The Perfect Daughter by Alex Stone

4 Stars from me

This was such a gripping book! I was eerily fascinated by the relationship between Jess and her mum and how Jess seemed completely indoctrinated – so that rather than rebelling or pulling away she continually justified her mother’s behaviour.

The Perfect Daughter is one of those ‘like watching a car crash in slow motion’ type reads, you kinda know where it is heading but having to keep reading to find out for sure and to see how bad it gets. Not to mention whether Jess will finally grow a pair!

Things start looking up for Jess as she gets a new friend and a new boyfriend and they are both interested in her and her opinions and thoughts, rather than those of her mother.

But at the same time, things start to get a bit muddled for Jess and it isn’t clear whether there is a darker past that her mum is protecting her from.

Overall this is a great psychological thriller with lots of twists and plenty to hold the readers interest. I will definitely look out for more by Alex Stone.

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Blurb: The perfect daughter…

Jess Harper has spent her whole life trying to make her mum, Abigail happy and proud. And everything Jess does, from the clothes she wears, the job she has, the men she dates, are all approved by Abigail first.

The perfect boyfriend…

So when Jess announces that she has a new man in her life – plumber Adam – Abigail is less than impressed. ‘A plumber? Really, Jessica….’ Adam encourages Jess to break free from her mum’s manipulation, can’t she see what’s happening?

The perfect mother….

But Abigail is only doing these things to keep Jess safe, to protect her from getting hurt again…isn’t she?

Or the perfect liar?

Jess, caught in the middle, doesn’t know who to believe or trust. And then Adam vanishes without trace.

Now Jess is the police’s prime suspect and they want to know if Jess really is as perfect as she seems….

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