• My Perfect Daughter

  • By: Sarah Denzil
  • Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (656 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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loved it!

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

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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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STUPID


I acquired this book as an audible daily deal. I should have known better, It was stupid. I could hardly wait for it to be over. There was no suspense or thrilling events. It was just stupid.


RECOMMENDATION: SKIP IT

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another book the overdoes the twists and turns

this could have been a perfectly good book if the author just cut out the constant twists and turns. it ruined the story. when will these authors learn???? if there were just a few twists it would have been fine. sick of these books that do this.

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  • Emma Jones
  • 04-07-22

Ok, I finished it

I write these reviews for myself as much as anyone because I often find I can’t remember a book when I’m deciding whether or not to buy another by the same author. I’m only saying this as some of the negative things I say I’ll probably very personal to me and not others. I won’t give the plot/ending away but there may be some things that
count as spoilers.

Essentially this book had enough to make me finish it. A few loose ends I wanted to find out about. However the “baddies” were fairly easy to spot early on. I found the main character somewhat unsympathetic and some of her actions illogical. I am easily irritated by things that I find to be unlikely - from the little I know of the fostering/adoption process I suspect books and TV interviews naming the child and the adoptive parents are frowned upon to say the least. I wouldn’t read another by this author.

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  • H Watson
  • 04-08-22

Excellent!! A must listen

Right from the beginning the Story was riveting. Narration was excellent. i really enjoyed. definitely recommend.

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  • Gadgeteria
  • 04-08-22

Well Crafted

I wasn’t sure at the start of the book as to whether or not I would enjoy it but kept going.. and it turned out to be a great listen. A well crafted storyline and excellent narration.

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  • sheila o
  • 05-08-22

On all levels this is a truly awful book.

Sadly I wasted my Audible credit on this book with poor and irritating narration; a weak and unbelievably plot; unlikely, boring not likeable characters; some offensive language full of cliche and tired phases. A book that falls into the trend of expectation that previous works from authors/publishers will sustain indefinitely, mediocrity and books that should never be published.

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  • DEBORAH
  • 04-19-22

Brilliant storyline

A gripping story! Never wanted to stop listening. Found myself still awake at 2.00am still listening to it!

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  • Miss A.
  • 04-17-22

Gripping story line , kept me guessing right to the end . Narrator was very accomplished too .

Gripping storyline kept me intrigued . Was it him? Was it her ? Right to the end . Plus I got it wrong !
Narrator varies her voice so well , you know who is speaking throughout .

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-17-22

Great story

really enjoyed this book, Sarah Denzil never let's you down. kept me guessing and still leaves you wondering at the end.

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  • linda
  • 04-16-22

worth binge listening

gripping, exciting, scary. Strong , and weak, characters. Brilliantly thought out and provoking until the last word. Great narrator.

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  • T
  • 04-25-22

Predictable & Unrealistic

A mish mash of other authors similar stories resulting in a very poorly written book, which was not helped by the narration. The book was wholly implausible from start to finish with the so called twists being predictable: another wasted credit ....

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  • Juliet
  • 05-25-22

loved it!

First book from this author. Really enjoyed it, good narration and lots of twists and unexpected turns. Recommended, will definitely look for more books.

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  • Andreea Batista
  • 04-18-22

What a roller-coaster!

I loved this book. As a mother myself, I found thorn with all the feelings Zoey was.