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.
November 30, -0001  |  364 pages
(Read from Apr 21, 2021 to Apr 24, 2021)
Grade: B+    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 80% Entertainment, 20% Literature
Writing Quality:
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Movie Potential:
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Sequel Potential:
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How do you rate something that was one of the most disturbing books you’ve ever read? Do you rate it higher because of its intensity...or do rate it lower because of how much it disturbed you? So...basically, I docked half a star for that jicky AF ending and another half-star for wishing I had never listened to this at all since I might be scarred for life from this story. Ultimately, I believe you should only read/listen to this if you like/can handle your books significantly disturbing.   (+1 vote)