The Child – Fiona Barton

Berkley Publishers strike again!Β #PRHpartnerΒ with another June release. And its another anticipated sophomore novel. To make it even better? It’s aΒ #CJSReads2017Β selection

THE CHILD by Fiona Barton – releasing June 27th, 2017

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My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!

This is the year of anticipated sophomore novels! We had Paula Hawkins, BA Paris, and others coming out with their follow ups to their incredibly successful debuts, and that is no different with Fiona Barton. When I saw THE CHILD was coming out, I was very excited to win a signed ARC from Berkley!

In the middle of a house demolition the skeleton of an infant is found. Journalist Kate Waters jumps at the opportunity to cover this story – who is the building site baby? As she begins to investigate she comes across an incident involving a baby that was stolen from a hospital maternity ward decades ago. The parents, Angela and Nick, have been heartbroken and never gave up their tireless search for their child. She continues to dig deeper and her path crosses with Emma. Emma’s past and secrets are beginning to resurface – to haunt both her and her mother, Jude.

As Kate gets more and more into the story she begins to piece together all of the information, she finds herself in the middle of a web of secrets larger than she could have ever imagined.

I will say, right off the bat, I was very intrigued by the skeleton being discovered and trying to figure out what happened. Meeting the other women along the way and see how everyone is intertwined. Fiona Barton tells the story in multiple perspectives (which is a favorite of mine). This had very well developed characters and the reader is completely immersed in them and their lives. However, it did get very slow – I found this one harder to finish but I’m so glad I stuck with it until the end because that final twist was so worth it!

Overall, it was a great read and very character driven. It amazes me how well Barton was able to weave this entire story together and have it end the way that it did! If you’re looking for a fast pace, page turning binge read, then I’d probably say to skip this one.

I give this 4/5 stars! The ending brought it up from 3.5!

Once again, a big thanks to Berkley Publishers for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!

Check back on the 27th to see what Chandra and Sam thought πŸ™‚

–Jess

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