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The Perfect Daughter is a thriller that explores the truth or lies behind a teenage girl's multiple personality disorder, from D.J. Palmer, the author of The New Husband. Grace never dreamt she’d visit her teenaged daughter Penny in the locked ward of a decaying state psychiatric hospital, charged with the murder of a stranger. There was not much question of her daughter’s The Perfect Daughter is a thriller that explores the truth or lies behind a teenage girl's multiple personality disorder, from D.J. Palmer, the author of The New Husband. Grace never dreamt she’d visit her teenaged daughter Penny in the locked ward of a decaying state psychiatric hospital, charged with the murder of a stranger. There was not much question of her daughter’s guilt. Police had her fingerprints on the murder weapon and the victim’s blood on her body and clothes. But they didn’t have a motive. Grace blames herself, because that’s what mothers do—they look at their choices and wonder, what if? But hindsight offers little more than the chance for regret. None of this was conceivable the day Penny came into her life. Then, it seemed like a miracle. Penny was found abandoned, with a mysterious past, and it felt like fate brought Penny to her, and her husband Arthur. But as she grew, Penny's actions grew more disturbing, and different "personalities" emerged. Arthur and Grace took Penny to different psychiatrists, many of whom believed she was putting on a show to help manage her trauma. But Grace didn’t buy it. The personas were too real, too consistent. It had to be a severe multiple personality disorder. One determined psychiatrist, Dr. Mitch McHugh, helped discover someone new inside Penny—a young girl named Abigail. Is this the nameless girl who was abandoned in the park years ago? Mitch thinks Abigail is the key to Penny’s past and to the murder. But as Grace and Mitch dig deeper, they uncover dark and shocking secrets that put all their lives in grave danger.


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The Perfect Daughter is a thriller that explores the truth or lies behind a teenage girl's multiple personality disorder, from D.J. Palmer, the author of The New Husband. Grace never dreamt she’d visit her teenaged daughter Penny in the locked ward of a decaying state psychiatric hospital, charged with the murder of a stranger. There was not much question of her daughter’s The Perfect Daughter is a thriller that explores the truth or lies behind a teenage girl's multiple personality disorder, from D.J. Palmer, the author of The New Husband. Grace never dreamt she’d visit her teenaged daughter Penny in the locked ward of a decaying state psychiatric hospital, charged with the murder of a stranger. There was not much question of her daughter’s guilt. Police had her fingerprints on the murder weapon and the victim’s blood on her body and clothes. But they didn’t have a motive. Grace blames herself, because that’s what mothers do—they look at their choices and wonder, what if? But hindsight offers little more than the chance for regret. None of this was conceivable the day Penny came into her life. Then, it seemed like a miracle. Penny was found abandoned, with a mysterious past, and it felt like fate brought Penny to her, and her husband Arthur. But as she grew, Penny's actions grew more disturbing, and different "personalities" emerged. Arthur and Grace took Penny to different psychiatrists, many of whom believed she was putting on a show to help manage her trauma. But Grace didn’t buy it. The personas were too real, too consistent. It had to be a severe multiple personality disorder. One determined psychiatrist, Dr. Mitch McHugh, helped discover someone new inside Penny—a young girl named Abigail. Is this the nameless girl who was abandoned in the park years ago? Mitch thinks Abigail is the key to Penny’s past and to the murder. But as Grace and Mitch dig deeper, they uncover dark and shocking secrets that put all their lives in grave danger.

30 review for The Perfect Daughter

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Holly hell! My jaw dropped, my nose hit the floor! Before losing other parts of my face: I’m screaming: this is freaking fascinating! This is like eating Wagyu steak accompanied with one bottle of St. Emilion Grand Cru and a thick slice of Sweet Lady Jane’s chocolate cake! This is quite thriller feast for me: I found all my dreamy thrilling elements such as brutal murder, unreliable narrators, dissociative identity disorder, mental hospital theme, intense slow burn pace. And of course mind shatte Holly hell! My jaw dropped, my nose hit the floor! Before losing other parts of my face: I’m screaming: this is freaking fascinating! This is like eating Wagyu steak accompanied with one bottle of St. Emilion Grand Cru and a thick slice of Sweet Lady Jane’s chocolate cake! This is quite thriller feast for me: I found all my dreamy thrilling elements such as brutal murder, unreliable narrators, dissociative identity disorder, mental hospital theme, intense slow burn pace. And of course mind shattering writing style which deceives you with new theories and sudden changing directions make you question your own reality! And that pulling the rug up it from under you kind of extra WTH final: that revelation earned extra star from me! For million years I could never see it coming! The author punched me so fast and I barely gathered myself! Quick summary of the story :( I’ll do everything not to give spoilers and ruin your reading adventure. Actually I’m really wondering how your face expression will change as you reach the last blowing chapters!!!) When Grace returns back to her home after busy working day at family Italian restaurant, she realizes something must be wrong because her deceased husband’s car is not parked in front of the house and her daughter Penny is not at home. Penny already deals with psychological issues and she was so close to get arrested after her murder bucket list she has written was gone viral. So she has no permission to leave her without informing her mom and drive her father’s car. But she did them both! Somebody knocks the door. Grace thinks her daughter came back but no: there is a police officer waiting outside to inform her they arrested her daughter for murder charge. She is found standing in front of her death birth mother, covered in blood. The murder weapon is covered with her fingerprints! Grace doesn’t want to believe her daughter can commit such a brutal crime and actually her daughter Penny is long gone, her body is invaded by her alter persona Eve who has no idea why she’s at the police station. Penny/ Eve gets locked at the state hospital till her court date for more detailed observation of her mental situation. Her new doctor Mitch McHugh is expert about DID cases. As other personas like Chloe, Ruby starts to appear, Mitch gets more confused to give a diagnosis. Penny’s one of the personas insist she wasn’t alone during the crime scene. Could she tell the truth? Could somebody who knows her mental state to put the blame on her? Or could she be a psychopath who plays game with them by acting like she’s suffering from DID? Time to shut my big mouth! This is good! This is smart! This is so far my favorite book of the author! I highly recommend it to the author’s fans and psychological thriller/ crime thriller lovers! By the way: I mostly enjoyed Jack’s POV ( Penny’s brother who is Emerson College student, plans to make a movie about his sister’s case!) His narration was dark, smart, sarcastic, entertaining! I loved his relationship dynamics with his sister. Overall: It deserved my five gazillion stars with its ultra smart writing style. Special thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  2. 5 out of 5

    MarilynW

    The Perfect Daughter by D.J. Palmer  Grace's adopted daughter, Penny, has multiple personalities and is finally diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). When Penny is sixteen, she takes the family car to secretly visit a stranger. Later, Penny is found holding a knife and covered with the slaughtered women's blood. It looks like a clear cut case of murder but who really murdered this woman? Was it Penny or one of her other personalities and how can Grace save her daughter from prison? The Perfect Daughter by D.J. Palmer  Grace's adopted daughter, Penny, has multiple personalities and is finally diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). When Penny is sixteen, she takes the family car to secretly visit a stranger. Later, Penny is found holding a knife and covered with the slaughtered women's blood. It looks like a clear cut case of murder but who really murdered this woman? Was it Penny or one of her other personalities and how can Grace save her daughter from prison?  With the help of psychiatrist, Dr. Mitch McHugh, who works with Penny at the facility where Penny is being treated before she goes to trial, each of Penny's different personalities gives insight to things that have happened in Penny's past. Grace will go to the end of the earth to clear Penny of murder charges or to at least keep her from a life in prison. I wasn't too impressed with some of the things Grace did, hoping to shift the blame off her daughter. Grace takes dangerous risks and is also willing to have another teenager blamed for the death when it was her own daughter holding the knife.  But it's very interesting learning about DID and it is very scary being inside a facility that houses mentally ill people who need guards to keep the peace and to attempt to keep the residence safe from harm. We have other suspects hinted at or openly named and we are even shown that Penny's coddling, because of her diagnosis, has caused problems within her adoptive family. The ending comes with a huge twist that throws everything into a new light.  Publication: April 20th 2021 Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for this ARC.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mary Beth

