The Perfect Daughter by D. J. Palmer: Featured Excerpt

From the author of The New Husband, read a new excerpt from D. J. Palmer's The Perfect Daughter, a thriller that explores the truth or lies behind a teenage girl's multiple personality disorder.

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Chapter 1

At thirty minutes past eight o’clock, red and blue strobe lights lit up the sky outside Grace Francone’s modest Cape house with the frenzy of a fireworks display. A quick check out the window revealed two cars parked in her driveway, one a sedan, a single twirling red light mounted to its dashboard, and the other a black-and-white from the Lynn Police Department, lights also flashing.

A wave of fear clutched Grace hard.

Not more than two hours ago, she had returned home from a run to find her sixteen-year-old daughter, Penny, gone. Since she was a teenager, it was no great surprise her daughter had left the house without a text or a note to say where she was going. Out of habit Grace had checked the garage to find the burgundy Chevy Caprice, still registered to Penny’s deceased father, was also missing. Grace assumed Penny, who had the car keys and her license, had taken it. The house rule was to always ask permission before taking the car, and to give a destination and return time. The lack of any such communication put Penny’s driving privileges in jeopardy.

Naturally, Grace had texted Penny to check on her whereabouts. When she didn’t get a reply, she figured Penny was trying to avoid a conflict. Now, Grace had a different thought.

The unexpected arrival of the police filled her with a dark vision of a twisted knot of steel, parts of it resembling what was once that Chevy Caprice. She imagined the vehicle had veered off a road somewhere, and now lay crumpled like a balled-up piece of paper. Penny was either still pinned in the wreckage, rushed to a hospital . . . or worse, much worse.

Grace opened the front door before the police had time to exit their vehicles. Outside, a crackle of indecipherable radio chatter momentarily drowned out the night-calling insects. Even though she lived a mile from the ocean, the air carried a tinge of salt, that special seawater smell that normally she found so rejuvenating. Not tonight.

Of the two men who strode up her walkway, only one was dressed in a police uniform. The other gentleman, a heavyset fellow, sported a thick mustache, and wore a dark suit to match his hair. This one greeted Grace with an inscrutable expression, which set her somewhat at ease. At least his eyes didn’t carry the weighty look of someone about to crush her soul.

“Ms. Francone?”

He had a deep, gravelly voice, good for coaching or getting hardened people to follow his orders. The best Grace could manage with her throat so dry was a quick nod.

“I’m Detective Jay Allio from the Lynn Police Department, and this is Sergeant Brent Adams. Is your daughter Penny Francone?”

“Yes,” Grace said, shifting her weight from one foot to the other, feeling her anxiousness fire back up.

“We came here to tell you that we’ve arrested her. She’s at the Lynn Police Station right now.”

Grace’s field of vision blurred momentarily. “Arrested? For what?”

“We believe she killed a woman,” Allio said, showing no emotion in his voice or face.

Grace used one hand to grip the doorframe while the other went to her chest, where she could feel her heart beating way too fast.

“Killed as in . . . what? Was it a . . . a car accident? Is Penny hurt?”

“No, it’s not that,” said Allio. “No accident. And Penny is uninjured. We believe it was a homicide.”

The matter-of-fact way he shared this information made it hard for Grace to process his words.

“I’m sorry, what? Say that again.”

“We believe Penny committed a homicide this evening.”

“A . . . murder,” Grace stammered. “You think my daughter murdered someone?”

Her words came out with a sharp edge as her grip on the doorframe tightened. She felt like she’d slipped out of her own body and was observing these events from some higher vantage point. Part of her wanted to slam the door on the detective’s face, imagining that doing so might make it all untrue, but she resisted the irrational urge.

“When is the last time you saw your daughter?” Allio asked. His delivery seemed dispassionate, but Grace reminded herself that his job was to remain even-keeled when delivering seismic news. The other officer continued to hang back, giving Grace the distinct impression he was there simply to assist should she become unhinged or hysterical, either of which were real possibilities.

“A couple hours ago . . . I’d gone for a run, and when I came back, she was gone,” Grace said, fighting for every bit of composure she could muster. “When . . . when was she arrested?”

“She’s been at the station a half hour or so.”

A sharp twinge hit the back of Grace’s neck, which she tried rubbing away with her hand.

