The Perfect Child
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 i...more
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Dr. Christopher Bauer and his wife, Hannah, have been struggling with infertility for years. Hannah, now 41, has all but given up hope of having children until.....
A young girl is found abandoned and walking alone through a parking lot covered in blood, malnourished, and once examined, is found to have multiple old and new bone fractures, none of which have ever been treated. Once thought to be a toddler it turns out after surgery that sh ...more
Watch the Line Between Fiction and Reality Get Truly Blurred in this Chilling Novel
A Perfect October Read.
Christopher and Hannah have it all - except one thing . . . A child.
They had pretty much given up all hope . . . until they met Janie.
Janie was exposed to unimaginable horrors and abuse and while Christopher and Hannah were aware of her history, she seemed like a wonderful little girl, despite it all. While Janie took a shine to Christopher and didn't seem to warm up as mu ...more
Do regular 6-year old undernourished kids the size of a newborn (even crazy ones) have the necessary strength to kill a grown up meth addict?
Is it really all right to ignore that the kid's mentally ill? And she's not just blandly 'ill', but bonkers and plenty dangerous to other people, not just herself.
All th ...more
Once this book has you in it's grips, it won't let go. I started it this morning and literally could not put it down. My poor husband probably feels deprived.
Having received The Perfect Child free as a Kindle First February option, I honestly didn't have high expectations. These freebie books are hit or miss for me. Sometimes t ...more
I read this story at night. First mistake. My second was to take a break from it by taking a shower in my apartment, alone, at 4 am. Normally, I don’t care, I feel safe enough. But that night, the ...more
It is a story of the couple Dr Christopher Bauer and his wife Hannah, who adopted an abused by her real mom child, Jenie. I think they underestimated how hard it is to foster traumatized child.
Lucinda Berry is a trauma psychologist and she uses her clinical experience to create psychological thr ...more
.....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 k ...more
This book will stay with me for a very long time. It was a disturbing and horrifying read but also it was so painfully real that it made my hair stand up on my arms at times. It is definitely not an easy read but oh so captivating and so hard to put down.
I admire any parent that decides to adopt or even foster a child, especially a child that has special needs, mental or physical. Christopher and Hanna lived through a spine-chilling nightmare, when they adopted Janie, an abu ...more
(Hate the way I ended my rant? Then you'll hate the way the author ended this book.)
Readers don’t know who the murder victim(s) is (or are) until near the end of THE PERFECT CHILD. Told from the first person points o ...more
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 ...more
And worse, NO ending! Perfect flop. BTW, having worked in CPS, There's NO WAY a mother called SEVEN TIMES begging for help and NO ONE responded. Not even in Seattle, Chicago or Houston! Balderdash. Also, too many other errors on how on system doesn't work AND how it does! Bad info, knowingly long and absolutely ZERO common sense, but for sure: psychobabble galore!
Christopher and Hannah both work in the medical field and have the perfect marriage and lives, the only thing missing is a child. They've spent years trying to conceive, but Hannah's been diagnosed with an inhospitable uterus. But when a six-year-old girl, Janie, is found abandoned in a parking lot covered in bruises and blood and brought into the emergency room at their hospital, their lives begin to change. Christopher is the orthopedic surgeon assigned to fix some o ...more
This book was so absolutely good but also disturbing! It didn't really give me the psychological thriller vibe though that I was expecting but was still very well worth the read! It had me so shocked and surprised and confused. I was constantly questioning what was going to happen next and how the situation was going to be handled.
This book is about Christopher and Hannah who are b ...more
― Lucinda Berry, The Perfect Child
Oh wow. I have SO MUCH to say but I am sure you do not wan t to hear a long and extremely furious book tantrum from me so I will try to keep it short.
First..recommended. Even if I only gave it a three. This is one of the most disturbing books I have ever read.
After years of infertility, Christopher, an orthopaedic surgeon, and Hannah, a nurse, have given up on having a biological child. While they are lookin ...more
Say hello to one of my new favorite psychological thrillers 😍 I loved this book SO much and I can’t believe it took me so long to read it. I usually don’t have very high expectations when it comes to psychological thrillers, but this one seriously blew me away!
What I loved most about this book was its ability to hook me right from the beginning. I read this book in just one sitting because of how compelling it was 🙌🏼 This book was so incredibly fast-paced that I just couldn’t put it ...more
Told with alternating points of view - Christopher, Hannah, and Piper, Janie's social worker. Christopher adores Janie and finds it difficult to believe s ...more
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 v ...more
Christopher and Hannah have a perfect life except one thing. They can't have a baby. But when a battered and abused child winds up in their ER, they fall in love with her and decide to adopt her. But Janie is not the child they were expecting. Lead down a rabbit hole of devious and frankly terrifying behavior, Hannah becomes increasingly t ...more
A typical evil child wrecking havoc in a home. Although Janie was bad, it's Christopher I wanted to slap. Enough said.
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This book was so stressful. Reading about Janie and her behavior had me on edge the entire time, I was worried about Christopher and especially Hannah throughout the book. Janie’s behavior was unpredictable and violent, and it was honestly scary. What do you do when you’re in danger but no one will believe you because she’s only a child?
I really enjoyed this ...more
If Berry isn’t chasing after her son, you can find her running through Los Angeles, ...more