The Child

The Child

Book - 2017
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When an infant's skeleton is discovered in a demolished house, Kate Waters strives to uncover the baby's identity and unearths links to a decades-old kidnapping, but she is torn between helping the police and revealing her sources.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781101990483
Branch Call Number: F BARTON
Characteristics: 364 pages ; 24 cm


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MCPL_ReadersLounge Aug 06, 2018

When a baby skeleton is unearthed at a construction site, reporter Kate Waters thinks it is a story worth investigating. As she digs into the mystery of the child, she uncovers more than she bargained for. Told from the viewpoints of various characters, Barton tells an intriguing tale about the n... Read More »

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ArapahoeKristy Nov 14, 2018

This is the first book I've read by this author and I'd like to try another! This is a quick read that moves at a good pace. I thought I'd figured out the ending but didn't get it right - so I liked that the ending was a surprise.

Sep 04, 2018

A good read with a lovely twist and satisfying ending. Fiona Barton's writing style is easily read. She used short chapters which I really like. Each character is introduced in separate chapters, which confused me for awhile. There are 4 women; Kate the reporter; Jude the mother of Emma; and Angela the woman whose baby was taken from the hospital 40 years before and never found. Kate is the connection between all the women after the skeleton of a child is found during construction of a new building. The story is the investigation by Kate.

Aug 22, 2018

I have to say that I definitely liked this book better than I liked The Widow. Whereas the end of The Widow totally ruined the book for me, the end of The Child saved the book for me. I didn't care for the fact that in The Child, there were two characters who were filled with angst and depression. I got my fill of that in The Widow, and it made the books too similar to me. I guess I prefer women characters to have some backbone. However, the last part of the book was very satisfying! If you liked The Widow, you'll love The Child.

Aug 17, 2018

One star for skill in writing and characters. Two stars as I did actually finish this book.

Awful protagonist. A newspaper journalist who I assume the reader is meant to sympathise with (the author was a journalist for a right-wing tabloid paper in the UK). Three main characters who I could never tell apart as they all have similar names.

Seems to be set in some 1940s London with no multiculturalism.

May 15, 2018

Surprise twist at the end. Very good read.

Dec 08, 2017

Well written, intriguing book with a surprising ending.

Dec 06, 2017

What an ending!

Nov 25, 2017

Excellent 👌

Oct 11, 2017

Easy read. Good twist at the end.

Sep 18, 2017

Not as good as the author's first book but still a good read. I figured out the ending 3/4 of the way through, nevertheless, the book held me to the end.

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