There’s a reason Daniel Palmer’s Delirious became a best-seller. He does it again with Helpless, a book that takes the lives of innocent men and destroys them with modern technology. I could not put this book down. It was suspenseful and exciting.
The story is centered around a former Navy SEAL, Tom Hawkins, whose my age, 43, and happily serving as the coach of the girls’ soccer team at his home-town high school. His personal life is somber and turbulent with a bitter divorce form Kelly, his high school sweetheart, and now estranged from Jill, his teenage daughter, who also happens to be the star player on the team.
Kelly’s home is broken into and she is killed while fleeing from the intruder, thrusting Tom into the role of full-time dad, while he’s the prime suspect in his ex-wife’s murder. It’s a tough role and there is no instant reconciliation. It doesn’t end there, a sly cyber bullying campaign, deems Tom a sexual predator and an anonymous blog makes allegations Tom is sleeping with one of Jill’s teammates. Under-aged porn images are found on his work computer and it all puts him in the scope of FBI special agent, Rainy Miles, the expert investigator for cyber crimes against children. Tom’s adamant he’s innocent and Rainy is determined to find justice.
In desperation for his life, and Jill’s, Tom fight to clear his name and discovers the truth behind his ex-wife’s death and the cyber campaigns.
I LOVED this book. From the first line: “Love makes you do surprising things” to the end. The characters are fascinating and put in situations that are so well created by Palmer that it seems terrifyingly real. He captures the rebellion and conflict I’ve seen in many teenagers as well as the struggling father.
HELPLESS is available (ISBN: 9780758246653 ) from Kensington and on audio (ISBN: 9781611063516) from Brilliance, narrated by Phil Gigante.
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