Fiona Barton

The new gripping thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Widow, and the Richard & Judy No. 1 bestseller, The Child.

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 is brought on board to report on the story. She 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 as she draws nearer to uncovering the case, 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 in Thailand. This time it’s personal.

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.


Fiona Barton has taken a nightmarish scenario and woven it into a dark and twisty tale that sees tenacious journalist Kate Waters at her puzzle-solving best. This is a novel with real heart and a thoroughly surprising and thought-provoking ending.

Lesley Kara, author of The Rumour
Lesley Kara , author of The Rumour

In The Suspect, Fiona Barton has created a beautifully crafted and intricate novel where we see every situation from every perspective until her final twist of the kaleidoscope when everything suddenly makes sense. The characters in this beautifully written novel will stay with me for a long time and the tension created by the twists and cliff-hangers made this a breath-taking and heart-pounding read.

Mary Torjussen, acclaimed author of Gone Without a Trace
Mary Torjussen , acclaimed author of Gone Without a Trace

An utterly compelling and emotional read full of suspense and intrigue. I didn’t want it to end.

Mel Sherratt, acclaimed crime writer
Mel Sherratt , acclaimed crime writer

Intelligent, insightful and compelling. A clever, twisting whodunnit that delivers an emotional punch. I loved it.

C.L. Taylor, #1 bestselling author of The Accident and The Lie
C.L. Taylor , #1 bestselling author of The Accident and The Lie

Fiona Barton is a master of “just one more chapter” and kept me reading late into the night, unable to look away. The Suspect is a wonderfully human thriller, with characters I believed entirely and a crime that got right under my skin.

Holly Seddon, bestselling author of Try Not To Breathe
Holly Seddon , bestselling author of Try Not To Breathe

Wow, Fiona Barton really knows her stuff; The Suspect is utterly authentic, terrifyingly plausible and an absolute heartbreaker.

Jill Mansel, internationally bestselling author
Jill Mansel , internationally bestselling author

A fast-paced whodunnit with heart, characters I feel I know and a deliciously dark twist. Superb writing, often blackly funny, and a scene that made me cry into my pillow. Bravo.

Gillian McAllister, author of Everything But The Truth
Gillian McAllister , author of Everything But The Truth


Crime / Thriller

UK Publication

Penguin Random House / Transworld, February 2019

US Publication

Penguin Random House / NAL

Rights Sales

UK & Commonwealth: Penguin Random House/ Transworld
North American: Penguin Random House/ NAL
Catalan: Editorial Planeta
Dutch:The House of Books
Finnish: Bazar Kustannus
French: Fleuve Editions
German: Rowohlt
Hebrew: Penn Publishing
Hungarian: XXI.Század
Italian: Einaudi
Portuguese (EU): Grupo Planeta Portugal
Spanish: Editorial Planeta
Turkish: Pegasus