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The perfect child von Lucinda Berry
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The perfect child (2019. Auflage)

von Lucinda Berry

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A Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestseller. 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.… (mehr)
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Titel:The perfect child
Autoren:Lucinda Berry
Info:Seattle : Thomas & Mercer, [2019]
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The Perfect Child von Lucinda Berry

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    Sie nannten mich "Es": Der Mut eines Kindes zu überleben von Dave Pelzer (JenniferRobb)
    JenniferRobb: Berry's book is fictional while Pelzer's is his true story, but many aspects of the abuse the child suffers is similar. Thanfully, Pelzer's story turns out better than the fictional one does.
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This book was so disturbing, yet I could not stop reading. The father truly is pathetically annoying and naive, but the story for the most part was incredibly compelling. ( )
  SallyElizabethMurphy | May 20, 2021 |
A big thank you to Good reads as this is another book I’ve won through the giveaways.
Creepy and so horribly sad. What causes a person, a child no less, to become (or just “be” as in this case) do evil? The ending actually surprised me because it does not end in a typical fashion. In fact I think the ending almost left it open for another book. You really don’t get what you expect to get with this book. There are a few very intense and even nail biting moments.
I did have a few moments with the husband though when I just wanted to yell at him for being so stupid. I think I find him to be the most unbelievable character in the story. Overall, I really enjoyed the book. ( )
  purple_pisces22 | Mar 14, 2021 |
I almost feel awful giving this book such a high rating because of how sickly disturbing it is. But it really was a good book. It shows you just what humans are capable of when you get the right mix of factors. I don't really know what to say about this book because it is so tragic but I almost hate to say I enjoyed it. Beware to the faint of heart. ( )
  Alli_Kelsey | Jan 4, 2021 |
This is a book about a perfectly happy couple Christopher & Hannah who have been struggling to conceive a child of their own. When Janie is found abandoned she is brought into the hospital they work and and steps are taken to rehabilitate her - both mentally and physically. If you don't like deeply disturbing suspense books then this one is definitely not for you. This book hooked me with the first chapter and was a never ending rollercoaster start to finish. I couldn't put it down and finished it in a day. ( )
  thereviewbooth | Mar 19, 2020 |
So this was my first experience with an audiobook,, and I will give kudos to the narrators, who did a fantastic job. All of their Janie voices were really creepy which I think was perfect.

Now, as for the book itself. I have a lot of thoughts on this book, many of which have been sent to my partner/friends over the last several days, so allow me to summarise them here:

The Plot: The plot was interesting. It was captivating and definitely kept you intrigued, and I thought it was a nice insight into family dynamics when the unthinkable happens. This is where most of my praise for the book comes from, because I think insofar as it being a thriller, it did a really good job. Even if the twist at the end about Becky was obvious from like Chapter 3.

The Writing: The writing was generally good, though I did notice a few things that really irked me, but maybe were heightened as a result of the audiobook medium. (1) Every. Single. Chapter. Ends. On. An. Ominous. Note. This is good in thrillers to do occasionally, but it kinda oversells the tension after a while. (2) Some of the phrasing was really repetitive within a single paragraph i.e. the author would use the same word or phrase in quick succession, not really mixing it up. Apart from that though, overall really nice writing.

The Characters: The characters are where things get messy. Janie is creepy and good as a little demon child, which I think is nice and contributes prominently to the thriller aspect of the novel (see above), though at times her requests or actions I think went a bit too far. I hated how manipulative she was, but that's good. It made her a good villain.

Hannah is interesting as a character, because of the fact that she is by far the most level headed through the majority of the book and her psychotic break was genuinely a surprise when it was revealed to me . She was the one of the only characters I felt genuine empathy for.

Alison is likewise sympathetic and level-headed and I was genuinely upset when she died near the end of the book .

The Social Worker was largely uninteresting and after 4 days of listening to her interviews I can't even remember her name and honestly I don't care enough about her to go back and check.

And then there's Christopher. In my opinion, Christopher might actually be the main villain of the book. His weird underlying misogyny and obsessive, creepy love for Janie is ultimately what ends up causing almost all of the morbid events of the book and the FACT THAT HE TWIRLS JANIE AROUND AFTER HE FINDS OUT SHE KILLED ALISON MADE ME IRATE . He disregards basically the opinions of every woman in the book, dismissing them as hormonal or not invested enough in Janie. I honestly couldn't stand his character at all, and I was kinda hoping he'd be killed by Janie in the end. I'm also mad about the ending (in general, see below) but mostly because I wanted him to have a mental breakdown after learning the truth about Becky .

The Social: Maybe I'm being all Gen X about this, but I got serious undercurrents of misogyny throughout the whole book, and I feel like so much of the 'family drama' aspect of the novel was predicated on cishetnormative stereotypes and social roles. Also, the fact that I think every character was cishet and mostly white was just ugh. It's the year of our Lord Twenty-bi-teen. Maybe I missed something, and someone please let me know if I did.

The ending: The ending was disappointing, and I didn't like that it ended without a real resolution. This seems to be the majority opinion of readers, and a lot of folks have said a lot more on it and in better words, so I'll leave it to them.

Overall, I think it was a good thriller that did what it set out to do: unsettle the reader by unravelling a family due to a psychopathic child. I just wish some of the characters had been a little more interesting (and Christopher less of a total prick), and that the cishetnormativity were watered down a bit. ( )
  Bran_Pap | Dec 5, 2019 |
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A Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestseller. 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.

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