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The Perfect Daughter

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  266 ratings  ·  217 reviews
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
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: April 20th 2021 by St. Martin's Press
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    Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    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 ...more
    Nilufer Ozmekik
    Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    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
    Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
    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
    Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
    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 ...more
    Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: netgalley-arcs
    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
    Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
    3.5 stars

    At least the story was wrapped up in a way that ok makes sense if all these things happened. Review to come.

    Thanks to NetGalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review.
    I've read about perfect girlfriends, wives, sons, but never daughters!!! I'm ready.

    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.

    Erin Clemence
    Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: kindle, first-reads
    Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

    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
    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 ...more
    Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
    "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
    Melissa Borsey
    Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    What an absolute thrill it was to receive a copy of this book! This book captured my attention from the very first page and I knew to settle in for a great read. As the story progresses, the suspense builds and finding out how it ends becomes all consuming. This book is really well written, fast-paced and suspenseful. I thank Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read and review this book.
    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
    Sherri Thacker
    A look about mental illness and multiple personalities at its best!!!! DJ Palmer told such an awesome story about all of it. Loved all the characters (even the multiple personalities!) and I could not put the book down. And there’s a nice twist towards the end that I enjoyed too! Best book of 2021 so far! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this early release in exchange for my honest review.
    Oct 23, 2020 marked it as to-read
    Recommends it for: D.J. Palmer Fans, Mystery/Thriller
    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...
    She was her daughter by choice, not birth, but Grace couldn’t have loved Penny more. That love and belief in her daughter, as well as a mother’s unwavering determination to protect her child could be the only thing that saves Penny when she is accused of brutally murdering her birth mother and must face a trial that could ultimately destroy her fragile mind.

    Does Penny suffer from multiple personality disorder? Are the different personalities she exhibits real or is she a clever actress where the
    Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Four ⭐️

    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
    Kathryn E Hagen
    Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
    First, this is a wonderfully written mystery. Second, if you are as affected as I am by reading about graphic animal cruelty, you may either want to prepare yourself before starting this book or forego it altogether. That said, only one episode of this cruelty occurs in the story.

    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
    Danielle Prielipp
    Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I’ll go ahead and say it—the best D. J. Palmer yet!
    Tammy Laurent
    Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This is the best book he’s written so far, and that’s saying something! I’ve worked with people with mental health issues and he’s portrayals of some of them ring so true. I am familiar with some personality disorders and feel like I could relate to the confusion and frustrations of those who were trying to treat and/or make sense out of Penny. It’s obvious that DJ did his research, down to the medications used. I thought I had it figured out a couple of times, but no! The twists and surprises w ...more
    Ludwig Reads
    Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
    “Are you ill...or are you evil?”

    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
    Andrea Pole
    Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    The Perfect Daughter by D.J. Palmer delves into the life of a teenage girl who has dissociative identity disorder (DID) after she is accused of murdering her biological mother. It is a compelling premise but, for me, it all felt a little too ambitious and hectic, and the development of Penny's multiple 'alters' seemed to detract from the crime at the crux of the storyline. While the novel certainly bolstered my knowledge of DID, and the concept of multiple personalities was intriguing and, quite ...more
    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    **Contains several pages describing cat abuse/murder

    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of THE PERFECT DAUGHTER by DJ Palmer in exchange for my honest review.***

    2.5 STARS

    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
    Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I absolutely loved this novel! Grace's daughter is arrested for the murder of her birth mother when she is only sixteen. Claiming she doesn't remember even being there, she is covered in blood and is holding the knife. But Grace suspects there's more to the story and when Eve/Penny is committed to a psychiatric hospital awaiting trial, Grace hopes the doctor will see she has Dissociative Identity Disorder which causes her "alters" to come forward and take charge when there is trauma. There are s ...more
    Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
    3.5/4 stars!
    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
    Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    This book was terrifying, twisty, and an absolute page-turner! What a mystery! This is what a thriller read should be like!

    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
    All I kept saying is OMG!! Our main character is Penny, daughter of Grace and Arthur, who is diagnosed with Disassociative Identity Disorder (DID). Penny is arrested for a brutal murder and is sent to a psychiatric hospital where her mother visits. With their Attorney Greg Navarro and Dr. Mitch they begin to dissect what actually happened, does Penny truly have DID or is Penny a murderer? Grace is Penny’s biggest supporter though she too begins to have some doubt. Penny has a few personalities t ...more
    Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2020-netgalley
    The Perfect Daughter is an engaging mystery, with a teenager, Penny who is accused of murdering her biological mother, Rachel. It is hard to be sure, but the killer might be Penny or Eve or Chloe or Ruby since Grace Francone's adopted daughter has dissociative identity disorder. A condition many people fail to believe is real. Grace has to trust Penny's psychiatrist, Dr. McHugh to help her daughter and save her from a life behind bars.
    Grace knows that her sweet Penny could not have killed Rachel
    Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Whoa, what a fabulous book!
    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.
    Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    The Perfect Daughter is an interesting book to be because it deals with mental illness. Penny was adopted by Grace and her family. Penny was found alone at a park after her mother abandoned her. Penny suffers from DID. She has multiple personalities. One night Penny is found covered in blood of her birth mother Racheal. She is charged with murder and is awaiting sentencing in a psychiatric facility. Grace goes to every length possible to prove her daughter didn’t do it. #netgalley #goodreads
    Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
    I seem to be relatively alone in my feelings towards The Perfect Daughter out of reviews posted so far, but quite frankly I felt like this story was a convoluted mess. This is too bad, because it could have been a really interesting story that explores Disassociated Identity Disorder (DID). Instead the random changes in personality get hard to follow - like adding characters to a story that have minor relevance but not enough that you really want to see them resurface on a regular basis - the Ch ...more
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    Pseudonym for author Daniel Palmer

    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.

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