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…
You can always tell a good book when the first thing you think about is when you are going to be able to pick it up again and carry on reading. If it wasn’t for the fact that I had to go to work and needed sleep, I would have easily finished this in one sitting.
As soon as I started it and read of little Ellie, I was well and truly hooked. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of her. She pulled me in but made me want to keep my distance also. The only nice relationship she has is with her foster sister Mary who keeps an eye out for her. Everyone else either doesn’t seem to like her or for some reason they seem scared of her. Either way Ellie is a very troubled and mixed up little girl who has an awful lot to deal with. There were some bullying scenes that nearly had me in tears as I wanted to give the other children what for, for being so cruel to Ellie when she is so desperate to make friends.
Imogen has a bit of a troubled past herself. She has returned to her childhood home which holds demons for her and she wants to get on with her life. It isn’t long before she very much gets caught up with what is happening in the small village and trying to help Ellie.
The book has been likened to Stephen Kings Carrie and having read it I totally understand why. Ellie is some one who will have your heart breaking whilst giving you goose bumps.
The Foster Child is a truly gripping read that I couldn’t read quick enough to see what the outcome would be and boy it didn’t disappoint! There is plenty within the pages to keep you hooked with a few twists and turns, which by the end, left me needing something warm and fuzzy as I felt like someone had walked over my grave. Brilliant!
My thanks to Headline and Bookbridgr for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
The Foster Child is available to purchase from Amazon.