Review: The Child by Fiona Barton

As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, 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 is the Building Site Baby?

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

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**** 4.5 STAR REVIEW ****

I don't know what to say about this book. Like Fiona's previous book, this book had my mind in overdrive. Barton has a way of giving things in pieces that keep you hunting for more as you turn the page.

This story is told by four different people, all connected in one way or another; not all ways are apparent at first. You get piece by piece who the baby could possibly be. I was turning the pages furiously trying to figure out the puzzle like it was urgent I get to the end. Fiona is such a pro at having her readers jumping at the bit to know what happens at the end.

So, there was a point in the book where all of the pieces finally fit, and I had it all worked out. However, how the book played out from there was very vital. Even though I had connected the dots, that did not lessen the impact the ending had! The events that followed had my eyes watering and me smiling like a Cheshire cat!

Thriller fans... You MUST read this book. All other book lovers, READ this book.  

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