    4.5 Stars Rounded Down! Grace has returned from a run to find her sixteen year old daughter, Penny gone. She has no idea where she could be. She then sees a police car with its lights on. The two men walked up her walkway. Grace opens the door and Detective Jay Allio from the Lynn Police Station introduces himself along with Sergeant Brent Adams. They asked her if Penny Francone was her daughter and then told her that she was arrested and was at the Lynn Police Station. They told her that they be 4.5 Stars Rounded Down! Grace has returned from a run to find her sixteen year old daughter, Penny gone. She has no idea where she could be. She then sees a police car with its lights on. The two men walked up her walkway. Grace opens the door and Detective Jay Allio from the Lynn Police Station introduces himself along with Sergeant Brent Adams. They asked her if Penny Francone was her daughter and then told her that she was arrested and was at the Lynn Police Station. They told her that they believe that she killed a woman and its a homicide. They also told her that Penny was found covered in blood and that she is calling herself Eve and that was not the name found on her driver's license. She also does not remember anything that happened. They said that she killed a woman named Rachel Boyd, which is Penny's birth mother. Penny then ends up in a psychiatric hospital. The day Penny came into Grace's and Arthur's life it seemed like a miracle. She was found abandoned with a mysterious past. But as Penny grew up her actions were disturbing and personalities emerged. They find out that she has DID, which is Dissociative Identity Disorder. But as Grace and Dr. Mitch McHugh dig deeper they uncover dark and shocking secrets which puts their lives in more danger. This book was like a roller coaster ride! It is an awesome psychological thriller. It deals with mental illness. It had me guessing till the end. It also has a courtroom drama in it and thats when it gets so Crazy! OMG! It was so shocking. I could not put it down. I loved the twist near the end that I did not see coming! It was a great jaw dropping moment! This is the best book that I have read by this author and it won't be my last. He hit this one out of the ball park. I want to thank Netgalley, St. Martin's Press and the author for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Available 4/20/21

  4. 4 out of 5

    Paromjit

    DJ Palmer's latest psychological thriller proves to be a brilliant and addictive read, the highlight of which for me was his impressive research into the mental health condition of Disassociative Identity Disorder, which might be more familiar to readers as Multiple Personality Disorder, that he illustrates with his character of Penny. Fragile teenager Penny Francone has been arrested for brutal and horrifying murder, covered in blood and with the murder weapon, in what appears to be a slam dunk DJ Palmer's latest psychological thriller proves to be a brilliant and addictive read, the highlight of which for me was his impressive research into the mental health condition of Disassociative Identity Disorder, which might be more familiar to readers as Multiple Personality Disorder, that he illustrates with his character of Penny. Fragile teenager Penny Francone has been arrested for brutal and horrifying murder, covered in blood and with the murder weapon, in what appears to be a slam dunk of a case and placed in a locked ward at the Edgewater State Psychiatric Hospital. Penny is the adoptive daughter of Grace and Arthur, who have two sons, Jack and Ryan, a much wanted child after being found in mysterious circumstances, growing up in a loving and caring household. Grace is doing what mothers so often do, feeling guilty, but she is the ultimate protective and determined mother, she believes her daughter is innocent, and nothing is going to stop her getting to the truth, aided by Dr Mitch McHugh, a man with issues of his own. However, this is going to bring danger, not to mention the fact that she faces a hostile public and threats to their livelihood. Are one of Penny's alters, such as Eve, Ruby or Chloe, responsible for the killing? Is Penny lying about her condition? Penny's unknown background includes a traumatic childhood with her drug addict mother as the reader is left reeling with twist after twist in this tale of deception, secrets, betrayal and lies. This is complex, edgy, and multilayered storytelling, with stellar characterisations, particularly that of a Penny with her complicated and stressful mental health issues, and which explores with skill the legal processes and medical issues within the form of a tense and suspenseful psychological thriller. Highly recommended! Many thanks to St Martin's Press for an ARC.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    Holy Cow...Wow... This is a psychological thriller that just had me guessing and totally pulled into the storyline the whole time. I love that this book had me guessing and puzzle the whole book, and the ending of the book just had me totally floored. I have to say I loved trying to really get into Penny's head. This book was so well written. The characters in this book was developed through out this book, and that was really why this book was so very good. This was a slow built up thriller, and Holy Cow...Wow... This is a psychological thriller that just had me guessing and totally pulled into the storyline the whole time. I love that this book had me guessing and puzzle the whole book, and the ending of the book just had me totally floored. I have to say I loved trying to really get into Penny's head. This book was so well written. The characters in this book was developed through out this book, and that was really why this book was so very good. This was a slow built up thriller, and this is not a fast pace thriller. I normally love a fast pace thriller, so I am shocked that I love this book so much. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (St. Martin's Press) or author (D.J. Palmer) via NetGalley, so I can give honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. Note: I also won an arc copy of this book for Goodreads Giveaway. (*)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dorie - Cats&Books :)

    ***HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY TO THIS GREAT THRILLER*** This book checked all of the boxes for me!!!! Here we find the ultimate unreliable narrator in Penny, a young woman with DID (dissociative identity disorder). I was a little worried about how the author would incorporate a troubling, severe mental disorder into a mystery/thriller. I needn’t have worried. The author, having done exhaustive research, presented the disease in an empathetic and genuine way, showing how it is often mistreated, misunde ***HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY TO THIS GREAT THRILLER*** This book checked all of the boxes for me!!!! Here we find the ultimate unreliable narrator in Penny, a young woman with DID (dissociative identity disorder). I was a little worried about how the author would incorporate a troubling, severe mental disorder into a mystery/thriller. I needn’t have worried. The author, having done exhaustive research, presented the disease in an empathetic and genuine way, showing how it is often mistreated, misunderstood and even ignored. The blurb for this book is extensive and worth reading. The book opens with Penny’s mother, Grace, coming home to an empty house. Her husband Arthur, has passed away, her two sons are away at work and school and the family car is missing. She doesn’t know where Penny has gone and is just beginning to worry when the police arrive at her house. Penny has been arrested for a brutal murder. Grace and Arthur adopted Penny when she was found abandoned in a park at a young age, her mother was a drug addict and her father not in the picture. They brought her into their family home and she was accepted by her brothers and things went well for a long time. It wasn’t until around ninth grade when other personalities began to emerge, Eve, Ruby and Chloe, those are the ones that are known. The book is written at a fast pace as Grace races to find an attorney to represent Penny. She reaches out to an attorney whose card she recently received after a fender bender with her own car. Penny has been admitted to the state psychiatric hospital which is almost as bad as prison. The doors are locked, the patients all suffering from numerous illnesses can be heard crying, sometimes screaming, Penny’s room is gloomy and dark, guards are everywhere. There is a new doctor on staff, Dr. Mitch McHugh, who tries to understand whether Penny (here presenting as Eve) truly has DID or is a psychotic patient who is hiding behind this defense. He has his work cut out for him since Eve isn’t a very accommodating patient. Grace is the consistent nurturing and loving mother who is as strong as steel inside. She will not let her daughter be locked away for a crime that she knows she didn’t commit. It’s how she goes about doing this that propels the story forward. There is the mystery of who really murdered Penny’s birth mother, is she innocent or guilty? We aren’t sure really how it was done and whether there are others behind the scenes manipulating the way Penny is being treated and how her defense should be handled. There are many secrets that will come out, from some of the least likely characters and the ending is a combination of WHAT??? DOES THIS REALLY MAKE SENSE???? THEN THE SOUND OF PUZZLE PIECES CLICKING INTO PLACE!!! I highly recommend this mystery thriller and hope that you will enjoy it as much as I did. I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Regina

    The Perfect Daughter is Daniel Palmer’s third domestic thriller using his D.J. Palmer pseudonym, and my (unpopular) opinion is that the third is a bit of a turd. Harsh, I know, but I found it so hard to engage with the book that I didn’t want to pick it back up between sittings. I think I finished three others in the meantime! It could be that I started it on the heels of the 5-star psychotherapy memoir, Good Morning, Monster, which expertly dealt with a Dissociative Identity Disorder patient an The Perfect Daughter is Daniel Palmer’s third domestic thriller using his D.J. Palmer pseudonym, and my (unpopular) opinion is that the third is a bit of a turd. Harsh, I know, but I found it so hard to engage with the book that I didn’t want to pick it back up between sittings. I think I finished three others in the meantime! It could be that I started it on the heels of the 5-star psychotherapy memoir, Good Morning, Monster, which expertly dealt with a Dissociative Identity Disorder patient and her tragic childhood. So a thriller using a young girl with D.I.D. as the center of a murder investigation felt like changing the channel from PBS to Lifetime. A cat is also tortured and killed. Not just referenced in passing, but several pages are dedicated to the end of the poor animal. I skimmed this part with one eye barely open and can’t fully attest to how graphic the description of the event is, but if animal abuse is a trigger for you: WARNING!!! Clearly based on other early reviews I’m in the minority here, and another reason could simply be domestic thriller fatigue. I keep picking them up due to FOMO, but I need to listen to my gut that the MO isn't any worse than the FO. I'm finding the genre tired and increasingly unoriginal with each passing read, and The Perfect Daughter certainly didn't do anything to change my mind. So with that, I’m officially putting myself on a one-year hiatus for any books formulaically-titled "The Adjective Family Member." I received an advance copy to read and review from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley. The Perfect Daughter is now available, and there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy it more than I did. Blog: www.confettibookshelf.com IG: @confettibookshelf

