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 child, 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.
Wow, I’m still not over this amazing book. The whole story was absolutely shocking. I’ve never read a book quite like it. It completely challenged my thinking through and I was doubting who was right and who was wrong throughout. I think it shows that nothing is ever black and white or is as simple as it seems. There wasn’t really a character in the book that was completely blameless or completely in the right. The ending was just brilliant. As it came towards the end I was completely undecided about what the actual reality was but honestly it was just so shocking and such a good way to end. The story contains animal abuse, graphic violence and child abuse so it’s not for the faint hearted but honestly if you enjoy psychological thrillers, I can’t recommend this enough! The writing was excellent, the characters were easy to connect with, it was easy to sit down and read in one sitting and the story was outstanding. My favourite book I’ve read in a good while.