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The Child

Written by: Fiona Barton
Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The author of the stunning New York Times best-seller 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. 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....

©2017 Fiona Barton (P)2019 Penguin Random House Canada

What the critics say

“Tense, tantalizing, and ultimately very satisfying...definitely one of the year’s must-reads.” (Lee Child, number one New York Times best-selling author)

“Barton’s second well-plotted outing, with its sustained tension and believable characters, is an excellent addition to the popular psychological thriller genre. Readers who liked Barton’s first novel, Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on a Train, and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl will love this.” (Library Journal, starred review)

“Fiona Barton knows showing is better than telling because it allows for the reader's perspective. When the stories from Angela and Emma converge, whether the conclusion occasions a shock or an 'aha!' doesn't matter; it's satisfying due to all the work that's gone into its discovery.” (NPR)  

“Barton once again reveals her undeniable gift for getting inside the minds of sexual predators and the passive-aggressive women who enable their crimes.... Barton knows what we’re afraid of - our inability to protect society’s most vulnerable members from harm - and she’s not afraid to plunge us headfirst into the abyss, for all the right reasons.” (Toronto Star)

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Good story, good performance

The characters are relatable and the narrators did a good job representing them. Story was interesting, great ending!

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Great story ...!

Should have read this one first before The Suspect. Really enjoy this author . Will definitely read her other books