Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Release Day: The Child by Fiona Barton ~ My Thoughts

Happy Release Day!!


The Child

The Child by Fiona Barton
Hardcover and e-book, 384 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by Berkley Books

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.

My thoughts about The Child ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First line—"My computer is winking at me knowingly when I sit down at my desk. I touch the keyboard, and a photo of Paul appears on my screen."

The Child started out confusing for me, just for the fact that there were several characters introduced rather quickly. This is not a negative about this bookI knew their storylines were connected somehow by I was stumped about how that was going to happen.

This is a story that kept me riveted and turning pages, trying to get to the bottom of the mystery baby found buried at a worksite. So many secrets, by so many people. I loved all the twists.

The Child is the first book of Fiona's that I have read. I will definitely be reading her previous book, The Widow and will be on the lookout for all of her future books. I love her ability to keep me confused and guessing, while giving me a satisfying ending.

I received an ARC of The Child in exchange for my honest opinion. 

About the author

Fiona Barton

My career has taken some surprising twists and turns over the years. I have been a journalist - senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at The Mail on Sunday, where I won Reporter of the Year at the National Press Awards, gave up my job to volunteer in Sri Lanka and since 2008, have trained and worked with exiled and threatened journalists all over the world.

But through it all, a story was cooking in my head.

The worm of my first book infected me long ago when, as a national newspaper journalist covering notorious crimes and trials, I found myself wondering what the wives of those accused really knew - or allowed themselves to know.

It took the liberation of my career change to turn that fascination into a tale of a missing child, narrated by the wife of the man suspected of the crime, the detective leading the hunt, the journalist covering the case and the mother of the victim.

Much to my astonishment and delight, The Widow was published in 36 countries and made the Sunday Times and New York Times Best Seller lists.

It gave me the confidence to write a second book, The Child, in which I return to another story that had intrigued me as a journalist. It begins with the discovery of a newborn's skeleton on a building site. It only makes a paragraph in an evening newspaper but for three women it's impossible to ignore.

The Child will be published in June 2017 and I am embarking on my next novel. My husband and I are still living the good life in south-west France, where I am writing in bed, early in the morning when the only distraction is our cockerel, Titch, crowing.

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  1. I read The Widow, and didn't really like it as much as I expected to. The end was such a letdown. I'd like to try The Child and see how it compares.

    1. That's interesting. I haven't read The Widow so I can't compare the two. I do want to read it so we shall see.


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