A Daughter's Deadly Deception: The Jennifer Pan Story

A Daughter s Deadly Deception The Jennifer Pan Story Arthur Ellis Award Best Nonfiction Book WinnerA sinister plot by a young woman left her mother dead and her father riddled with bullets From the outside looking in Jennifer Pan seemed like a mo

  • Title: A Daughter's Deadly Deception: The Jennifer Pan Story
  • Author: Jeremy Grimaldi
  • ISBN: 9781459735255
  • Page: 474
  • Format: ebook
  • 2017 Arthur Ellis Award, Best Nonfiction Book WinnerA sinister plot by a young woman left her mother dead and her father riddled with bullets.From the outside looking in, Jennifer Pan seemed like a model daughter living a perfect life The ideal child, the one her immigrant parents saw, was studying to become a pharmacist at the University of Toronto But there was a dar2017 Arthur Ellis Award, Best Nonfiction Book WinnerA sinister plot by a young woman left her mother dead and her father riddled with bullets.From the outside looking in, Jennifer Pan seemed like a model daughter living a perfect life The ideal child, the one her immigrant parents saw, was studying to become a pharmacist at the University of Toronto But there was a dark, deceptive side to the angelic young woman.In reality, Jennifer spent her days in the arms of her high school sweetheart, Daniel In an attempt to lead the life she dreamed of, she would do almost anything lie about her whereabouts, forge school documents, and invent fake jobs and a fictitious apartment For many years she led this double life But when her father discovered her web of lies, his ultimatum was severe And so, too, was her revenge a plan that culminated in cold blooded murder And it almost worked, except for one bad shot.The story of Jennifer Pan is one of all consuming love and devious betrayal that led to a cold hearted plan hatched by a group of youths who thought they could pull off the perfect crime.

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    1. 4.5 "upsetting, riveting, excellent" stars !!! 2017 Honorable Mention ReadMr. Grimaldi has written a remarkable book. This is one of the best true crime books I have read and I have read a few hundred since my early teens. Look at the homely plain Asian girl on the cover. Could she have arranged, organized a murder scheme that left her mother dead and her father desolate and in chronic pain. The facts of this case are terribly upsetting and frightening. I followed this case over the years and th [...]

    2. A young woman left her mother for dead and her father riddled with bullets.Jennifer Pan seems like a model daughter. An ideal child who was studying to become a pharmacist. But Jennifer had a darker side. She spent her days in the arms of her sweetheart Daniel. She would lie about her whereabouts. She forged school documents, invent fake jobs and even a fictitious apartment. Then her father discovers her double life. His ultimatum is severe and so was her revenge.I like true crime stories and th [...]

    3. A Daughter's Deadly Deception by Jeremy Grimaldi is as bone chilling as it is captivating. A true crime story of how a young woman does what would have to be considered the ultimate betrayal to her parents. They say that fact is stranger than fiction, well in this case that is certainly true.On a Monday night at approximately 10:13 pm, in a quiet suburb on a quiet street, a home invasion takes place, a mother dead, a father shot in the face and a daughter tied upstairs listening to the desperate [...]

    4. This was a very dark read and I was totally captivated by it. It is fascinating to see how the human mind would drive a young woman to seek such revenge on parents who tried to give her the world. Her parents were very tough on her, expecting a lot educationally, in regards to family obligations and cultural activities and it is this that drove Jennifer away from them looking for an escape. Jennifer is a compulsive liar, manipulative, has low self esteem and self worth and would go to remarkable [...]

    5. Read this review at Brilliant BookshelfNetgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. A Daughter’s Deadly Deception is a great read if you want to gain more insight into the Jennifer Pan case, which is both horrifying and intriguing. This book is brilliant in the sense that it gives you a lot of information, in a way that is understandable, without boring the reader. It describes the night the (attempted) murders went down and takes the reader through the crime invest [...]

    6. Originally attracted to this case because of Karen Ho's amazing telling in Toronto Life magazine in 2015, I was excited to find an entire book about it that I hoped would give even more details on the girl at the center of it all, Jennifer Pan.There are details here, to be sure. I know a lot more about her, and her co-conspirators, including her boyfriend. I also learned a bit more about her family. But unfortunately, those interesting facts were buried in this tomb of clunky prose that was just [...]

