Book Review: The Foster Child by Jenny Blackhurst

What’s it about?

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…



My thoughts

Many thanks to the publishers for the ARC I received and my apologies for taking so flipping long to read it!

So what did I think about The Foster Child, it started off very well.  The first few chapters enticed me in very easily, I loved the short chapters as I thought that made everything more pacy and tense and of course…just one more chapter often turned in to five.

With the chapters being told in turn by mostly Imogen and Ellie you get a good all round view, well you think you do, but what I found more scarier than Ellie, who wasn’t really that scary, was the small town mentality depicted in the book.  The assumptions the characters make without real evidence was just scary because this shit happens in real life.  The bullying Ellie experiences is utterly heartbreaking and you can only feel immensely for Ellie and I was so pleased for her that at least she can find some sort of comfort with her foster-sister Mary.

Well, I don’t know if it’s just me or if this happens to you too, but I find it somewhat difficult and awkward to review books when I’ve met the author (in this case more than once) and they’re not just a faceless name on a page.  I didn’t love this book, I liked it though, but I’m not really into books with supernatural elements, however small a thread or misinterpreted, so this really is more about me and my preferences than Jenny’s skill as a writer, because I really really enjoyed Before I Let You In.  So unfortunately I did spend a good third of this book rolling my eyes 🙁  That being said, I thought I had it sussed, and then discovered that I actually I didn’t but then I did a little…..the ending was a cracker!

I will still look out for Jenny’s books and will definitely read more of what she writes, in fact, I do have How I Lost You on the book shelf to be read.

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Small print for info
Source: ARC
No of pages: 400
Publisher: Headline


  1. 17th April 2018 / 11:33 am

    I know exactly what you mean about knowing the writer… I have a review to write and I’m struggling because I didn’t love it, but I liked it, and it’s well written, just not exactly my cup of tea!
    I also know what you mean about supernatural elements in an otherwise realistic story. I like full fantasy or all realistic, otherwise it can feel a bit odd.

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      21st April 2018 / 4:11 pm

      Oooh I’m intrigued now by which book you’re referring to! 🙂

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