Book Review: ‘The Child’ by Fiona Barton – thebookwormsfantasyAs an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. 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….
The Child by Fiona Barton review: A gruesomely compelling psychological thriller
When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. For another, it reveals the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered. At the helm of the story is Kate, an experienced journalist who instinctively latches onto the discovery of the remains of a child found nearby an apartment complex. Though the remains could be historical, Kate dives right into the story, digging around the archives and interviewing anyone that she can. Another POV is drawn from Emma, a woman who freaks out when the discovery of the remains comes to light and appears to have a history of mental illness.
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I read this whilst on holiday and absolutely loved it! - Rate this book. The author of the stunning New York Times bestseller The Widow returns with a brand-new novel of twisting psychological suspense.
Apart from being a novelist, Fiona Barton has worked as a senior writer for the Daily Mail, a news editor for the Daily-Telegraph, and also as a news-editor for the Mail on Sunday. Eventually, in the year , Fiona gave up her work as a journalist so that she could work with journalist who had not only been exiled, but also threated. The idea to write her very first novel came to her many years ago while she was still a journalist. During this period, she worked on several stories which covered trials and crimes. She tried to understand what the wives of the accused really knew or were informed about the trials that their husbands were facing.
View all newsletter. A clever, twisting whodunnit that delivers an emotional punch. I loved it. Not theirs. Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth — and this time is no exception. And as the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think.