Book Review: The Foster Child by Jenny Blackhurst

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The Foster Child by Jenny Blackhurst I reviewed with thanks as part of a eArc provided by Netgalley for an honest review.

Imogen Reid returns to her home town and bad memories after her mother dies. Her husband is hoping for a new start and a new baby. She’s just started a new job after she was let go from her old one. Immediately, she’s introduced to Ellie Atkinson, a foster child whose family died in a fire. Straight away, she’s exposed to the small town mentality that Ellie isn’t right, she’s a witch and strange things happen around her. Imogen is desperate to help Ellie as both part of her job and also on a personal level. However, things are starting to happen to those who upset Ellie and even Imogen is starting to wonder if there is something supernatural occurring.

I nearly didn’t read this book. Right away at the beginning, the dialogue and writing felt clunky. The way the children were speaking to one another felt wrong and contrived. I felt though that if I didn’t read it all, it wouldn’t be fair to give it a review. I’m glad a persevered as I started to enjoy it as the book picked up pace, the writing began to flow as did the dialogue better than before. There were some glaring plot holes but I hope as this is a review copy these will be picked up with editing. I thought the characters were well developed. I really liked Imogen and had sympathy for Ellie. There was a build of tension that made me keep reading. The author gave nods to the authors that may have influenced the story line.  The ending was good, decent twists and turns. I tell you what though if you’re thinking of having children this will put you off because they’re bloody horrible in this book! So, I enjoyed the actual story. I just found the writing somewhat cliche and clunky, this took away from my enjoyment ultimately.

So 3/5 with so much potential.

About thewytchinghourblog

I'm a horror loving librarian with the need to share reviews of everything horror, gore and spooky related. I'm an avid reader of books, mainly horror, definitely supernatural. I'm a pagan and like to define myself as an eclectic witch. Halloween/Samhain is my favourite time of year from everything pumpkin spiced, the scent of decay and the veil between worlds thinning. So, here we are to share all things blood splattered, things that go bump in the night and crawl out of the darkness.
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