Desperate – Daniel Palmer Review

Desperate Brimming with suspense and unrelenting twists, acclaimed author Daniel Palmer’s latest thriller delves into the waking nightmare of a well meaning couple whose biggest and most ordinary dream has gone terrifyingly awry 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.

I liked this book, but I wanted to like it more than I did. It’s such a unique idea for a plot, and I thought it was executed well. However, I found a lot of characters so unlikeable that it turned me off to the book at times.

In literature, my favourite characters are the ones that aren’t black and white. When you absolutely adore a character or absolutely despise them, it makes it an emotionally exhausting book. Personally, I don’t enjoy that. Lily was such a shady character that it made me actively dislike her. Anna also began to grate on my nerves with her single-mindedness to have a child and her inability to trust Gage. Since there were so many characters that drove me nuts, it was hard for me to fully enjoy this book.

The plot is really interesting though and once it picks up (about halfway through the novel), it’s quite exciting. The last half of the book kept me on the edge of my seat and the ending was great.

It was a solid thriller and I’d be interested in reading more from Daniel Palmer.


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