“So have you talked to her? Asked her what happened?”

“We checked her license. She’s a minor. It’s our policy that we talk to you first.”

Grace thought: And I need to talk to a lawyer.

“When we arrested her, she was covered in blood—it was all over her body, in her hair—so when you come to the station, you should bring a change of clothes.”

“She’s still in bloody clothes? You left her like that?”

“It’s evidence,” Allio said as explanation. “It takes time for us to collect the samples we need before we can let her get cleaned up.”

“I need to get there—I need to leave right now.” Grace felt the ground tilt beneath her feet.

“I understand,” Allio said, continuing to radiate calm. “You need to take this a step at a time, okay? I have some more questions I’d like to ask.”

“Blood,” Grace whispered. “Oh my God. And you said she wasn’t hurt?”

“No, there are no visible wounds on Penny. But the victim was found deceased at the scene, and we believe it’s the victim’s blood on your daughter’s body.”

Grace got the impression the detective was holding something back.

“She’s calling herself Eve, but that’s not the name on her license.”

Again, a chill ran through Grace. Eve.

“She said she doesn’t remember anything that happened before we showed up. We think maybe she’s in shock, but we’re not sure,” Allio went on. “Is Eve a nickname?”

Grace paused, deciding how to answer. “It’s more complicated than that,” she offered sparingly, thinking that oversharing wouldn’t do Penny any good. Thankfully, Allio decided to let it go.

“And you had no idea where Penny was headed when she left the house?”

“No, none,” Grace said.

“Had she done that before?” Allio asked. “Taken the car and not told you where she was going?”

“No, it’s against the rules,” Grace said again, thinking Less is more. “She likes to take walks. I thought maybe she took the car to go to the beach or something and forgot to tell me.”

“Any reason she might have gone to Lynn? Does she have a friend there?”

Grace shook her head, reminding herself that Allio wasn’t on her side. He had her daughter in custody and his agenda was different than hers.

“Have you noticed any changes in her behavior lately? Have you seen any anger, withdrawal, anything different?”

Grace mulled it over before answering. She was barely holding on. A slight breeze could totter her off of some invisible edge into full-blown hysterics. For a moment she worried she was going to get sick.

“No,” Grace finally managed. “Everything has been fine. I think I need a lawyer.”

Allio’s eyes danced across her face in an unsettling way, as if he knew much more than he was letting on.

“Let me ask you one last question, if I may. I’m sure you want to get down to the station. Do you know a woman named Rachel Boyd?”

For Grace, it felt as though time itself had come to a stop. Her body went numb, mind a blank.

“Rachel Boyd?” Grace repeated in a quiet voice.

“Yes. Do you know her?”

“Not personally, no. Is she . . . is she the victim?”

“Yes, Rachel has been murdered. Is there a connection between Penny and Ms. Boyd?” Allio asked.

Grace nodded insensibly. Her legs were shaking, barely able to hold her upright. “Yes,” she said, her thoughts fading as her vision grew dark. “Rachel Boyd is my daughter’s birth mother.”

 

Excerpted from The Perfect Daughter. Copyright © 2021 by D. J. Palmer.


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  204. ViolinGeek

    This sounds sooooo good. Definitely on my TBR list!!

  205. Craig

    my lady friend and I are both looking forward to this read

  206. Cindi Hoppes

    I like the books cover, and how it seems like paper doll cutouts. The first chapter is so enthralling!
    Many thanks, Cindi

  207. rmarcin

    I would enjoy adding this title to my collection!

  208. Shannon Capelle

    I cant wait to read this book! Sounds really good!

  209. sskrout

    Sounds like a compelling, edge of your seat read! I would love to read this book! Thanks for the opportunity!

  210. Karey L. Newton

    WOW!! Just reading the excerpt from the first chapter sounds intriguing and makes me want to read the book.

  211. Ireoz

    What an opening – can’t wait to read more!

  212. Sandy

    Well, now I have to know more. Sixteen, she took off, found covered in blood, her biological mother is dead, she’s not talking, I’m thinking wrong place, wrong time ( dang, I hope so). Thanks for having this giveaway.

  213. Merle Eisman

    D J Palmer writes really scary novels… another Stephan King …it is amazing how his mind works!

