The Suspect by Fiona Barton

January 22, 2019

The police belonged to another world – the world they saw on the television or in the papers. Not theirs.

 

When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry. 

 

Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth – and this time is no exception. But she can’t help but think of her own son, who she hasn’t seen in two years since he left home to go traveling. This time it’s personal.

 

And as the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think . . .

 

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***** 5 Star Review *****

 

This author is a definite must read author for me. Her books are always so well written and engaging. I don't know how anyone could not enjoy her books.

 

This book is a standalone. However, it is connected to her first two books. The main characters of the reporter and inspector are important parts of all three of her books now. Things with these characters' personal lives and how they intertwine with this book are essential. My advice is to read The Widow and The Child before you read this one. You can follow this book without them, but you won't have the whole backstory and friendship that are important to all three books.

 

This book... Wow. I really don't know what to say. My heart broke for every parent in this book. Barton did such a wonderful job at portraying each parent playing their part so well, it seemed real. Not that it couldn't have been real. Things like this happen all too often.

 

So here we are.... Where are the missing girls? What happened to them? Where is Kate's son, Jake? In Barton's previous two books you got a glimpse into the woes of Kate and Bob. In this book, their lives and friendship are put to the test when everything seems to intertwine with one another. Trust is a big key component in this book. It is safe to say we can't always trust those who are closest, but we also can't turn our backs on those who are more likely to hold us up.

 

This book, like the previous books, is a slow build. It's delicious and sets the stage for a story that is bound to hold you captive from start to finish. The characters, the plot, the little twists that leave you scratching your head. My advice, hold on tight. This book is bound to take you on a ride!

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