s). For there to be a story, something has to move or change from point A to B. DESPERATE was A to B and back ten times. An intense page-turner you cannot put down-- utterly unpredictable! One obstacle after another. Readers may think this read another Hand That Rocks the Cradle; however, so much more-drug dealers, murder, and corporate espionage. Secondly, Peter Berkrot, the narrator of the audiobook was outstanding---his voice was the perfect match for this chilling thriller. Buy the audiobook-you will not be disappointed! DESPERATE: Feeling, showing, or involving a hopeless sense that a situation is so bad, as to be impossible to deal with. An act or attempt— tried in despair, or when everything else has failed; having little hope of success. Extremely bad, serious, or dangerous. (Adjectives describing this entire book—at every corner). The main character Gage, blames himself for the car accident that claimed the lives of his first wife and his seven-year-old son, Max. He is on Adderall, and yes, addicted (a drug for ADD) — even though he does not have ADD – it helps him put his grief aside, in order to concentrate. (loved his sarcasm) Gage Dekker works at Lithio Systems, a maker of lithium-ion batteries in Waltham, Mass., doing quality assurance for a revolutionary new product. The loss of his seven-year-old son and first wife to a drunk driver still haunts him, but he’s tried to move on with a new spouse, Anna, a self employed management consultant. Gage meets Anna at the grief support group and shortly thereafter they marry, as they both bond over their grief. She yearns for a child as she lost her son, Kevin (from a rare blood disease), and they are not able to have a baby--so they begin a long adoption process. In walks Lily—young pregnant, and homeless (so convenient). She says her boyfriend does not want the baby, and kicked her out. Gage and Anna offer her an apartment in their home, and take her under their wing, offering financial support. She agrees to let them adopt the baby. The truth behind Lily’s offer is both complex and logical--hold on to your seat, as you get ready for the ride of your life! However, Lily does not care for Gage, and the set-up begins, making him look bad in front of Anna. He feels there is something wrong with this woman, and begins suspecting her and questioning every move as things go missing. He senses danger; however, his wife is so happy, as she feels fate has brought them their much wanted baby. When you think you have solved the mystery, Palmer pulls out another, and another twist, which makes you wonder how criminals seek their victims. How do they find a way into these lives and begin to destroy them piece by piece? DESPERATE, told from Gage’s voice, offers readers an inside view into his fear, frustration, thoughts, and desperation. In a beguiling tale of deception and betrayal—where nothing is as straightforward as it appears to be—
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This books starts out suspensefully but quickly slides into the realm of the ridiculous. Not even cheesy enough for a beach read. Just plain awful.
busymomoftwo More than 1 year ago
Desperate is the latest technical thriller from Daniel Palmer and I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy to read. The book did not disappoint. Desperate was a real page turner, that I simply didn't want to put down. Fortunately for me, I was on a four and a half hour flight, so I had time to read most of the book uninterrupted (other than by the beverage cart stops). Of course, when I arrived at my destination, I wanted to just focus on finishing the book but my schedule forced me to wait until later to finish. Daniel Palmer does a nice job developing the characters. Gage and Anna are a couple that you can't help but care for and cheer on in their desire to become parents again. Of course, since the story is told from Gage's perspective, he is the one that you get to know best, but Daniel Palmer does a great job developing the other characters too - Anna, Brad, Lily and Roy. Sometimes, when reading thrillers, I wonder to myself, which is more scary - the events happening in the story or the fact that someone came up with this idea for a story. This story was no different. With all of the twists and turns, it makes you wonder how could the characters have discerned happenstance from plot. There were some really good twists and turns in the story and as each became apparent, I found myself asking "really?". The book started slower than some of the other books I have read by Daniel Palmer, but once it got moving, it was non-stop. I would recommend Desperate to any lover of thrillers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow - this book is one of the best books I've read. One quote stands out in the book - ONE SIMPLE ACT OF KINDNESS CHANGES OUR LIVES - and such it does for a young woman so wishing for a child. But what lies under this storyline will keep you turning the pages as nothing is as it seems in the lives of this young couple. And with all the twists and turns - the ending will leave you breathless - and yes as it should end. What a great book by a great author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You think you have it figured out, but you are probably wrong. Great story with a surprise ending!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good story.
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Susan Beamon More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a thilling read ! So good that take out food was all my family had for two nights in a row! Keep them coming mr palmer,you have a wonderful story telling tallant!!!!!!!!!