The Perfect Childby Published 01 Mar 2019
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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.
"The Perfect Child" Reviews
.....narrated by Christine Williams Erin Bennett, Dan John Miller
The three voice narrators kept me interested - really hooked!!!
One reviewer compared this to ‘Baby Teeth’. Both books deal with a mentally troubled child....
But where ‘Baby Teeth’ was fiction nonsense — in which several of my friends who are child therapists agree.... ( Baby Teeth being way out in left field - one which few therapists vouch it’s realistic qualities-in which a young child expresses she wants daddy to kill mommy while watching them have sex)....
“The Perfect Child” ‘was’ written by a child-trauma- therapist. I thought it was very plausible- from beginning to end. The child’s behavior ‘was’ disturbing but more realistic ( she had been severely abused by her birth mother), making us have tons of empathy as to just how hard every single day is for everyone: The child, and new adoptive parents.
“The Perfect Child”, is more than a disturbing story… its an ongoing chronic nightmare of a story.....
but also FASCINATING!!!!
The ending was weak -
but the rest of it had me curious as to what’s the solution? How does a couple raise - help- and support a severely emotionally disturbed child? How does a child who has been soooo traumatize, heal? How much can you expect from
loving responsible adults?
The child in this story - Janie- had unpredictable and unbearable tantrums. She finger painted with her own poop, broke toys, killed an animal, was manipulative, controlling, hurt other children, and had extreme attachment displacement disorder.
Her new adoptive parents were willing to do everything possible to rehabilitate the child...
With every type of therapy imaginable and their undivided loving attention.
But Janie made it extremely difficult to succeed.
Anyone who has worked with children.... social workers, teachers, pediatric medical doctors, nurses, parents, foster care parents, or have adopted a child..... might consider reading this book.
(I suggest the Audiobook)...
Much respect for author Lucinda Berry...
She knows what she’s doing!!!
Terrific psychological character study... of all the main characters.
This may contain spoilers, but this book left me with a lot of thoughts and feelings.
This sh*t was bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S!
I started reading it on my lunch break on Monday and finished it a few hours later. I could not put it down, because I just had to figure out what the heck was happening! The story is told from three points of view. Christopher and Hannah (our main characters) and the child protective services lady, Piper. Christopher's character is absolutely infuriating, it amazed me how vain he was, the level of disrespect he had for his wife. My heart broke for Hannah and the amount of crap she had to deal with. How she tried her best to love a difficult child, how devoted she was to her marriage and how she was completely alone to deal with a sociopath and no believed her. It was gut wrenching to see that she lost her mind in a psychotic breakdown because she honestly couldn't do it anymore and her husband didn't have her back. Pipers character, good lord woman how naive can one person be? I wanted to reach through the book and slap her more than once. How she didn't believe a child could be so evil and that they all deserve a happy home at no matter the cost. Infuriating! Janie character made me think a lot of the Orphan, except she wasn't an adult in a child's body. She is vile and completely unlovable. She is the type of child that nightmares are made of and showed all the signs of a future serial killer that no one but Hannah picked up on. She is manipulative and hurts people. One very disturbing part was how she treated the kitten. Which also lead to me to wonder, why they let her keep the kitten after she initially hurt it in the first place? Did they not think she would do worse? Well, she did (and this was exceptionally disturbing to read)! UGH!!!
The book just ends too. There is no closure and definitely no happy ending. It is left open for there to be another book if the author so desires. I do not feel that there is a need for a continuation of this book. It left me feeling like I needed therapy and no amount of meditation last night was able to soothe me enough to get a good nights rest. I even dreamt about some of the things in the book. This book was highly disturbing and gave me the creeps.
Absolutely INCREDIBLE! This is my second read from Lucinda Berry and she is a phenomenal writer. I just bought two more of her books, Phantom Limb, was just .99¢ today!
This book touched me, sent chills down my spine several times. I have worked with severely emotionally disturbed children, many who were in foster care. It touched me so much that I became an emergency placement foster parent. When I got married and had children I told my husband I was done having children in my home, I would not put my children into a potentially harmful situation. This book is fiction but let me tell you, things like this DO happen.
I recently changed career paths and now work for Child Protective Services...this book was full circle for me. I feel like this is a must read.
I’m okay with not having a happy ending, but an ENDING would be nice. I feel like the book ended in what should have been the end of a chapter.
Good book, although I found the husband, Christopher, INFURIATING.
Great story, but then it just stopped. It was as if the author got tired and quit. Such a disappointment.