  8. 4 out of 5

    Farrah

    3.5 ⭐ A decent thriller/suspense that takes place in one of my fav book locations - an ominous mental institution. And to my delight there were power-tripping guards, a doctor battling his own personal demons, and murderous patients wreaking havoc. 𝙎𝙞𝙭𝙩𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙮𝙚𝙖𝙧 𝙤𝙡𝙙 𝙋𝙚𝙣𝙣𝙮 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙙𝙚𝙖𝙙 𝙗𝙤𝙙𝙮 𝙤𝙛 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙥𝙖𝙨𝙩, 𝙘𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣 𝙗𝙡𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝘼𝙉𝘿 𝙝𝙤𝙡𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙢𝙪𝙧𝙙𝙚𝙧 𝙬𝙚𝙖𝙥𝙤𝙣. 𝘽𝙪𝙩 𝙋𝙚𝙣𝙣𝙮 𝙨𝙪𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙈𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙞𝙥𝙡𝙚 𝙋𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝘿𝙞𝙨𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙚𝙧 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙞𝙨 𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙖 𝙥𝙨𝙮𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙖𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙘 𝙝𝙤𝙨𝙥𝙞𝙩𝙖𝙡 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙚 𝙖𝙬𝙖𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙖𝙡. 3.5 ⭐ A decent thriller/suspense that takes place in one of my fav book locations - an ominous mental institution. And to my delight there were power-tripping guards, a doctor battling his own personal demons, and murderous patients wreaking havoc. 𝙎𝙞𝙭𝙩𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙮𝙚𝙖𝙧 𝙤𝙡𝙙 𝙋𝙚𝙣𝙣𝙮 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙙𝙚𝙖𝙙 𝙗𝙤𝙙𝙮 𝙤𝙛 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙥𝙖𝙨𝙩, 𝙘𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣 𝙗𝙡𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝘼𝙉𝘿 𝙝𝙤𝙡𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙢𝙪𝙧𝙙𝙚𝙧 𝙬𝙚𝙖𝙥𝙤𝙣. 𝘽𝙪𝙩 𝙋𝙚𝙣𝙣𝙮 𝙨𝙪𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙈𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙞𝙥𝙡𝙚 𝙋𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝘿𝙞𝙨𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙚𝙧 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙞𝙨 𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙖 𝙥𝙨𝙮𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙖𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙘 𝙝𝙤𝙨𝙥𝙞𝙩𝙖𝙡 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙚 𝙖𝙬𝙖𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙖𝙡. 𝙃𝙚𝙧 𝙢𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙂𝙧𝙖𝙘𝙚 𝙗𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙨 𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙚 𝙞𝙣𝙣𝙤𝙘𝙚𝙣𝙩 (𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙝𝙚𝙧 '𝙖𝙡𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙨' 𝙞𝙨 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙥𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙞𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙢𝙪𝙧𝙙𝙚𝙧) 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙚𝙖𝙢𝙨 𝙪𝙥 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙋𝙚𝙣𝙣𝙮'𝙨 𝙙𝙤𝙘𝙩𝙤𝙧 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙡𝙖𝙬𝙮𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙤 𝙪𝙣𝙘𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙧𝙪𝙩𝙝. What's stopping me from rounding up is that the characters aren't much more than cliches. (Penny's 'alter' Eve is constantly making not-funny, MEAN GIRL snarky one-liners and it was annoying enough that I was hoping she 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 be found guilty.) Also, warning, a kitty cat is killed! The Perfect Daughter is very twisty though and all loose ends are satisfyingly tied up by the end. 𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘰 𝘕𝘦𝘵𝘎𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘭𝘺 𝘤𝘰𝘱𝘺. 𝘙𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘈𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘭 20

