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Please Don't Let Me Die: A Fathers Journey Through Grief and the Criminal Justice System Paperback – May 1, 2013


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Carpenters Son Publishing (May 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988396211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988396210
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,657,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

After my daughter died I didn't know what to do and my mind was cluttered with to much information and details. I sat down and started to write everything down in detail to help ease my mind. As the days, months and years past, I would look back on my notes and realized I had a story to tell. I want to give others hope, to let others know that there is a chance for justice and its OK to openly grieve as a man and as a father. The justice system is not what I thought it was, it is complicated and it takes time. It will also take a toll on your mind and body. This book will put you in the courtroom and you will experience the heartache I have gone through and will continue to go through for the rest of my life.

From the Back Cover

Danielle is born into a large family; she is the youngest of seven children. At sixteen she is active, has many friends and has plans for college. December 31st, 2006, she spends the night across town at a friends house but it goes horrible wrong. On the morning of January 1st, 2007 her parents get the heartbreaking news that Danielle died at the hands of others. The parents now struggle to bury their youngest daughter, having never experienced this type of tragedy to this magnitude; they must fight through the grief and disbelief that their youngest daughter had died. A grief stricken father wants answers. Arrests are forthcoming. How could this have happened? Why did she have to die? Why didn't those around her get her the medical help that she needed? Will this nightmare ever end? After close to two years of court dates and a lengthy trial, a family torn must now move on.

More About the Author

I was born and raised on the east coast, Massachusetts. I relocated to California in 1977. I am one of six children. I met my wife in the summer of 1988 and we married in the fall of 1989. Lisa is also from a large family, she is one of seven. After living in California for many years we relocated to Washington state where I became a general contractor. I am not a man of great wealth or stature. I am not well known or a man of great influence. I am a simple man, living a simple life. I shy away from crowds or people I don't know. I prefer to stay at home with my wife and enjoy my kids when they visit. After my daughters death and all of the court matters were settled, I closed my business and sold our home and we moved to Southern Oregon. My wife and I currently own and operate a small family business.

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This book held me captive till I finished it.
D. L. Montgomery
People need to read this book to fully understand that the world isn't innocent bad things do happen to good people.
chere
I commend Patrick and Lisa McCarthy for their boldness in writing this book.
muffin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Angela Arneson on July 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
This family has amazing strength. If more drug dealers were held accountable for the lives taken by their business, maybe they will think twice before selling those drugs. Especially to children
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tara Manning on September 4, 2013
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I especially enjoyed this book because of the truth that was finally told. It was well written and very detail orientated to put all the pieces of the puzzle together. Was somewhat of a tear jerker, but its due to the raw emotion that was being felt by everyone that knew her. I would highly recommend this book. Took me about two days to finish it, so it would be a good weekend book if you are looking for a "based on a true story" book. Two thumbs up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Montgomery on January 1, 2014
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Please Don’t Let Me Die
By: Patrick J McCarthy

I really liked the book. It was really sad what the family had to go through. I can’t imagine going through all they did and to find out why she died. This book held me captive till I finished it. It is very emotional book. I think the book holds lot of lessons for us as parents. Knowing where your child is and knowing their friends is a start. It is so awful what Danielle went through but also the family went through a lot. Sad her life could have been spared if she would have been taken to a hospital a little thing to pump out the stomach could of saved her. Glad to see justice done. I really recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jerron on January 1, 2014
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My heart and condolences go out to the McCarthy family in the loss of their youngest child Danielle.
I commend the courage it took to write their heartbreaking story. It is a story that no parent wants to believe could happen to their child, their family. A book that every parent should read.
Danielle goes to a party with her friends and takes an illegal drug that claims her life. Patrick McCarthy and his wife searched for answers as to why this happened. Why her friends did not take immediate action to get Danielle medical help and why know one would take responsibility for this tragedy.
This book is well written and shows us their fight to find justice for their daughter.

This book was given to me by bookfun.org for my honest opinion and review.

This review was posted by Donna McGinnis
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By muffin on December 31, 2013
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Wow! I could not even begin to imagine what this couple went through in losing their 16 yr. old daughter. This book is about Danielle McCarthy and how she died on the night of a party with friends. This book was well written and I felt like I was actually "in" the story. This book reminds me to hug my children a little more and tell them "I love them" more. I commend Patrick and Lisa McCarthy for their boldness in writing this book. I know this couldn't have been easy and I'm sure they had to live through the whole ordeal again. I would recommend this book to everyone!
I received this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jvega52 on September 5, 2013
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I read the book in a single setting. I could not put it down. It is an emotional rollercoaster but there are so many lessons to learn from this tragedy and injustice. I did not know Danielle, but I know of her now and I know she will be missed. I plan to have my daughters, who are both mothers, read the book for the lessons that are within. My heart goes out to Patrick McCarthy and his family. We need to make sure our children are protected. If laws need to change, we need to change them. Drug dealers need to be held accountable as well as parents who know of their child's involvement in these types of behavior. We are losing too many of our precious young. This is a must read for parents (especially those who care) and for teenagers as well. After reading the book a discussion would be helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Tabaka on August 31, 2013
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The McCarthy family takes you on a tour of the bizzare world of how the criminal justice system works and often fails to work. A world where victims are often forgotten while those who choose to break the law are treated with more than their share of respect. Inside these pages you discover just how long the parents had to wait to recieve word of their childs passing from an official source and how long it took for the dealers to see the inside of a courtroom and how small the price was for them to pay for letting a friend die. It was crystal clear just how much danger Danielle was in and yet numerous "friends" failed to summon the help she needed. While another reviewer speaks of how a girl spent years in jail she fails to mention that Danielle recieved a Death sentence for her mistake and that her family recieved Life without the possibility of ever seeing her again. The dealers, with reckless disregard for the law, seem to think they did nothing wrong, yet a young woman is dead as a result of that disregard. This is a story of how Love and Family can get you through the unimaginable and from the ashes (literally) how they forgerd ahead to help others and to help prevent this tradgedy from befalling others. A must read for parents and teens alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nate's mom on August 30, 2013
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I think this book was a very well written account of the disbelief, heartbreak, and trauma a family goes through with the loss of a child. A tear for every page.
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