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Forgive Me by Daniel Palmer is a 2016 Kensington publication Angie DeRose is a dedicated PI, who has devoted her life to helping find runaway and missing children When Nadine, a teenager with a troubled home life runs away, her mother hires Angie to find her But things becomecomplicated than usual when Angie s mother dies suddenly and she discovers an old photograph her mother had hidden away The photo is of a young girl with a deformity, with May God Forgive Me written on the back i Forgive Me by Daniel Palmer is a 2016 Kensington publication Angie DeRose is a dedicated PI, who has devoted her life to helping find runaway and missing children When Nadine, a teenager with a troubled home life runs away, her mother hires Angie to find her But things becomecomplicated than usual when Angie s mother dies suddenly and she discovers an old photograph her mother had hidden away The photo is of a young girl with a deformity, with May God Forgive Me written on the back in her mother s handwriting, along with a what appears to be a code of some kind The picture haunts Angie and prompts her to investigate, never imagining the secrets she would unearth or the danger she would awaken in the process Based on the synopsis, I get the impression that of the two separate threads, the story concerning Angie s mother was supposed to be the predominant story line However, I could have taken or left this part of the story, as it didn t provoke the same sense of dread that Nadine s story did, nor did it evoke an emotional response from me, other than one of incredulity It was just a bit too over the top in terms of plausibility and the last minute addition of characters muddied the waters, with the entire threador less falling to pieces, and then clumsily and hastily pasted back together This vivid portrait of a runaway who falls prey to sex trafficking and slavery is so tense and at times difficult to read, as it is told with such authenticity and realism, it s almost as if I going through the experience with Nadine.This story would have been terrific if it had simply focused on the runaway angle, which was the saving grace of the novel.The gritty details of being held prisoner, the slow degradation, the devaluing of human life, and the sad and mind blowing statistics involving the underground sex trade and slavery was written exceptionally well and if for no other reason, makes this novel worth your time Overall, both storylines were ambitious, and both could have been the main focus of a novel, with just a bitfleshing out, but put together in one story, one outshines the other, thus creating an imbalance, but the one plotline was so well done, I still recommend this book to anyone looking for a taut crime story 3.5 stars A special thank you to Kensington and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest reviewBTW, Great cover The book, 10 StarsTotally A M A Z I N G Top 50 Books of 2016 FORGIVE ME, without a doubt Top Books of the Year Movie Worthy Daniel Palmer s BEST yetPalmer s 2015 Constant Fear and Trauma both landing on my Top Books of 2015 Once againHighly Impressive The author has produced twoout of the park hits, landing again on my Top Books of 2016 Mercy A special thank you to Kensington and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest reviewBTW, Great cover The book, 10 StarsTotally A M A Z I N G Top 50 Books of 2016 FORGIVE ME, without a doubt Top Books of the Year Movie Worthy Daniel Palmer s BEST yetPalmer s 2015 Constant Fear and Trauma both landing on my Top Books of 2015 Once againHighly Impressive The author has produced twoout of the park hits, landing again on my Top Books of 2016 Mercy Coming May 17, and Forgive Me, Coming May 31 Palmer must have superman qualities to crank out two extraordinary bestsellers in the same month, for two consecutive yearsYour dad would be proud As the book opens we learn of a woman, with tear stained eyes, writing a check and a note She whispers the same phrase she has spoken every year on this day, at this exact moment May God forgive me Some dreams come at a price Set in Virginia parts in Maryland and Washington , Angie DeRose is a Private Investigator at DeRose Associates She had gone into business with a purpose, but had been na ve about the depth of human cruelty Each case was like turning over a rock to see what sort of horror might slither out She took it all to heart, carried with her the emotion of what she saw every day From runaways or child custody cases, she went overboard to get results, to get proof in order to protect the child From abuse, neglected, drug addicted parents the world, a broken place Her best friend Sarah had vanished without a trace her senior year of college Missing She longed to do something to honor her memory and her spirit Her mission to find the runaway kids and take them back home Nadine, a sixteen year old caught in world between divorced parents, living with an alcoholic and abusive mother, and an absentee wealthy father with a new life and family Often no food in the refrigerator, and her mom drunk