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Title: The Perfect Daughter
Author: D.J. Palmer
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: April 20, 2021
Page Count: 384
My rating: 4 1/2 stars
About the book:
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.
Meet Ruby, who speaks with a British accent.
Then there’s Chloe, a perfectionist who strives for straight A’s in school.
And along comes Eve, who is spiteful and vicious.
All of them live inside Penny…
Or do they?
Penny Francone, age sixteen, is a murderer. Her guilt is beyond doubt: she was found alone in the victim’s apartment, covered in blood, holding the murder weapon. The victim’s identity and her secret relationship to Penny give Penny the perfect motive, sealing the deal. All the jury needs to decide now is where Penny will serve out her sentence. Will she be found not guilty by reason of insanity, as her lawyer intends to argue? Or will she get a life sentence in a maximum-security prison?
Already reeling from tragedy after the sudden passing of her beloved husband a few years before, now Grace is on her knees, grateful that Massachusetts doesn’t allow the death penalty.
As Penny awaits trial in a state mental hospital, she is treated by Dr. Mitchell McHugh, a psychiatrist battling demons of his own. Grace’s determination to understand the why behind her daughter’s terrible crime fuels Mitch’s resolve to help the Francone family. Together, they set out in search of the truth about Penny, but discover instead a shocking hidden history of secrets, lies, and betrayals that threatens to consume them all.
The perfect daughter. Is she fooling them all?
The Perfect Daughter by D.J. Palmer is a psychological thriller novel. The story is one that is told by changing the point of view between characters and deals with mental health issues, specifically dissociative identity disorder or D.I.D.
Grace Francone was worried when she found that her sixteen year old daughter Penny was not at their home but what happened next was beyond her worst imaginings. When police came to the door Grace never expected to hear that her daughter was a murderer.
Penny had been found covered in blood and with a dead woman. All signs point to Penny being a killer but Grace begs help knowing that her daughter suffers from dissociative identity disorder and the Penny she knows could never have done what they say she did.
D.J. Palmer is an author that I continue to come back to time and again and always enjoy so I was not surprised to find myself enjoying The Perfect Daughter. This latest psychological thriller was one that I found myself caught up in rather quickly and didn’t want to put down until I found out the truth. I couldn’t help but be fascinated with the story and in the end I rated this one at four and a half stars and will definitely return to this author again in the future.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
D.J. PALMER is the author of numerous critically acclaimed suspense novels. He received his master’s degree from Boston University and after a career in e-commerce he shifted gears to writing full time. He lives by the ocean in Massachusetts where he is working on his current novel. Besides writing, DJ enjoys yoga, songwriting, and family time with his two children and his ever faithful dog.