  9. 4 out of 5

    Will Byrnes

    “When we arrested her, she was covered in blood—it was all over her body, in her hair—so when you come to the station, you should bring a change of clothes.…there are no visible wounds on Penny. But the victim was found deceased at the scene, and we believe it’s the victim’s blood on your daughter’s body.” Grace got the impression the detective was holding something back. “She’s calling herself Eve, but that’s not the name on her license.” Again, a chill ran through Grace. Eve. “She said she does “When we arrested her, she was covered in blood—it was all over her body, in her hair—so when you come to the station, you should bring a change of clothes.…there are no visible wounds on Penny. But the victim was found deceased at the scene, and we believe it’s the victim’s blood on your daughter’s body.” Grace got the impression the detective was holding something back. “She’s calling herself Eve, but that’s not the name on her license.” Again, a chill ran through Grace. Eve. “She said she doesn’t remember anything that happened before we showed up. We think maybe she’s in shock, but we’re not sure,” Allio went on. “Is Eve a nickname?” Grace paused, deciding how to answer. “It’s more complicated than that,” she offered. It certainly is. A bucket of ammonia, boats and water, a book with a blue cover. What do they all mean? The clues keep popping up, from different voices throughout the novel. Of course, the voices, however diverse they may be, all reside inside one body. Penny Francone is afflicted (or is it protected?) by a mental health condition now known as DID, or Dissociative Identity Disorder, what we used to call Multiple Personality Disorder. People with this are seen today as a single, splintered personality, rather than separate entire personalities vying for literal face time. DJ Palmer, or Daniel Palmer or son of Michael Palmer - From Judith D. Collins Consulting We are presented straight away with a particularly tough scenario. It was sixteen-year-old Penny’s birth mother, Rachel, a woman with a checkered past, who was brutally murdered. Penny had been found, unaccompanied, in a city park when she was four years old. Birth mother and daughter had recently reestablished contact, and Penny had gone to b-mom’s place to meet. Penny was found next to the body, covered in blood, holding the murder weapon. Did Penny kill her mother? Looks pretty open and shut. But perhaps it was one of her alters, Eve, maybe, or Ruby, or Chloe, or even some other, as yet undiscovered, alter. But the question remains. Is Penny a supremely gifted liar, fooling everyone, and truly guilty of slaughtering the woman who had cruelly abandoned her, or is there something else going on? Grace Francone is terrified for her child. DID is not a fully recognized condition, and there is a strong likelihood that her teenager will spend the rest of her life in prison, for a crime she apparently cannot recall committing. She is currently being held in a less than cushy state institution, largely a grim custodial service for the criminally insane. Penny’s eighteen-year-old brother, Jack, serving the needs of exposition, is planning to make a documentary about his sister. We get his intermittent second-person commentary, as if he is telling Penny about his plans. Your shrink at Edgewater was a guy named Dr. Dennis Palumbo, who we all despised. Well, maybe all but Ryan, because Palumbo thought the same thing he did: that you didn’t have DID. According to Palumbo, DID wasn’t even a real condition, and didn’t belong in the DSM…It’s thought that DID is just a variant of a borderline personality disorder, or in your case an antisocial personality disorder, and that the appearance of your alters is akin to fantasy play rather than a verifiable neurological state. In short, Palumbo thought you were an expert liar. Thankfully, Palumbo (The name of this character, BTW, was sold at auction to raise money for The Evelyn Swierczynski Foundation. There is a real-world writer/psychologist named Dr. Dennis Palumbo out there.) is replaced with a different shrink, someone with a more open mind, Dr. Mitchell Hughes, a guy with issues of his own, (does there exist a shrink with none?) but an eagerness to learn the truth about his patient. In order for Penny to avoid becoming a permanent resident of a penal institution, she will need support for her not-guilty-by-reason-of-insanity plea with an official DID diagnosis. Doc Mitch is skeptical, but willing to look at the facts. He and Grace form a team trying to ferret out the truth, and give Penny at least a fighting chance. Most mysteries entail sleuthing in the concrete world, and there is plenty of that here, for sure, but this Doctor Holmes and Ms. Watson must do a lot of their work inside the world of Penny’s personalities. It is far from elementary. This was a bit of a change for DJ Palmer. This was the hardest book I’ve ever attempted. There were so many moving parts and for my first ever mystery (mostly I do crawl out from a hole thrillers, not murder mysteries with clues peppered throughout). - from the Judith D. Collins interviewAnd nicely done too. It is the author’s third novel under this name. Saving Meghan came out in 2019 and The New Husband was published in 2020. But DJ Palmer is an alter, of a sort, for Daniel Palmer. He is the son of physician and noted author of medical thrillers, Michael Palmer. Daniel even wrote some books that were published under Michael’s name (“with Daniel Palmer”) after his father died. His books as Daniel tended toward the technological thriller sort, building on his years working in the tech industry, while those written as DJ tend more towards the familial and medical. Saving Meghan, for example, is about Munchausen’s by Proxy. When I switched from writing as Daniel Palmer to writing as DJ Palmer, my themes changed along with my name. The DJ books delve more into family drama and psychological suspense. - from The Nerd Daily interviewAs such, DJ can step back from the ready-set-flee that permeates so many thrillers and look at the family dynamics at play. Loyalty, for example, comes in for some attention. Grace is fiercely loyal to and protective of Penny, and her brother, Jack, is on her side as well, but big brother Ryan is more hostile than helpful. A question is raised as to where Penny’s loyalties lie regarding her birth mother. The story is presented through several non-DID points of view. We see most through Grace, as she girds for battle, and enters the fray. Jack offers some exposition in his once-removed take, as he addresses Penny, as if writing letters to her. Finally, there is Doctor Mitch, who offers us medical expertise, and the step-by-step of exploring a very strange terrain. Palmer offers not just a medical take on DID, but shows how it impacts in personal, family, legal, and medical ways, and how easily it can be misdiagnosed. He does a great job of showing how DID affects not only how her family relates to Penny, but how the world does. There are serious legal implications for her if the people in a position to decide her future deny the existence of the DID diagnosis entirely. In that case, it is off to jail forever. Life over. In addition, Grace having to take on the out-of-pocket legal costs and spend her time working on the case instead of at the family business (a pizzeria based on Palmer’s experience with owning a small restaurant) has serious implications for the family’s financial welfare, and stress level. It certainly turns on its head the supposed legal presupposition of innocent until proven guilty and shows how families of the accused are punished along with those charged with a crime. A dismissive diagnosis can destroy a life, but also cause collateral damage to all those connected to it. One of Palmer’s aims in the book was to dispel myths about the DID condition. He certainly changed my perception. The action continues apace, as clues are found, investigated and incorporated or dismissed. This is a very readable, engaging thriller-mystery. But every now and then there are passages that made me break out into smiles. On that bleak afternoon, Lucky Dog looked anything but. The dark interior had the ambience of a power outage… Four of the nine stools at the dark varnished wood bar were occupied by beefy men, who put the dive in dive bar… Behind the bar stood stacks of bottles that looked sticky even from a distance. The air reeked of booze and cleaners, overlaid by a whiff of desperation. Just gotta love that. DJ Palmer has integrated multiple elements, of medical mystery, suspense, family drama, and high-tension-watch-your-back thriller, into an engaging, white-knuckle read. Polly-Eve-Chloe-Ruby Francone may not be the ideal progeny, but The Perfect Daughter is a perfectly fabulous read. Set aside as many hours as it takes. You owe it to your self. “Dr. Cross, who gave us the DID diagnosis, said that we all start out with multiple personalities when we’re young. Is that something you believe?” “I do,” said McHugh, nodding. “It’s like learning about life through committee. Those disparate voices in our young minds help us figure out the world and how different environments and stimuli affect us. Do we like things sweet or sour; what’s funny to us; what scares us? By age nine, our experiences tend to mold us into the person we become, and all those likes and dislikes, our moods and disposition, solidify into a single identity—this concept of self.” Review posted – April 30, 2021 Publication date – April 20, 2021 =============================EXTRA STUFF Links to the author’s personal, other personal, Twitter, Instagram and FB pages Interviews -----The Nerd Daily - Q&A: D.J. Palmer, Author of ‘The New Husband’ -----Three Good Things - D.J. Palmer and Lisa Unger - chatty, offers a feel for the author, but is not particularly informative -----The Poisoned Pen Bookstore - DJ Palmer in Conversation with Lee Child - This is a really good one -----Judith D. Collins Consulting - Q & A with D. J. Palmer - there is a fair bit here Items of Interest -----The Perfect Daughter Discussion Guide -----American Psychiatric Association - What Are Dissociative Disorders? ----- American Documentary - Busy Inside - the film is a documentary about people with Dissociative Identity Disorder – this link takes you to the film’s site, but not to the film itself The following emerged from some inner rhymester CLUES Boats and water figure large, a book with a blue cover, A bucket of ammonia, And meanings to discover Ruby, Chloe, Eve, and Penny, We’re not sure, in truth, how many, Did an alter kill her mother Or could it be it’s someone other? Tough to question any one So quickly are they here and gone. But answers lie behind those screens All is rarely what it seems.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    3.5 stars The Perfect Daughter tells the story of Grace, the mother of Penny who has 3 alters and has Dissociative Identity Disorder, DID. She has been framed for the murder of her mother since she was found covered in blood with the murder weapon in her hand. What follows is Grace and her family trying to prove that Penny has DID and if possible, her innocence. The story is told from 3 perspectives. Grace, Jack (her son), and Mitch (the psychologist at the hospital where Penny is kept till the t 3.5 stars The Perfect Daughter tells the story of Grace, the mother of Penny who has 3 alters and has Dissociative Identity Disorder, DID. She has been framed for the murder of her mother since she was found covered in blood with the murder weapon in her hand. What follows is Grace and her family trying to prove that Penny has DID and if possible, her innocence. The story is told from 3 perspectives. Grace, Jack (her son), and Mitch (the psychologist at the hospital where Penny is kept till the trial). A very interesting mystery kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t put the book down at some parts. Discovering Penny’s hidden past was very fascinating to read about. The book started fast page, with the police arresting Penny from chapter 1 and didn’t slow down. Although I wish the second part was shorter, since some things got repetitive, I didn’t mind because I was invested in the story. I am unfamiliar with DID so it was interesting to read about a character with this mental health problem. The amount of research that went into this book must have been great! But I wonder how much was used to fit the story because ultimately, it’s nothing that would happen in real life. Nevertheless, it was informative if anything to learn about DID (even if the author mentioned that some things were altered). The characters were likable. I admired Grace’s fight to help her daughter and her devotion to her. She was a well-developed character and, in my opinion, the one that is best written: realistic, compassionate, flawed, but also full of love for all of her children fore and foremost. I had a minor problem with Mitch. I didn’t think his backstory was important to the plot at all. His part was essential to the story, but I didn’t care much about his personal life. Maybe on its own, it would’ve been better, since I am interested in reading about parents of drug addicts as a part of a book. But maybe if it was Grace’s son (not that it would’ve worked here). The other thing is he was too much invested in helping Grace?? I found this unprofessional as I don’t believe psychologists working in public forensic hospitals, like another reviewer pointed out, work with the parents. It was obvious that the author was trying to keep Dr. Mitch “skeptical” all while believing in Penny’s DID. And he worked with Grace like they’re one team?? (Don’t worry no romance here, platonic relationship.) It was necessary for the plot yet not believable. I was satisfied with the ending if a bit farfetched. At least the events were given a logical explanation, not that they would happen in the real world, but I was content with how was the story wrapped up. Thanks to NetGalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    After Grace discovers a four-year old girl abandoned in a local park, she knows the little one is destined to be her daughter. Grace fights hard to foster the girl and ultimately adopts her into the family. Grace and her husband, Arthur, have two boys, Ryan and Jack, but Grace has always wanted a daughter. That relationship is just so special. As it turns out, mothering this particular little girl, named Penny by her older brother, Jack, is more challenging than Grace initially anticipated. Penny, After Grace discovers a four-year old girl abandoned in a local park, she knows the little one is destined to be her daughter. Grace fights hard to foster the girl and ultimately adopts her into the family. Grace and her husband, Arthur, have two boys, Ryan and Jack, but Grace has always wanted a daughter. That relationship is just so special. As it turns out, mothering this particular little girl, named Penny by her older brother, Jack, is more challenging than Grace initially anticipated. Penny, due to trauma in her early life, has suffered a schism within her psyche, outwardly displayed as a case of Dissociative Identity Disorder, or DID. Once known as Multiple Personality Disorder, Grace and the rest of the family are slowly introduced to Penny's alters, Ruby, Chloe and Eve. When Penny is accused of killing her birth mother, caught red handed at the woman's apartment, Grace knows there has to be another explanation. Her sweet Penny would never be capable of such violence. But would one of her alters? Would Eve, the most aggressive and openly hostile? Penny gets arrested, and is subsequently committed to Edgewater Psychiatric Hospital for care and treatment prior to her trial. It is there that she comes under the care of the perceptive, Dr. Mitch McHugh. The Perfect Daughter is a fast-paced and intriguing Psychological Suspense novel. Palmer did a great job of keeping the tension high throughout the story. I was constantly questioning who, or what to believe. I know that mental health and disorders can be a complicated topic to write about, but I never felt icky about this. It felt like Palmer handled the topic with care, never demonizing Penny simply because she suffered from DID. In signature Palmer style, this did get pretty wild towards the end, but it was a heck of a lot of fun to read. He definitely has a brand and style he keeps returning to, and you know what, it works for me. It may be a little far-fetched, but it keeps me coming back every time!!! The audiobook is fantastic, I highly recommend that medium, as the narrators truly sweep you up into the story! Thank you so much to the publisher, St. Martin's Press and Macmillan Audio, for providing me with copies of this to read and review. In my opinion, this is Palmer's best work yet, and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I'm writing this review over hear in Outliers Land...*Waves* 🖐 It appears that I am not nearly as enamored by this one as much as all of my other Goodreads friends. The Goodreads average rating for this is 4.45 stars and I'm over here like..."What you talkin' 'bout Willis, I mean, Goodreads?" 🤦‍♀️ In fact from 50% on I really, really struggled. * Unlikeable AND uninteresting characters - I don't mind unlikeable but you had better be interesting.😒 * Suspension of disbelief - the outrageous actions I'm writing this review over hear in Outliers Land...*Waves* 🖐 It appears that I am not nearly as enamored by this one as much as all of my other Goodreads friends. The Goodreads average rating for this is 4.45 stars and I'm over here like..."What you talkin' 'bout Willis, I mean, Goodreads?" 🤦‍♀️ In fact from 50% on I really, really struggled. * Unlikeable AND uninteresting characters - I don't mind unlikeable but you had better be interesting.😒 * Suspension of disbelief - the outrageous actions of some of the characters was too much. 🤨 * Repetitive, repetitive, repetitive. (See what I did there? 😉) * Unnecessary side plots - who are you again and why do I care? 🤔 * Ridiculous plot twist - Instead of the jaw drop I was hoping for 😮 I got a case of the eye roll 🙄. * A useless epilogue that I had no interest in due to the said unnecessary side plot. 🤷‍♀️ I did manage to finish this because I kept hoping at some point I was going to get my AHA moment but it never happened. At nearly 400 pages I feel like an editor should have really gone to town on this to tighten it up and even then I'm not so sure I would have enjoyed it. Oh well, can't win them all. 2 stars! Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for my digital ARC.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Walsh