most of the time She decides to leave A runaway with no plan Just to escape, and hopefully someone would notice Innocent and vulnerable, the perfect candidate victim for an evil monster a master manipulator Lurking to find runaways, like Nadine She is na ve and trusts this man, and soon finds herself in a prison, a nightmare, which she cannot escape Soon she is drugged, locked in her phone and wallet gone No escape Each day she writes in a journal and hides it in slot in her mattress She will do anything to escape being put in the hole Tortured, drugged, abused, locked in with men watching her every move along with the other girls how will she ever escape The DeRose family was well respected, her dad ran DeRose Financial a financial service firm specializing in investing in high net worth individuals, and Kathleen, her mom, a big fundraiser Her mom always wanted Angie to meet a man, but Angie was too busy with her business to have time for dating She was on call 24 7 Her only other extended family her stand in, aunt and uncle friends of her parents Soon Angie is hired to help find Nadine While she is busy with the case tracking down leads with her employees, Angie receives some tragic news Her mom dies unexpectedly and when cleaning out her things she comes across a photo of a little girl around four years old missing an ear There is a code on the bottom with letters and numbers On the back is a message,May God forgive me Angie, with her keen detective skills, has to crack this code How was her mom connected with this child Between the intense case of Nadine, suspecting sextrafficking, and the ongoing mystery surrounding this photo, Angie is surrounded by danger What dark family secrets could her parents be hiding Her mom was one of the most caring and giving women she knew Bao, a former runaway Angie had found and was later adopted A few years later after he turned twenty, he went to work for Angie as a certified computer forensic consultant He provided incredible assets not only with his only skills and expertise at the keyboard but also because he knew how runaway kids thought She also works with Mike another former client in a custody case , who also runs another business and helps with her overflow A great team When Nadine s case becomes top priority, the FBI is now involved and Bryce Taggart, the US Marshal is working with Angie She connects with him to help her with answers of the haunting little girl in the photograph However, she has no clue the dangerous past they are about to uncover There are enemies who will stop at nothing toprotect their secret Angie, a tenacious, unstoppable PI A family secret A mysterious photograph A little girl without an ear A code A missing teen Witness protection Angie is haunted by Sarah, and Nadine haunted by Jade Both victims, they have to save OMG, the suspense and intensity is at an all time high Nothing plays out as you think Fast paced, non stop action adrenaline fueled, readers will be page turning to find answers to this riveting mystery What made this book so unforgettablethan one thing The heart wrenching journal entries I loved Girls Like Me by Nadine Jessup Palmer captures Nadine, her essence, her soul, her intimate feelings getting inside a sixteen year old girl s mind From the dialect, social media, fears, dreams, and the innermost sensitive thoughts I was moved to tears very emotional Thought provoking The story goes beyond sex trafficking and abuse What comes next The after We seldom think of the real psychological tragedy someone experiencesThere s just different experiences we can choose to learn from, to grow from, or choose to let define us Not everything happens for a reason, but there is reason everything happens Real life isn t neat and tidy like that It doesn t get tied up in a cute little bow That s for fairy tales, right We know those fairytale endings aren t real, but we can still dream We can still believe Hope Next, the two separate storylines Brilliant Both stories will keep you glued to the pages like a book inside a book Shocking twists you do not see coming how the photograph plays out Masterminds.Beautifully written, powerful, explosive, skillfully developed, impeccably researched A highly charged inter generational mystery suspense thriller of dark evil secretsA must read for every teen and adult, worldwideEmotional, complex, suspenseful, highly innovative, and jaw dropping, edge of your seat thriller A double whammy two books in oneFrom twists and turns, shockers, missing and exploited teens, runaways, drugs, sex trafficking, alcoholism, greed, corruption, and murder, to age old crimes an ongoing mystery Connects Told from different POVs Please, please, please let this be the beginning of a series These characters HOOK you from page one, and hang long after the book ends They are way TOO good to end More Angie, Nadine, Bryce, Bao, Mike Jade, Sarah, Sasha Each of the characters learn from the other in some way After finishing the book at 5 am this morning no, you cannot put it down the vivid characters continue to haunt me, running through my mind constantly, during my 