Book Review: The Perfect Daughter by Alex Stone

The perfect daughter. Is there such a thing? Find out in this next review.


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….

The Perfect Daughter Book Cover


I really enjoyed The Perfect Daughter. When I normally read a psychological thriller, I look for a storyline that keeps me guessing and plenty of twists and turns. This book certainly has all that. Down to the very last chapter, I questioned everything that happened, wondering who the actual villain and culprit was. And guess what? I wasn’t able to guess the ending!

But The Perfect Daughter was more than a good plot line. The themes in this book really run deep. Even just from the blurb we can gather the unhealthy relationship between mother and daughter. And, as the story unravels, we end up really thinking about mental health, toxic relationships and dependency on others. This would have been a great book even if it didn’t have the nail-biting thriller aspect.

This is the first book by Alex Stone – and I hope it won’t be the last! Want to see what the hype is about? Pick up your copy here.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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