Friday, June 30, 2017

Review: THE CHILD by Fiona Barton @figbarton @BerkleyPub

by Fiona Barton

You can bury the story . . . but you can’t hide the truth

*One of Publishers Weekly and Bustle’s Most Anticipated Books of 2017*
*A TIME “Top 10” Summer Thriller*
*Pre-publication exclusives featured by Entertainment Weekly and theSkimm*
*Praise from Lee Child, Shari Lapena, and Clare Mackintosh *
*Starred Reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal*
*A June 2017 Library Reads Selection*

This summer FIONA BARTON is back with a second novel that proves lightning can strike twice.

Barton’s 2016 debut, The Widow, was an instant global bestseller, captivating readers around the world and setting the publishing industry abuzz.

The highly-anticipated release of THE CHILD (Berkley Hardcover; June 27, 2017) reaffirms Barton’s growing reputation as a writer of rich, character-driven suspense novels. Like Tana French, Louise Penny, and Megan Abbott, Barton’s stories do more than thrill: they explore the complexities of a changing world.

The Widow delved into the secrets that exist within a marriage and the reporter’s role as voyeur.  Here Barton continues to mine those themes. THE CHILD tackles the 24/7 news cycle, and lays bare the intricacies of a different but equally fascinating relationship—mother and child.

Says Barton: “The emotions, responsibilities—and the pain—of motherhood are unique to each of us with children. Ask any woman and she will have her own story to tell.”

The Child 
by Fiona Barton
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Published: June 27, 2017
Publisher: Berkley


In a working class neighborhood of London, construction workers make a grisly discovery: the long-buried remains of a baby.  When a newspaper mention reveals the find, most readers barely give it a glance. But for two women, its threat to unearth hidden stories is impossible to ignore. For veteran reporter, Kate Waters (introduced in The Widow), it sparks the question “Who would bury a baby?” and starts a hunt for the truth about the nameless child. The story unfolds via the women’s alternating perspectives to eventually reveal: Who is Building Site Baby?

My Review:

The story of The Child is told from the prospective of four different women, Kate, Angela, Emma and Jude.

The Skeleton of a baby is found on a building site. Who is the building site baby?

Angela thinks it is her baby girl Alice who was taken from her hospital room at a maternity hospital several years ago.

Emma thinks it is the baby that she gave birth to when she was a teenager. She hid her pregnancy from her mom and all her friends. She tried to tell her mom Jude but she didn’t want to hear the truth as it involved her boyfriend Will.

Jude chose not to believe her if she did then she would lose Will. Jude and Will threw Emma out when she was sixteen and she had to go live with her grandparents.

Kate, a reporter just wants a story for the paper she works for but once she meets Angela and Emma and hears their stories it becomes more than just a story for her. She wants to find out the truth for these two women who have come to touch her heart.

Whatever happened to baby Alice? Who took Alice? Whose baby was buried at the building site? Who would bury a baby like that and why? Come and join Kate on her quest to find the truth.

If you have not read The Child then let me suggest that you do. The Child is filled with lots of twist and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat wanting to know why, who and what? Why did they bury the child there? Who buried the child there? What is going to happen next? 

In fact, it was the allure of a hidden story that propelled Barton to her long-time career in news. A journalist and British Press Awards “Reporter of the Year,” she has worked at the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph, and brings that experience to bear in her novels.

In THE CHILD she details how Kate’s lengthy investigation into Building Site Baby’s death represents a perilous breach of the newsroom’s new culture of 24/7 online news. Says Barton: “The danger for Kate is that she risks becoming one of the dinosaurs—sidelined because she is unable and unwilling to be part of the revolution. And I feel for her.”
Though THE CHILD delivers an evocative look at the changing face of journalism, and a delicious plot twist, it is the characters’ haunting and rich emotional lives that set Barton apart and confirm her stature as a crime novelist of the first order.

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