50 mile bike ride today Daniel, words cannot adequately express my thoughts and strong feelings for this talented work of art I am speechless You, sir have outdone yourself Amazeballstaking a page from your book You ARE cool, like thatEvocative journal entriesAward winningWould love to hearabout the inspiration behind this intriguing book both stories with an author QAInformative enlightening 21 million people, just like Nadine Forced labor takes different forms, including debt bondage, sextrafficking and other forms of modern slavery The victims are the most vulnerable women and girls forced into prostitution This is a big one Epic Move FORGIVE ME to the top of your list and Order NowJDCMustReadBooks 3.75 stars I was immediately hooked on this book from the very beginning, I let it cut in line and Iwas totally into it My only gripe is this book had a lot going on It was a very good episode of Law Order SVU, at least that s my take on it 3.75 stars I was immediately hooked on this book from the very beginning, I let it cut in line and Iwas totally into it My only gripe is this book had a lot going on It was a very good episode of Law Order SVU, at least that s my take on it Angie is a Private Investigator whose specialty is finding and rescuing endangered runaways This both actually follows two stories that somehow converge at one point Nadine is a runaway Her mother is a drunk, her father is too busy to even acknowledge her She decides she has had enough and bails Young and naive, she falls for the man who says she could be a star only to find herself locked in a dark basement filled with other young girls and plenty of beds to carry on their owners Angie is a Private Investigator whose specialty is finding and rescuing endangered runaways This both actually follows two stories that somehow converge at one point Nadine is a runaway Her mother is a drunk, her father is too busy to even acknowledge her She decides she has had enough and bails Young and naive, she falls for the man who says she could be a star only to find herself locked in a dark basement filled with other young girls and plenty of beds to carry on their owners wishes.Nadine s mother has turned to Angie as the police cannot promise to do anything except keep a look out Too many real crimes keeps them all busy Angie, with the help of her associates get a lead to follow Unfortunately the man who has Nadine, is also a major crime figure and cops have an undercover guy that they have to protect.In the middle of all this, Angie s mother dies And what Angie finds after the funeral is going to change everything she s known and the life that s built lies upon lies Hidden among the mementos in her parents attic is a photograph of a little girl, with a code and a hand written message on the back May God forgive me Bryce Taggart, the US Marshal working with her agency, agrees to help Angie learn the fate of the girl in the photograph Angie s past and present meet head on leading her straight to someone who will do what it takes to silence the truth.Daniel Palmer has a real story telling talent His characters are believable Emotions and suspense rolls off the pages Makes for a terrific read Many thanks to the author Kensington Books NetGalley who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review Forgive Me by Daniel Palmer is a fast paced thriller dealing with the difficult subject of human trafficking.This book is made up of two stories The first part of the book focuses on the disappearance of Nadine , a 16 year old girl , caught in the horrific web of sex trafficking Angie a PI driven by the disappearance of her college friend, specializes in finding runaways and is hired by Nadine s mom Nadine s ordeal is described to us by her journal writings and is heartbreaking to read.Meanw Forgive Me by Daniel Palmer is a fast paced thriller dealing with the difficult subject of human trafficking.This book is made up of two stories The first part of the book focuses on the disappearance of Nadine , a 16 year old girl , caught in the horrific web of sex trafficking Angie a PI driven by the disappearance of her college friend, specializes in finding runaways and is hired by Nadine s mom Nadine s ordeal is described to us by her journal writings and is heartbreaking to read.Meanwhile during her search for Nadine Angie s mother passes away leaving a picture of a little girl with a code and the words May God forgive me written in the back The second half of the book concentrates on Angie trying to solve this mystery and trying to find what happened to the little girl in the picture.The first half of the book was very compelling and writing keeps you completely engrossed The characters were very well developed but the second half of the book was disappointing, it felt very rushed and Angie s character that was shown to be very strong , and practical comes across as being a spoilt brat I would rate this book 3 stars and will look forward toby Daniel Palmer Many thanks to the publisher NetGalley for this advance reader copy in exchange for my honest and fair review.This andreviews at Forgive