Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Child by Fiona Barton

The Child
by Fiona Barton

My rating: 4 stars

Publisher: Berkley (June 27, 2017)
Publication Date: June 27, 2017
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Print Length: 384 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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…

 The Child by Fiona Barton
The ChildFirst there was the shock and horror of finding the tiny skeleton of a newborn baby when excavation to rebuild a weathered community was underway. Then there was the unimaginable horror and heartache of two women believing the child was theirs. If not for investigative reporter Kate Waters, the dark and twisted truth would never be revealed. Will it take the Wisdom of Solomon to discern the true mother or will forensic science and a search on the internet reveal something far more sinister? Something with the tentacles of an octopus and the talons of a hawk?

Follow the distinct POVs of three women, decades after this tiny angel was hidden in a cold and lonely grave and discover more darkness and deceit than seems possible. The webs that are woven are brutal, coarse and unfathomable to a normal mind, yet for all the flack the press receives, the true identity of this child would have been buried all over again if not for Kate.

THE CHILD by Fiona Barton is filled with grit, pain and unimaginable actions…but can the puzzle be solved without further damaging those involved? Follow the clues, sift through the stories and hope that, if there is justice, it will be served for all as nightmares of the past bleed into the secrets of the present. Sometimes a little too over the top, but then again, life can be that way,too.

I received an ARC edition from Berkley in exchange form my honest review.

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