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The Foster Child: She's got a new family now... Paperback – 16 Nov 2017
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The brilliant new novel from Jenny Blackhurst, the #1 eBook bestselling author of HOW I LOST YOU, which Clare Mackintosh called 'utterly gripping' and BEFORE I LET YOU IN. If you love Louise Jensen's THE GIFT or SK Tremayne's THE ICE TWINS you will love this.
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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...See all Product description
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Having left her last job, under a cloud that we have to wait for an explanation for, Imogen dreams of a new start in the town where she was brought up. Her husband is supportive but his desire for a family seems at odds with her own feelings about having children and her career is the focus of her ambition for the near future. When she is given the case files for her new position, she becomes entangled in the life of Ellie who has lost her whole family in a house fire. But Ellie seems to attract trouble wherever she goes-could this quietly watchful young girl really be a jinx?
Oh what a twisty tale Jenny Blackhurst weaved here! I was seriously creeped out by Ellie but those feelings were conflicted with my desire to just give her a huge hug and make everything better for her. My maternal feelings took over and I became as passionate as Imogen regarding the issues Ellie faced. But then unexplained events begin to make me question everything that had gone before! The tension was built up to an unbearable level at times and I seriously began to doubt every single theory I had about what had happened and why. And most of my frustrations were directed towards the adults who should have known better! I was determined to support Imogen in her single handedly unorthodox attempts to support this sad and lonely young girl but around every corner was another mountain waiting for Imogen, always trying to hinder her attempts to help Ellie.
I loved Jenny’s first two books and this is a worthy successor to them both. Her writing style seems to have developed a maturity and confidence so that she was able to pull off the ability to keep her readers guessing what the outcome would be here. I had serious chills throughout this disturbing storyline, compelled to continue until the very end without putting it down, convinced something awful would befall the characters if I stopped giving them my full attention!
Although aimed towards an adult readership I do think a teenage audience would also appreciate the issues raised here of not fitting in and feeling outcast by their peers often for no other reason than just being “different”.
There was a sublime finish to this cleverly crafted psychological thriller that left me feeling unsettled and thoughtful. This is one that will be haunting me for some time to come! Definitely her best book so far!
In this gripping and terrifying new novel by Jenny Blackhurst we meet Ellie, the strange girl whom nobody loves; the girl nobody wants to get close to just in case something horrifying happens as a result. The tension is so nail-bitingly intense that I, for one, had to leave the book for a couple of days before taking it up again!!
The book is a brilliant example of genre fiction, the characters are almost too well drawn, Imogen, the involved social worker feels written from genuine experience and like many in the profession can not stop herself from getting involved with the odd little "changeling" who seems causes disasters around her wherever she goes.
This is truly, when you have the nerve, the kind of book that induced insomnia not only from its disturbing contents but also the craving to know how it is all going to turn out.
Imogen Reid returns to her hometown where she was never very happy. She has her own issues, but when she is assigned as case worker to Ellie's school and hears what is being said she is determined to protect this poor child- but is Imogen the one that needs protecting?
I had read reviews of this book describing how chilling & scary it was. That intrigued me, as an avid reader of early Stephen King I haven't had a good scare for a while! The Foster Child soon saw to that! This is a gripping read where you are on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next & mentally saying, "Don't go there/ do that!"
Definitely five stars.Thanks to Netgalley & the publisher for giving me the chance to read this haunting book. I think I need something a bit lighter after it!!
This is a genuinely creepy story that actually chilled me right through to the bone. Compelling reading with twists and turns that I did just not see coming.familiar in theme to "The Girl On The Train" and "Gone Girl" but this is even better.
Disturbing, scary, and full of suspense and unputdownable, I raced through this and absolutely enjoyed and would go as far as to put it in my top five reads this year. I fully recommend.
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