The Suspect by Fiona Barton

The Suspect

Fiona Barton

Journalist Kate Waters tries to uncover what happened to two eighteen-year-old girls who went missing in Thailand. However, she can’t help but think of her own son, whom she hasn’t seen in two years, since he left home to go traveling.

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Praise for The Suspect 

“The exceedingly twisty tale…will test Kate, and her painfully conflicting loyalties, to the limit. Barton’s many fans will be rewarded.”—Publishers Weekly

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 but think of her own son, whom she hasn’t seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling. 

As the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think…

Advance Galley Reviews

This was my second book by Fiona Barton and I was absolutely thrilled to get to read a bit more about Kate Waters and DI Sparkes again. This novels follows dual time lines getting a hint of what happened when two eighteen year old girls left home for the first time to go to Thailand and then the aftermath of when they have gone missing. The story is told from four different POV, Alex (one of the girls) tells the past the story of the girls in Thailand. You also get to hear from Kate Waters, DI Sparkes and Alex's mother. With scenes set in Thailand you get a taste of other parts of the world that was interesting to see. The novel is fast paced and kept me guessing through out. I loved every moment of the book and honestly couldn't put it down. It was a 5 out of 5 star for me. Thank you to the publishers and Fiona Barton for the early ARC in exchange for my honest opinion and review of the novel.

While I did pick up on a few plot twists I definitely enjoyed the book and was still surprised several times along the way! I found the characters engaging and the pace of the story really drew me in. Definitely worth reading if you are a fan of suspense/thrillers.

I enjoyed this book and could not put it down. This book had multiple viewpoints and while I usually don't like books with multiple viewpoints, I feel like this one was well written. I was interested in each character and wanted more of them. It was a gripping page-turner that kept me guessing right up until the end. I would definitely recommend to fans of thrillers!!!

Thanks for the ARC of Fiona Barton’s “The Suspect”. If you liked Barton’s previous novels, “The Widow” and “The Child”,you will enjoy this selection as well. The author writes short chapters that help to move the action along. Barton spins a good mystery but the most fun is her dark side that gives her novels some zing.

I’ve read author Fiona Barton’s two previous books and enjoyed them very much. She has a real ability to quietly draw the reader into a seemingly normal, everyday tale and then gobsmack them with a twist or two that just causes everything previously read to be reconsidered. Call me a fan. THE SUSPECT, though, is not quite that tale, and unfortunately telegraphs its twists in advance and loses most of its thrills. Perhaps its because of its similarities to a few other books with the same focus. Adult children that disappoint in unsurprising ways. How far will a parent go to protect an adult offspring? Some questions might be better left unanswered.

Thank you First To Read for the opportunity to preview The Suspect by Fiona Barton. I am a fan! Barton continues to tell stories that are relevant and real. She weaves characters like a rug and then splits it apart before she is done. The plot brings back Kate Waters, a reporter, who finds herself caught up with the story of two missing young woman who have disappeared in Bankok, while struggling with her own family issues - a son she hasn't seen in two years. The plot takes several points of view and different character perspectives - you can feel the pain and anguish, as well as, the anger and blame. This is another hit for Barton. Recommend.

Fiona Barton's books keep getting better and better. This was an excellent crime thriller with steady pacing and engaging characters. No big, implausible moments I couldn't get past and the alternating chapters between the present and when the crime event took place work very well. Excellent read and not necessary to have read Barton's first two books, but I would certainly recommend all three of them.

Thank you to Penguin Random House for an advanced copy of Fiona Barton's The Suspect. Two teenage girls embark on the adventure of a lifetime to Bangkok, Thailand for a gap year vacation that turns deadly. When the girls go missing their families with the help of a local report and police detective must unravel the mysteries of their last few days and who was involved. Kate, has been a reporter for years and is used to following a story wherever it takes her but when this story takes her to the last known location of her own son she may become more involved in the story then she ever thought possible. This is a great crime mystery told from multiple perspectives and over the course of a few months. There is a lot of twist and turns and surprising plot twists. I enjoyed Barton's straightforward style and recommend this to thriller enthusiasts and great for fans of Karin Slaughter, Paula Hawkins or Gillian Flynn. I will definitely be reading more of Fiona's work.

