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#BookReview The Foster Child By Jenny Blackhurst #12ReviewsOfXmas

51zikaY+-nL.jpgPublisher: Headline
ISBN13: 9781472235299
Genre:  Psychological Thrillers
Release date: 16 11 2017
Price*: Kindle £3.99 (GBP)/  Paperback £8.99 (GBP)
Kindle $5.25 (USD)/ Paperback $11.93 (USD)
Pages: ~ 400
My rating: 8/10
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What I learned from this book: Fostering is a very kind act, but you never know who are you letting into your house…

Description of the book: When child psychologist Imogen Reid takes on the case of 11-year-old Ellie Atkinson, she refuses to listen to warnings that the girl is dangerous.
Ellie was the only survivor of a fire that killed her family. Imogen is convinced she’s just a sad and angry child struggling to cope with her loss.

But Ellie’s foster parents and teachers are starting to fear her. When she gets upset, bad things seem to happen. And as Imogen gets closer to Ellie, she may be putting herself in danger…

How this book made me feel: Well that was one good thriller, I don’t understand what took me so long to pick it up. 😀

This story is told from multiple perspectives, but mainly, Imogen and Ellie are the ones sharing their feelings and thoughts. I liked Imogen as a character, but sometimes her actions and decisions were silly and not very thought through. Ellie was a mystery from the beginning till the end, and I kind of liked that the author left this mystical aura surrounding Ellie until the last sentence of the book. All the characters in this book were quite disturbed, carrying some baggage from their pasts.

The narrative of this novel was quite tense, there always were little incidents related to Ellie, that made this book very absorbing. I liked the topics this book discussed, such as pregnancy, parental love, bullying, fighting your fears, child’s behaviour problems, attachment, and many more. I enjoyed all the little twists and turns the author threw in this in this book, it made this book a true page-turner.

The writing style of this novel was easy to read, but quite confusing. Till the last page I could not understand what was going on with Ellie. In some places, it seems that she was supernatural, and in other places, it was brushed off as fabrication, so this thing did leave me baffled. The chapters had a very decent length and they didn’t leave me bored. The ending of the book was quite surprising but it rounded the story very nicely and left me satisfied with the outcome.

So, to conclude, I really enjoyed this psychological thriller, it has very complex and disturbed characters, as well as the plot that is always trying to confuse the reader, and filled with turns, twists and very important topics. Do give this book a go, and I hope you will not get scared off of fostering children as I did. 😀 Enjoy!

Thank You for Your time! ❤


B1aA7l-xG2S._US230_.jpgAbout the author: Jenny lives in Shropshire where she grew up dreaming that one day she would get paid for making up stories. She is an avid reader and can mostly be found with her head in a book or hunting Pokemon with her son. Her favourite film is Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, but if her children ask it’s definitely Moana.
Twitter @JennyBlackhurst

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