The Child

The Child

Book - 2017
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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...
Publisher: [Toronto] : Penguin Canada, 2017.
ISBN: 9780735234550
Branch Call Number: FIC Barto
Characteristics: 364 pages ; 24 cm

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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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ValinOR14
Aug 22, 2018

I have to say that I definitely liked this book better than I liked The Widow. Whereas the end of The Widow totally ruined the book for me, the end of The Child saved the book for me. I didn't care for the fact that in The Child, there were two characters who were filled with angst and depression. I got my fill of that in The Widow, and it made the books too similar to me. I guess I prefer women characters to have some backbone. However, the last part of the book was very satisfying! If you liked The Widow, you'll love The Child.

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marynz
Aug 17, 2018

One star for skill in writing and characters. Two stars as I did actually finish this book.

Awful protagonist. A newspaper journalist who I assume the reader is meant to sympathise with (the author was a journalist for a right-wing tabloid paper in the UK). Three main characters who I could never tell apart as they all have similar names.

Seems to be set in some 1940s London with no multiculturalism.

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zakksmom
May 15, 2018

Surprise twist at the end. Very good read.

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