The Perfect Daughter by D.J. Palmer is a murder mystery/psychological suspense, with a unique concept and a focus on family and mental health.
A quick synopsis: When Grace’s daughter Penny – who has dissociative identity disorder – is arrested for murder, Grace is desperate to prove her innocence. But are Penny’s ‘alters’ truly separate identities, or is she lying?
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The Perfect Daughter by D.J. Palmer: My Thoughts
This story had a great concept and was solidly executed, with relatable (if not a bit cliched) characters. I do think there was something missing that didn’t make it stand out quite as much as I’d hoped, though. It also felt drawn out at times. Maybe it was a little more procedural than I like? (But some people might prefer this!)
With that being said, I liked how the subject of mental health was handled. I also really liked how everything ended. There was at least one thing I didn’t see coming, and I always appreciate when a book can surprise me!
Overall, I enjoyed this book, but it didn’t draw me in as much as I hoped it would. I’ve seen a lot of glowing reviews though, so I may be an outlier here. Be sure to check out other reviews on Goodreads if you’re intrigued!
Rating: 3.5 (out of 5) stars
Release date: April 20th, 2021
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