    7. When you look at the cover of this book, it's hard to believe the girl on it arranged for the murder of her parents. (How old was she when that picture was taken? Certainly not 24.) By the time you get to the end of the book, though, it's easier to understand why she did. It's easier because author Jeremy Grimaldi does a really good job of presenting all different types of viewpoints about why someone like Jennifer Pan, the daughter of two hard working Vietnamese immigrants, ended up like she en [...]

    8. The first third of the book is linear in time from the event of the crime- a truly horrific November night. Just almost exactly 15 minutes of terror for the Pan parents and yet horrendous in both the results and the applications to why it occurred. Staged as if it were a robbery? Jennifer Pan being in the house the entire time of the break-in, but on the top floor tied to a banister. Just.The thorough series of Jennifer Pan interrogations by the Toronto area police were absolutely 5 star. It's r [...]

    9. If you are interested in psychology you will enjoy this book. Half of the book is about how she did it and then why. That being said I did find it interesting. Like the differences between raising a child in the western manner (which in my opinion has changed from parents being parents to parents walking on tiptoes around their children. Not learning them that no is no, constantly trying to protect them for everything so when they then become adults, they are not able to cope with the real world [...]

    10. This was definitely an in depth story of a girl who paid people to kill her parents. It took into account the culture of her race, the way she was being raised, how she was being treated by her parents, how she had been lying to her parents since 9th grade, etc.It also talked about her psyche, how a person could turn out this way, what could have made her do this and what kind of state she was in at the time she did this.There was a lot of detail. You can tell that the author spent a lot of time [...]

    11. This is a really thoroughly researched book, full of details about this strange case of an even stranger girl who hired a group of young men to kill her parents, though I did find the writing to be a little dry in certain places.What I liked about it most was how insightful it was into who Jennifer Pan was. There's a lot of detail about her personal life and how she got to the point of planning the murder of her parents, but there's also a good amount of information and background on her family [...]

    12. "A Daughter's Deadly Deception: The Jennifer Pan Story" by Jeremy Grimaldi is an amazing read. I usually stick to Ann Rule because many true crime stories rely on gory descriptions but this book relates more of the emotional background to the story and especially depicts a sense of compassion for the victims. The book was well researched and very well written. I will definitely be reading more of Jeremy Grimaldi's books.

    13. 3.5 StarsThe story behind this book was incredibly compelling.This book begs the question: what would drive a young woman to plan the murder of her own parents? I found the first chapters very engaging, but some of the later section dragged due unnecessary details. This is quite a dark and depressing book, but it will appeal to fans of the true crime genre.

    14. Jennifer Pan was in university for pharmacy, volunteering at Sick Kids Hospital, a childhood skating champion, and a prolific piano player. But a few years ago, she was sentenced to life in prison for hiring hitmen to kill her parents in their own home.This was disturbing! Jennifer Pan looks so innocent and just like any other girl I've met and gone to school with, but there's so much underneath the surface. It really leads one to ask why this girl, who seemingly had everything going for her, wo [...]

    15. This book is gripping, if a bit repetitive. I really did enjoy the first third, but delving so deep into the lies Jennifer Pan told started to mess with my head. I didn't sleep well while reading this book, but would still recommend reading it - it is certainly an interesting story, and it is obvious the author did a lot of research in putting it together.

    16. What a disturbing story.On November 8, 2010, 3 men shot both of Jennifer Pan's parents in their basement, killing her mother and seriously injuring her father. The intruders left Jennifer tied to the railing upstairs where, after they left, she was able to finagle her phone out of her pockets and call the police. What the detectives uncover while searching for the suspects is a deception so deep it's chilling - a murder hit set up by Jennifer Pan herself.I find true crime absolutely fascinating. [...]

    17. This is the true story of Bich and Hann Pan, who were Vietnam refugees who eventually settled in Markham, just north of Toronto. They had two children, Jennifer and Felix, and lived frugally to give their children the best they could. Bich and Hann had high expectations for their children and were strict disciplinarians. Jennifer and Felix were expected to get high marks in school and win the awards in whatever they did for Jennifer, it was in skating and piano.After grade eight, Jennifer disco [...]