    I wish to thank NetGalley and Saint Martin's Press for this compelling and puzzling psychological thriller. At its centre is a teenaged girl, Penny. She is believed to have a rare mental condition, Disassociative Identity Disorder. (DID). This was formerly called Multiple Personality Disorder that became known to the general public through two movies, 'The Three Faces of Eve'(the 1950s) and 'Sybil'(the 1970's). There is still much unknown about the disorder and its cure that involves the integr I wish to thank NetGalley and Saint Martin's Press for this compelling and puzzling psychological thriller. At its centre is a teenaged girl, Penny. She is believed to have a rare mental condition, Disassociative Identity Disorder. (DID). This was formerly called Multiple Personality Disorder that became known to the general public through two movies, 'The Three Faces of Eve'(the 1950s) and 'Sybil'(the 1970's). There is still much unknown about the disorder and its cure that involves the integration of the separate personalities. Penny was adopted at an early age by Grace and Arthur who happily welcomed her into a loving, caring family with their two sons. Her mother was a drug addict and her father was unknown. It was assumed the child suffered from a traumatic experience before being found abandoned in a park. Several years after her adoption, Penny began to demonstrate mental problems when three other personalities began to emerge, (Eve, Ruby and Chloe). She was arrested for a frenzied, brutal murder and found drenched in blood and holding the murder weapon. She was imprisoned in a locked ward in the State Psychiatric Hospital while awaiting trial. Grace is loving and fiercely protective of her daughter. She is determined to have her found not guilty of the horrific murder. There is much controversy about her diagnosis. The prosecution would like to claim that the girl is a psychopath and is lying about her DID. She was first diagnosed by the hospital psychiatrist as having a borderline personality disorder. Grace wants the new psychiatrist, Dr. Mitch McHugh, to prove she has DID and the possibility that one of her alternate personas committed the murder while Penny was unaware and unable to tell right from wrong. This would make her not guilty by reason of insanity. The possibility of a sudden psychotic break was also explored. Dr. Mitch is very cautious, sympathetic and methodical in his assessment of Penny and in no rush to make a final diagnosis. He has his own problems with his troubled son. There are many twists, turns and shocking surprises when the shy, introverted Penny must testify in court. This was a tense, suspenseful and mystifying story with a complex, well-researched plot.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sheyla ✎

    A young woman has been accused of murder. When the cops come to inform her adoptive mother, Grace, she is devastated. Grace can't believe her Penny is responsible. She knows Penny wouldn't do it but maybe Eve could. How can this be? Well, Penny has DID and maybe one of her personalities is the real killer. Of course, some don't believe in DID. Penny has done things in her past that were questionable and maybe she has a personality disorder instead. Meaning she knew what she was doing and she did A young woman has been accused of murder. When the cops come to inform her adoptive mother, Grace, she is devastated. Grace can't believe her Penny is responsible. She knows Penny wouldn't do it but maybe Eve could. How can this be? Well, Penny has DID and maybe one of her personalities is the real killer. Of course, some don't believe in DID. Penny has done things in her past that were questionable and maybe she has a personality disorder instead. Meaning she knew what she was doing and she did it anyway. She knew right from wrong and she decided to end a life regardless. Grace feels guilty. She should have done something earlier and now she must seek the help of Penny's new psychiatrist, Dr. Mitch McHugh to help her prove Penny has DID before it's too late. Favorable points: The DID aspect, meaning meeting each of Penny's personalities. Penny's brother's sort of podcasts. Unfavorable: Grace's decisions. There is one particular decision that she makes that makes me want to shake her. Even her sister-in-law was telling her what she should do but she still decided not to do a single thing about it. I was not a fan of the last twist. I thought it was way too convenient. Cliffhanger: No 3/5 Fangs A complimentary copy was provided by St. Martin's Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  15. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Woodward

    **Many thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press, and D.J. Palmer for an ARC of this book! Now available as of 4.20.21!** She may look like the Perfect Daughter...but who is she REALLY? Penny Francone has a textbook case of DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder)...at least, according to her adopted mother Grace. When she is found at the scene of birth mother Rachel Boyd's murder, however, bloody weapon in hand, is it Penny who is present? Or is it one of several disparate alters...snarky and acerbic E **Many thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press, and D.J. Palmer for an ARC of this book! Now available as of 4.20.21!** She may look like the Perfect Daughter...but who is she REALLY? Penny Francone has a textbook case of DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder)...at least, according to her adopted mother Grace. When she is found at the scene of birth mother Rachel Boyd's murder, however, bloody weapon in hand, is it Penny who is present? Or is it one of several disparate alters...snarky and acerbic Eve? Posh Brit Ruby? Do-gooder straight-A student Chloe? Was Penny just a witness to this terrifying crime....and will she ever be able to remember a single detail? Grace is determined to get justice while Penny awaits her trial, biding her time in a mental hospital. But does the answer lie buried in Penny's psyche...or somewhere else entirely? After enjoying the straightforward domestic suspense of Palmer's The New Husband, I was incredibly excited to hear this particular story centered around multiple personalities. Some of my favorite thrillers have used similar devices even if they didn't use DID specifically, so I figured I couldn't go wrong with this combination. Well...color me incorrect. I cannot believe it took me over a week to read this book. Not only is it entirely too long to begin with, but the action was slow and I just never felt like the plot was actually going anywhere. For instance, the trial doesn't even START till about 80% and still managed to take ages. This book's strength should have been in character development, but not only did these characters come off as unlikable, I felt like I barely knew any substantive or interesting about any of them---even the alters! Even on a base level, most of the dialogue felt very stereotypical, and didn't help to give any credence to the fact that these were supposed to be 'real' and separate personalities. I also think not having the alters themselves (rather than side characters) function as narrators was a fairly basic missed opportunity. While I didn't necessarily predict the outcome, I wasn't at all surprised by it either and didn't feel I had been properly tricked on any level. There is also an entirely unnecessary and cheesy epilogue that comes out of left field, just to put a cap on my overall disappointment. While this premise had unlimited potential, this novel didn't live up to it on any level for me personally and I can't say the juice was worth the squeeze in this instance. I do appreciate Palmer's attention to detail and the research that went into this book, however, and hopefully his next book will give me the sort of satisfied feeling I had at the end of The New Husband. 3 ⭐

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bridgett

    Okay, I'm the first to admit I haven't loved anything I've read by Daniel Palmer, or his pen name, D.J. Palmer...that is, until now. I have continued reading his work though, because I could see that glimmer of greatness just under the surface. I feel like, with The Perfect Daughter, he finally broke through that barricade (for me, at least). I see that many of my friends felt differently, but for me, this story worked on nearly every level. It was incredibly well-researched, and I enjoyed th Okay, I'm the first to admit I haven't loved anything I've read by Daniel Palmer, or his pen name, D.J. Palmer...that is, until now. I have continued reading his work though, because I could see that glimmer of greatness just under the surface. I feel like, with The Perfect Daughter, he finally broke through that barricade (for me, at least). I see that many of my friends felt differently, but for me, this story worked on nearly every level. It was incredibly well-researched, and I enjoyed the back and forth way it was written. Told from several points of view, including the mother, Grace; her filmmaker son, Jack; and Penny's psychiatrist, Dr. Mitch McHugh...this book kept all my interest, and even managed to keep me guessing. Dude gets all the props for keeping me guessing. Admittedly, I did end up figuring things out, but I was well into the story before I did...and that always makes me happy. The conclusion tied everything up beautifully. I actually didn't find it to be implausible or over-the-top at all. I spent a great deal of time working in mental health facilities, both during nursing school and during my nursing career...and the descriptions, reactions, and attitudes in this novel all felt quite authentic to me. Finally! I can happily recommend The Perfect Daughter. Available April 20, 2021 Many thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for my review copy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gloria Arthur

