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Fiona Barton’s debut, The Widow, was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and has been published in thirty-five countries and optioned for television. Born in Cambridge, Fiona currently lives in south-west France. Previously, she 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. While working as a journalist, Fiona reported on many high-profile criminal cases and she developed a fascination with watching those involved, their body language and verbal tics. Fiona interviewed people at the heart of these crimes, from the guilty to their families, as well as those on the periphery, and found it was those just outside the spotlight who interested her most…
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`The police belonged to another world - the world they saw on the television or in the papers. Not theirs.' When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry. Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth - and this time is no exception. But she can't help but think of her own son, who she hasn't seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling. This time it's personal. And as the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think . . .
Distant threads spin ever closer to create a compelling, emotional, and dramatic story. Set in 2012, with links to the 1970’s and 80’s, several women, for very different reasons find revisiting a tragedy from the past may alter the very fabric of their existence. Journalist Kate Waters from Fiona Barton’s debut novel ‘The Widow’ returns, yet this establishes itself defiantly as a striking standalone tale. Fiona Barton doesn’t hide information, she sets it out in front of you, allowing you to suspect, giving you an insight some time before the main characters. The women in this story feel touchable, real, and as frustration gathers, empathy settles and understanding grows. The tension increases and I felt myself flinching as the jigsaw pieces gathered and started to slot into place. ‘The Child’ is such a readable tale, it isn’t about finding answers, instead the story encourages thought and provokes emotions before reaching a powerful conclusion. ~ Liz Robinson July 2017 Book of the Month.
THE SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. We've all seen him: the man - the monster - staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime. But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs - the wife who stands by him? Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows. Du Maurier's REBECCA meets WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN and GONE GIRL in this intimate tale of a terrible crime.
For the reporter who has secured the exclusive interview, this is the scoop of a lifetime. For the detective who has lived a half-life since he failed to get justice for the lost little girl, it is a chance to uncover the truth that has eluded him for so long. It's time. Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows.