Review: The Suspect by Fiona Barton

Review: The Suspect by Fiona BartonTitle: The Suspect
Author: Fiona Barton
Publisher: Penguin Books Canada
Publication Date: January 22, 2019

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

The New York Times bestselling author of The Widow returns with a brand new novel of twisting psychological suspense about every parent's worst nightmare...

When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight--desperate, bereft and frantic with worry. What were the girls up to before they disappeared?

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. But she can't help thinking of her own son, whom she hasn't seen in two years, when he left home to travel.

As the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even when it seems far away, danger can lie closer to home than one might think...

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Review: The Suspect by Fiona Barton

The Suspect by Fiona Barton is one of the best thrillers I have read in a while. This story is both believable and terrifying. The flawed characters are interesting and will have you flipping pages until you reach the shocking conclusion. Continue reading

Review: The Child by Fiona Barton

Review: The Child by Fiona BartonTitle: The Child
Author: Fiona Barton
Publisher: Penguin Books Canada
Genres: Thriller
Publication Date: June 27, 2017

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

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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Review: The Child by Fiona Barton

The Child is my first Fiona Barton novel and I am a complete fan now. 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. Continue reading

Review: 150 Years of STATS Canada!

Review: 150 Years of STATS Canada!Title:  150 Years of Stats Canada!: A Guide to Canada's Greatest Country
Author: Julia Davidovich
Publisher: Penguin Books Canada
Publication Date: June 6, 2017

three-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Canada's funniest online sensation is back to celebrate the country's 150th anniversary--bigger, bolder, and only 10% reused material!
Want to know what the hottest new Canadian apps are? Need a handy chart to help you decide what Can-Con music to listen to? How about the top Google searches across the nation? In this handy guide to Canada, the tireless experts at @stats_canada reveal all the must-know quirks from coast to coast to frigid coast.

From helpful tips on the Vancouver housing market to planning the ultimate Montreal bachelor party, Stats Can is on the case. And discover just how Canadian you are with the official checklist, not to mention the Tim Hortons etiquette quiz.
With crucial updates about Canada on its big birthday, and all the stats, charts, and graphs to back them up, 150 Years of Stats Canada! is the perfect way to celebrate everything we love about this great country.

Disclaimer: still 100.6% not affiliated with Statistics Canada

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Review: 150 Years of Stats Canada!

150 Years of Stats Canada might appeal to you if you have followed Stats Canada on Twitter, and not the actual Stats Canada, the parody account, you will already have an idea of what this book is all about. There are some funny moments that poke fun at all things Canadian, and while I did find myself chuckling a few times, there were also a few groaners. As with any satirical work, there is a tendency to go a bit too far and I found that some of the jokes were a bit offensive. Continue reading