The Child

The Child

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: London :, Bantam Press,, 2017.
ISBN: 9780593077719
0593077717
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY
Characteristics: 363 pages ;,24 cm.

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traceyrb
Sep 18, 2017

Not as good as the author's first book but still a good read. I figured out the ending 3/4 of the way through, nevertheless, the book held me to the end.

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Zoelexi777
Sep 11, 2017

This was my first introduction to this author. I loved the book. I've not read her other books so I'm not able to make comparisons but this book kept me thoroughly engaged. It was written from the perspective of four individuals with one of them written in first person. I didn't find it confusing when she was flipping back and forth between the characters. There is quite a twist at the end. I will definitely read more books by Fiona Barton.

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4catsdogs
Sep 06, 2017

I loved The Widow, but found this book incredibly dull, plodding and boring. I figured out the mystery early on so flicked through the rest of the book to see if I was right. (I was). The characters were flat and unlikable. Disappointingly tedious.

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BeckyR21
Sep 01, 2017

Well written, suspenseful book. A twist at the end that brought the novel to a satisfying conclusion.

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susan_findlay
Aug 31, 2017

What I liked:
1. The plot was a good idea.
2. The timing and flow were good.
3. Characterization was good.

What I didn't like:
1. Four alternating narrators, one of whom spoke in first person. This "use of first person for no good reason" trend has to stop! Especially when multiple narrators are used! To make matters worse, the first person speaker isn't even the main character and only rarely appears for the first half of the book. Makes you wonder why *she's* the special choice to speak in first person. Which brings me to...
2. I figured out the mystery halfway through the book. If you pay attention, you'll realize that the author/characters consistently misstate part of the timeline. Rounding error, you could call it. Once you realize that, the rest is easy to figure out.

I still enjoyed reading the second half to see that I was right - but there wasn't really any suspense.

I would have given this more stars if it weren't for the annoying narrative choice.

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dorothy1
Aug 19, 2017

Well crafted complicated plot; main character, reporter Kate Waters, admirable and likeable. Excellent psychological thriller.

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mjk236sb
Aug 12, 2017

Great book - as said before - mystery and page turner. Highly recommend.

sugarmountain Aug 08, 2017

Well written with a suspenseful plot and a real page turner.

bklynbooks100 Aug 08, 2017

Pretty good book ! Good twist @ the end.
I think this book is a better read than The Widow. Would recommend.

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melissaherman_77
Aug 05, 2017

Best book I've read in a long time! Edge of your seat, eyes glued to every page. Once in awhile there's a book that completely draws you in...you see the characters, see the settings, feel the pain and the heartbreak. This is that book.

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