• A Daughter's Deadly Deception

  • The Jennifer Pan Story
  • By: Jeremy Grimaldi
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)

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A Daughter's Deadly Deception

By: Jeremy Grimaldi
Narrated by: Joe Hempel
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Publisher's Summary

From the outside looking in, Jennifer Pan seemed like a model daughter living a perfect life. The ideal child, the one her immigrant parents saw, was studying to become a pharmacist at the University of Toronto. But there was a dark, deceptive side to the angelic young woman.

In reality, Jennifer spent her days in the arms of her high-school sweetheart, Daniel. In an attempt to lead the life she dreamed of, she would do almost anything: lie about her whereabouts, forge school documents, and invent fake jobs and a fictitious apartment. For many years she led this double life. But when her father discovered her web of lies, his ultimatum was severe. And so, too, was her revenge: a plan that culminated in cold-blooded murder. And it almost worked, except for one bad shot. The story of Jennifer Pan is one of all-consuming love and devious betrayal that led to a cold-hearted plan hatched by a group of youths who thought they could pull off the perfect crime.

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Good Story - Odd Formating

This really is a good true crime story. I just didn't care for the way the case was presented. I feel like this is a 4 hours story that's been stretched into 12 hours. Narration is serviceable.

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clearly told

I really enjoyed this book. I feel it is an honest and objective telling of this story. it is simply tragic but is a good book to listen to.

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Drones on!

I found this read to be exceptionally boring, not only does it skip around A LOT making it hard to follow, its full of boring, unimportant details. I had to quit listening around the 4tb chapter.. I kept listening w/the hopes of it getting better, grabbing my attention w/the next chapter, however, that was not the case.. maybe others will find it to their liking , I however, did not !!

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Blah

Not a captivating story. I listened half way and couldn’t finish. I wish I could return it for my credit back.

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A daughter’s deadly deception

This is a very sad story. I cannot believe a daughter can plot the murder of her parents. I recommend this book, it’s engaging and a lot of curiosity as-to how can someone plan a love ones demice. Very disturbing and mind boggling story.

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Not Worth Listening

I love true crime and the story seemed interesting. However it was so boring- very dry and dragged on with so many tiny insignificantly boring facts about the case and all the people involved- or even those who might be involved and their boring back stories! It was agonizing to listen to and put me in a bad mood every time I listened- not because of the topic- just the way the story was written and told.

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Boring

Too many stories within the main story. Backstory for every single person involved that I didn’t care for. Very boring. I couldn’t finish this.

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Wayyyyyy to drug out.

So hard to pay attention to this book. It started out good but they went too deep into the cultural history and lost me. It seemed to go on forever about many pointless things. I sooo wanted this to be a good book. I love true crime. Only made it 5hrs in.

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  • Adrian Chan-Wyles Ph.D
  • 05-14-21

Eurocentric and Bias

This author could not work out whether Jennifer's parents were ethnic Vietnamese or ethnic Chinese (born in Vietnam). It took me 5 minutes researching on the Chinese language Internet to discover that they are ethnic Chinese people living in Vietnam who spoke both Vietnamese and Cantonese (implying their Chinese ancestry is from hhe Guangdong area of Mainland China). They left Vietnam in 1979 because of the Border War between China and Vietnam which caused ethnic tension between the two ethnic groups. They wanted to eventually return to Vietnam and in no way supported the US invasion of that country. The author is wrong to imply that they left Vietnam to escape the Socialist government. Furthermore, just as the author cannot get the ethnicity of Jennifer's parents correct., he resorts to various stereotypical devices to fill the glaring holes in a book where none of the main four characters chose to collaborate with him!

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  • Hazel
  • 04-19-20

Too much time spent on uninteresting statistics

I dont think its relevant where the parents came from and where they went to school or what type of car they drove. The history just goes on and on ! . not a great read. Very boring could have been so much shorter.

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  • ZoeJen
  • 08-05-22

Want to, but just can't get into it

This has all the aspects of an absolutely fascinating story, it is such a rare and unlikely case, that despite having heard several podcasts about it, I wanted to dig deeper in and really get behind the story. However, I am four hours into twelve hours, and so far there has been nothing elucidating at all that I haven't already gleaned from a one hour podcast.
It is a very true reconstruction of the facts (I assume, I cannot fact-check the facts, but I mean it is a literal timeline telling) with a straight forward linear style, but so far devoid of analyses or information beyond. There is background on the male perpetrators, and many details of of courtcases, whereby there are so many names used that it is hard to keep track of who is who - who is a lawyer who is a suspect etc that one easily blurs them together, and this again is simply factual, there is no explanation of WHY they did it.
It is possible that the author will get to the motivations once they are all in prison and the story is told, but the initial first third of the book hasn't been compelling enough to motivate further listening, and I really, really want to like it and be sucked in.
My jury is still out, but without getting to grips with this woman and what her life was, there can be no understanding of why it happened, and if all you need is the story on face value as it unfolded, you don't need a twelve hour book for that.

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  • Shab
  • 04-26-22

Addictive and spine tingling

It was an addictive listen and structured so well - it started off going through the plot, murder, investigation and subsequent trial. The book then took a step back and talked about how culture and dynamics of her home. The next part was a dissection of the details towards the murder which gave so much more context to it.
The last paragraph of this book gave me shivers. A fantastic read if you're a true crime fan.

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  • REBECCA TURNER
  • 04-04-22

Good story telling and easy listening

I liked how the book was a mix of the story being told and included explanation of cultural parenting styles to help develop an understanding of context. The author was factual and fair in his recount of the persons involved, and made me feel sympathy to the murderer, but also that the victims didn’t deserve it. A very easy listen, made easier by the gentle narration.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-17-22

Wow

A true story that gives an insight on Tiger parenting and on how far someone is willing to go for love.
Definitely worth a read/listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-20

Good pace and insightful story

Good pace
Narrator could have been better but not appalling (he’s a little robot like)
Story doesn’t have many first hand insight- story crafted from reports and court procedures. However I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Listened to it within 2 days. Easy to listen to.