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When Benjamin Grant’s son disappeared a year ago, he threw himself into the search, and his obsession left him without a home, wife, or job. Now, he’s managed to find work at the United States Postal Service’s Mail Recovery Center, which he hopes will prove an invaluable tool in his investigation. With the help of his coworker, Sylvia—a kleptomaniac artist—Ben learns the i ...more
Paperback, 271 pages
Published March 6th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published December 28th 2013)
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Derek White
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
*A Copy of this Book Was Given To Me By The Author In Exchange For An Honest Review*

Before saying anything else I point out that your purchase of ‘Undeliverable’ if you do so will help to support the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). To learn more or donate, visit www.missingkids.com
This book is not, however, a fund raiser, - it’s a well written tale that will keep you interested to the last page. You will identify with Ben and feel his despair at the loss of his son. You
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Sandra Lopez
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ben is a heart-broken father who keeps pounding the pavement every waking hour, full of determination and hope. You can’t help but feel for the guy in his soul-wrenching journey. In the beginning, I found it a bit odd how it started off with Ben’s wife learning she was pregnant before diving into the aftermath of the son’s disappearance; however, I was glad that, at some point, the author provided the back story to that horrible day.

Even though everyone else seems to have given up, Ben continue
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D.A. Bale
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First off I want to draw attention to the fact that your purchase of Undeliverable helps to support the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). To learn more or donate to the Center's efforts, visit www.missingkids.com

Ben Grant is a driven man - and being driven mad. His overwhelming desire to find his son, now missing a year, has destroyed the happy life he once lived. Everything he is, everything he does, everyone he meets is nothing more than a means to an end - an end he te
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When Benjamin Grant’s son disappeared a year ago, he threw himself into the search, and his obsession left him without a home, wife, or job. Now, he’s managed to find work at the United States Postal Service’s Mail Recovery Center, which he hopes will prove an invaluable tool in his investigation. With the help of his coworker, Sylvia—a kleptomaniac artist—Ben learns the ins and outs of a warehouse full of lost mail, and explores every lead in his son’s case. But when it all points towards the m ...more
Ciara
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Undeliverable is the story of a father being driven mad by his relentless search for his missing son. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, so here are my thoughts:

1. The Story: Although it’s a difficult topic to confront (even for someone who has no children), Demarest handled it well. She showed what happens to a parent when they’ve lost a child and the heartache and grief and devastation that go along with it. Some parts of the book felt a little too slow for my lik
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Lauren
Jul 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club
Undeliverable is a heart-breaking look at loss, and what the lack of closure can do to a person. I thought the view of a young dad and his desperation in his search for his missing son was beautifully portrayed; I felt the guilt that he dealt with every day.

The setting of the Mail Recovery Warehouse is a backdrop that I have never seen and found myself wanting to learn more about the process and what they do in that area of the government. That being said, I found the characters there a bit of
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Nicole
Jul 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Overall I was pleased with Undeliverable. I found the backdrop of the USPS Mail Recovery Center, or Lost Letters Office, a creative place to set the story of a missing young boy. I also enjoyed the individual chapter introductions that continue to draw the parallels between Ben Grant’s search for his son and the department he utilizes to advance his findings.
Although I did enjoy the story – I found I struggled a bit with the pacing. Most of the really gripping action was left for the last few ch
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Ray Litt
Jul 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Undeliverable is a well-written, well-researched story of a father's search for his missing boy. Overall I enjoyed the book, and was pleased to spend time in the Lost Letters Office, a setting I've never explored and found both interesting and well-formulated.

I enjoyed Ben's realistic attractions and frustrations, LOVED Ms Buin's humor, but I had a bit of a hard time with the other characters: I understand that sympathy comes in all shapes and sizes, but I think that the 'going postal' theme ran
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Debby
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, first-reads, own
I won this book through the Goodreads First Reads program.

Undeliverable is a story about many things. A father who lost his son, but can't give up searching which is slowly tearing apart his life. Its also about the US postal service and all the things that get lost there. Its about a friendship between two unlikely friends. The book is well written and the storyline sucks you in. You can't help but sympathize with Ben but want to shake him at the same time. Sylvia is someone I think everyone ca
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Reddit Reviewer
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book has everything to be one of those made for TV shows that you sit down on a Sunday and watch just because you're too lazy to move, and by the end of it you go... hmmm not bad. I wasn't that interested in the topic, missing children, SEEN IT...but the author does a really good job of just doing things well. There's a saying that you can do something thats been done if you do it good, and this was good. Not only do I recommend this envelope? I think the authors blog is worthy to read by ...more
Eric Hubbard
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Right from the beginning, the reader is pulled into Ben's world. You sympathize with his obsession to find his son and the guilt he feels. The story is Ben's, but Sylvia steals the show for me. Her witty comments and her quirky personality stand out. I can't wait to read more from Ms. Demarest. Such a talent!
{ U n s o l v e d M y s t e r y }

A father accepts a job at a post office in hopes that it will help him locate his abducted son.
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It was interesting to learn how the post office works.

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Terry Lee
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This novel was excellent. The detailed descriptions of how the workplace functioned was important to establish the fast paced chapters that moved narrative quickly and effectively to a satisfying conclusion but not an end. I look forward to reading the next installment by this author.
A good read! Entertaining, realistic characters and life situations!
Michelle
May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Wonderful characters. Some of their actions seemed 'off' near the end.
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Rebecca A. Demarest is an author, award-winning book designer, and technical illustrator living in Seattle, WA with her husband, Jason, and their dog-like cat named Cat. When she isn’t writing or making books and flowcharts pretty, Rebecca can be found crafting, working on her indoor forest, climbing, hiking, and generally loving being back in her native Pacific Northwest. Rebecca graduated from W ...more

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