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The Perfect Daughter - did one of Penny's alternate personalities commit murder or is she a victim?

All the evidence points to teenager Penny Falcone as the killer of her birth mother Rachel Boyd. But did she do it? Was it one of her alternate personalities – Eve, Chloe or Ruby? Her loving mother Grace, who found Penny abandoned in a park when she was four years old, will go to any length to help prove her daughter’s innocence even though she was found at the crime scene covered in blood with her fingerprints on the murder weapon. As Penny awaits trial in a psychiatric hospital, her first doctor is convinced that Dissociative Identity Disorder (DIS) is not a real disease and her alternate personalities were conjured up as the convenient excuse of a cunning psychopath. Her second psychiatrist is more open-minded and wants to give her case a fresh look.


The Perfect Daughter is a fast-paced, easy reading thriller which held my interest until the end. It was an interesting look into the mind of a young woman suffering from mental illness. I particularly liked the character of Jack, one of her two brothers. While in college, he is developing a documentary on his sister’s case and his is one of the book’s three points of view. Grace and Mitch, the kind psychiatrist, are the other two.


I found the book to be worthwhile however, I found some of the actions of a few of the characters a bit far fetched. Also, there is a scene involving violence to a cat, so you may want to pass over that part. I recommend checking out this book. While not a perfect thriller, it’s a good one.


Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press, author D.J. Palmer and NetGalley for the opportunity to read The Perfect Daughter in advance of its April 20, 2021 publication.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars.

Mystery / Thriller.

Publication Date: April 20, 2021.


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