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The Perfect Child

Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Critic Reviews

"A mesmerizing, unbearably tense thriller that will have you looking over your shoulder and sleeping with one eye open. This creepy, serpentine tale explores the darkest corners of parenthood and the profoundly unsettling lengths one will go to to keep a family together - no matter the consequences. Electrifying and atmospheric, this dark gem of a novel is one I couldn’t put down.” --Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author

“A deep, dark, and dangerously addictive read. All-absorbing to the very end!” --Minka Kent, Washington Post bestselling author

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  • shelley
  • 02-03-2019

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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  • Helen
  • 23-03-2019

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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  • Jenn
  • 05-03-2019

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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  • Lori
  • 07-04-2019

Most abrupt ending!

I thought I was missing some chapters. Can’t recommend this due to the fact the book just stopped and you never find out what happened. So strange!

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  • A Bennett 2
  • 25-03-2019

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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  • Marteece
  • 18-04-2019

Not easy to see how story ended

It was dark story about a real problem...left with too many questions about what happened for certain with it’s the characters...unrealistic to think that Christopher could be so constantly out of touch with reality..what happened? Would not recommend

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  • dawn Longman
  • 17-04-2019

Lots of twists and turns

Very well written book. Lots of twists and turns, but I felt like the author ran out of ideas and the plot fizzled out. I was disappointed with the ending! The performers did a great job!

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  • Alesha
  • 16-04-2019

Spend the credit! Omg

I’ve read the comments about the ending but if you were following the story you understand the ending. I couldn’t stop listening. Fantastic!

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  • Sammy
  • 14-04-2019

Interesting but a bit flat and predictable

The perfect child is a decent and interesting story but is predictable and hamfisted to me. I say check it out and see ifnypu enjoy this Omanesqe The Good son like thriller

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-04-2019

captivating

great narrating for one. sucked me in immediately. very organized in thoughts and easy to follow. not bouncing all over w a ton of characters. i wanted more even at the end of the story.

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  • mrs zoe roberts
  • 19-03-2019

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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  • Jacqui W
  • 07-04-2019

Ended abruptly!

Really enjoyed the bulk of the book..... it seems like it's set up for a sequel? if not.... disappointing ending....

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-03-2019

hard to put down

good read, couldn't put it down, but a little disappointed at the ending, but confusing and wanted to know what happened next.