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The Perfect Child

Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (254 ratings)
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A pause-resisting 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.

©2019 Heather Berry. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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You can see it coming... but how bad is it?

What happens to this family - Pretty Bad!
Lucinda Berry is a psychologist who deals mostly with childhood trauma. My guess would be that her stories come from her cases. If this case is based on facts my heart goes out to the parents of this child.
This book takes parenting a foster child to an extreme. . Many new foster parents believe they are saviors to these children and the publisher's summary hints at the husband feeling this way. Add a new mother to two children. One is with an adopted child with sociopathic tendencies. She like to hurt other living things, urinate on the carpets and smear feces on the wall. The other child is a newborn who rarely sleeps. And let's not forget Mom's going through major postpartum depression.
This book goes from a timeline of events told from three different points of view to a hearing after incidents you won't find out until the end. This book certainly kept me interested and guessing.

The three narrators worked beautifully together.
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domestic drama version of “Baby Teeth” by Zoje Stage

This book is like a domestic drama version of “Baby Teeth” by Zoje Stage, which was more on the creepy, thriller side. This story held my interest the whole time, I expected a more dramatic push and pull with the husband and wife believing/not-believing, taking sides etc (there was quite a bit already but not like in other similar stories) so it definitely unfolded a little differently than I thought — not a bad thing at all, it just placed the book in a different genre than I initially anticipated.

On a side note, the story was very focused on “the system” of child services and social workers and there was too much blatant blame on them even though across the US they are so over worked and underpaid. The “system” is not the best but the social workers aren’t to blame and don’t get even close to the level of credit they deserve.

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captivating

Well formed characters. Excellent narration . 4 stars because it ended to soon! I would love a second book. I need an epilogue for this book! I would absolutely watch this movie.

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Perfect child

Well written. well read. How can a new family have so many horrible problems? They had a devil child, no doubt! It s a page turner. It ended abruptly! I thought my reader malfunctioned. I wanted more. i even reread reviews to see if someone else thought the same. The last chapter left me hanging.

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  • Helen
  • MANAHAWKIN, NJ, United States
  • 03-23-19

Clunk! This is how it ends?

The story, although improbable, mostly held my interest. I kind of wish Christopher began to have at least some doubts and chinks in his healthy denial system as time went on. The last quarter of the story sputtered and wheezed and finally died an unhappy death on the finale.

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I Don't Even Know Where To Begin...

This book - amazing, gripping, captivating, shocking, well written, realistic, relatable, eye opening.... and more.

I don't want to write any summaries that may take away from the integrity of the book because the reviews and summaries I read were a little misleading or understated a lot of this book.

I will say - If you enjoy domestic/family thrillers or enjoyed Zojie Stage's Baby Teeth, you will love this book. Also- I did not think I would find anything that could be in the same realm as Baby Teeth and this book proved me wrong.

This book might be my favorite read to date.

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Perfect

Loved it all but the ending. I wanted more. I hope there is a part 2

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Same old story

Extremely predictable with no satisfying follow through. Characters were okay but I’ve read this story before it many other forms. It was entertaining enough though but the ending was infuriating

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The Perfect Child

This is one of the best books that I had ever read and I don't read books very often.

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The Bad Seed meets the Cleavers

At times I was frustrated with the naivete of Hannah and Christopher. They seemed to make wrong choices time after time. I couldn't understand why Hannah didn't take the baby and move in with her mother or sister.
Overall, it was an interesting book with several disturbing moments. Great performances by the narrators.

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  • mrs zoe roberts
  • 03-19-19

Amazing story....but....

what went on with the ending g. so frustrating , I was totally engrossed but the ending absolutely ruined the experience. The performances and story are worth the credit but prepare to be disappointed by the ending. Such a shame.

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