The Perfect Child

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 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.

Title:The Perfect Child
Edition Language:English
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About Lucinda Berry

Dr. Lucinda Berry's background is as unique as her stories. She has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, specializing in trauma and children. She is the Assistant Director of Evidence-based Practice at UCLA's National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. She uses her clinical experience to create compelling tales that blur the lines between fiction and nonfiction. If you want to be notified of upcoming n


    The Perfect Child Reviews

  • Bridgett

    I'm not sure I've ever read such a crazy, intense, non-stop, haunting, anxiety producing novel...but only in the best and most desirable way. I didn't want it to end. Once this book has you in it's g...

  • Danielle Stephens

    I’m okay with not having a happy ending, but an ENDING would be nice. I feel like the book ended in what should have been the end of a chapter. Good book, although I found the husband, Christopher, ...

  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    After years of infertility Dr Christopher Bauer and his wife Hannah, a nurse, gave up the idea of having a biological child. When abandoned and battered six-year-old Janie winds up in the ER, they dec...

  • Amelia Strydom

    "We'd like to think a mother and father's love can turn everything around, but there are times where parents do the very best they can, but the kid- even from the get-go - is just a bad kid ... Ignore...

  • Nichole

    This may contain spoilers, but this book left me with a lot of thoughts and feelings.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 ...

  • Christine

    Absolutely INCREDIBLE! This is my second read from Lucinda Berry and she is a phenomenal writer. I just bought two more of her books, Phantom Limb, was just .99¢ today! This book touched me, sent chi...

  • Elaine Maynard

    There was a knock on the door, I peeped behind the curtains to see who it was then I didn't bother to write a review after all. ...

  • Stacie

    No ending!Great story, but then it just stopped. It was as if the author got tired and quit. Such a disappointment. ...

  • Sophie Bristow Harris

    I came very close to giving this a full house of 5 stars. However the last line ended on a cliff hanger and I believe the author only writes stand-alones....It was a good, at times hard to read novel....

  • Lynda Kelly

    This was my Kindle First pick for February. I had thought it was the author's debut only to find out once I finished it that she's written maybe half a dozen other stories. Don't know how she passed m...