When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers it’s impossible to ignore.
For one woman, it’s a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her.
For another, it reveals the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered.
And for the third, a journalist, it’s the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth.
The Child’s story will be told.
The Child is published in paperback on the 14th December 2017 by Corgi. Many thanks to the publisher for having me on the blog tour and providing me with my copy of the book for this review.
The Child is an extremely clever novel, telling its story from four different perspectives whereby three of the women are involved but how is not clear.
The story opens with the news report that the remains of a baby have been found in the garden of a house that is being demolished, making way for a regeneration project.
Angela Irving had her baby snatched from the maternity ward so is convinced that the remains are her child. Angela and her husband have lived in limbo since that day because their child literally vanished into thin air.
Emma Simmonds works from home, she struggles with anxiety therefore is happiest when she’s in her home. Emma becomes a little obsessed with the story of the child’s remains. She has an extremely strained relationship with her mother, Jude following events in their past.
Kate Waters is a local journalist who picks up on the story and is determined to find out who the baby is (and get a massive scoop to go with it!). Kate builds up a sincere bond with Angela and becomes determined to find out whether the child is hers and what happened.
Throughout the book I was confused over the events that were coming out – adding a further layer to this already complex story. I was questioning every one and every thing! I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I loved the short chapters which kept me engaged to continue reading to find out who the child was.
This book certainly deals with some difficult subjects from obviously the discovery of a baby’s remains alongside child abduction and mental health issues. I loved the varying perspectives from unreliable narrators, both in terms of the present day narrative and the past events. I was so engrossed in the story that I didn’t see what was coming until Barton was ready for it to be revealed….at which point I actually stopped reading, said it out loud to confirm it to myself and carry on!! 😊
The Child is certainly a compelling and addictive read – highly recommended.
Fiona Barton’s debut, The Widow, was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and has been published in thirty-five countries and optioned for television. Her second novel, The Child, was a Sunday Times bestseller. Born in Cambridge, Fiona currently lives in south-west France.
Previously, she was a senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at the Mail on Sunday, where she won Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards.
While working as a journalist, Fiona reported on many high-profile criminal cases and she developed a fascination with watching those involved, their body language and verbal tics. Fiona interviewed people at the heart of these crimes, from the guilty to their families, as well as those on the periphery, and found it was those just outside the spotlight who interested her most . . .