Blog Tour: The Child by Fiona
Title: The Child
Author: Fiona Barton
Published: June 29, 2017
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Genre: Murder, mystery, thriller
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley
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…
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.
Towards the end was a bit of a surprise and I was glad it went the way it did. Though out the story we are told through different points of views. The reporter Kate, Emma a young woman who is trying to go on with her life but yet seems to harbor a secret, her mother Jude who needs a man to love her, and Angela whose daughter was taken many years ago when she was a baby.
When a baby's skeleton is found on a building site secrets will become known, a family can possibly be able to put their child to rest, and someone will have to answer to what went on during the 70's and 80's.
Kate who is a reporter will stop at nothing to find the answers that need to be answered and it seems she is very good at job because she got more answers than the DI's did. The plot was steady for me and had me turning the pages to find out what was going on during that time period. The characters were well developed and I found myself getting the feels because of what Emma went through.
If you like thrillers and murder mysteries than pick up this book. This author has a way with pulling you into her world!
My career has taken some surprising twists and turns over the years. I have been a journalist - senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at The Mail on Sunday, where I won Reporter of the Year at the National Press Awards, gave up my job to volunteer in Sri Lanka and since 2008, have trained and worked with exiled and threatened journalists all over the world.
But through it all, a story was cooking in my head.
The worm of this book infected me long ago when, as a national newspaper journalist covering notorious crimes and trials, I found myself wondering what the wives of those accused really knew – or allowed themselves to know.
It took the liberation of my career change to turn that fascination into a tale of a missing child, narrated by the wife of the man suspected of the crime, the detective leading the hunt, the journalist covering the case and the mother of the victim.
Much to my astonishment and delight, The Widow is available now in the UK, and around the world in the coming months.
However, the sudden silence of my characters feels like a reproach and I am currently working on a second book.
My husband and I are living the good life in south-west France, where I am writing in bed, early in the morning when the only distraction is our cockerel, Sparky, crowing.