  214. Ali Danko

    Been a long year, could use an excellent distraction! This will definitely fill the bill!

  215. Ali D

    Been a long year, could use an excellent distraction! This will definitely fill the bill!

  216. Martha D Johnson

    Wow. This looks really interesting; got really caught up in that first chapter

  217. Lonna Wornstaff

    [email protected]. Sounds good, but I need more.

  218. Bethann Hoy

    After reading the excerpt the author has gained my interest in this book. I hope I’m picked to read an Arc copy.

  219. Jill S

    Would love to read the rest!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  220. bloomquistkathleen

    I do not know this author, but this sample of his writing is excellent, and I intend to reserve his other two books at my library. I can’t wait to read this book!

  221. Virginia Winfield

    Would love to win the giveaway

  222. Sally W.

    This sample makes me want to go out and buy the book now. So many questions in my head and no answers!

  223. Tracy Robertson

    I would love to win The Perfect Daughter! I am a prolific reader of Thrillers, and this one sounds really good. I already added it 2 my want to read lists on Goodreads. Thank you for the chance!

  224. Marianne P

    Looking forward to reading the full book.

  225. KateT16

    LOVE this author!!! Loved The New Husband, so would LOVE to win this book tor read too!

  226. Mary Costea

    Fingers crossed.

  227. Mary Costea

    Fingers crossed

  228. Paula

    This looks like its going to be a good read.

  229. Jane K Black

    When I worked as an RN, I took care of a woman who had 4 personalities and they are difficult to care for. I also had a Dr. that had as her patient Sybil who had 52 personalities. I believe that is what is happening to the daughter.

  230. Nell Tharrington

    Can’t wait to read!

  231. Jeanne Kennedy

    I would be positively thrilled to win D.J.Palmer’s latest book, The Perfect Daughter. What is more overwhelming and terrifying to hear that your child is accused of murder! The New Husband was an electrifying thriller and I’d love the chance to read and review this book. Thank you for the chance.

  232. Sheila Korman

    OOH-LA-LA! Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy of The Perfect Daughter!

  233. Maria Pologruto

    Another thrilling ride on the rollercoaster of thrills and chills! Would love to read!

  234. tamararz

    Thrilled to read this new book by D.J. Palmer! Read The New Husband and LOVED IT! I’d love the chance to be able to read this book as it seems like it’ll be probably even a bigger rollercoaster of thrills! Can’t wait!

  235. Lisa Altland

    I enjoyed The New Husband and have been looking forward to The Perfect Daughter. It’s been on my TBR list since first reading about it several months ago.

  236. Robert Grieco

    Don’t you just love a good thriller?!?!?

  237. Esther Whatley

    I’ve read some strong positive reviews on this book. Would love to win a copy.

  238. Lori Byrd

    Sounds so good. Thank you

  239. jennifer cecil

    I really liked The New Husband. I’d love the chance to read The Perfect Daughter.

  240. Michelle Williams

    Hoping it’s as good as The New Husband😉

  241. Amy Campbell

    Looks like a great read!

  242. Angie Simmonds

    I love D.J. Palmer’s writing! Please enter me.

  243. spartabookworm

    I’d love to win this book! Thanks for the chance!

  244. Candice

    This is intriguing! Thanks for the chance.

  245. Kittie McIntire

    I’m already hooked. Can’t wait to read more. I read the New Husband, and this looks even better.

  246. Monica McConnell

    I am so excited to read this. It sounds sooo good!

  247. vicki cohn

    Looks amazing! Reading has kept me sane for the last year

  248. Lori Lowery

    I can’t wait to read this book!

  249. Susan Morris

    Oh, I can’t wait to read the rest of this book! Has me hooked from the beginning.

  250. Saundra K. Warren

    This one is a little different!! Different is good!!

  251. Lorraine Brophy

    Love to win !

  252. Michelle Willms

    Excellent excerpt. I was engrossed immediately.

  253. Susan Rain

    I’m intrigued. I want more.

  254. Helen Allman

    I look forward to this!

  255. Katrina Buell

    Looking forward to this interesting read!

  256. Paul Gada

    Great story, can’t wait to read.

  257. Nancy Wolfe

    This sounds like an amazing read! Thank you for the giveaway chance.

  258. Dixie

    Already got me hooked with this short read! Would love an advance reader copy!

