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.”
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?
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.
My Review: I was so excited when I saw that I got approved to read The Child early. I heard great things about The Widow and had been wanting to read that for the longest time. Last summer when I was working at the library I remember looking at it and I would always debate if I should take it out or not. I ended up deciding to read that first since one of the characters that appeared in that book is also in this one as well. Here is My Review for The Widow. Anyway I ended up liking The Widow but not loving it. I have to say I ended up enjoying The Child a lot more.
I have to say I really enjoyed the character who appeared in The Widow a lot in The Child. I’m not sure what it was but she ended up being my favorite character. She was so determined to find out the mystery behind the child’s bones that were found. Plus I feel she is an enjoyable character to read about. She’s so good at her job and always goes that extra mile to find out whatever she can to solve her story. Plus she’s very good at getting people to trust her and open up to her. She always knows how to read people and I always enjoyed reading those interactions.
Of course in this story there was a character I absolutely hated and that was Jude. I could not stand her at all. I felt like every time I would read about her I ended up getting so pissed off. I am so happy the other characters balanced her out because if she ended up being the only point of view character I probably wouldn’t have continued with this book. She was just a horrible person.
With that being said I do have to say I enjoyed the different point of views. I liked getting inside each character’s head to understand what they’re thinking and going through. It’s always enjoyable and it’s such a nice way to see how everything comes together. I know some people don’t like that but I felt it ended up working nicely for the story. I feel it helped the story stay fresh and not get repetitive by only having insight from only one character. I do have to say at the beginning I was a little confused by who was who. As I continued to read and learned more about the story I knew who everyone one.
I do have to say I did not seeing the ending of the book coming. I do feel it’s something I could have seen coming but I honestly I’m glad I didn’t catch it because it makes the story more enjoyable. It was overall a really enjoyable story. I went through a lot of different emotions reading this book but I found it very enjoyable. I can’t wait to see what Fiona comes out with next.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
*I just want to thank Netgalley for giving me an early copy of this book for free to give my honest opinion about.”