    18. A true crime book with a gripping scary tale of a story. The author Jeremy Grimaldi knows this case back to back as he was working on it for 10 months while the trial went on. The book is really horrowing and would make a great horror movie. But it really isn't for the faint hearted. If you don't like things are could be scarily close to home. Then this really isn't for you. But if sounds like your cup of tea. You are in for one hell of a ride. Jennifer the model daughter will for all to see fro [...]

    19. After bringing it home from the library, I looked at this book several days as it sat on the table waiting for me to pick it up. I'd never heard of Jennifer Pan, so I really wasn't sure what to expect. When I finally decided to read the book, I was plunged into a story so tragic on so many levels that I feel numbed by it.I need to say up front that I feel absolutely zero, none, nada empathy for Jennifer Pan. The picture the author paints of the obsessional, skilled con artist she appears to be d [...]

    20. Jennifer Pan, the daughter of Asian immigrants, coldly and callously arranges the murder of her parents. A seemingly normal child, Jennifer grew up with the urge and drive to succeed. When she was unable to get into a college, she began making up stories to satisfy her parents’ wishes. When her lies begin to unravel and she is given the choice between her boyfriend Daniel or her family, she initially chooses her family. What follows is a grim and horror filled story of murder and deceit.I’m [...]

    21. This book really dragged for me, and it was very repetitive.This isn't a spoiler, but it's a mild annoyance that might not bother anyone unfamiliar with the area in which the crime took place:The suspects in the case use cellular phones that have been registered under false names. The author continually refers to the "Peter Robinson" phone, rather than referring to the phone as that of the suspect in question. The author claims that since the suspect lived in the city of Brampton, Ontario, that [...]

    22. Although I enjoyed this book, the writing was mediocre. It was an interesting story, and I feel the author did an adequate job of tackling the complexities of the case. Unfortunately, some of the writing was unclear. In some areas where brackets were used to change quotes to add clarity, they were unnecessary or used ineffectively. Overall, though, I would still recommend this book. It gives an interesting look at how extreme pressure without parental affection may have caused one woman to murde [...]

    23. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.True crime at its best! With all the ingredients for an engrossing mystery, this well-written account of Jennifer Pan is researched impeccably. From the outset I got the feeling that there was a lot more to Jennifer than met the eye, and boy, was I right! Deceiving her hard working parents at every turn, Jennifer Pan is a true life monster. Very readable. Recommended.

    24. An extremely well written & well put together story of a daughter's decision to have her parents murdered. This is definitely a case that stays with you.

    25. I first heard of this chilling story on my favourite true crime podcast, Casefile (seriously, if you're into true crime, you have to check it out). I was surprised and excited to hear about this local Toronto-area case on the Australian podcast, and so of course, I had to look it up for more information. Of course, the book has a lot more detail than the 2-and-a-half-hour podcast, so it was great to delve into this case.Jennifer Pan was the daughter of immigrants from Vietnam who had worked them [...]

    26. 3.25 STARSAs a huge fan of true crime dramas, I was excited to delve into the pages of “A Daughter’s Deadly Deception” and to learn the detailed facts behind the Jennifer Pan story. Thanks to Netgalley, I was given an opportunity to do so, in exchange for an honest review. Jennifer Pan was raised in Toronto by immigrant parents. As a young Asian woman, Jennifer’s Vietnamese parents held high expectations for their daughter. Socially isolated, Jennifer was pushed to succeed in all aspects [...]

    27. As a person, daughter, and sister, this story is heartbreaking. As a mother, this story is terrifying. But not in the way you might think. It doesn't terrify me that my daughter might murder me in my sleep or have me killed, it terrifies me to think that as a parent you try to do everything you can to ensure your child/ren's success, and even doing everything "right" you can still be "wrong" and create a sociopath like this.Were Jennifer's parents perfect? Certainly not. Did they love her and do [...]

    28. Jennifer is an Asian daughter, caught between living in the now and caught in her family's deep cultural world. She falls in love with Daniel and their love is forbidden Her father set an ultimatum, leave Daniel or go with him and never come home again. Then begins Jennifer's lies and deceit. Feeling lost and trapped in traditional Jennifer makes a gatekeeper mistake. Murder. As the story unfolds several people are under suspicion as Jennifer can't keep her lies straight. Who was involved in the [...]

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