The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry

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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.

I read the Kindle edition

Warning: this review may contain spoilers. In fact, I will just be blunt. The following will contain spoilers so read at your own risk.

The thought I had immediately after finishing this novel was literally…omfg, why! I then proceeded to spend the next ten minutes or so bitching at my husband about the end of this novel…or rather, the lack of ending. I can understand ending a book on a cliffhanger but should be used carefully if the book is a standalone.

But I will get to that.

The plot of the story was good. In fact, it is one of those stories that completely grabbed my attention and I just could not stop thinking about it when I wasn’t actively reading. It was intense and as I tweeted at one point, it was causing me anxiety. It was a book that truly messes with your mind and makes you question everything you think you know about the characters. The characters weren’t great. They weren’t very well developed but then again, the plot propelled the story forward and the characters lack of development was forgivable.

But then the ending happened. Suddenly, as if the power suddenly went out, the story concluded and nothing was explained. It was a complete disappointment. After nearly 400 pages, it wasn’t something that was expected and ended up being one of the most disappointing ending to any books I have ever read.

Rating: two out of five stars

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