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  • Barbara Copperthwaite

‘Slow-burning & complex’ #BookReview THE CHILD, Fiona Barton @figbarton @PenguinRHUK ‏

‘A fascinating study of mystery and the drives behind people’s actions – including the more sinister ones’


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.


Perhaps it is the similar backgrounds, but I love the way Fiona Barton writes. Like me, she prefers the ‘whydunit’ to the ‘whodunit’ – even if you guess who is behind the mystery, you will find yourself not minding, so hooked are you by the story itself, the reasons behind the crimes, and the characters. Everything is firmly footed in reality. No women have hysterical breakdowns for no apparent reason, no men are menacing simply for the hell of it. Fiona Barton’s characters come across as people who exist in the everyday world, who you might bump into on the street. Even her bad guys are fully rounded and complex – no one-dimensional clichés here… TO READ IN FULL, CLICK HERE

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