The Child by Fiona Barton [Book Review]

Book Review

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Title: The Child

Author: Fiona Barton

Publisher: Berkley

Publish Date: June 27, 2017

Genre: Crime & Detective

Series: Kate Waters #2

My Rating: 4/5

The Child by Fiona Barton


As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers human remains, 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 has been found at the building site?

As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A child 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…

The Child 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.

Books in the Kate Waters series:
  1. The Widow
  2. The Child
  3. The Suspect

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