The Child by Fiona Barton


*Many thanks to the publishers for my review copy!*

About the book:

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers it’s impossible to ignore.

For one woman, it’s a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her.

For another, it reveals the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered.

And for the third, a journalist, it’s the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth.

The Child’s story will be told.

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About the author:

Fiona Barton’s debut, The Widow, was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and has been published in thirty-five countries and optioned for television. Her second novel, The Child, is published in June 2017. Born in Cambridge, Fiona currently lives in south-west France.

Previously, she was a senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at the Mail on Sunday, where she won Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards.

While working as a journalist, Fiona reported on many high-profile criminal cases and she developed a fascination with watching those involved, their body language and verbal tics. Fiona interviewed people at the heart of these crimes, from the guilty to their families, as well as those on the periphery, and found it was those just outside the spotlight who interested her most . . .

My thoughts:

Having read and enjoyed The Widow by the same author, I was thrilled to be asked to read and review The Child, which is out tomorrow!

When an old housing development is being razed, the discovery of an infant skeleton sets in motion a chain of events that will touch the lives of many. As the investigation begins into the little skeleton, the reader is re-introduced to Kate Waters, a character from The Widow. An investigative journalist, Kate is naturally drawn to the mystery of the tragic discovery.

During her investigation, Kate unearths more than she bargained for. She finds a story pertaining to a newborn baby who was taken from a maternity hospital decades early and was never found. This makes old news resurface and diferent people all become entangled in the mystery.

What follows is a heartbreaking story of loss that is held tight behind lives full of secrets and lies. Kate finds way more than she had ever expected, and ends up becoming a secret-keeper. But for how long?

A chilling story, with a constant undercurrent of unease, The Child had me completely gripped from start to finish. Dare I say it, I enjoyed this even more than The Widow I think!

Highly recommended!

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