Title: The perfect daughter
Author: D.J. Palmer
The fragility of the human mind and its ability to be manipulated and manipulate is at the heart of this psychological/mystery thriller. Delving into the recesses of the mind of a young person diagnosed with DID or dissociative identify disorder will take readers on a journey that will shake you to the core.
A simple diversion and unexpected plan to make her son happy will change the dynamics of her family forever but is it for the positive or negative? Grace and Arthur decided to become foster parents for this child they named Penny. But deep within her hidden so far down no one saw it until it was too late was a young child with multiple alter personalities that would overtake her life, actions and thinking each time one of them came out. Eve is the dominant one and is often in control. Her cold personality and strong power of control allows her to take over Penny’s mind and body when things get too hard for her to handle. Chole is a perfectionist and Ruby has a fun personality and speaks with a British accent. Penny comes out when things calm down but being placed in Edgewater is dangerous, but she is accused of murdering her real mother, Rachel Boyd. Denying is to her doctors they claim she has more than one personality but when digging deep into her past they learn about her friend Maria and how Eve and Maria did things to kill a cat, a dog and possibly other people plus setting fires. No remorse, even creating a hit list of who they wanted to kill. Someone in her family was on it and when her father was dying why did she just sit there and do nothing? Is she dangerous or is there something they are missing?
Focusing on this mental health disorder which some might think is parallel or like Multiple Personality Disorder the author created Penny as a fragile and delicate teenager who was arrested for the murder of her mother and covered in blood with the murder weapon. The DA thinks he has come a perfect win and placing her in a locked-up cell at Edgewater State Psychiatric Hospital is the solution. Penny was adopted by Grace and Arthur Francone, but Arthur seemed apprehensive at first. She was found under odd circumstances and although she lived in a loving home something did not ring true. Grace is obsessed and driven to find a way to prove she is innocent and with the help of Dr. Mitch McHugh she thinks she might succeed. Mitch has issues with his own son, Adam who has a drug problem and is in rehab and fighting his own demons. The closer he gets to this case and handling Eve, Ruby, Chloe and Penny he hopes to find out who is responsible for the death and is Penny lying or is she unaware of her actions? Suspicions rise as Grace learns about a man named Vince connected to Rachel and wants him to be considered as a suspect but this man is dangerous and will stop at nothing to stop her in her tracks. Rachel had a drug addiction and left her alone and unattended which is how Grace found her. But, at the time of the murder Penny was tied up and the bruises did not come from handcuffs. The lawyer she hired Greg Navarro seems to be on their side and the filings in court were made but Grace wants Penny to testify in her own behalf but which one of her personalities will show up? As you go deep inside the mental hospital we learn about Darla who is delusional and goes after not only Grace but Penny making unsafe for her to be there at times. The head of the hospital seems interested in the case to bring a positive light to the institution. The author presents the viewpoints of Grace, Mitch, Jack and Ryan so that we understand their thinking, relationship to Penny and how each character feels about her guilt or innocence. Jack seems to feel his sister is not guilty and is looking into finding information to help his mother get her out of Edgewater. Mitch seems to think that if she testifies she might prove her own innocence, but the lawyer is not totally on board and for some reason he does not think this is a good idea.
The author presents information about DID and the photos that Grace views and the files lead the reader to believe it is hard to know what is fact, fiction or truth?
Each scene presents an encounter that Grace and Dr. McHugh have with each of the alter egos or personalities that harbor within Penny but why does her brother Ryan think she is guilty? What anger is hidden within him? What really happened to Arthur his father?
Things start to focus as Micah realizes the hidden truth about Penny and he hopes to reveal the true killer and the reasons behind the murder. Author Daniel Palmer takes Grace and her family and Penny down dark paths, dark roads and keeps us in limbo until the very last scene and you will not believe who killed Rachel and why?
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