Thursday, July 1, 2021

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings



It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an eBook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.

Today I'm featuring a current read, The Perfect Daughter by D.J. Palmer. The excerpts shared are from an eBook I received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  

Beginning:  At thirty minutes past eight o'clock, red and blue strobe lights lit up the sky outside Grace Francone's modest Cape house with the frenzy of a fireworks display. A quick check out the window revealed two cars parked in her driveway, one a sedan, a single twirling red light mounted to its dashboard, and the other a black-and-white from the Lynne Police Department, lights also flashing.


Page 56:  "Mom," Penny said weakly. "What's going on? Please . . . tell me."


My thoughts:  The Perfect Daughter is a taut, psychological suspense novel centering around a teenage girl with multiple personality disorder who is arrested for a brutal stabbing death. Penny's staunchest supporter, her mother Grace, is determined to prove her daughter's innocence in the face of overwhelming evidence, but at what cost?

The Perfect Daughter is a totally absorbing and unputdownable read.


From GoodReads:  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.


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  1. Sounds like one of those exciting books that are unputdownable. My Friday quotes are here

  2. Ooh sounds intriguing, like you'll definitely be hooked until the maybe bitter end! Hope you enjoy it and that you have a lovely weekend :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  3. I hope you're enjoying! Have a great weekend!

  4. I put this one on my GR list. It seems intense!! Happy weekend!

  5. I loved this book! I hope you do, too. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “SURVIVE THE NIGHT”

  6. What a situation to be in. I can see why it would be absorbing. Hope you enjoy the rest of it and have a great weekend!

  7. Oh this looks good! And a book that I'd end up staying up most of the night to finish. I'm already hooked just reading the blurb and the teasers.

  8. I love that opening. I bet this one will be full of twists and intensity. I can't imagine being in that position.