Fiona Barton

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals the remains of a baby, buried many years ago, unearthed at a construction site, 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’s the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered.

And for a third, a journalist, it’s the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth.

The Child’s story will be told.


A fabulous story, for weaving such a brilliant plot and for twisty-turny fooling me YET AGAIN

Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
Joanna Cannon , author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

Fiona Barton has masterfully delivered again with “The Child,” her follow-up to her bestselling debut novel, The Widow. It’s easy to see that Barton spent time in Kate’s shoes when she was an award-winning journalist. Ultimately, Barton tells the child’s story as only she can — brilliantly.

The Star Telegram
The Star Telegram

A gruesome discovery under a London house drives journalist Kate Waters to pursue a missing-baby story, but, this being a Barton thriller, there’s more to pretty much everything than meets the eye.

Boston Globe
Boston Globe

A twisty and tantalizing story you won’t be able to put down.


The discovery of a skeleton changes three women’s lives in this satisfying mystery. The three—a reporter, a troubled editor and the mother of a newborn kidnapped years earlier—narrate alternately, keeping the tension humming. But it’s not all suspense: Long after their secrets are revealed, the author’s compassion for her wounded characters lingers.

People magazine
People magazine

The main character Kate’s tenacity to uncover the truth is the driving force behind the plot. Every couple of chapters Barton kicks the novel’s suspense into a new gear, and you won’t be able to put it down until all the secrets have been shared.

The Press Association
The Press Association

Gripping…you can almost sense the thrill of the chase here and Kate become more determined to uncover the truth. But Barton is just as interested in the less visible but very real lives of the people behind the headlines.

The Metro
The Metro

This new thriller underlines her exceptional ability to sustain a striking story from first page to last… a twisty and satisfying plot.

The Daily Mail
The Daily Mail

A shocking and suspenseful story full of refreshingly unexpected twists.

The Mail on Sunday
The Mail on Sunday

Fiona Barton’s debut novel The Widow was a bestseller last year and her second psychological thriller deserves to follow suit. It is gruesomely compelling, mawkish and macabre with abundant twists and turns to keep the interest levels high.

Daily Express
Daily Express

A pacy and satisfyingly serpentine thriller

Woman and Home
Woman and Home

Barton flirts with melodrama at times but pulls back and allows her characters to develop into fully realized, deeply scarred women whose wounds aren’t always visible. This is as much a why-dunit as a whodunit, with the real question being whether it’s possible to heal and live with the truth after hiding behind a lie for so long.

Kirkus Reviews
Kirkus Reviews

Barton’s second well-plotted outing, with its sustained tension and believable characters, is an excellent addition to the popular psychological thriller genre. Readers who liked Barton’s first novel, Paula Hawkins’s The Girl On a Train, and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl will love this.

Library Journal (Starred)
Library Journal (Starred)

A lightning-paced, twisty story with an ending so surprising you might have to read it twice.

Good Housekeeping
Good Housekeeping

Arriving just in time for summer, Fiona Barton’s The Child is a perfect blend of beach read and book club selection… In addition to being a page-turning whodunit, The Child is also a subtle exploration of the relationships between mothers and their children, their bonds and battles… A novel that is both fast-paced and thought-provoking, it keeps the reader guessing right to the end. The Child truly is the best of both worlds.

USA Today
USA Today

I loved The Widow, but Fiona Barton has truly outdone herself in her gripping and wonderfully written second novel. Like any great thriller, it takes you on a fast-paced ride with plot twists to the very end. But what will surprise you most about The Child is how deeply you’ll feel for the characters as you turn the pages furiously to reveal their secrets.

Amy Stuart, author of Still Mine
Amy Stuart , author of Still Mine

Fiona Barton has outdone herself with The Child. An engrossing, irresistible story about the coming to light of a long-buried secret and an absolutely fabulous read—I loved it!

Shari Lapena, author of No.1 Sunday Times bestseller The Couple Next Door
Shari Lapena , author of No.1 Sunday Times bestseller The Couple Next Door

This gripping story kept me guessing to the end. I loved it! Barton treats her broken characters with such compassion that I wanted to reach into the pages and hug them.

Liz Nugent, author of Unravelling Oliver
Liz Nugent , author of Unravelling Oliver

Tense, tantalising, and ultimately very satisfying…definitely one of the year’s must-reads.

Lee Child
Lee Child

Clever and compelling. You’ll love THE CHILD.

Clare Mackintosh, Sunday Times bestselling author of I Let You Go and I See You
Clare Mackintosh , Sunday Times bestselling author of I Let You Go and I See You


Crime / Thriller

UK Publication

Penguin Random House/Transworld, June 2017

US Publication

Penguin Random House/NAL, June 2017

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