The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry: Janie is a young child who loves and manipulates her father but fails to bond with her mother. The child comes in between the couple because the father fails to see her shortcomings including her treatment of the mother. This may sound familiar to a book recently reviewed, Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage. However, the only thing in common is the parent-child dynamic. The Perfect Child is a great book, offering a unique story that cannot be compared to anything else.
Let me start with a summary from Goodreads. If you’ve already beat me to it, you will also notice that other people actually liked this book! It is rated 4.09 which is a better rating than Gone Girl at the time of this review. Maybe we’ll start seeing new books compared to The Perfect Child for a change? Anyway…
The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry Synopsis
“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.”Goodreads
What I Loved
I really enjoyed reading this book and finished it in mere hours. Once I sat down and started reading, it was hard for me to tear myself away. The best thing about the book was that it was interesting and suspenseful from the very start. It didn’t dilly dally and got right into the juicy stuff. After that the build-up was constant which is why it was so hard to put down.
From my experience, many books have a strong start, then they lack excitement in the middle. Alternatively, some have a slower start and take a while to get exciting. This book never came to a point where I could take a break. It was thrilling from the first page until (almost) the last. But I’ll get to that in the next section…
What I Didn’t Love
This was a great book and it gets five full stars from me. But I have to admit that a few things in it were predictable. This isn’t a terrible thing as it can also be exciting to be right about your suspicions. That being said, there were many twists that I absolutely did not predict or expect in any way. It was a good balance of the two.
The only other thing I could possibly complain about is that the very ending wasn’t all that exciting. Lucinda Berry chose to tie off some loose ends instead of leaving us hanging at the end of our seats. It wasn’t an unsatisfactory ending, it just was wasn’t as thrilling as the rest of the book. After the constant build up, I was expecting a crazier ending. But this didn’t make me like the book any less.
You can buy The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry on Amazon using this link. So far I have only read this and When She Returned, which I will be reviewing in just two days.
Lucinda Berry has plenty of other books out there and they all have killer ratings on Goodreads. It’s almost hard to believe how much people love her when they hate on so many other great books. Did I mention that she’s a trauma psychologist? That may have something to do with her ability to write great psychological thrillers.
You can find links to buy her other books below, I will be buying them all as soon as I can as well:
- The Perfect Child
- When She Returned
- Phantom Limb
- Appetite for Innocence
- Saving Noah
- Missing Parts
- The Best of Friends
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