The Perfect Daughter
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 ...more
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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 ...more
The blurb for this book is ...more
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 ...more
Thank you, St. Martin's Press for the ARC.
I haven't even read the synopsis, but if D.J. Palmer wrote it, I'm gonna read it.
Expected publication date: April 20, 2021
When Grace is given the news that her daughter, Penny, has been arrested, she is instantly stunned. The police found Penny covered in the victim’s blood and her fingerprints are all over the crime scene. To the police, there is no doubt that Penny committed the murder, but Grace is determined to prove her daughter, Penny ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...
Does Penny suffer from multiple personality disorder? Are the different personalities she exhibits real or is she a clever actress where the ...more
Finished reading (10/26/2020) another great offering from DJ Palmer and once again, the author demonstrates a mastery of understanding the subject matter; this time—DID, dissociative identity disorder. Again, it’s obvious careful research was conducted to understand the disorder including its controversies, subtleties and nuances.
A few years ago, I was fascinated by DID, also (formerly) known as multiple personality disorder. I did what I call a “brain crawl”—diving in to books, articles ...more
The plot is quite novel: the birth mother of a teenager Penny Francone is found dead. The teen is still at the scene of the crime, covered with blood. To add another twist, this girl has been diagnosed with what we used ...more
The Perfect Daughter is nothing like The New Husband, which had an incredibly slow build. I encourage you to go in blind with this one; what you need to know is: a police officer knocks on a mother’s door and gives her some *horrifying* news about her daughter.
This book deals with a fascinating psychological subject, and given the fact that I’m familiar with many other books that discuss the same topic, I was hesitant about how the story would turn out. However, I ...more
***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of THE PERFECT DAUGHTER by DJ Palmer in exchange for my honest review.***
When Grace’s troubled teenage daughter Penny is charged with murdering her birth mother, Grace believes, despite all evidence that Penny is innocent. Sort of. Penny has DID Dissociative Identity Disorder, once called Multiple Personality Disorder. With the help of a caring attorney and state psychiatris ...more
I loved the in-depth look at the mental illness DID- I think it’s fascinating, scary and sad.
Penny is found alone in a playground and adopted by Grace and her family. Soon they realize Penny has many other personalities.
Once Penny is a teenager, she has an alter, Eve who is trouble and who may have murdered her birth mother.
We don’t know if she’s faking symptoms or if she really has DID but she’s locked up in a psychiatric hospital awaiting trial. Grace is consumed by proving her ...more
The plot was incredible, perfectly incorporating elements of a murder mystery but with a twist. Our victim seemingly has Disassociative Identity Disorder (DID), causing her to take up different personas triggered by memories. Having an unreliable narrator and being unable to see her thought process makes this all the scarier read! Could she be lying? Is this disorder real? I ...more
Grace knows that her sweet Penny could not have killed Rachel ...more
The characters are incredible and the family dynamics are realistic. I was drawn in at the beginning and thoroughly enjoyed this roller coaster ride of a book.
I love that every thing was wrapped up by the end of the book. I hate side stories that are left unfinished.
Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.
D.J. PALMER is the author of numerous critically acclaimed suspense novels, including Delirious and Desperate. After receiving his master’s degree from Boston University, he spent a decade as an e-commerce pioneer before turning his attention to writing. He lives in New Hampshire where he is at work on his next novel.
Librarians note: There is more than one auth ...more