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Please Don't Let Me Die: A Father's Journey Through Grief and the Criminal Justice System Paperback – July 30, 2013


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Carpenters Son Publishing (July 30, 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: #2,557,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Customer Reviews

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.
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I commend Patrick and Lisa McCarthy for their boldness in writing this book.
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6 of 7 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 Jerron on January 1, 2014
Format: Paperback
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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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 connywithay on November 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
Title: Please Don’t Let Me Die: A Father’s Journey Through Grief and the Criminal Justice System
Author: Patrick J. McCarthy
Publisher: Carpenter’s Son Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9883962-1-0

“There was one thing I knew for sure. Through my pain, I had to do something to find out what took away my Danielle. I had to do all I could to pull apart the pieces that led to her death,” Patrick J. McCarthy explains in his book, "Please Don’t Let Me Die: A Father’s Journey Through Grief and the Criminal Justice System."

At three hundred and twenty pages, this paperback book is targeted toward readers interested in facets of drug use and its ramifications that can lead to death or even criminal charges. With some minor slang and the topic of illegal drugs, it would be geared toward mature young adults and older. This reader wishes all pronouns related to God were capitalized for reverence.

Patrick and Lisa McCarthy have experienced one of the worst events known to a family: the death of their own child. When sixteen year old Danielle willingly consumed the drug ecstasy that was bought and given to her by a friend, she had no clue of the repercussions. Not only did a beautiful young girl die, criminal charges were brought against the friend and the drug seller who were not pro-active in coming to her rescue.

Divulging step-by-step emotional trauma by a broken-down, confused, and devastated father, the reader easily feels his pain, anger, and helplessness not being there for his girl or even knowing about her death until hours later.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sherrey Meyer on March 12, 2014
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Patrick McCarthy has written the truth as he knows it. That is all he has. Unfortunately, McCarthy and his family learned, as mine did, that justice isn't always your friend. Sometimes it throws you a curve, one that seems totally unreasonable and unfair.

The McCarthys daughter is out with friends and the road takes a turn perhaps she isn't expecting and certainly they aren't expecting, and that night, New Year's Eve, Danielle's life is snuffed out. Danielle is given a nasty drug, Ecstasy, by a friend who has purchased it from a young man at a party. In the end, who is responsible for Danielle's too soon death? The only answer lies in the realm of the courts.

After excruciating grief and too many months of waiting on the court system to render its judgment, the McCarthys are left with nothing to take their grief away and the pain continues. The courage to tell their story is an abundant measure of grace to every parent who hopes it doesn't happen to them.

Every parent of a teen needs to read this book, perhaps more than once.

I wanted so badly to give this book 5 stars, but it needed additional editing. I would suggest to the author that if a reprint takes place that he have someone take a look at the book not so much for grammar and proofreading as for editing from the perspective of dynamics, flow and redundancy. Otherwise, it is still a story to be read and shared as much as possible.

Disclaimer: I was requested by the author to review this book and received a copy of it in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. A. on December 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
"Please Don't Let me Die" is a very heartbreaking book. It is, sadly, a dose of reality for some families. It is the true story of a teenage girl, Danielle, that has her first (and only)experience with ingesting an illegal drug, how her body responded to the drug, and how her friends responded in the following hours. If they had reacted properly and sought medical treatment for her she would most likely still be alive today. But, because they made the choice to not get Danielle medical help, she died.

"Please Don't Let Me Die" is written by Danielle's father, Patrick McCarthy. Patrick is very honest and open about his feelings, his devastation, depression and anger. He describes those first few hours, days, weeks and months after losing Danielle. He explains how he feels when he discovers his daughter would still be alive today had the teenagers with Danielle reacted properly. He also writes about the "friends" that gave Danielle the drug and the court proceedings that take over his family's lives. What Patrick lacks in writing skill, he makes up for with his vulnerability.

Hopefully anyone who is considering using or selling drugs will think about their decisions a little more carefully after reading this book. I learned to NEVER say "I know how you feel" to a person that has lost a loved one, because I can never know exactly how that person is feeling!

I received from bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
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