The Child by Fiona Barton

The Child

Fiona Barton

A dead baby's body is found, buried for years, affecting the lives of three women. Journalist Kate Waters goes to investigate what happens to the baby but realizes: you can bury the story but you can't hide the truth.

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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…


Advance Galley Reviews

This book alternates chapters following the lives of 3 main characters. When we first meet all three of them, they have all just become aware of a small article in Evening Standard about the bones of an infant being found on a building site in Woolwich. Emma sees the article and becomes anxious and distracted, to the point of burning dinner. Kate works for the Daily Post, sees the small article in the Evening Standard, and is intrigued and wants to investigate further. Angela's not having a good day, it's Alice's birthday and her husband Nick doesn't seem to remember and this upsets her even more. She wonders if the small bones found could be Alice. This book took awhile for me to get into. I enjoyed the short chapters, they tempted me to read just one more. It was an easy and quick read, with a bit of a twist. I never really felt connected with the characters so in the end it fell a little flat for me. It's not a bad mystery thriller, it just won't be one of my all time favorite books.

This was a fantastic book

I was excited to read an advance copy of The Child, as I was a huge fan of Barton's previous book, The Widow. I must say, I enjoyed The Child much more. It definitely had an emotional impact, and it kept me thinking the entire time, trying to figure things out. I won't say much because I don't wait to spoil anything. The end wasn't a surprise to me, but it was still quite a twist.

I haven't had the chance to read the Widow by Fiona, but after hearing such great reviews I couldn't wait to get my hands on her newest book "The Child". I was lucky enough to get an advanced readers copy through firsttoread.com and I was blown away. The story is such an emotional roller coaster, especially for anyone that's a mother and has that ultimate fear of their baby being abducted. I loved all the characters and how the author just kept slowly putting the puzzle pieces together for you as you constantly tried to figure out how they were all related. I wouldn't say that I didn't see the ending coming but even though it wasn't a huge surprise I would still say it was a shocking twist. Loved everything about this book and I anticipate it being another huge success for Fiona Barton.

I feel like I've already read 30 variations of this book; there's nothing new here. I guessed the big twist well before it was revealed. It's not a bad book but it's nothing special.

Even though I figured it out before the ending, I liked the journey throughout this book. Unreliable protagonists are all the rage in books these days but does that hold true in this story? That's the guessing game. Can trauma produce inaccurate memories? When the unthinkable happens to both a parent and a child, lives are forever changed and memories are both nurtured and suppressed. This story also covers the question of when is it time to let go and when is it time to tell your story. There are lots of good bits in between these questions.

My Review of “The Child” by Fiona Barton I would like to thank First To Read and Berkley/Penguin Random House for the ARC of “The Child” by Fiona Barton for my honest review. The genre of this novel is Mystery/thriller and Adult Fiction. During a demolition of a building, the bones of a baby are found. The baby is referred to as the “Building Site Baby”. Kate Waters, a journalist becomes increasingly involved in this story. Years before, a baby disappeared from the maternity ward in a major hospital, while the mother was taking a shower. The mother has been tormented with guilt for leaving the baby alone in the hospital.Although this is devastating news, this might mean closure for this couple. Kate starts to interview many of the tenants who resided in the demolished building. The more people that Kate interviews, the more complicated it becomes. Kate is now speaking to the police and a detective involved in this case. Fiona Barton describes her characters as flawed, complex and complicated. Most of them have secrets, that they want to stay buried. Kate starts to find more evidence and clues that seem to be part of this unresolved case. There are twists and turns and unexpected revelations. I was surprised and didn’t expect the ending. When the secrets, turn into the truth, there can be unanticipated, unpredictable consequences. I found this book intriguing and would recommend it!

Spellbinding! I couldn't stop reading this book. I would have to tear myself away from this story. When I wasn't reading it I found myself thinking about it. I couldn't wait to see what happened next. I figured out some answers pretty early on, but it didn't keep me from wanting to know how it all came about. This was a definite page turner. This is a great story. There is a lot going on in this story, but it doesn't take away from the book. This book jumps around between different people and times, but it is still a cohesive story. It all flows. This is a great read. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. It is amazing!

The book starts out slowly, getting used to the different players voices, but picks up speed as the individual connections unfold. A lot of emotional twists which eventually culminate into a revelation in the end. Kate, a journalist doggedly hunts down the clues to solve the discovery of an infants remains at a building site. The tragic circumstances revealed are sad and surprising. A good read.

I really enjoyed the suspense and the characters in the novel. There are two different women that I have lost children and there stories are intertwined when Kate begins her quest to find the truth. Angela and her husband have lived a life of dealing with the grief from the loss of their child. Emma deals with a mother that does not act like a parent. She ends up becoming pregnant through her mother's boyfriend and hides her pregnancy. Kate finds the truth with her connections and is able to unite a family and create a true beginning for Emma. I will definitely be interested in checking out Fiona Barton's first novel after devouring this one.

 


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