The Perfect Child

August 4, 2019 - Comment

A Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestseller. A page-turning debut of suspense about a young couple desperate to have a child of their own—and the unsettling consequences of getting what they always wanted. Christopher and Hannah are a happily married surgeon and nurse with picture-perfect lives. All that’s missing is a child. When Janie, an

A Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestseller.

A page-turning debut of suspense about a young couple desperate to have a child of their own—and the unsettling consequences of getting what they always wanted.

Christopher and Hannah are a happily married surgeon and nurse with picture-perfect lives. All that’s missing is a child. When Janie, an abandoned six-year-old, turns up at their hospital, Christopher forms an instant connection with her, and he convinces Hannah they should take her home as their own.

But Janie is no ordinary child, and her damaged psyche proves to be more than her new parents were expecting. Janie is fiercely devoted to Christopher, but she acts out in increasingly disturbing ways, directing all her rage at Hannah. Unable to bond with Janie, Hannah is drowning under the pressure, and Christopher refuses to see Janie’s true nature.

Hannah knows that Janie is manipulating Christopher and isolating him from her, despite Hannah’s attempts to bring them all together. But as Janie’s behavior threatens to tear Christopher and Hannah apart, the truth behind Janie’s past may be enough to push them all over the edge.

Comments

Anonymous says:

Contains animal cruelty which felt gratuitous and unnecessary This was my kindle first freebie choice. I enjoy psychological thrillers and as the author is a healthcare professional, I believed she’d be well placed to write with authority on a difficult subject matter. The premise is straightforward, the perfect couple want a child. They adopt a troubled child and as may be anticipated, there are problems.The book is well written, although some of the dialogue is banal. I didn’t warm to the characters and felt no sympathy and very little…

Anonymous says:

Disappointing A husband and wife (male Dr/female nurse-hmm) adopt a seriously troubled little girl after she is brought to their hospital half starved and dehydrated. We have Christopher’s story (husband), Hannah’s story (wife) and the police/Piper (social worker). The book started well but rapidly became highly unbelievable. I just couldn’t believe that two medical people could be so naïve. I also couldn’t believe that a whole host of professional people who work with troubled and abused children wouldn’t…

Anonymous says:

Disturbing Sick of reading reviews where the word ‘gripping’ is over used. Unfortunately I was gripped by this tale. Read it in an afternoon. A melange of hope, grief, love, exhaustion and horror……all caused by one little girl. Suspend your belief in the innocence of childhood.

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