The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry

“For eager adoptive parents, getting what they always wanted has chilling consequences”

Publication Date: 1st March 2019
Genre: Psychological Thriller, Horror
Pages: 358
My Rating: ★★★★
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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 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 behaviour threatens to tear Christopher and Hannah apart, the truth behind Janie’s past may be enough to push them all over the edge.


The Perfect Child follows married couple Hannah and Christopher Bauer, both of whom are desperate to have a child. The are struggling to conceive and discussing adopting a child instead, something they are both extremely excited for. Little Janie appears in the hospital where the pair works, and Christopher instantly falls in love, suggesting to Hannah that they take her in as their own. Christopher forms an incredibly strong bond with Janie, however Hannah struggles with this and is convinced there is something wrong with the child.

Christopher is relatively problematic as he isn’t attentive to Hannah’s cry for help when she is the brunt of Janie’s aggressive behaviour, telling her that she is just imagining it. His character was very irritating as he continues to be ignorant to his wife, returning to work shortly after they adopt Janie and leaving Hannah alone to deal with her brutal behaviour.

Janie was written as a chilling villain in this story. Despite the fact that she is only a child, she was very creepy and I spooked myself even more by reading the book at night. I couldn’t trust Janie one bit when reading this book and found myself looking over my shoulder, expecting her to be stood right behind me. The way she was presented made this book more of a horror than a thriller in my opinion. She is such a horrifying character, I would recommend all horror lovers to pick this book up. It is very similar to Orphan Black.

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