The Child

The Child

Book - 2017
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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...
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781101990483
Branch Call Number: Fiction Bar
Characteristics: 364 pages ; 24 cm


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Aug 19, 2017

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

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.

Aug 08, 2017

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

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 see the characters, see the settings, feel the pain and the heartbreak. This is that book.

Jul 31, 2017

Fiona Barton is a wonderful writer. This novel has an intricate and spellbinding plot and in the hands of a less accomplished author, could have been confusing and difficult to follow. Not so, however, and the reader can simply enjoy this highly original tale with all its unusual and interesting characters and surprising ending .
I loved this book.

Jul 31, 2017

I just finished reading this book. Wow, what a page turner! I highly recommend it. Now I have to read "The Widow", as I love how Fiona Barton writes.

Jul 31, 2017

This mystery is a little different as it is written mainly from the viewpoint of a journalist rather than a police detective. Kate Waters latches on to a story about a newborn baby's skeleton after it is discovered at a building site. Who was the mother? Was this a murder? Kate investigates with the help of a youngster learning the trade. Good suspense and a touch of humor by the author of the Widow (a best book on some lists from last year), Fiona Barton who is herself an experienced journalist. Interesting inside look at the life of a newspaper reporter. I think I liked this book even better than the Widow.

debwalker Jul 29, 2017

Whoa this is good! A compulsive summer read.

Jul 23, 2017

A real page turner. I couldn't put it down.

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