Years after a drug-related shooting left her best friend dead, NYU grad student Maggie Rivers falls victim to post-traumatic stress disorder and breaks up with her NYPD boyfriend, Matt Lebrettie, to head home to Oakwood, Ga. -- a home she thinks will provide the safe haven she needs. But once she's home, Maggie isn't doing any better, and she ends up needing help from friends and family -- including Matt, whom she still loves -- in order to come to grips with her past. Anna DeStefano's The Perfect Daughter (4) offers an insightful look into the realities of dealing with tragedy. Her characters are well drawn, and her dialogue sparkles.
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Alexandra Kay