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The Perfect Child

Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)
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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.

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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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  • shelley
  • 02-03-19

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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  • Jenn
  • 05-03-19

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-03-19

wtf ending!!! I really hope there is a second part to this story! so disappointed with the ending

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  • Alicia R. Santiago
  • 20-03-19

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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  • Rachael Lauby
  • 19-03-19

Wow

This book had me hooked. I would find myself taking the long way home just to keep listening to it. Holy cow. Very good!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-03-19

scary book

well written and the performances were well done. just really scared me, so I listened for several chapters then listened to the last in hopes things got better and thank goodness they did.

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  • Rinnie
  • 17-03-19

Kept me entertained after surgery

I did a lot of eye rolling because I thought Christopher didn't have a clue, but that's a man for you. Very good narration.

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  • Lorraine Berry
  • 16-03-19

Good story - lame ending

It was as though the author didn't know where to go with an ending and just stopped writing.
I kept waiting for at least an epilogue.

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  • J.M.S.
  • 16-03-19

Not the story I was expecting

I was under the impression that this was a mystery suspense in the traditional sense, so I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, so to speak, but as I got closer to the end I began to suspect that the story was merely about a mentally disturbed child. It was very well written as a family drama, and very well performed, but a family drama about handlng an emotionally disturbed child and all the psychologist visits, etc, even though she ended up creating great damage, was stll pretty boring to me for 98% of the chapters, when I was expecting a different sort of mystery suspense book.

Buyer beware, this is more of a true life family channel drama with lots of extra drama. I was almost relieved when it ended because I was exhausted from this kid's out of control antics and the father's denying her ability to have hostile motives at 6 & 7 yrs old, as well as not recognizing the need to get the child out of the home as soon as possible when she became dangerous and uncontrollable.

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  • Nicole Mortenson
  • 16-03-19

Wow...

What a story... I reached every single emotion listening to this book... Poor people... Wow is all I can say... Mental illness is so very real...