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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 bestselling author of 2016's breakout debut, THE WIDOW, returns with her new dark, unputdownable thriller. 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.
|Publication date:||29th June 2017|
|Publisher:||Bantam Press an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Collections:||100+ Female Led Crime Fiction,|
|Primary Genre||Thriller and Suspense|
Closing date: 30/06/2021
'Clever and compelling. You'll love The Child.' Clare Mackintosh
'I loved this gripping story that kept me guessing to the end. Barton treats her broken characters with such compassion that I wanted to reach into the pages and hug them.' Liz Nugent, author of Lying in Wait
'Fiona Barton has outdone herself with The Child. An engrossing, irresistible story about the coming to light of a long-buried secret. An absolutely fabulous read - I loved it!' Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door
'Tense, tantalising and ultimately very satisfying ... definitely one of the year's must-reads.' Lee Child
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 ...More About Fiona Barton