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, eleven years later, Maddie’s school bully is found dead, and another girl is missing.
Zoe can’t help but wonder… like father, like daughter?
I had a lot of respect throughout this story for Zoe. She has been through a harrowing event but uses that to do some good by adopting Maddie, the little girl who helped her get away. Maddie is a very complicated girl. She has seen and been through things that even as an adult would damage us and she finds it hard to feel the same emotions and behave the way that someone of her age should.
The story flicks between then and now with the then events telling the reader of what it was like in the earlier years of Zoe and Maddie living together and all it entails. In the present day, certain things happen which with Maddie’s past, brings her under suspicion. If anything the author very skill fully has you suspecting a few of the characters and I was constantly changing my mind as to whether there was just no hope for Maddie and it was a case of like father like daughter or if there was something more sinister a foot.
My Perfect Daughter will have you questioning yourself as to what you would do if you were in Zoe’s shoes. It’s one place that I hope to never have to be in as I honestly don’t know what I would do. This has to be one of my favourite storylines by the author. It’s a highly addictive read with the tension and suspense ramping up with every page turned. It’s wonderfully twisted and dark and I absolutely loved it!