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Helpless Will Leave You Wanting MORE! Book Review

About Daniel Palmer’s “Helpless” Book

Daniel Palmer’s gripping novel “Helpless” takes readers on a thrilling journey through the dark side of technology, family, and suspense. Here’s everything you need to know about this page-turner:


“Helpless” is a heart-pounding thriller that delves into the terrifying consequences of technology gone awry. It’s a story of a family’s fight for survival when their lives are hijacked by a sinister hacker.

Plot Summary:

When Tom and Abby Stuart’s daughter, Meghan, becomes the victim of a cyberbully, their lives spiral into a nightmare. Soon, they find themselves at the mercy of a mysterious hacker who has taken control of their smart home. As their world unravels, they must uncover the hacker’s identity and stop the relentless digital assault before it’s too late.


Daniel Palmer, known for his skill in crafting gripping suspense novels, brings his trademark style to “Helpless.” He weaves a tale of suspense that keeps readers on the edge of their seats.

Publication Date:

“Helpless” was first published on September 3, 2012, and has since captivated readers with its timely and chilling storyline.


This book falls under the psychological thriller and suspense genres, offering a rollercoaster of emotions and a thought-provoking exploration of the potential dangers of our interconnected world.


“Helpless” received critical acclaim for its riveting narrative and exploration of the vulnerabilities associated with modern technology. It’s a testament to Daniel Palmer’s storytelling prowess.


Our Daniel Palmer’s Helpless Book Review:

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.

helpless by daniel palmer book review

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.

FAQs About “Helpless”:

  1. Is “Helpless” based on a true story? No, “Helpless” is a work of fiction, but it draws on real-world concerns about cybersecurity and privacy.
  2. Are there any film adaptations of the book? As of my last update in September 2021, there were no announced film adaptations of “Helpless.”
  3. Is “Helpless” suitable for a young adult audience? While it deals with themes relevant to teenagers, it contains mature content and is best suited for adult readers.

Alternate Titles:

“Helpless” may also be known under the title “Stolen,” depending on the edition and region.

Expert Tip:

As you read “Helpless,” pay close attention to the subtle ways in which technology infiltrates our lives. It serves as a cautionary tale about the importance of securing our digital presence.

Book Details:

  • Pages: Approximately 384 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758246643
  • Available Formats: Paperback, Kindle, Audiobook

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