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The Suspect By Fiona Barton – A review

The Suspect, by Fiona Barton is the third of her books that revolves around reporter Kate Waters. I have already reviewed The Widow and The Child. All three books are stand alone stories, but you do get to know some characters better as the stories progress.

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The Suspect on Audible

I’m a huge fan of Audible, I love to listen to my stories while I crochet.

The Suspect audio book edition
By: Fiona Barton
Narrated by: Clare CorbettMark MeadowsSian ThomasRia Zmitrowicz
Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 24-01-19
Language: English
Publisher: Audible Studios
Categories: Crime & Thrillers,Suspense

Paperback Edition

The Blurb

When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry.

Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth – and this time is no exception. But she can’t help but think of her own son, who she hasn’t seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling.

This time it’s personal. And as the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think . . .

My Review

I loved Fiona Barton’s other two books I couldn’t wait to get reading this one. I wasn’t disappointed, it was really hard to put down. It did feel different to the other two stories though. I’m not sure if that was because Kate didn’t have her usual role in the story. Or even that Bob Sparks was otherwise occupied with his wife’s cancer. When you get used to character’s behaving differently it kind of disrupts your expectations. So, I’m a little mixed on my feelings. I loved the book, but it just wasn’t the Kate and Bob I’ve come to know through the other two stories.

It was typical Fiona Barton style though. You are presented with all you need to know to solve the case in the beginning. The clues are obvious. But the story of how they got to that conclusion is still so very intriguing. Mostly because of Fiona’s amazing characterization. You really get to know the characters and feel invested in their parts of the story.

The Audible Version of The Suspect

Again, The audible version has gone for different voice actors for each character. I found this helped a lot in the last book, The Child, as the timelines were all over the place and everyone had such a different story. This book would have worked with just one narrator like The Widow. Yes, it’s good to hear each character in their own voice, but some of the voices just didn’t seem to fit. I get a bit picky over who I’m enjoying listening too and I know that’s a personal thing.

I hope Fiona Barton continues to write about Kate Waters because I’d love to read another and find out what happens to Kate and Bob next.

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The Child by Fiona Barton – book review

The Child by Fiona Barton

The Child is Fiona Barton’s second book featuring newspaper reporter Kate Waters. I recently read the first book, The Widow and was instantly drawn in by Fiona Barton’s fabulous story telling.

Front cover of The Child by Fiona Barton.
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd 
ISBN: 9780552172455 
Number of pages: 448 
Weight: 314 g 
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 28 mm
Waterstones paperback £8.99

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The Blurb

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.

My Review on The Child.

I really enjoyed The Widow, I love the way Fiona Barton weaves you into her characters world. Even if you work out the answers, you still want to go on reading to see how it all unravels.

The child was slightly different I was kept guessing for much longer, but when the penny dropped it made me feel very emotional.

I listen to my books on Audible when possible. I love to be able to plug in and block out the world. It also means I can continue with my crochet, or even do the washing up or go to the toilet without having to stop listening. I’m a member of Audible so I can get a book a month for my £7.99 subscription. I already have Fiona Barton’s third book in this season in my basket waiting for my next credit. You can get the book on Audible here.

The audible book has a different voice actor for each of the characters which helps you keep track of what is happening. I did find the jumping of timelines a little more difficult in the previous book with the same actor reading all the parts. Some stories work better when there is more than one voice, it does make it more like listening to a drama than reading a book though.

As for the story, I found it really gripping. I found it hard to stop listening. I connected with the characters for who they were. It’s hard not to like Kate even knowing she’s a journalist and poking around in other’s lives, she is good at coming up with answers that even the police don’t see. She has no shame about the way she worms herself into lives, but she never causes harm.

The main character in this story appears to be Emma, who is the only one who has her part in first in first person. This is her story, what happened to her. The other characters seem to be the main focus, but we know it’s all about Emma really and that it’s only Kate who can bring the truth to light.

I have to admit it brought a lump to my throat a couple of times.

There are some touchy subjects involved including child abuse and baby death, so it won’t be a good read for some. But for those who love a good page turning ‘who dunnit’ type book, then you’ll love this.

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The Widow – Fiona Barton

My review of The Widow by Fiona Barton. The links are affiliate links and may earn me a little money but cost you nothing more if you click through and purchase.

The Blurb

We’ve all seen him: the man – the monster – staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime.

But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs – the wife who stands by him?

Jean Taylor’s life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she’d ever wanted: her Prince Charming.

Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front page. Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil.

But now Glen is dead and she’s alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms.

Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows.

My Review of The Widow

I listened to The Widow on Audible after reading a review by Mum of Three World who has read all three books in the series. I’m currently on the second book, The Child. The latest book is The Suspect and I will be reading (or listening) to that next.

Fiona Barton is a great writer that grips you from the first page and refuses to let you go. So be prepared to read her books very quickly because you won’t be able to put them down. As I listen to the books I generally find books that start with dates and characters get a bit confusing because it’s not so easy to flip back and check on what happened previously.

With The Widow the book switches timelines quite frequently from the present date, to what happened before the death of her husband and even further back to the missing child. It’s kind of obvious what has happened, but despite that the unravelling of the story is riveting.

On Audible The Widow has just one narrator which I enjoyed. I always listen to a snippet of the book before purchasing as you will be listening to that voice for hours.