22 December 2023

The Foster Child


By Jenny Blackhurst


11-year-old Ellie Atkinson lives with her foster family in Gaunt, a small English town. She is the sole survivor of a house fire which destroyed her home; killing her biological family. Bullied at her new school and struggling to fit in, her only friend is foster sister Mary. 

After a series of incidents, her teachers and foster parents become fearful; believing Ellie to be dangerous. Child psychologist Imogen Reid is convinced Ellie's just a sad and lonely child; prone to outbursts of anger whilst grieving for her family. But is Imogen wrong? Is she getting too close to Ellie and putting herself in serious danger?

The Foster Child is a fantastic psychological thriller. When events lead me to reach certain conclusions, the author cleverly threw in red herrings which left me questioning everything I thought I knew. I must've changed my mind a hundred times! The unusual paranormal twist captured my imagination and, in my opinion, made the book a page-turner. With some upsetting scenes, it won't be to everyone's tastes, but setting that aside, I thought it was a really good read.


  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Headline
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Author: Jenny Blackhurst
  • Genre: Psychological Thriller, Paranormal


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...

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