  259. Marcia Peak

    This sounds like a page turner! Would love to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  260. Natalie

    I loved the New Husband and I am looking forward to reading this one too!

  261. Susan Coster

    Would love to read and review on Goodreads and my literature site, Literature Lovers of Skokie & The North Shore!

  262. Susan Coster

    Will review on Goodreads!

  263. Jessica

    Can’t wait to read!

  264. Dawno13

    Boy, what a hook! I would love to win a copy! Thanks for the opportunity.

  265. SLeonard

    Thank you for the intro / teaser! I will definitely be looking forward to reading.

  266. Joyce Miles

    Looks very interesting.

  267. booksonthebookshelf

    I read the eARC of this book and would love a physical copy to read. Thanks for the chance to win this cool mug that goes with the book 📖 😀

  268. Alyssa

    I really hope I win a copy! I loved his book The New Husband!!

  269. Misswordnerd

    Can’t wait to read it!

  270. Kelly Schindler

    D.J Palmer is a great writer and I can’t wait to read this one!

  271. Joye I

    I am always looking for new books to read. This book sounds like the kind I enjoy reading. It sounds like a few plot twists will be included.

  272. Joyce Stewart Book Reviews

    Cant wait to read and review this one too

  273. kelly dunaway

    Looks good. Just picked up The New Husband.

  274. Karin A

    Sounds very intriguing……Crossing my fingers I’m lucky enough to win it!

  275. Daphine

    Can’t wait to read it. I am very intrigued to know what happens next.

  276. Courtney Schneider

    I would love to win this book because I love to drink tea and read books.I loved Saving Meghan and The New Husband!!! Great books can’t wait to read The Perfect Daughter

  277. James Skelton

    Makes you want to keep reading. An intriguing concept.

  278. Abigail R

    Looking forward to read! Read The New Husband and was a page turner.

  279. deaned01

    Looking forward to reading it. Considering suggesting it for our company bookclub.

  280. deaned01

    Looking forward to readng it. Considering suggesting it for our company bookclub.

  281. deaned01

    A possible suggestion for my company’s bookclub.

    • Valerie31110

      I love DJ Palmer’s books! I loved reading this little piece and it is making me want to read more!

  282. JULES M.

    sounds intriguing!

  283. Alexandria Rose Rivera

    wow the perfect daughter looks like a great and very interesting book i would love it and that cool mug lol ! thank you !!! & stay safe !

  284. Caitlin Bogart

    I loved “the Perfect Daughter”! Can’t wait to read this one!

  285. Steven Epstein

    mom is going to love this one. We love the same books!

  286. Cee Jay

    I’m a huge D.J. Palmer fan. I can’t wait to read this one. The mug is the perfect addition to the book. A little mystery with a touch of whimsy.

  287. Melanie Falconer

    I love D. J. Palmer’s books! I am sure this one does not disappoint!

  288. cmsuto1359

    What a fab prize! D. J. Palmer’s books are fantastic!

  289. Joyce Benzing

    Nice Chapter One tease!

  290. Mindy Caringola

    I can’t wait to read more of this one!! I absolutely loved his previous books

  291. Jernee

    Best Author and his books make you wanting more. I feel so blessed to be reading him. Thank you Mr Palmer for keeping us entertained

  292. Nikki Masterson

    DJ Palmer is a phenomenal author! This is a must read book.

  293. Mary Dokianos

    Wow I can’t wait to read this one. I’m sure it promises to be another great thriller!

  294. Donna Kelly

    This sounds really good. Love D.J. Palmer books!

  295. Sarah

    This looks fantastic!

  296. Kiley J Cooper

    I’ve read both ARC of Saving Megan and The New Husband and loved them! Congratulations D.J. Palmer on another book that’s bound to be a hit!

  297. Martha DeMarco

    The excerpt has me hooked, can’t wailt to read!

  298. Raychel88

    I read both Saving Megan and The New Husband. This sounds amazing.

  299. Tracy

    Oh the suspense is killing me!! Can’t wait to read the rest of The Perfect Daughter!

  300. pgreen68X2

    I LOVE Books. And I am not talking about kindle or whatever else is out there. I love holding a book in my hand, breaking it open, the smell of a new book, turning the pages, etc. Yeah, it may be nerdy but I’m cool with that. My favorites are any and all mystery or thriller stories. This book sounds amazing….

