The Perfect Daughter
by Alex Stone
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….
A gripping new psychological thriller for fans of Sue Watson, Shalini Boland and S.E.Lynes
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Jess Harper and her mother Abigale are close, so close in fact that Jess can’t seem to function with her life without first seeking her mothers constant approval for everything she does. We can see how controlling and manipulative her mother Abigale is, her current boyfriend Adam can even see it but to Jess nothing is wrong, they have a close mother daughter bond is all, and ever since her dad left with she was a child it has only been the two of the.
We learn that Jess has had several relationships, but they all turned sour after a while, leaving Jess to believe that she was unlovable until that is when she meets Adam. Adam in his own way is controlling over Jess, getting her to change the way she dresses and small things like that. He tries to get Jess to see how her mother is controlling every little detail in her life and you can see Jess begin to crack and wonder if he is right.
The story is told in a ‘then’ and ‘now’ timeline, with that last quarter I would say being in the ‘now’. We see how Jess and Adam are going a couple and when he disappears, presumed dead after his van was found over a cliff, we see how Abigail swoops in and tries to make out that Jess has moments of forgetfulness and could she have done something to Adam?
We see what Abigail is like and I had her pegged from the start that she was behind all if Jess’s failed relationships, but I have to say that final scene had me questioning it all over!
Author Bio –
Alex Stone, originally an accountant from the West Midlands, is now a psychological suspense writer based in Dorset. This beautiful and dramatic coastline is the inspiration and setting for her novels. She was awarded the Katie Fforde Bursary in 2019 and her debut thriller The Perfect Daughter will be published by Boldwood in October 2021.
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