Kate is ‘tired of piecing together everything’ that is happening for her husband. She often conflicts with him, because she trusts her insights into what is happening, and he demands proof. But she knows she is right, and has the fortitude to keep digging away at it until she can prove it. When they adopt a child and bring her into their life, at first it all seems great. But there’s little nagging things about her that make Kate think Esther isn’t as sweet and innocent as she pretends to be; through a series of sinister events, she starts figuring out that Esther is dangerous. Without being able to say why, she knows Esther should not be left alone with the children, and doesn’t trust her daughter’s explanation of what happened at the park concerning another girl’s broken leg. She accurately thinks her daughter is lying to protect Esther. She knows Esther is manipulating her and her husband, playing them off each other, and causing distrust between them, in order to isolate his love for herself. She senses Esther is making ‘fake’ attempts to connect with her on an emotional level and sees through her pretense of sweetness to the malicious intent behind them. Kate forms these insights in the moment, as things happen—keeping up with them at a fast pace but unable to accurately predict the outcome. When no one will listen to or believe her, rather than make emotional appeals, Kate sets out to prove it with facts by digging up extensive details on her history (“I want to know where she came from and who she is!”). Though initially warm, welcoming, and reassuring to Esther, once she senses a threat, she becomes distant, distrustful, and disconnected from her on an emotional level; she no longer cares about this girl, and will do anything to protect her real children. Though easily able to talk about her feelings of concern, anxiety, and loss to her husband, the more pressure Kate falls under, the more she is blunt, authoritative, and refuses to compromise.

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Kate admits early on that she is afraid to adopt, because she had “this same feeling” just before her baby died in her womb, but then she changes her mind and enters the orphanage anyway. Though she forms a quick fondness for Esther, it does not take her long to become suspicious and distrustful of her. She sees “deceit” and “she lied to me,” where her husband does not sense a problem. She reads accurately into the situation that the girl is being manipulative and playing them off each other, and that there is something wrong underlining her behavior (how she seems to know more than she should; her husband argues it’s just “a naughty word,” but Kate says she knows what men and women do, and sees it as a symptom of an underlining disorder). She starts researching anti-social and borderline behaviors and takes her husband the evidence, which he ignores. She pleads with him not to leave her children alone with Esther, and attacks her in the hospital, accusing her of trying to hurt Daniel, without “evidence.” And… she’s right about all of it.