  301. Ashley Livingston

    Added to my wishlist!

  302. Vicki Carbone

    I love DJ Palmer and mugs are a passion! I try to drink my coffee out of a different one each day of the week.

  303. Terri Tribble

    Great book!

  304. [email protected]

    I am so excited to read this book!

  305. allison beckert

    I was mesmerized by The New Husband. The candle, the recipe that came prior to the book. Your writing captivates me. I couldn’t put it down. This new book and mug would definitely be a great read for me. Or should I say”Perfect”

  306. Judy Walker

    I would love to read the rest of this book!!

  307. grannyof8

    This book promises to be another great DJ Palmer read. Can’t wait to get into it.

  308. Linda Kish

    I look forward to reading this book.

  309. Lorri S

    It sounds interesting

  310. Brinda Calkins

    The first chapter has me hooked!

  311. Bella0125

    Loved the next husband .would love to win this one

  312. MerleChloe

    Daniel Palmer is one of a handful of authors who consistently put out page turning thrillers with each and every book! His books will never disappoint! One of my favorite authors!

  313. Susan Pertierra

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  314. Susan Pertierra

    This sounds like a good one! I can’t wait to read more.

  315. Charlette Bond

    Sounds like a book I would love to read.

  316. Bryana Thomas

    Just added this one to my tbr today! I can’t wait to read it! I was lucky to get an arc of the new husband and I really enjoyed it!

  317. Joel Timmons

    Bring on. The. Thriller

  318. Darlene

    I want to read more!

  319. Beth Foland

    I love this author and after reading the preview, I can’t wait to finish this book!

  320. ladybug064

    Can’t wait to read this!

  321. ladybug064

    Can’t wait to read

  322. Margie Shaw

    I’d love to win, I enjoy reading his books and my mug was damaged.

  323. Anna Russell

    Thank you

  324. scrappyratreviews

    Looking forward to this one! I have The New Husband on my list to read as well.

  325. Elaine sapp

    Loved your last 2 books
    Looking forward to this Beautiful one Thank you for this chance.

  326. Danny Head

    I will read this book one way or another.

  327. vicki wurgler

    read the excerpt-the book sounds so good

  328. Kristi Herbrand

    This book sounds so good! And what a way to start it – grabs you right from the beginning!

  329. Roxann Larotonda

    Sounds really good…this will definitely go on my to-read list.

  330. Karyn M. Newton

    Love the mug!

  331. Abigail

    Looking forward to read! Read The New Husband and was a page turner.

  332. Jennifer P

    This book is on my TBR. Congrats to D.J. Palmer on another book release. Cannot wait to read this one.

  333. Brenda Jensen

    After reading Chapter 1, that you generously let us read – I know that I will definitely be wrapped up in your new novel… Even the title has me wanting to find it on the book shelves! Thank you for the contest.

  334. Lorry Perez

    Mugs and books, what else can you ask for!

  335. pattipro

    Would love to discover another great detective series! Hope to win!

  336. Martha DeMarco

    sounds like another good book, like all your others!

  337. LeMinou

    Sounds fascinating. Love these type of books. Thanks for the chance.

  338. Lisa Garrett

    This has been on my tbr list!

  339. Diana Hardt

    It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

  340. Elaine sapp

    Would love to read this one. And drink my coffee from that cup at same time thank you 😊

  341. Debra Patton

    I love books that grab your interest right at the start and this one fits the bill!

  342. [email protected]

    I cannot wait to read this book! I love your writing style.

  343. Christal M

    Looks like a great read

  344. Laura P

    So excited to read this book this year!!!

  345. Jodi Scott

    This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing this much

  346. Jessica Brunhoefer

    Thank you for the chance to win!

  347. Marian Weber

    Excited to read this!

    • Sharon Person

      This sounds too good to miss! And the mug is great!

  348. Jeanne Sheats

    I’ve enjoyed a couple of D. J. Palmer’s books and enjoyed them very much. this sounds like another winner!

  349. Melissa Amster

    I love D.J.’s books. So suspenseful and twisty! I’d love to read this one too.

  350. Margie Shaw

    I love to win because I’d share the book and my mug was damaged. Thanks!

