The Child

The Child

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"The author of the stunning New York Times bestseller The Widow returns with a brand-new novel of twisting psychological suspense. 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101990483
1101990481
9781101990506
Branch Call Number: FICTION Bar
Description: 364 pages ; 24 cm

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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… (more)


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snailgem
Apr 27, 2020

Kept me coming back for more, and several times I couldn't stop, into the night. I did figure out the mystery before she told us, but not by much.

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SidheWrites
Mar 08, 2020

This story is told from the perspective of multiple characters, which made it a bit of a challenge to keep sorted in the beginning but was extremely well done. The twists and turns slowly uncover a story that you think you know but soon learn is not at all what you think.

I happened upon this book at the library and after reading the synopsis, I was hooked. Having said that, I was prepared for the fact that it may not pay off. But that's the beauty of the library. You can try books you normally may not consider and if they aren't your cup of tea, you just take them back. I love a well-written crime/mystery/thriller and this was absolutely riveting. I was barely able to put it down long enough to eat my supper, devouring it over the course of a few hours.

I look forward to reading more from Fiona Barton.

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L5555
Feb 03, 2020

Wonderful book with an unexpected ending.

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beetlebaily
Apr 18, 2019

OK book. Decently written. But the formula is wearing thin. Her first book in this genre "The Widow" was much better. Really cheesy ending.

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ownedbydoxies
Mar 22, 2019

They always say to write about what you know, and Fiona Barton, having been a journalist throughout her career, knows journalism inside-out. Her character Kate is interesting, thoughtful, tough and compassionate. The rest of the characters in the book show so many different shades of human nature and experience, which makes the entire book a very satisfactory read. Her first book, The Widow, is equally difficult to put down. Looking forward to her most recent. Hurry up, holds!!!!

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claudia_00
Feb 21, 2019

I really enjoyed reading this book, lots of twists and surprises! Looking forward to reading The Widow. 👍

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gburzynski
Feb 21, 2019

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February 2019. Fiona Barton has excellent premise and intriguing story line but there is not one likable character in this book, making it less enjoyable.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Feb 04, 2019

A worthy successor to “The Widow”. I am enjoying reading a series with a middle aged protagonist. Looking forward to more from this author!

ArapahoeKristy Nov 14, 2018

This is the first book I've read by this author and I'd like to try another. This is a quick read that moves at a good pace. Journalist Kate Waters is trying to solve the mystery of the Building Site Baby.

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Sep 04, 2018

A good read with a lovely twist and satisfying ending. Fiona Barton's writing style is easily read. She used short chapters which I really like. Each character is introduced in separate chapters, which confused me for awhile. There are 4 women; Kate the reporter; Jude the mother of Emma; and Angela the woman whose baby was taken from the hospital 40 years before and never found. Kate is the connection between all the women after the skeleton of a child is found during construction of a new building. The story is the investigation by Kate.

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