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Saturday, February 11, 2012

HelplessHelpless by Daniel Palmer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found myself interested in this story right from the start. There is something scary and compelling about reading a story that can believably take place.
The dynamics of the father, daughter relationship was very believable based on a split home where one parent is trying to pit the child against the other parent. Having the main character struggle to build a relationship with his daughter, while also trying to prove his innocence really helped make this story more believable.
The story itself was interesting and kept me reading until the end. The author touches on some topics that I believe parents are already trying to get a handle on in this day and age. This book really brings into focus just how damaging the internet can be and how eternal the information is that you find online. He brings up the topic of sexting among teenagers. Many of the things from this book are already taking place in our society and should be addressed by parents. If you add in the cop with a grudge who is so blinded by the past that he wants to blame Tom for everything that is happening in his town. Tom doesn't stand a chance at clearing his name alone, so he calls in for help from a friend who works for the FBI. None of his so called friends believe that he's innocent, and there sure not willing to help him clear his name. This makes it difficult to tell who the real bad guys are.
Overall I enjoyed the small town politics, and the story line of Helpless. I recieved this book for free from Goodreads.

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