Arc Review: The Suspect By Fiona Barton

the suspectThe Suspect By Fiona Barton

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction
Pages: 381 pages
Published: January 24th 2019
Publisher: Berkley Books
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis: The police belonged to another world – the world they saw on the television or in the papers. Not theirs.

When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry.

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, 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 . . .My Thoughts: I was so excited to see Fiona Barton’s newest book on Netgalley. I had no idea it was going to include Kate until I actually picked it up to read. I was really excited to see her character pop up again. Even though these books have turned into a series, you can read them as a standalone. I do have to say each book ends up being better than the last so I would highly recommend starting from the beginning for the full experience.

So the story is about two girls who on their trip to Thailand go missing. Kate Waters, the eager reporter, jumps on the chance to cover the story. She also has a son who is currently living in Thailand. She soon begins to find out that her son might have something to with the missing girls. Kate will do whatever she can to get to the bottom of this story.

So after reading this I saw some people were saying they thought the story was a bit slow. I have to agree but I felt Fiona’s writing still keeps you engaged in the story. It was a slow pace but I found myself wanting to know more each step of the way. I also think it helps that she writes such short chapters. I would tell myself just one more chapter so many times. It really helps.

Another thing that I enjoyed is the point of you. You have the point of view of the mother of one of the missing girls, one of the missing girls, Kate, the reporter, and the detective on the case. I really enjoyed the point of view of the missing girl. I enjoyed hearing about her trip and trying to find out what ended up having to her and the other girl. I do wish there were more chapters in her point of view. I know there weren’t because the author probably didn’t want to give to much away. I do feel we could have done without the point of view of the detective. I feel his point of view didn’t really add much to the story. I didn’t really care what was going on in his life. It just felt a bit unnecessary to me.

Overall I thought this was an enjoyable story. I liked that it was a slow pace. I feel it really built up for the surprises that happened towards the middle and end of the book. Fiona really does a great job keeping you engaged with the story. I couldn’t wait to find out what actually happened. I do hope she ends up writing another book with Kate in it. I would like to see how she’s been dealing with everything that ended up happening in this book. Plus I her stories just keep getting better and better.

*I received a free copy of this book on Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.*

Have you guys ended up reading this book? If so what were your thoughts on it. If not, is this book on your TBR? Are you planning to read it? Let me know in the comments.


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