The Perfect Daughter, the latest from D. J. Palmer, was not as good as his previous books, both of which I really enjoyed.

A very brief look at what this story is all about – Grace never dreamt she would visit her teenaged daughter Penny in the locked ward of a psychiatric hospital, charged with a shocking and brutal murder.

It was several days from the time I finished the book before I sat down to begin writing this review and I cannot remember how it ended. There is very little in my memory about this book. Was there a twist? I do not know and that leads me to the obvious conclusion that this story did not leave a lasting impact. And it also makes me feel like a terrible reviewer for not being able to share more with you, my fellow readers.

I do remember thinking that the story started off promising enough, but it just did not pull off the surprise and suspense I like in these types of books. In the beginning, I found myself wondering one thing – what really happened? Where was this story going to go? There was not much action and a couple storylines that I could not figure out why they were included. This book lacked the feel of a mystery but was still interesting because of the multiple personality aspect.

My thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the advanced copy of the book. All opinions are my own.


Rating: 3 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: The Perfect Daughter

Author: D. J. Palmer

Release Date: April 20, 2021


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