  351. Kristie Galindo

    The New Husband was fantastic! Can’t wait to read this one. Thank you for the chance!

  352. Debbie

    I would love to win a copy of the book!!

  353. Elizabeth Perez

    Can’t wait—loved The New Husband

  354. Kathryn Zweigenbaum

    I love DJ Palmer. His books are so good and this ones sounds like another must read!

  355. Elaine sapp

    Loved D.J Palmers last two books. Looking forward to this one.thank you for this wonderful chance

  356. Diane

    Great author. Have read all the books and would love to read this one

  357. jenni226

    I’m excited for this book. Since reading Saving Megan I been enjoying Dj books. I love his twists and the fun. My email is [email protected].

  358. Robin Batterson

    Sounds good, would love to win a copy.

  359. Linda Moore

    Sounds great. This book would look great on my bookshelf…

  360. nkellman

    I am looking forward to reading this book!!

  361. Kristina Leonard

    I have loved the author’s last two books and this one sounds riveting!

  362. Rhonda Stefani

    I absolutely loved The New Husband so I’ve been looking forward to the author’s newest for quite some time. The opening of The Perfect Daughter is fantastic so far, can’t wait to continue the story!

  363. teresa pogue

    I can’t wait to read this.

  364. Jane Beeman

    I can’t wait to read this. His other books were great.

  365. Amanda

    This looks really great!

  366. Melinda keen

    hiiiii love him.

  367. Ivy Pittman-Outen

    Wow! I’m already hooked from reading Chapter one.

  368. Chrissie69

    Oh this sounds so good! I would love to read it, thank you for the chance!! 🙂

  369. Tracy Wirick

    This book looks so amazing! I would absolutely love to read and review! And the mug is just the icing on the cake 🍰 😀👏👏 Thank you so much for the chance!

  370. Kim

    Oh. I am dying to read this! I have loved abd shared both of his last books with my book club.

  371. Denise Schraner

    I am looking forward to reading this book!

  372. Nicole

    I read perfect husband. I can’t read this book perfect daughter. The 1st chapter got me hooked and I can’t wait to finish reading it.

  373. Jeanne

    I’m excited to read this! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  374. Susan Gromis

    I have waited for this since “meeting” DJ Palmer on Amy Impellezzeri’s Zoom book club!! Would love to win!

  375. bellows22

    I’ve loved both books i have read by Dj palmer -can’t wait to check this one out!

  376. Coralrae18

    I love your books! Can’t wait to read this one! Fingers crossed!

  377. Jessica Baxter

    I can’t wait to read this!!

  378. jean fike

    Thank you for the chance to win! I need this book for my collection, I can’t wait to read this!!!

  379. Ray Summey Jr

    Thanks for the chance to win.Cant wait to read this book.

  380. Sabrina Padron

    Can’t wait to read this one! Loved Saving Meghan (and my cool bookmark) and The New Husband (and my candle)! 💜

  381. Wendy Spoon

    I love a great thriller and D.J. Palmer does not disappoint! I am looking forward to The Perfect Daughter. The above excerpt has only peaked my interest in his latest read. Cannot to read about Grace, her daughter, and her daughter’s biological mother. I have a TBR list and a must read list. This just made the top of the must read list!

  382. Donamae

    Sounds interesting and intriguing. Thank you for the chance

  383. Linda Moffitt

    Great Excerpt Thank You for Sharing it with us and I would love to Read the Whole Book

  384. Candie L

    Ooohh The intro on the cover have me intrigued. Thank you

  385. Tracy Wirick

    Would absolutely love to read and review! 😀👏👏

  386. Linda Gawthrop

    You had me hooked at…”“You think my daughter murdered someone?”

  387. Kaye Killgore

    It looks like an intense read

  388. Roxana

    Looking forward to reading this!

  389. Kimberly

    This sounds like it is going to be a good one!

  390. Kim Phillips

    Fingers crossed!

  391. desiree

    i would love to read the book looks great read

  392. Dana Holland

    Oh, this sounds really good! Thank you for the chance!

  393. Becky Hantsbarger

    Sounds absolutely enthralling! Thank you for the opportunity!

  394. Kim Heiser

    Hoping to win a copy!

  395. ReptilianJillian

    I’m already hooked!

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