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The child
2017
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  Library Journal Review

Just as the audiobook of Barton's hair-raising debut, The Widow, got the full-cast treatment, so, too, does her equally unnerving sophomore effort. Mandy Williams returns as Kate Waters, the tenacious newspaper reporter introduced in Widow, who again won't stop sleuthing until she has all the answers, this time involving the tiny remains of a baby uncovered during the demolition of a derelict London home. When the initial story breaks, book editor Emma (-resonatingly voiced by Rosalyn Landor, who immediately captures Emma's barely contained nervous fear) is unable to stop thinking about the skeletal foundling. She wonders if her estranged-until-recently mother, Jude (crisply, almost impatiently voiced by Jean Gilpin), has heard the news. In another neighborhood, Angela, an older woman with grown children (softly voiced by Katherine -McEwan with first resigned control, then blind hope), recalls her own lost infant, whose hospital disappearance decades prior remains unsolved. Closer to book's end, Steve West's brief, menacing addition will signal the final unraveling of the whydunit-but don't get complacent as Barton is not nearly done with twisting expectations and disrupting revelations. VERDICT Libraries should expect Barton's full-cast chills and thrills to continue to expand her American audiences. ["An excellent addition to the popular psychological thriller genre": LJ 4/15/17 starred review of the Berkley hc.]-Terry Hong, Smithsonian BookDragon, Washington, DC © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Canny London tabloid reporter Kate Waters, the catalyst for Barton's devastating debut The Widow, returns in this strong if more subdued psychological thriller centering on a trio of women unknowingly linked by long-buried secrets about to be unearthed. Book editor Emma Simmonds has been battling for decades with depression, as has the single mother, Jude Massingham, who threw her out of the house when she was just 16. Former nurse Angela Irving has never gotten over the kidnapping of her newborn daughter from a maternity hospital 28 years earlier, a heartbreak worsened by police suspicion of her and her husband. Emma, Jude, and Angela are each riveted, for reasons that will only gradually emerge, by an item in a newspaper reporting the excavation of an infant's skeleton at an East London building site. Kate, who could really use another major scoop to help keep her job, is also drawn to the story. Readers patient with the relatively slow initial pace until the intertwining stories gain momentum will be rewarded with startling twists-and a stunning, emotionally satisfying conclusion. Author tour. Agent: Madeleine Milburn, Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency (U.K.). (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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One of the most highly anticipated thrillers of the year--as seen in People , Entertainment Weekly , Time , USA Today , Bustle, Good Housekeeping.com, HelloGiggles, The Boston Globe , PureWow, The Dallas Morning News , and more! <br> <br> " The Child is a perfect blend of beach read and book club selection. It's a fascinating and fitting follow-up to [Barton's] best-selling debut novel, The Widow . . . .[A] page-turning whodunit....A novel that is both fast-paced and thought-provoking, it keeps the reader guessing right to the end."-- USA Today <br> <br> "Fiona Barton brings back reporter Kate Waters from the best-selling The Widow and delivers another winner with The Child ....A truly engaging tale. Those who enjoyed The Widow will discover that Barton has only gotten better."--The Associated Press<br> <br> "A lightning-paced, twisty story with an ending so surprising you might have to read it twice."--GoodHousekeeping.com<br> <br> "Multiple narratives mean non-stop action in The Child ...Like her fellow novelists, Fiona Barton knows showing is better than telling because it allows for the reader's perspective...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.org<br> <br> The author of the stunning New York Times bestseller The Widow returns with a brand-new novel of twisting psychological suspense.<br> <br> As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers human remains, 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 has been found at the building site?<br> <br> As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A child was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss.<br> <br> 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...<br> <br> An NPR Best Book of the Year<br> A Bustle Best Thriller Novel of the Year<br>
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