I have been a huge fan of Fionia Barton since I read The Widow. I enjoyed The Child as well. I like her more with each new book and I was not disappointed by The Suspect. This one is my favorite book of hers so far. Her books suck me in and I can read them in 2 to 3 days. I enjoy how the story was told by the reporter and the detective and the mother. Two girls go missing on vacation and it is in Thailand where the reporter Kate's own son semi disappeared. The story weaves everything together and this story for the reporter becomes more personal....I highly recommended this for anyone who loves thrillers

I enjoyed this book. It was my second book to read by Fiona Barton, I had read The Widow, which also features Kate Waters, The Reporter. Even though the books are quite different in content, the writing is very similar ie as telling the story from many different voices, and having a gripping, surprising ending. This book was a little hard for me to get into at first. I think having so many voices to tell the story makes it more confusing to keep up with who is who. Still, when I finally got into it, I could not put it down. I was surprised by the ending of The Suspect, just like I was surprised by the ending of The Widow. I so sympathized with the plight of Alex, probably because I am the mother of an adult daughter. Alex was out of her league, and like so many teenagers, just kept getting in deeper and deeper, because she was ashamed to tell her parents the truth. Unfortunately, this had tragic consequences for her. This story took me back several years when my own daughter was a teenager, and it made mw thankful that a "gap year," is not the tradition in the States that it seems to be in the UK. These teenagers were just not mature enough to handle themselves alone in a foreign country; one keeps reading and thinking "Call home,Alex. Go home while you can," but we already know, while reading her words, that tragedy has struck her. I do recommend this book to other readers.

Predictable, I was able to see several of the plot twists coming, the truth is that this read didn't hold my attention.

A story about two teenage Brit girls on a holiday from real life in Bangkok, a holiday gone completely wrong. Barton offers a number of points of view including that of the grieving parents, some casting blame on each other, a reporter, and a detective. This one was not for me. Didn't really hold my attention. But, that doesn't mean you won't enjoy it.

A gripping suspense novel, told from many points of view. I was thoroughly impressed with how the author kept my attention throughout the book and kept me guessing until the end. Definitely would recommend this novel to those who like suspense and many twist and turns. I did not know this was part of a series, but I definitely want to find the others. I found the part about teens going missing and then the reporter getting pulled into the story very interesting. I couldn't put it down. I would love a copy of this book for my classroom.

This is my second novel by Fiona Barton, the first was "The Widow" which I can't even remember, it was very forgettable. However, I didn't realize that this book is part of that series. In fact it's the 3rd book featuring Kate Waters (The Reporter). I honestly really liked this book, and it had a definite impact on me as a reader, much more engaging and suspenseful. Two teenagers go missing on a trip of a life time experience to Thailand, and Kate Waters steps in as the reporter to be first on the family scene. This story hitting close to home, having a son herself that is some what estranged, doesn't return home after taking a similar trip to Thailand. Soon the tables are turned and Kate and her family become more apart of the story than covering it. There are some predictable aspects to this novel but for the most past it had me guessing with a few twist and turns along the way and a huge GASP at the end. "The Suspect" has reignited my interest in this author. Thanks to First To Read and Berkley Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and review this.

Read as fast as a book half its size. Not bad, I enjoyed it.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and could not put it down. It's not easy to tell a story from multiple voices and viewpoints, but I feel like this was done well. I really got a good sense for each character and kept wanting to know more. It was gripping page turner that kept me guessing right up until the end. I did not want it to end!

Fiona Barton has done it again! Only 100 pages in, but THE SUSPECT (10 Jan 2019) still hadn't ceased to keep me engaged. After that heart-wrenching twist in Fiona's 2nd novel, I realized that I've actually enjoyed the author's THE CHILD more than I did THE WIDOW, and I think that THE SUSPECT is definitely her best work! This book is about two eighteen-year-old girls who went missing on their gap year in Thailand. Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, but she can’t help but think of her own son, who she hasn’t seen in two years since he left home to go traveling. This time it’s personal. And as the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think. A little earlier into the book, readers are already informed of what happened to the missing girls, and what remains is the mystery behind what happened after the disappearance, and is Kate's family in any way connected to the girls? What will Kate do once she discovers that the story she's working on is more personal than she could ever imagine? THE SUSPECT definitely feels like a mystery once you're acquainted with what the story is about, but after getting to the last reveal, I realized that this was less of a mystery and more about a mother's love for her child. When you're about to dive into this book, try not to focus on the solving of the mystery, because this read is NOT about that. The purpose of this book is to experience the heartbreak a mother goes through to protect her child, watch the unsettling events the missing girls have lived through when abroad, and meanwhile see a new side of Kate Waters that Barton's readers have never seen before. ***Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and First To Read for providing me with a copy of THE SUSPECT in exchange for an honest review***

I loved the three different perspectives telling the story - the mother, the reporter, and the detective. I was hooked into the story immediately until the very end. Fans of psychological thrillers, and especially Fiona Barton's other books, will devour this one!

This is the first time in a long time that I've read a book this quickly. Every page was interesting, and I was eager to see how it ended. This would have definitely made me pull an all-nighter reading before I became a mama. I'll definitely be reading more Fiona Barton books in the future!

This was a fun, quick read with lots of great character development and twists. I was wondering if the vague headings (The Mother/The Reporter/The Detective) were done so they could apply to different people as the roles morphed, but even without that it was great to see the tables turned as the reporter became the center of the story briefly, as well as seeing it unfold in parallel in both the past and the progress of the investigation.

After receiving an ARC for this book, I am giving my honest review. I have enjoyed all three of the Kate Waters books. The characters and emotions are realistic. The dynamics between parents and children is very well portrayed. Many turns in the story kept things interesting and intriguing. Looking forward to Fiona Bartons next book and hope we don't have to wait too long.

