Review - The Child by Fiona Barton @figbarton @BerkleyPub @FirstToRead

The Child by Fiona Barton
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Publication Date: June 27, 2017
Date Read: April 2, 2017
Source: First to Read

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.
My Review

This was a good story and I found it to be very readable.  I was really drawn into the idea behind the mystery.   I wasn't blown away by the story but I did enjoy my time reading this one.  I found that the pages of this book went by pretty quickly.  I am glad that I decided to pick up this book.

This story is told from three main points of view.  Kate is a reporter who is intrigued by the discovery of the remains of a newborn baby and decides to try to find out what really happened.  Angela is the mother of a newborn baby that was taken from the hospital shortly after her birth.  Emma lived in the area that the baby's remains were found when she was growing up and is very troubled by the news of the discovery.

I did like the characters in this book.  Kate was smart and resourceful.  She really did everything in her power to find out what really happened.  Angela has been through a nightmare.  I could only imagine how difficult the years have been since her baby disappeared.  Emma was a bit of a mystery at the beginning of the story.  She has had issues in her past and seemed somewhat fragile.  There were a lot of other interesting characters that are met in this story and I think each of them were well done.

The mystery seemed rather obvious to me pretty early in the book.  I kept waiting for something to happen that would make me realize that I was wrong but it never happened.  I have had other readers tell me that they didn't figure anything out until the end of the book so maybe I will be in the minority with thinking the solution was too easy to figure out.  I really don't like it when I can predict the solution to a mystery long before any of the detectives seem to have even the slightest clue.  I think it just takes something away from a mystery when you are able to figure things out too early.

I did like the author's writing style.  I think that the multiple points of view worked really well in this story since each character had an important piece of the puzzle.  Besides the main mystery revolving around the baby's remains there were some other issues that came up in this book and I thought everything worked very well together.

I would recommend this one to fans of mystery thrillers.  This is the first book by Fiona Barton that I have read and I look forward to reading more very soon.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via First to Read.
About the Author

Fiona Barton 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.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter


  1. I have been curious about this one. I read the author's first book and wasn't too impressed by it, but I can't deny that plot and this one arte pretty damn good. I shall have to mull this over more -- but thank you for the review :) It's given me much to think about.

  2. I had issues with her other book - The Widow - and couldn't get through it. I liek the premise of this one better though. Great review!!

  3. Aww bummer. I hate when I guess the mystery way too early too. I'm pretty good at guessing in mysteries, but if I figure it out too early then I always feel disappointed. Glad you still thought it was at least a little enjoyable thought. Great review!

  4. It does sound like a good one with the three women's point of views. That is frustrating when you latch onto the mystery so early.

  5. I think the mystery surrounding the newborn would make me uncomfortable, but I have read mysteries involving children and they could be well done. Sorry nothing really happened that would wow you, still sounds like a solid read tho

  6. Hmmm, I'll likely wait and get this one from Overdrive on audio.

  7. I like the sound of this one and like that you like the characters. So often in these darker twistier books the characters are purposely unlikable. I do hate when a mystery is predictable - especially in a really plot driven book - but since you did enjoy the read as a whole I think I'll take the risk. Love the sound of the story!

  8. I have started to appreciate this genre more :)

  9. Ah yeah it's hard when you've figured out things early on. It has to be very strong in every other aspect for me if that happens. Glad you still enjoyed it, though!

  10. Yes I agree with Anna, it's complicated when you figure things out in thriller like that

  11. Figuring out things early in a mystery is a pet peeve of mine. However, if there can be upsides to this if the story is well written with strong characters.

  12. I am a fan of this publishing group, so I wanted to know more about the book. I am glad you could enjoy reading the book and liked the characters so much. But yes, a little something is taken away when the mystery is kind of obvious to you...


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