The Child – FIONA BARTON

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One of the top reasons I decided to read Fiona’s second book is Kate Waters. I loved The Widow, and Kate made an impression since the beginning, and it becomes clear to the reader what a likeable and sometimes relatable person she can be. So I definitely had to learn more about how she evolves as she now embarks on a new journey, featuring in Fiona’s new book The Child.

The story talks about a case revolving around a baby whose body had been found dead on a building site. Reporter Kate Waters is investigating and she can’t help but believe that there is a big story behind the case that will attract The Daily Post’s readers’ attention.

The different thing between The Child and other crime books is that the case in question is an elusive one. There is no promising evidence and nothing whatsoever to speculate on.
After we are acquainted with all the characters and their past, you might find there are numerous people to suspect, but then none at all (does it make sense?) but I found that that’s what made the story more engaging.

Fiona brilliantly created these characters who turn up to be flawed and touched by something unpleasant that changed them completely. But I was mostly intrigued by Emma’s back story, especially with Jude, and their mother-daughter relationship’s outcome years later.

I noticed that the reader must be very attentive when it comes to dates -the 70s and 80s – because that’s where half the clues lie.
The author sort of used them through a particular first person narrator -which I couldn’t help but get suspicious about, but not for the actual thing she’s later accused of- who tends to speak about someone who in reality is someone else completely. But we don’t know that until the end, which was unpredictable and sharply descending towards an explosive twist.
A total ‘it couldn’t be’ moment.

Everyone in the book had an essential role in the development of the narration. There’s such pure originality to the story. The beginning was an elusive puzzle and in the ending all the pieces fell into place.
It was all so cleverly written so you can’t bring yourself not to miss all these characters that made you a cluster of various emotions. Therfore, The Child is with no doubt a highly recommended read.

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