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Title: The Child
Author: Fiona Barton
Publisher: Penguin Books Canada
Publication Date: June 27, 2017
Summary (from Goodreads): 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…
Having never read Barton’s first novel, The Widow, I went into this one with no expectations. I am a complete fan now and I look forward to reading more books by this author. The writing style is crisp, which really keeps the story moving along. Also, the characters are well-developed, and interestingly different from one another. The Child is a psychological thriller that will definitely keep you guessing right up until the end.
Mysteries seem to flow better when they are written in a manner that is concise and to the point. I love how The Child has quite short chapters that go from one character’s perspective to the next. Honestly, the book is hard to put down because of this. Once more details are uncovered, you will want to know what the next character is going to do or say. This has to be one of my favourite aspects of Barton’s writing. It is to the point and captures the reader’s attention.
There are four female characters that the story revolves around, which gives a different perspective as to who/what was the cause of this baby to end up in the construction site. Each woman is so interesting, and once their backgrounds are revealed, the characters become very relatable. Kate is a really enjoyable character, as she is the journalist trying to get to the bottom of the story. Her personality and methods to find out the details in an effort to solve the mystery are so engaging.
A perfect thriller is one that will surprise you at every turn. The Child absolutely provides its readers with many twists, turns, and shocks. Just when you think that you have figured out what will happen next, Barton takes the story into a completely new direction. You will be amazed at the ending of this one, for sure.
The Child is a mystery novel that will have it readers suspecting the story throughout. It is an unputdownable book that has a cast of incredible characters. I highly recommend this one to anyone who loves a great thriller.