The Delivery by L.A. Detwiler

Published: February 1, 2022

Pages: 216

Genre: Thriller

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

L.A. Detwiler is the USA TODAY Bestselling thriller author of The Widow Next Door and several other chilling page-turners. She is also a high school English teacher from Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. During her final year at Mount Aloysius College, she started writing her first fiction novel, which was published in 2015. She has also written articles that have appeared in several women’s publications and websites. L.A. Detwiler lives in her hometown with her husband, Chad. They have five cats and a mastiff named Henry.

Evette Harding’s world of maternal bliss is perfect except for one thing: there’s something wrong with her husband.

John is a lawyer and loving husband by day. However, ever since the baby came, his dark habits from the past are re-emerging. Once, she was fine with playing Bonnie to his Clyde. Now, with the baby to think about, it terrifies her.

As she delves into his hidden life and dangerous lies, she begins to fear for her safety. But when maternal instincts creep over the line of paranoia, will she go too far to protect her child? And in a house full of dark secrets, will she solve the most important one before it is too late?

“Things are never perfect.”

Evette has had a chaotic life, her father went to prison for murder when she was young, and her mother was bitter. All Evette has ever wanted was a family, to be a mom. So when she meets John one night at a bar, a terrifying series of events permanently connects them. As their lives continue, and they start checking things off the together forever list- everything changes with the delivery.

Whew. This was a wicked descent into madness. The heavy topic of mental illness, childhood trauma, infertility, suicide, the themes in this novel are heavy and may not be appropriate for all readers. Trigger warning.

This was a slow burn, but it was so jam-packed with twists and turned that you are hooked from the beginning. The storyline is told cleverly, with the past mixed in occasionally. It’s very Alice down the rabbit hole.

Evette wants to be a good mom. It’s all she ever wants out of life, and she thinks she has the foundation ready with her husband, John. He is an attorney, a powerful man. A secretive man. Possibly a dangerous man.

We get the story from Evette’s perspective, which was so well executed. Evette struggles with mental illness. She gets severe bouts of depression. And when a harsh life sentence is handed down, John worries Evette won’t be able to process it.

Evette feels like she is alone. She has no one, and her isolation makes her desperate. Her desperation is palpable. You can feel her anxiety and her desire to escape.

You feel every tense moment as this story continues, and when the final chapter happens- you feel the sharp slap of reality. The twist in this novel was very well done, and the plot was unique.

What would you do for love?

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