Crime / Thriller


Penguin Random House/Transworld, June 2017


Penguin Random House/NAL, June 2017


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.


“Clever and compelling. You’ll love THE CHILD”
Clare Mackintosh, Sunday Times bestselling author of I Let You Go and I See You


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


“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


“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


“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


“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)


“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


“A pacy and satisfyingly serpentine thriller”
Woman and Home


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


“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


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


“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


“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


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