Today I’m sharing with you my review for “The Child”, by Fiona Barton, as part of a blog tour. The tour has been organised in preparation for the book being released in paperback on 14th December.
About the book:
When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers it’s impossible to ignore.
For one woman, it’s a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her.
For another, it reveals the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered.
And for the third, a journalist, it’s the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth.
The Child’s story will be told.
*Thanks to Anne Cater and the publishers. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
The story is told from four different viewpoints – Angela, who’s child was kidnapped many years ago, Kate, who’s a reporter, Emma, who is portrayed as someone who suffers with mental health problems, and Emma’s Mother, Jude.
The story opens with a baby being found on a building site. Angela immediately hopes it is her daughter. Kate, being a reporter, decides to sniff out the full story. Emma is upset by the news, as it is the street she grew up in with her Mum, Jude.
What is the real story? Who is the baby?
I found the book very difficult to get into. It took a long time to really get going, and the information was dripped through quite slowly at first. Having said that, it did improve as time went on.
I think the book would be better described as “Domestic Noir” than a thriller. It is a page turner, but it is not an edge of your seat thriller, much more a slow burner.
I liked that you were given the viewpoints as it gave a better feel to the narrative. I didn’t feel any particular connection to any of the characters, although I understand Kate is a return character, having previously appeared in “The Widow”.
Overall, a little too slow for me, so I gave it 3*.
About the author:
Fiona Barton’s debut, The Widow, was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and has been published in thirty-five countries and optioned for television. Her second novel, The Child, was a Sunday Times bestseller. Born in Cambridge, Fiona currently lives in south-west France.
Previously, she was a senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at the Mail on Sunday, where she won Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards.
While working as a journalist, Fiona reported on many high-profile criminal cases and she developed a fascination with watching those involved, their body language and verbal tics. Fiona interviewed people at the heart of these crimes, from the guilty to their families, as well as those on the periphery, and found it was those just outside the spotlight who interested her most . . .