Me by Daniel Palmer contains two mysteries that intertwine throughout into one thriller that completely left me guessing until the end Angie DeRose is the head of DeRose Associates Private Investigations The associates are all friends with differing skills that help out as needed and are an interesting set of secondary characters Angie s main focus is recovering runaways and the lost She is hired to bring Nadine, a young high school runaway from a dysfunctional family home This mys Forgive Me by Daniel Palmer contains two mysteries that intertwine throughout into one thriller that completely left me guessing until the end Angie DeRose is the head of DeRose Associates Private Investigations The associates are all friends with differing skills that help out as needed and are an interesting set of secondary characters Angie s main focus is recovering runaways and the lost She is hired to bring Nadine, a young high school runaway from a dysfunctional family home This mystery has Angie delving into underage prostitution and the sex slave trade epidemic To read Nadine s journal is to truly have your heart breaking.As the search for Nadine continues, Angie s mother dies and as she and her friend are going through her mother s boxes in the attic, she finds a haunting picture of a little girl with a code and the words May God forgive me written in her mother s hand on the back Her father claims to know nothing about the picture Angie just can t let it go and continues to dig with the help of her friends and Bryce Taggart, a US Marshal, who is interested in Angie and helping with both of her mysteries.Angie is a strong and believable main character All of the secondary characters keep you entertained with humor and or strong emotions Mr Palmer s writing is crisp and easy to read with a fast pace to the climax that surprises The two plot lines are woven together into one terrific read Thank you to Kensington Books and Net Galley for the free copy of this egalley in exchange for an honest review .Free E-pub ☧ Forgive Me ☮ In a heart pounding thriller from one of the most innovative voices in contemporary suspense, a woman unravels the shocking truth about her parents, her past, and a life built upon an unthinkable lie At DeRose Associates Private Investigators in Virginia, Angie DeRose strives to find and rescue endangered runaways work that stands in stark contrast to her own safe, idyllic childhood But in the wake of her mother s sudden death, Angie makes a life altering discovery Hidden among the mementos in her parents attic is a photograph of a little girl, with a code and a hand written message on the back May God forgive me Angie has no idea what it means or how to explain other questionable items among her mother s possessions Her father claims to know nothing Could Angie have a sister or other relative she was never told about Bryce Taggart, the US Marshal working with her agency, agrees to help Angie learn the fate of the girl in the photograph But the lies she and Bryce unearth will bring her past and present together with terrifying force And everything she cherishes will be threatened by the repercussions of one long ago choice and an enemy who will kill to keep a secret hidden foreverPraise for the novels of Daniel PalmerConstant Fear An electrifying thriller with action that keeps you on the edge of your seat Lisa Jackson, New York Times bestselling authorDesperate If you ve somehow missed reading Daniel Palmer, it s time to pardon the pun get Desperate Harlan Coben Firmly places Palmer alongside the likes of Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner The Providence JournalStolen Unrelentingly suspenseful Publishers Weekly A twisting, suspenseful chiller of a book William LandayHelpless Warning once you start reading this novel, you will not stop Lisa GardnerDelirious Not just a great thriller debut, but a great thriller, period Lee Child Angie DeRose is a woman on a mission to find and rescue every missing child, stemming from a traumatic experience as a child Now a private investigator, she takes the cases that can be heartbreaking, the ones with endings that may not be happy, the ones that uncover the ugly scars we try to keep hidden On the trail of Nadine, a teen runaway, Angie finds herself caught up inthan she had bargained for when the death of her mother uncovers hidden secrets from long ago, secrets that became l Angie DeRose is a woman on a mission to find and rescue every missing child, stemming from a traumatic experience as a child Now a private investigator, she takes the cases that can be heartbreaking, the ones with endings that may not be happy, the ones that uncover the ugly scars we try to keep hidden On the trail of Nadine, a teen runaway, Angie finds herself caught up inthan she had bargained for when the death of her mother uncovers hidden secrets from long ago, secrets that became lies, lies that became poisonous and lethal Lies that she has unknowingly lived for years.Determined to find and bring Nadine home, Angie will go as far as it takes and then some, but her mind is also latched onto a picture of a