Sunday, September 19, 2021

Review: The Perfect Daughter by Kerry Wilkinson

The Perfect Daughter
by Kerry Wilkinson

Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 272
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Rain pounds the windscreen in the pitch-black evening. She knows this winding country road like the back of her hand, dodges the potholes with ease. But then she hears a crunch. A thud. She slams on the brakes.

Since Katie’s dad left it’s just been the two of us, but we’re a team – singing in the kitchen at cheesy pop songs, tackling her homework. My teenage daughter is everything to me.

But one night, as we’re curled up in front of the TV, the messages start. I keep my phone away from Katie so she can’t see the terrifying words: I know what you did. Now you’re going to do something for me…

I have no choice but to obey. Because if I go to the police, come clean about what I did to protect my girl, all the questions and prying eyes would soon discover Katie’s secret too. And that would tear her life apart.

So I drive where they tell me, do what they say, send the photo evidence they want. I feel sick when they ask me to cause someone harm, and it’s clear they know everything about our lives. I thought I was keeping a secret to keep my girl safe. But have I actually put her in even more danger?

Kritters Thoughts:  Jen is running late to pick up her daughter as most parents feel as though they are shuttle drivers always running late!  But a decision Jen makes while on the way will forever alter both her life and others as she made a decision that could cost her her life or someone else's.  

I liked that Jen was neither unreliable or reliable as a character.  I both questioned and believed her when she was describing the events in this book.  The author nicely danced the line of presenting her as a reliable mother who cares for her daughter, but is also possibly going through something that could affect her reacting to events in the best way. 

I love when a book surprises me until the very end and while I thought I had it all figured out a quick turn at the end made me second guessing myself and I enjoyed that I wasn't so sure until the final page!  I appreciate when a mystery book makes me want to immediately reread it so I can look at the clues through a different lens and wonder if I would make a different guess earlier with more knowledge.  This was an eery ride that I enjoyed and would suggest for a great fall weekend during the upcoming spooky season.  

This was my third Kerry Wilkinson read and have enjoyed each of them, so I am close to declaring fan status and hope for many more to come from this author.  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 113 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Bookouture.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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