Weaving together some themes from the earlier two books which feature Kate Waters (and Detective Inspector Bob Sparkes), The Child and The Widow, Fiona Barton continues to explore the shifting lines that define our moral decisions, our humanity, and our reactions. Two young women, vacationing in Thailand, haven't touched base with their families to the point that both sets of parents have worried enough to contact the police—catapulting the story into crisis. At the newsroom, Kate Waters launches herself headlong into uncovering the whereabouts of the missing eighteen-year-olds. Dealing with her own troubles with her oldest son, Jake, Kate can potentially relate to the girls' mothers on a deeper level. Meanwhile, DI Bob Sparkes is dealing with the inevitably losing his wife to cancer. Once again Barton leads us headlong into a story and throws us around on the timeline. We have present time with Kate Waters, The Reporter; DI Bob Sparkes, The Detective; Lesley O'Connor, The Mother; and flashbacks from the beginning of the trip to Thailand going forward, told from the point of view of Alex O'Connor, one of the two young women who've gone missing. Rosie Shaw, the other missing girl, and her mother, Jenny Shaw, also feature prominently but they don't get a share of the narration. The beginning of this novel, much like with The Child, was kind of messy and rather predictable. I could see where the first half was headed on several points, and it was just a frustrating time to wait until the characters got there as well. And when that is the case for several stops along the way, it can get a little tedious. However, once the second wave of reveals is finally made known to the characters (and I guess the reader, but I don't know how they were surprises), the pace of the novel finally seems to actually match the events taking place in the story just around the halfway mark. After that, The Suspect and Kate Waters actually earned the sub-genre label of suspense. I was captivated by the direction of the story, the real investigative reporting by Kate, and the exploration of the divide between her work and the parallel investigation by the police force, led by Sparkes. Side note: I'm pretty sure I'd read another book in this series, however I do seem to have trouble with the longevity of it. After three books with the same detective and the same reporter, shouldn't I care a little bit more about them? I'm just not invested in their lives outside the investigations they are working for the individual books. Unlike, let's say, a Louise Penny novel, I don't feel a connection to them that makes me want to return again and again.

Although it took me several chapters to get into the flow of the perspective changes, I ended up finishing the book quite quickly as it was intriguing. The twists kept me guessing and partially hoping that certain characters weren't involved. Overall, an enjoyable read.

When I started this, I was skeptical. I wondered if it would follow a well-trodden "teens' turmoil in Thailand" path, but it took another direction, and I quickly became absorbed. I liked the storytelling from different points of view; it offered me a chance to get into each character's head enough to understand his or her motivation, actions, strengths, and frailties. The shifting perspectives, coupled with briskly-paced developments in the narrative kept the story moving at a steady clip. I wanted to keep reading. I've read a lot of mysteries/thrillers, and seen a lot of mystery/thriller movies, so I had a lot of ideas about how the story would evolve. But each time I thought I knew which way the story would turn, it went a different way, and kept me guessing. My only hesitation about this book was that I wish the author had spent a bit more time at the end fleshing out details about the events the two girls experienced. It seemed like there were a couple of holes in the story, but they weren't big enough that I felt let down in any way. I really appreciated how the end wasn't neatly tied off, and I could clearly see how a sequel could grow out of this story. It would make a great movie, too.

Every parent’s worst nightmare... Two young women traveling in Thailand are reported missing. Their families sense something is wrong and seek to find out what has happened to their daughters. The story is told from several points of view: a reporter, one of the mothers, a detective, and one of the girls as occasional flashbacks. One element that especially draws the reader in is the character Kate Waters, a reporter on the case who always seems to be a step ahead of the official investigation. Her role as mother comes into play as well when she begins to wonder if her son is connected to the girls’ disappearance. The author builds the suspense steadily leaving us wondering whether the truth will be discovered. I enjoyed reading this and found it definitely works as a stand-alone book without having read the earlier books in the series. I received an advance copy of the book through the First to Read program.

I received an advance copy of this book from First To Read in exchange for an honest review. I gave this book 4 stars because I felt it was a little long and redundant at times. Very repetitive. That being said I did enjoy the book and finished it in 3 days. I did enjoy this book and think I need to pick up more of Fiona Barton's other works. I was a bit lost on the ending but that makes me think there will be another book. I felt like some of the characters were just thrown in to give one piece of the puzzle without having another real reason to be there. I did like the switching of the characters. I thought this novel was going to be more mystery but it ended up being a lot of family dynamic which was cool!

I was really excited to read this after reading Fiona Barton's "The Child". Unfortunately, this one fell a bit flat for me. I didn't find the mystery very exciting, and the story seemed to meander at times. I appreciate the chance to read this early, but it missed the mark for me. I can see that many others would enjoy it, just not really my preferred pace.

A decent read, but I was able to see several of the twists coming from a mile away.


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