Book Review for THE CHILD by Fiona Barton

THE CHILD by Fiona Barton
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: An intricate and tense tale of secrets, lies, and heartbreak.

Last year I read THE WIDOW, the debut novel by Fiona Barton, and was blown away by her story telling. With her second novel, THE CHILD, she continues to amaze me by giving her readers characters that are so realistic you can’t help but get sucked into the story. The eloquence of the prose combined with emotion and secrets will keep you at the edge of your seat wishing for an ending that brings closure for all involved.


What makes the story so addictive are the threads that Barton weaves together. I loved the way that the author teases us with bits of information and carefully unravels the mystery of who the child is. In fact, the suspense comes from not knowing where the story will lead. You will not be getting high action with this novel, but what you do get with a slow rise in tension and the complexities, flaws, and humanity of the characters make this book so good.

If you can’t tell, I loved this book. Hanging out with Kate Waters again was so amazing. I cannot wait to see what story she uncovers next.

Plot Summary:

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…

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Try the audio book too! I love the narration on this one. You can get it at Audible or iTunes.

About the Author: Fiona Barton trains and works with journalists all over the world. 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. Born in Cambridge, England, she currently lives in southwest France.

Book Details

Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Berkley (June 27, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1101990481
ISBN-13: 978-1101990483

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