by Fiona Barton
The remains of a child are found during the demolition of an old house. As a journalist reports on the story, she discovers connections to a crime that happened decades earlier.
The Child is told from several parallel points of view. The journalist, Kate, plays a major role, but she is the one trying to piece the mystery together. Three women, Emma, Jude, and Angela, are the other main characters. As Kate slowly connects the pieces together, she encounters the other’s secrets from their pasts. She is left to deal with what to share and what to keep secret. I enjoyed the parallel storyline and was curious as to how Kate would handle new information as it developed.
The Widow by Fiona Barton has the same journalist and detective as The Child, but they are both standalone novels. I enjoyed The Widow, so I was looking forward to reading the The Child. This was also an enjoyable read, but I figured out the mystery really early in the book. The plot has lots of twists and turns, so I’m not sure why I felt the ending was so obvious. That said, it’s a very well-written novel, and I definitely recommend it to fans of thrillers.