The Child

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The Child

"The Child" by Fiona Barton is fast paced and totally engrossing!

When workmen uncover the tiny bones of a baby, the ghoulish discovery is good for a brief, back page story for journalist Kate Waters.

But then Angela, a woman whose baby was kidnapped many years ago, comes forward wishing to know if the baby could possibly be her child.

Although Kate’s boss is not convinced the story is worth pursuing, Kate is determined to give Angela peace of mind, one way or another.

So, with her rookie partner, Joe, in tow, she winds her way through a myriad of old crimes, with the help of a mysterious telephone source, and amazing DNA forensics. But, quite suddenly, the case takes a strange and unexpected turn that shines an entirely new light on things.

Is the child ‘baby Alice’ and if so, what really happened all those years ago?

Many of us who read “The Widow” have been eagerly anticipating Fiona Barton’s next book.

This novel centers on a missing child, in a way, but is more character driven, in my opinion.

The atmosphere here is suspenseful, loaded with heavy emotions, and addictively readable. I couldn’t put it down. The short chapters, which normally, is a huge pet peeve of mine, worked in this case, keeping the pacing brisk and the alternate perspectives fresh.

The only downside to the story, for me, was the slight predictability. If you read many thrillers, or novels of suspense, you might begin to suspect where the plot is headed even after a puzzling twist is tossed in the mix.

However, the family dramas, which are equally compelling, and heart wrenching, makes up for the small flaws, in a big way.

The characters are all suspect, at least in the beginning, but they also drew out my sympathies, including Kate, who wanted to see the child rest in peace and bring closure to all who were involved, and hopefully, see justice done.

The suspense level, compared to ‘The Widow’ is not quite as edgy, but the story is so absorbing, I think that might be a good thing, in this case, and it shows the author’s growth, proving the sky is the limit for Fiona Barton. Well done!

Fans of psychological thrillers and mysteries will enjoy this one!!


Book Blurb for The Child

The author of the stunning New York Times bestseller The Widow returns with a brand-new novel of twisting psychological suspense.

As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby?

As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss.

But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn—house by house—into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women—and torn between what she can and cannot tell…


Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2017 4.00