    ⭐️5 Stars⭐️ Wow!!! Super impressive, this superbly written thriller was compelling reading, edgy and gripping. The Perfect Daughter by D.J. Palmer is a psychological thriller that explores the truth behind a horrific murder. Thirteen years ago Grace Francone promised her son Jack a quick stop at the playground as it was beginning to rain. To her shock she came across a wailing child who was standing alone, rain-soaked and shivering. The child was around four, there were no parents in sight and aft ⭐️5 Stars⭐️ Wow!!! Super impressive, this superbly written thriller was compelling reading, edgy and gripping. The Perfect Daughter by D.J. Palmer is a psychological thriller that explores the truth behind a horrific murder. Thirteen years ago Grace Francone promised her son Jack a quick stop at the playground as it was beginning to rain. To her shock she came across a wailing child who was standing alone, rain-soaked and shivering. The child was around four, there were no parents in sight and after scanning the area it appeared deserted. Who would desert a child? Grace called the police, an ambulance soon arrived and Grace accompanied them to the hospital. Fast forward a few months later and the child was to be adopted by Grace and her family, a miracle daughter they called Penny! As Penny grew older, some of her actions became disturbing as she developed different personalities known as dissociative identity disorder (DID). Penny now a sixteen-year-old has been arrested for murder, she’s bathed in blood and holding the bloodstained murder weapon. Penny looks guilty beyond doubt but can’t remember a thing. Is she playing them along or is she innocent? Grace believes her teenage daughter is innocent and is determined to prove it. Dr Mitchell McHugh a doctor at the state mental hospital where she is being held awaiting trial, helps Grace as they set out to find the truth. The characters were lifelike and relatable. I found this story fascinating, it was an intriguing insight into a complex medical condition. This book won’t disappoint, highly recommended read for thriller fans! I wish to thank Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book

  18. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! A fascinating and wild read!! I’ve enjoyed D.J. Palmer’s previous novels. After reading the description for The Perfect Daughter, I was excited to get started. When Grace Francone returns from her evening run and realizes that her sixteen-year-old daughter, Penny is gone, she isn’t all that concerned. However, she’s a bit annoyed that Penny didn’t leave a note and that she’d taken the car without asking for permiss My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr... 4.5 Stars!! A fascinating and wild read!! I’ve enjoyed D.J. Palmer’s previous novels. After reading the description for The Perfect Daughter, I was excited to get started. When Grace Francone returns from her evening run and realizes that her sixteen-year-old daughter, Penny is gone, she isn’t all that concerned. However, she’s a bit annoyed that Penny didn’t leave a note and that she’d taken the car without asking for permission. Grace sends Penny a text but doesn’t receive a reply. A little while later, Grace looks out her window and sees two police cars in her driveway, their red and blue lights flashing. Immediately she wonders if Penny has been in a car accident. She opens the door to two men who introduce themselves as Detective Jay Allio and Sergeant Brent Adams. They ask Grace if Penny Francone is her daughter. “We came here to tell you that we’ve arrested her”. But what they say next shocks Grace even more… “We believe she killed a woman.” Grace can’t believe what she is hearing. How could Penny be involved in something like this? Grace is shaking as they tell her that Penny has told them that she can’t remember anything that happened. Then they tell her that Penny is calling herself by a different name from the one on her driver’s license. She says her name is Eve. They ask if it’s a nickname and Grace tells them it’s more complicated than that. When Penny was very young she’d been found abandoned in a local park. Grace and her husband, Arthur brought her home, eventually adopting her. They were thrilled to have her as a part of their family. Penny had a few strange behaviours along with mood swings and gaps in her memory. But as she got older, her behaviour became more disturbing and she ended up in some trouble after an incident in the ninth grade. When the different “personalities” started to appear, they tried to get help for Penny with little results. Some psychiatrists even thought Penny was faking or putting on a show. But Grace believed in her daughter. There was no way that Penny could consistently fake such realistic personas…Right? Now Penny is in serious trouble. Grace knows she needs to call someone who can help them. Could Penny have really committed such a heinous act? Grace works with Penny’s doctor and lawyer to try and learn more about Penny’s past in hopes that they may find something that will help her case. But they may uncover much more than they expect when those secrets come to life. Will Grace be able to save her daughter from life in prison? A thrilling medical and courtroom drama!! This was a clever and gripping novel that also has some fantastic twists. We learn a lot about Penny’s mental health and her possible diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). I’ve always found the subject of DID interesting. Back when I took psychology it was referred to as Multiple Personality Disorder and was commonly confused with Schizophrenia. Over the years, more has been made known about the disorder and I find it fascinating. The plot was intriguing and I liked hearing the different perspectives from many of the characters throughout the novel. The Perfect Daughter has some mixed reviews, but I really enjoyed it. It has suspense, medical drama, courtroom drama, family drama as well as some excellent twists! It was an exciting read for me and I flew through it in just a couple of sittings. A gripping story about murder, mental illness, secrets, lies, and more! I'd like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Picture this...... In most mystery thrillers when a murder is committed, you have a finger span of suspects most likely to have motive and opportunity. Through the process of elimination, the guilty are spotlighted and they usually trip up and stumble along the way. Many become overconfident and let their guard down. Handcuffs, please. In The Perfect Daughter that whole array of suspects is there......only they all reside inside the same person. Let's back up a moment, shall we? Grace Francone and Picture this...... In most mystery thrillers when a murder is committed, you have a finger span of suspects most likely to have motive and opportunity. Through the process of elimination, the guilty are spotlighted and they usually trip up and stumble along the way. Many become overconfident and let their guard down. Handcuffs, please. In The Perfect Daughter that whole array of suspects is there......only they all reside inside the same person. Let's back up a moment, shall we? Grace Francone and her husband, Arthur, own a pizzeria in Lynn, Massachusetts. They have two young sons, Ryan and Jack. Between the business and her family, Grace is kept on a tight schedule. She's in the local park with Ryan when it begins to rain. Out of the corner of her eye, Grace spots a little girl. There's no one else in the park. Grace calls the authorities and the little one is taken to the hospital. The child is confused and offers no clues as to who she is. No one reports a missing child to her description. In time Grace convinces Arthur that they were destined to adopt this child. And so she becomes Penny, the daughter that they've always wanted. Perhaps..... By the time Penny is thirteen years old, she is diagnosed with possible DID (Disassociative Identity Disorder). Previously, it was known as multiple personalities. A definitive diagnosis is not always possible. But even with its challenges, Penny becomes part of the family. But one fateful night, Grace receives a phone call. Penny has been charged with murder. She was covered in blood still holding the weapon. The entire family is torn apart. Grace, now a recent widow, believes that Penny is not capable of murder. But, oh my, one cannot deny the heavy evidence against her. The majority of this story takes place in a psychiatric clinic where Penny is taken after the crime. The Perfect Daughter veers away from a police procedural. D. J. Palmer has done an indepth study of this condition as well as today's approach to mental illness. We'll see how physicians differ in diagnosing and treating mental illness. But how does one sort through so many alters to lock into what actually happened that night? The Perfect Daughter contains a very clever and creative storyline. Not all the characters are likeable or, moreso, tolerable. And then there's the believability factor that leans in and whispers: "Are you really buyin' that?" But plow forward. The ending must be swallowed with a giant glass of Pinot Grigio. Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda been far better without a trip into the high weeds. But alas, a 3.5 kicked up to 4 Stars. Mark it down for your TBR. It's worth the bumpy ride. I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to St. Martin's Press and to D.J. Palmer for the opportunity.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Norma

    Holy Shooty Balls! Compulsive, brisk, & action-packed! THE PERFECT DAUGHTER by D. J. PALMER is a fabulous, compelling, and haunting psychological thriller that was absolutely unputdownable. Once I started reading this one I was hooked and so absorbed in this storyline that I was swiping those pages as fast as I possibly could. D. J. PALMER delivers an intense, twisty, well-written and impressive story here that is told in several points of view. The characters were complex, relatable, and well-dev Holy Shooty Balls! Compulsive, brisk, & action-packed! THE PERFECT DAUGHTER by D. J. PALMER is a fabulous, compelling, and haunting psychological thriller that was absolutely unputdownable. Once I started reading this one I was hooked and so absorbed in this storyline that I was swiping those pages as fast as I possibly could. D. J. PALMER delivers an intense, twisty, well-written and impressive story here that is told in several points of view. The characters were complex, relatable, and well-developed. I felt so much emotion and compassion for some of them to the point where my heart hurt. The suspense at times had my heart-pounding and on the edge of my seat. The ending was jaw-dropping, unexpected and totally surprised me. The epilogue was fantastic and so touching to read. The storyline kept me completely hooked all the way through making this book almost impossible to put down. Would highly recommend it! Thank you so much to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and D. J. Palmer for my review copy.

