#BlogTour: The Child by Fiona Barton @figbarton @TransworldBooks #TheChild

Published in Paperback on 14th December 2017. My thanks to the Author and the Publisher for the review copy and Anne Cater for inviting me on the blog tour. 


When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers this tiny, pushed aside news story is impossible to ignore. 

For one woman, it’s a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her. 

For another, it’s the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered. 

And for a third, a journalist, it’s the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth.

My Thoughts: 

The Child is the second novel from author Fiona Barton. I am now kicking myself because I have yet to read her first, The Widow. I will most definitely be adding that one to the reading pile now. 

The Child is a story of secrets and historical events that unravel slowly over the course of the novel, keeping the reader engaged throughout, it is dark and disturbing. So well written but not overdone. The sort of book that is difficult to tell you too much about the plot without being scared of giving something away. So you are just going to get a snippet and then take my word for it about how great this it really is. 

The remains of a baby have been discovered buried on a building site in Woolwich, the reader is told the story from the perspective of three main protagonists. Emma, who seems to suffer from some mental health issues, is struggling. Secondly we have Jude, Emma's mother. The two ladies seemingly have a fractious and difficult relationship and thirdly we have Kate. 

Kate Waters is a journalist, the paper she works for is making redundancies. She seems a little bored with the work she is doing so when the story of the missing baby hits her desk she seizes the opportunity to make a difference, her investigative skills are second to none and at most points she is one step ahead of the police. I loved the compassion and dedication that Kate shows to those concerned and her persistence at getting to the heart of the story. I loved this character. 

Tension builds throughout this story and is palpable on every page, just when you think you have it all sewn up, something else happens to ramp it up again. The permeating sense of unease as the pages turn makes this a gripping read and extremely addictive thriller. 

I can't not recommend this one. 

About the Author:

Fiona Barton’s debut, The Widow, was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and has been published in thirty-five countries and optioned for television. Born in Cambridge, Fiona currently lives in south-west France. 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. While working as a journalist, Fiona reported on many high-profile criminal cases and she developed a fascination with watching those involved, their body language and verbal tics. Fiona interviewed people at the heart of these crimes, from the guilty to their families, as well as those on the periphery, and found it was those just outside the spotlight who interested her most...

You can find her on Twitter: @figbarton
Please do have a look at some of the stops on the blog tour. 

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