The Foster Child

The Foster Child: 'a sleep-with-the-lights-on thriller'

How did I get it?:
I bought it!


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.


I had heard such amazing things about this book from my fellow blogging friends that I knew it was one that I needed to check out as soon as I could. I’m so pleased that I made time for it because it was utterly gripping yet so disturbing at the same time. What a thriller!

The Foster Child centres around Imogen who worked as a psychologist until an event made her change her job. She now works for the local authority and takes on Ellie’s case. Ellie is an orphan living in foster care after a fire killed her parents and her brother. In a strange turn of events (and perhaps making this book not for everyone?) terrible things start to happen when Ellie gets angry with someone. Very soon, the town wonders if there’s something more to Ellie than first meets the eye. Is it coincidence or are there some darker forces involved?

The story includes so much bullying and discrimination. There were some moments of bullying that really affected me. It was awful. I felt sorry for Ellie, but at the same time wondered if she was a character I should be sorry for. I’ll let you make up your own mind if you’ve read this book or aim to read it.

One thing that always makes me tear through a book at record speed is short, snappy chapters. The Foster Child definitely has this. It’s intense and often has twists along the way. I was eagerly trying to work out what the truth really was.

This book is definitely creepy and left me feeling very uncomfortable at many points in the story. I am definitely left wanting to read more from Jenny Blackhurst!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

An eerie read!

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