  21. 4 out of 5

    A.

    2 Stars If I hadn't requested this book from NetGalley and had just waited and bought it on a release day, I would have probably loved it. But I did and now I feel like shit because I didn't like it and cannot write a positive review. The thing is, I'm not too crazy about books dealing with mental illnesses. But I'd heard great things about this author and the blurb sounded intriguing. I had to have it. Sadly, I couldn't get into it no matter how hard I tried. The pace was too slow for me and the 2 Stars If I hadn't requested this book from NetGalley and had just waited and bought it on a release day, I would have probably loved it. But I did and now I feel like shit because I didn't like it and cannot write a positive review. The thing is, I'm not too crazy about books dealing with mental illnesses. But I'd heard great things about this author and the blurb sounded intriguing. I had to have it. Sadly, I couldn't get into it no matter how hard I tried. The pace was too slow for me and the story was too complicated and too repetitive. I couldn't relate to any of the characters. The good news is... it’s not the book's fault. Everybody else seems to love it. Thank you, NetGalley! I am grateful.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Hoover

    A mother and son are shocked to find a small child abandoned in a park on a cold, rainy night. They take her home, clean her up and call authorities. When no one claims the girl, Grace Francone believes it's a sign from above. This is the daughter she's always wanted, and the family is elated when the adoption goes through. With two sons and now a daughter, everything is perfect . . . until it isn't. Years later, a knock at her door leaves Grace flabbergasted and in denial. Her adopted daughter h A mother and son are shocked to find a small child abandoned in a park on a cold, rainy night. They take her home, clean her up and call authorities. When no one claims the girl, Grace Francone believes it's a sign from above. This is the daughter she's always wanted, and the family is elated when the adoption goes through. With two sons and now a daughter, everything is perfect . . . until it isn't. Years later, a knock at her door leaves Grace flabbergasted and in denial. Her adopted daughter has been arrested for murder. Penny was discovered in shock and covered in blood, standing over the mutilated body of the birth mother she's never known. Grace is horrified and dismayed as evidence quickly mounts against the young teen. When Grace finally speaks with Penny, she's alarmed to find it's not Penny talking to her, but Eve - one of the alters that have surfaced over the years since Grace brought Penny into their home. Grace believes Penny has Disassociate Identity Disorder; however, after several sessions with psychiatrists, her diagnosis remains undefined. Penny is relegated to Edgewater Psychiatric Hospital for observation and study while awaiting trial for murder. Convinced of Penny's innocence, Grace hires an attorney and begins an investigation of her own unknowingly rattling some old cages. If Grace can't prove Penny has DSD - meaning she can't be held accountable for her actions, then she'll be convicted and sent to prison or . . . someone is framing her for murder. Who? A young teen's identity crisis and a family in turmoil spiral out of control in this dark, startling thriller. As Grace tries to save her daughter from life in prison, her family and world fall apart around her. Through skillful prose, Palmer tells the story of a protective mother's secret guilt - her worry that she may have invited catastrophe into her family when she chose to make Penny her own and her determination to make things right. Told through multiple points of view, readers are charged with discovering the truth. Is Penny's disorder real or an elaborate ruse? Is she mentally ill? Or a murderess? The Perfect Daughter delves into the social stigma and prejudice surrounding mental disorders and the public, legal system and health professional's tendency to doubt the existence of DSD. Clearly, Palmer has done intensive research into Dissociate Identity Disorder including typical treatment options as well as the often horrifying conditions of mental hospitals of old. Through past/present chapters, Palmer expertly weaves an edgy, complex, taut story elevating the pace and intensity as readers race toward a surprising ending. The emergence of Penny's alters during trial is fascinating - a window into the psyche of a emotionally fragile girl. Penny either has DSD, or she's a skilled psychopath. The Perfect Daughter is a riveting, intense, highly entertaining thriller. Highly recommended to fans of suspense and psychological thrillers! Special thanks to St. Martins Press for a copy of this book. *Review posted in Mystery & Suspense Magazine **Also posted at Cross My Heart Reviews

  23. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    This was a decent read for me. The mental illness aspect was very interesting and dealt with in a respectful and realistic manner. I was completely engaged through at least the first half. The second fell a little flat for me. The expected last minute character twist was not stunning but the overall story was still good. *Thanks to NetGalley and publishers for the advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This was a decent read for me. The mental illness aspect was very interesting and dealt with in a respectful and realistic manner. I was completely engaged through at least the first half. The second fell a little flat for me. The expected last minute character twist was not stunning but the overall story was still good. *Thanks to NetGalley and publishers for the advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Laur

    OMG! “The Perfect Daughter”, by D.J. Palmer, is a fast paced, cerebral, mind-bending, unique suspense thriller, that completely blew me away!! Author’s note: “Dissociative identify disorder, which features prominently in this novel, is a very complex and multifaceted condition that is often incorrectly dramatized in books, TV, and the movies. I did a substantial amount of research on the disorder and prioritized portraying the character with DID as true to life as possible.“ Yes, he did! In my lin OMG! “The Perfect Daughter”, by D.J. Palmer, is a fast paced, cerebral, mind-bending, unique suspense thriller, that completely blew me away!! Author’s note: “Dissociative identify disorder, which features prominently in this novel, is a very complex and multifaceted condition that is often incorrectly dramatized in books, TV, and the movies. I did a substantial amount of research on the disorder and prioritized portraying the character with DID as true to life as possible.“ Yes, he did! In my line of work, I’ve had the privilege to be personally acquainted with 3 different individuals who all have the official diagnosis of DID. I found this book fascinatingly real and accurate to what I have personally witnessed in observation about alters and know to be true about the disorder, and how this mental disorder manifests itself. The story is well paced - there is not a lot of filler and drag down material. The characters (all of them) are solid and well developed for what is needed to give the story life, mystery, and suspense. Although a murder has taken place (the fiction part of the book), the characters portrayed did NOT Reek of FICTION; I could find these characters totally believable as a real event in life. And so starts the story.... a young teenage girl named Penny with known mental problems (in addition to an arrest in the past, an unsavory friend, not to mention all kinds of other damning evidence), who is found all alone with blood all over her, knife in hand, with a victim who is brutally murdered in the most savage of ways. Said victim just happens to be her biological mother who abandoned her when she was 4 yrs old. I found myself verbally saying holy ****, and OMG several times while reading this! And then..... THE ENDING TOTALLY BLEW ME AWAY! I DID NOT EVEN SEE THAT COMING! 5 Stars in my book when that happens (it seldom does), and a well deserved 5 stars for the superb writing and plot. My only criticism, was a very small and brief unnecessary reference to Jehovah’s Witnesses about 83% into the book. It was offensive on 2 levels, and could have been easily left out entirely, or at least substituted with some kind of generic salesman. This book would appeal to those interested in the field of mental disorders, and to those who enjoy good psychological mystery thrillers. Does not contain sex scenes. Very rare profanity. My thanks to NetGalley, and the publisher, for an ARC in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    3.5 stars, rounded up This is the story about Penny, who is arrested at the beginning of the book. She's covered in blood, holding a knife, and her birth mother is lying dead at her feet. It's an open and shut case, or is it? Penny suffers from DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) and is remanded to criminal mental hospital while she awaits trial. Her adoptive mother, Grace, believes that Penny is innocent and sets out to prove it. In general, I cannot stand books that use DID as an explanation fo 3.5 stars, rounded up This is the story about Penny, who is arrested at the beginning of the book. She's covered in blood, holding a knife, and her birth mother is lying dead at her feet. It's an open and shut case, or is it? Penny suffers from DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) and is remanded to criminal mental hospital while she awaits trial. Her adoptive mother, Grace, believes that Penny is innocent and sets out to prove it. In general, I cannot stand books that use DID as an explanation for committing murder. I feel like it's usually lazy writing--can't figure out who to blame? Just blame it on another personality. This book, on the other hand, actually handles the diagnosis in a believable and thoughtful way. Whether you believe that DID is a true diagnosis or not, this book gives both sides and provides some astute observations about it. Now to the actual story. I alternated between the audio book and the print copy, and both provided a great experience. I will give a bit of an edge to the audio book because the chapters are narrated mostly by January LaVoy (love her narration!) and occasionally switches to Dan Bittner, who gives Jack's (Penny's brother) first person point of view. When I was reading on the page, it wasn't always clear when we were switching to Jack's POV and I had to go back and start some chapters over once I figured it out. When everything came together it was kind of an "a-ha" moment. It's not difficult to figure out, but it does come as a surprise nonetheless. I liked how the author tied things together in the end and explained clues that were left along the way. I really didn't like Grace as a main character. Some of the things she does are annoying, hysterical, and reckless and didn't seem realistic, thus my grade down a half star. Overall I did like this mystery/thriller and recommend it. It was a very fast read/listen for me, if you like audio books this one is a winner in that format. I voluntarily reviewed both the audio and print versions of this book. All opinions are my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    MissBecka Gee