young girl with her mother s heartbreaking plea on the back Who is this girl What secrets are kept hidden in a simple photo The nightmare has only begun as Angie enlists the help of a U.S Marshall and even his contacts chit a brick wall in discovering who the mystery girl is and what happened to her.Daniel Palmer s Forgive me is a razor sharp tale of intrigue, filled with unspoken secrets that were never meant to come to light As he builds his world, we find ourselves working alongside a strong character Angie has brains, grit and a fierce determination to save the world, one case at a time The tension runs high throughout as we go from watching the life Nadine has found herself in to the desperate hunt that Angie is on to find her before it is too late Weaving Angie s own mystery into an already taut tale layers evenintrigue onto an already well plotted story.With a strong voice throughout, there seems to be a stutter step a t the end, one that feels like it needslife,dimension because it has the potential to blast this tale into greatness or to even open the door onabout this amazing heroine A nailbiter throughout, still an entertaining and twisted tale of suspense I received an ARC edition from Kensington Books in exchange for my honest review.Publisher Kensington May 31, 2016 Publication Date May 31, 2016ISBN 9780758293473Genre Mystery ThrillerPrint Length 416 pagesAvailable fromBarnes NobleFor Reviews More Decided to go with 3 stars I liked the book with this one, despite some flaws.Overall, this is a solid suspense novel The writing is very simple and bland, and characterization is lacking Formulaic, maybe but it s rare to find a book in this genre that s not However, this is a book focused on action, and there s tons of that There are at least four plots in this book, but they re all exciting enough and there are few enough characters that it never becomes confusing A warning, though Decided to go with 3 stars I liked the book with this one, despite some flaws.Overall, this is a solid suspense novel The writing is very simple and bland, and characterization is lacking Formulaic, maybe but it s rare to find a book in this genre that s not However, this is a book focused on action, and there s tons of that There are at least four plots in this book, but they re all exciting enough and there are few enough characters that it never becomes confusing A warning, though One of the plots, about a runaway girl, is pretty devastating You might want to avoid this book if you re a sensitive reader It s not overly graphic, but it s definitely hard to read I received this review copy from the publisher on NetGalley Thanks for the opportunity to read and review I appreciate it 2.5I have no clue why everyone s raving about this book.Up until about 75% through this, I thought I was going to write a glowing review for this book Honestly, I did The writing was pretty good not excellent, but good enough that it knew how to show and not tell The characters were amazing I even had quotes picked out to show how I loved the relationships, the banter, how they reacted I mean, seriously, they were great Mike was probably my favorite he was funny, but serious Bao was gre 2.5I have no clue why everyone s raving about this book.Up until about 75% through this, I thought I was going to write a glowing review for this book Honestly, I did The writing was pretty good not excellent, but good enough that it knew how to show and not tell The characters were amazing I even had quotes picked out to show how I loved the relationships, the banter, how they reacted I mean, seriously, they were great Mike was probably my favorite he was funny, but serious Bao was great Even the damn characters had great relationships between each other That is spectacularly rare to have a main character who gets along well with others AND is not fucked up So rare.Even the case was good While Nadine got on my nerves, it was just because she was a teenage girl and I ve never understood teenage girls, at least the stereotypical ones I loved how her story was told, through diary entries so we knew what happened to her in her own words rather than changing POV.Then, it all changed.A story that I hoped was going to stay in the background came up front It was all about Angie and her family Something her mom did I mean, it just was completely out of place Since this is the first book in what I assume is a series, why didn t Palmer split it up There was a great opening to find out what happened to Sarah Winters, her best friend who disappeared without a trace, yet Palmer chose to go waaayyy off course from sex trafficking to freaking witness protection program.It just didn t work At all I got bored and didn t care enough to actually read the ending I just skimmed from 90% on It literally took a turn that made absolutely no sense, even though it was led up to throughout the book The two plots did not come together at all, and I simply don t understand why anyone thought they would go together.If it had just been Nadine s story, maybe with a mix of Sarah Winter, this would have gotten a solid four stars