The Child by Fiona Barton

The Widow was one of my favourite reads last year, so when Penguin asked if I would review Fiona Barton’s latest book I jumped at the chance!

From the blurb:

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. 

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.

The child’s story will be told. 

Journalist Kate Waters finds a small story in the Evening Standard about a baby’s body being found at a building site, and knows that there is a bigger story behind it. She starts to investigate the people who lived in the homes that used to be there, and uncovers a terrible secret.

Angela Irving’s baby went missing from the maternity ward in 1970. She’s been trying to find Alice for over 40 years, and when she sees the story about the “building site baby” she thinks she finally knows the truth.

Emma has nothing but bad memories from her time at Howard Street. At 16 her mum kicked her out, and she thought she’d never have to go back to that house. But when she sees the newspaper article, she is drawn back to the site where the body was found.

Is the baby Alice? What happened to her? The two women’s stories will come together as Kate tries to find out what really happened all those years ago.

This book is amazing! I was hooked trying to guess what had happened.  The thing that makes this book, and The Widow, so good, is that it is looking at the mystery through personal experiences rather than as a procedural police thriller. It makes you feel involved in the story. Even Kate gets drawn into the lives of the people she’s interviewing, so there’s this brilliant human angle that is missing in a lot of thrillers. 

I really enjoyed this book, 5🌟on Goodreads!, and I hope to read more cases investigated by Kate Waters in the future. 

The Child is out on 29th  June 2017 from Penguin Random House R.R.P. £12.99

Let me know if you have read The Widow, and if you will be picking up The Child to read on the beach this summer.

Cheerio!

Stephani Xxx

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