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Elena Fairchild is a teacher at one of the state’s new elite schools. Her daughters are exactly like her: beautiful, ambitious, and perfect. A good thing, since the recent mandate that’s swept the country is all about perfection.
Now everyone must undergo routine tests for their quotient, Q, and any children who don’t measure up are placed into new government schools. Instead, teachers can focus on the gifted.
Elena tells herself it’s not about eugenics, not really, but when one of her daughters scores lower than expected and is taken away, she intentionally fails her own test to go with her.
But what Elena discovers is far more terrifying than she ever imagined…
Praise for Christina Dalcher:
‘This book will blow your mind.’ PRIMA
‘Intelligent, suspenseful, provocative, and intensely disturbing – everything a great novel should be.’ LEE CHILD
‘A novel ripe for the era of #MeToo.’ VANITY FAIR
‘Thought-provoking and set to dominate dinner party chats.’ COSMOPOLITAN
‘A dazzling debut.’ GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
‘A truly compulsive novel.’ STYLIST
‘Thought-provoking and thrilling. I was left speechless!’ WOMAN & HOME
‘The book of the moment!’ MARIE CLAIRE
‘A fast-paced, twisting thriller that left me speechless.’ DAILY MAIL