Book Review: The Child by Fiona Barton

I had been unfamiliar with any works by Fiona Barton prior to discovering her novel The Widow last summer, and since reading said novel I am thrilled that I have come across such a phenomenal writer. I reviewed The Widow here on my blog, and if you’re interested in what I had to say about this particular text feel free to check it out under the Book Reviews category on the right side of your screen.

Considering I enjoyed The Widow so thoroughly, I was ecstatic when I spotted a new release by Barton on a bookstand in Cole’s. The Child is similar in its format to The Widow and even contains some of the same characters (specifically Kate, a reporter), and I found this reoccurrence to be a smart move on Barton’s behalf. I find it comforting in a way to re-connect with characters throughout separate texts, and this reconnection is exactly what Barton created between her two novels.

The Child depicts the story of a reporter, Kate, who is determined to solve the case of a mysterious skeleton of a baby found by workers whilst digging up a construction site in London, England. After working with a detective (also a reoccurring character) to determine who exactly the skeleton belonged to, Kate and her intern work tirelessly to discover what happened to this baby and why.

Barton’s writing technique is absolutely brilliant. She ensures her chapters are each climactic in their own way, and a sense of suspense builds throughout the entirety of the book. I am never bored while reading a text by Barton, and I hope she continues to release more novels in order to continue to fulfill my need for intriguing and mysterious stories. Her characters are multi-dimensional yet believable and realistic, and there quite honestly fails to be a single negative thing I have to say about Barton or her writing.

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