• My Perfect Daughter

  • By: Sarah Denzil
  • Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,698 ratings)

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My Perfect Daughter

By: Sarah Denzil
Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
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Most mothers hope their little girl turns out like their dad, but not Zoe. She hopes the apple falls far from the tree.

Zoe didn't meet her daughter the way most mothers do. She finds five-year-old Maddie alone and dirty on a countryside road. Frightened for Maddie's safety, she picks her up and takes her back to her father, not knowing what she's about to step into. Because Maddie wasn't just lost; she was there to lure her serial killer dad's new victim.

After escaping from the clutches of Maddie's dangerous father, she bonds with the little girl. Only Maddie knows what it was like to be at that house. And when no family members come forward to claim Maddie, Zoe decides to adopt her. They move away to a safe house on the Cornish coast and become a family of their own. Zoe gets married and has another child, a baby brother for Maddie.

But Maddie is still traumatised by what she experienced. Diagnosed with callous and unemotional traits, Zoe has a tough job to ensure Maddie has the love and support she needs. Zoe truly loves her daughter—she wouldn't change a thing about her. But there is a part of her that always stays alert. A part of her is afraid of Maddie.

And now, 11 years later, Maddie's school bully is found dead, and another girl is missing.

Zoe can't help but wonder...like father, like daughter?

©2022 Sarah Denzil (P)2022 Audible, Ltd

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Absolutely Ghoulish

I can't believe I read this book. I wish I hadn't. I don't know what it takes to think up a story like this, but I've been shocked enough to give up reading mysteries if this is what they are turning out now. It will bother me for quite a while. Just horrible.

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Worth a Credit.

It's a mystery mixed with survival, and strong women. Lots of real human behavior from horrible to redeming qualities. The best book I have read in a long time. Totally worth a credit.

TW Alot of physical abuse in this book, but it is written very tastefully if you can imagine that.

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Daughter of a serial killer

Two missing girls in a sleepy town lead detectives to Maddie a sixteen year old who is the daughter of a serial killer.
Eleven years ago Zoe found Maddie on a dusty road. Maddie lured Zoe back to Ivycross Farmhouse where her father beats and kills women.
Zoe and Maddie lived to share their story. Zoe wrote a book about there experience. With the recent occurrences of the missing girls the information written in her book created suspicion and fear in the neighborhood.

Tension rises between Zoe and Justin. Zoe and Maddie share a traumatic experience thus creating a special bond. The community doesn’t know Maddie the same way Zoe does.

Sarah blends the past with the present simultaneously with moments, feeding readers pertinent details. Sarah time released information sharing Zoe’s story as it unfolds.

I listened using the audible app at 1.9x speed. I purchased the audiobook as a companion to my ebook. This is unabridged version and is ideal for listeners and readers who enjoy experiencing both simultaneously.
Lucy Paterson is the solo female narrator performing My Perfect Daughter in its entirety. Lucy brought this story to life with her British accent. Her performance enhanced my listening experience.

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Wow

I didn't see that coming. I figured most of it but the last part, I have chills. You never really know anyone.

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Great twists

This was an excellent read. The characters were developed, the twists were many, the writing was well done, and the NARA raider was excellent! If you like twisty thrillers, this is unique and I recommend it.

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loved it!

definitely read this! you will love it. I'd buy this book. love brits lol.

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Interesting story

Wonderful narration. Actually kept my art which is hard to do because I listen to relax and fall asleep.

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I'd give it a chance.

Won't lie, some parts of the book made me outrageously mad. Other than that it was a pretty good listen.

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Torture? No thanks.

Good writing, excellent narration, interesting premise, but as soon as the flashback torture scenes started I knew this book wasn't for me. Blech.

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Less Than Perfect Book

The book started off strong but fell apart in the last quarter. Good, intriguing story premise about the bond between a young woman and a child who together surmount almost impossible odds. As the novel progresses, it feels as if the author couldn't quite figure out how to end the story and suddenly introduces new characters out of left field and has other characters who have acted one way throughout the novel suddenly reveal their evil sides with no foreshadowing whatsoever. The result is a dissatisfying mess that seems contrived. I really wanted to like this book. I have read some really terrible books recently. This one is not terrible....it is ok...just ok.

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