The Perfect Daughter by D.J. Palmer
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Published by St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: April 20, 2021
Review Copy From: Publisher via NetGalley
Synopsis (via GR)
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.
D.J. Palmer has crafted another bombshell!!!! A nuclear bombshell!!!
I have been waiting patiently for this book and it did not disappoint!!
I’m not going to reiterate the synopsis but state how this book affected me.
The narrative is told via several POVs. The characters were so lifelike and relatable even though they are flawed. Compassion was felt for many of the cast members to the point that my heart was breaking for them. The suspense was taut with heart-pounding moments. A definite white knuckle read!
And then WAIT!!!! WHAT?? Did I just read that? I had to read the sentence three times to make sure I wasn’t misunderstanding who the murderer was!!!! A jaw-dropper that I did not see coming nor was it on my radar!!!
A read that will transport the reader into the story without knowing what is going on around them.
And now the BIG question. When will the next novel be published so I can put it on my calendar?