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The Child
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The Child


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…

Title:The Child
Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:368 pages
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    The Child Reviews

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Jan 03, 2017

    3.5 STARS I was in the minority last year when Fiona Barton’s The Widow was published; I didn’t dislike it, but I felt it was another case of the media hyping up a book to unrealistic expectations...

  • Pouting Always
    Jul 01, 2017

    When an old house is being demolished in London, the body of a small child is found buried. The story doesn't garner much attention at first, but journalist Kate Waters sees it and can't stop thinking...

  • Liz
    May 30, 2017

    I really enjoyed the Widow by Fiona Barton, so I was looking forward to her next mystery. And I have no complaints. If not quite as good, it was still a very enjoyable mystery that I can heartily reco...

  • Book of Secrets
    Jun 27, 2017

    THE CHILD is an intriguing mystery surrounding the discovery of a decades old baby skeleton at a construction site. Given the premise, I figured it would also be an emotional read, and it was that. Th...

  • Julie
    Jun 08, 2017

    The Child' by Fiona Barton is a 2017 Berkley publication. Many of us who read “The Widow” have been eagerly anticipating Fiona Barton’s next book.This novel centers on a missing child, in a way,...

  • Zoe
    Jun 25, 2017

    Intriguing, disturbing, and gritty!This is a character-driven psychological thriller that reminds us that secrets from the past often find their way to the surface no matter how well they are hidden o...

  • Kaceey
    Jul 21, 2017

    A traveling sister read with my Canadian sisters Norma and Brenda.This is one of my favorite styles of books. Multiple stories running parallel to one another until at some point they converge in an a...

  • Navidad Thelamour
    May 20, 2017

    I absolutely adored Fiona Barton’s debut novel, The Widow, so I was all-too eager to get my little hands on this one when I heard about The Child. Of course, that’s the problem with not reading bl...

  • Ammar
    May 29, 2017

    Out on June 27th An enjoyable mystery from various perspectives. Emma, Angela, Kate, and Jude. And the body of a child found during an demolition. Who is this child and how is he related to the variou...

  • Abby (Crime by the Book)
    Jan 23, 2017

    4.5/5 stars!!!! Find my full review here: enjoyed this one even more than Fiona's debut, THE WIDOW. It has a fantastic cast of characters, and a killer plot t...