    Meh. It's not horrible, but it's also not overly interesting. I had a lot of trouble getting into the story since the characters were all so lackluster. I just didn't care about any of them. Thanks to NetGalley & St. Martin's Press for the DRC. Meh. It's not horrible, but it's also not overly interesting. I had a lot of trouble getting into the story since the characters were all so lackluster. I just didn't care about any of them. Thanks to NetGalley & St. Martin's Press for the DRC.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Wendy'sThoughts

    4 Whose Talking Stars * * * * Spoiler Free-A Quick Review This totally was a tale that took me down the path, trying to figure out what was going to be the outcome. This looked seriously at more than mental illness, it also looked at the complex reasons and feelings of drug addiction. The main thrust as the blurb has said is the main character having dissociative identity disorder or DID. The way the story is told takes you there and you know there will be so much more happening when everything co 4 Whose Talking Stars * * * * Spoiler Free-A Quick Review This totally was a tale that took me down the path, trying to figure out what was going to be the outcome. This looked seriously at more than mental illness, it also looked at the complex reasons and feelings of drug addiction. The main thrust as the blurb has said is the main character having dissociative identity disorder or DID. The way the story is told takes you there and you know there will be so much more happening when everything comes together. A lot happens and the "Getting There" was worth it for me. The Perfect Daughter https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ~~~~~ Before Reading ~~~~~ October 23, 2020 It Always Has Come Down... To This Question... Nature Versus Nurture... It Has Been Debated... And Will Be... But For Grace... Her Guilt, Her Pain... For Her Teenaged Daughter Penny... Is Locked As Tight In Her Heart... As Her Daughter Is... In The Locked Ward... Of A Decaying State Psychiatric Hospital... With All Of The Evidence Pointing to Penny... It Was Necessary To Conclude Her Guilt In A Murder... But There Is More To This Picture... Penny Was An Abandoned Child... No Past to Know... Brought to Grace and Arthur... Like A Miracle From Above... Yet, Soon Penny Was Not Usual... She Grew and Developed Others Inside... Different Personalities Acting Out... Grace And Arthur Did All They Could... To Understand and Help Their Daughter... Not Accepting Doubters... They Finally Found... The One Doctor Who Was Able See... More Than All The Other Personalilities... It Puts Grace In Jeopardy... Because With All This Investigation... She May Need To Confront... The Perfect Daughter-April 20th 2021 A gifted copy was provided by St. Martin's Press via NetGalley for an honest review. For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  28. 5 out of 5

    Books Just 4 Me

    The Perfect Daughter starts off with a bang! Murder, psychiatric hospital/prison, multiple personalities, a family in turmoil, and an exhausted psychiatrist seeking the truth...OH MY!! The descriptions are vivid and the emotions were palpable as Grace learns her teenage daughter Penny has been arrested for murder. This was a highly addictive story. I had a hard time putting it down because each chapter left me with anticipation for the next one. It’s a story with multiple narrators who complemen The Perfect Daughter starts off with a bang! Murder, psychiatric hospital/prison, multiple personalities, a family in turmoil, and an exhausted psychiatrist seeking the truth...OH MY!! The descriptions are vivid and the emotions were palpable as Grace learns her teenage daughter Penny has been arrested for murder. This was a highly addictive story. I had a hard time putting it down because each chapter left me with anticipation for the next one. It’s a story with multiple narrators who complement and share differing perspectives of the story. I LOVED it! The suspense, twists, and descriptive scenes had me right there with them. The ending was awesome and full of excitement! Touching epilogue too with real life issues being addressed, which I remember follows suit with the epilogue from The New Husband as well. I can’t wait to for more from D.J. Palmer! Comes out in April 👏👏 Thank you to Saint Martin’s Press and DJ Palmer for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my honest opinion.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chelsey (a_novel_idea11)

    D.J. Palmer does it again!! This was an excellent read mixing true crime, personality disorders, and an investigation all in one. When Grace finds a young girl alone in the park on a rainy day, she instantly feels connected to her. Formally adopting the girl, the Francone family starts calling her Penny as she is suffering from PTSD won't respond to her birth name, Isabella. As Penny gets older, some odd behaviors start coming through - for example, she occasionally adopts a British accent and as D.J. Palmer does it again!! This was an excellent read mixing true crime, personality disorders, and an investigation all in one. When Grace finds a young girl alone in the park on a rainy day, she instantly feels connected to her. Formally adopting the girl, the Francone family starts calling her Penny as she is suffering from PTSD won't respond to her birth name, Isabella. As Penny gets older, some odd behaviors start coming through - for example, she occasionally adopts a British accent and asks to go by Ruby, or when she's particularly moody and sullen, she prefers to go by the name Eve. When a psychiatrist finally diagnoses her with DID (dissociative identity disorder, more commonly referred to as multiple personalities), the pieces start making sense and the Francone family hope they'll be able to move forward. But Penny (or her alters), won't make it easy on the Francone family. Penny, or more likely Eve, was involved in graphic and violent death threats against many people in the community ultimately leading to an arrest. Penny was also the only one present when their father dies and Penny's brother Ryan can't seem to accept the fact that it was a heart attack that took his life blaming Penny even if wrongfully so. Even more damning, when Penny is later found at a murder scene, covered in blood, holding the murder weapon, it's hard to believe there could be a conceivable explanation other than Penny has viciously murdered someone. And when Penny seems to disappear and only her alter Eve is present, the Francone family worries they've lost her forever. At Edgewater Hospital awaiting her trial, Penny's family chooses not to give up on her. But convincing themselves and others that Penny is innocent, and even that she truly does suffer from DID, will be harder than they ever imagined. I loved that this novel was about so much more than the murder. From the beginning, the reader is primed to question if Penny even really does have DID or if she's just been playing her family and is truly a sociopath. Penny was adopted when she was four years old, but no one knows anything about her past. Did she come from a home where she was abused so badly that she coped by creating multiple personalities? Or did her past turn her into a monster? We receive breadcrumbs about Penny's past through therapy and try to fit the pieces together about the night that left a woman dead. We also learn about the victim and possible reasons why she was targeted. All the while, the Francone family is spiraling out of control trying to save Penny from a life in prison or at a mental institution. I've read all of D.J. Palmer's novels and it's safe to say he’s an auto-buy/-read author for me at this point! This one has definitely been my favorite as it kept me on my toes the whole time. I had no idea what to believe, who to trust, and kept waiting for another big reveal or twist around every corner! If you're into true crime or psychological thrillers, this is an absolute must read! Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for a copy of this novel.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    "The Perfect Daughter" drew me in from the first sentence. D. J. Palmer did an excellent job portraying a young girl with multiple personality disorder. Penny was found at the murder scene, covered in blood and holding the murder weapon. Was she a cold-hearted killer or was she insane due to her DID diagnosis? The first three-quarters of the book was totally engrossing, but when the story turned to the trial and the big reveal I felt disappointed. To me, the story wrapped up too quickly, too neat "The Perfect Daughter" drew me in from the first sentence. D. J. Palmer did an excellent job portraying a young girl with multiple personality disorder. Penny was found at the murder scene, covered in blood and holding the murder weapon. Was she a cold-hearted killer or was she insane due to her DID diagnosis? The first three-quarters of the book was totally engrossing, but when the story turned to the trial and the big reveal I felt disappointed. To me, the story wrapped up too quickly, too neatly and too unbelievably. I was disappointed with the ending because it just seemed unbelievable to me. There were too many loose ends that I didn't think were adequately covered. I won't go into detail because I don't want to give it away. They're were many other scenes I absolutely loved, though. The violent fights, the family drama, the deep character portrayals. Overall, this was a very in-depth book that held my attention throughout. I just wish a little more time and attention were given to the reveal to make it more believable. #theperfectdaughter. #netgalley

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