Blog Tour: The Child By Fiona Barton


by Fiona Barton

The Child

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.

Fiona Barton credit Jenny Lewis

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Blog Tour: Final Girls By Riley Sager

Final Girls

by Riley Sager

Publisher: Dutton Press

Release Date: July 18, 2017

Genre: Adult, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

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Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on va-cation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar sur-vivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college drop-out’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the sec-ond, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really hap-pened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.


My Review: Guys I am super excited to be a part of this Blog Tour. This is my first one ever and I’m honestly so happy it was for this book. The moment I saw the blurb by Stephen King, “The first great thriller of 2017”, I was very intrigued by this book. When I saw the opportunity I had to take a chance. I am very happy that I did. So now let’s get into it.
So I have to say I overall really enjoyed this book. I really thought it was going to go in one direction which I thought for most of the book and I was like okay this is going to be super predictable but it ended up not being so I’m happy for that. I should have realized that because it was super obvious and I feel if that was how it was going to be then you’re not doing the whole thriller/mystery genre correctly. I always get mad at myself for not realizing but it also makes me enjoy a book a lot more because I wasn’t expecting the outcome.
I didn’t love Quincy as a main character but she wasn’t bad. She obviously had been through a lot. Nobody should have to go through what she had been through. I did have to say I was a bit annoyed how easily she let Sam into her life. Sam is another girl who was the only survivor of a horrible tragedy. I understand why she ended up making that choice but I didn’t like Sam at all. So I spent the whole time questioning her and wasn’t thrilled that she was allowed to stay at Quincy’s apartment when they just met. I obviously didn’t like Sam at all. None of the other characters really stood out to me.
One thing I thought was really cool was the way the book would go back and forth in time. You would get a couple chapters in the present and then it would go to the past for a chapter and repeat. The cool thing about this was that the past I felt was suppose to give you a horror movie type feel. It wasn’t written in first person like the present was. I would assume that’s what the author was going for. I thought that was really interesting. I mean I know the whole book is you looking in on what is happening but I feel with the first person you’re suppose to be going through the motions and then in the third person you really are just someone looking in. I haven’t seen that much with books that go from past to present. I felt it really worked for this book. I was never really creeped out but I enjoyed that it was written to be like I was watching a horror film.
One thing I didn’t like was that Quincy’s best friend that was one of the people that died at Pine Cottage was one of those girls you’re friends with that you’re always doing things you don’t like for but you do it to please them and she does messed up stuff to you but you’re still friends. I caught that in another thriller I read and I guess I’m not a huge fan of that. I know I’ve dealt with people like that before and it sucks. I guess that’s why I don’t like that but I’ve caught that in a couple of books. It wasn’t brought up too much but when it was I couldn’t help think of the other book.
Overall I enjoyed this enjoyed this book. I thought it was a quick read. I would have finished it sooner if work wasn’t in the way. I had bad luck with books lately so it was nice to have this one help with that. I am extremely thankful for getting the chance to read this. I am super curious who Riley Sager actually is. I will be trying to figure this out. I would love to check out more books by them
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.


Riley Sager is a pseudonym for an author who has been previously published under another name. A native of Pennsylvania, Riley is a writer, editor and graphic designer who now lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Riley’s first novel, FINAL GIRLS (called “The first great thriller of 2017” by Stephen King), will be published in 2017 in the United States, the United Kingdom and more than a dozen countries around the world.




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