Following its US outing by Penguin / Berkley Publishing and simultaneous release by Penguin Canada, The Suspect will be published in the UK by Penguin Random House later this week.
Fiona is the New York Times and The Sunday Times bestselling author of The Widow and The Child. The Suspect also features crime journalist Kate Waters, who will stop at nothing to get a scoop; or so she thinks…
Every mother knows her child. Doesn’t she?
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…
The Suspect has already garnered rave reviews ahead of publication:
“Barton is a stunning storyteller. Her career as a journalist has helped make this story terrifyingly real. Every turn of the plot feels authentic and very scary…” Library Journal (starred)
“The exceedingly twisty tale…will test Kate, and her painfully conflicting loyalties, to the limit. Barton’s many fans will be rewarded.” Publisher’s Weekly
“Utterly engrossing… I lived inside this book for two days—and I’m still thinking about it. Superb!” Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door
“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” Gillian McAllister, bestselling author of Everything But the Truth
“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
With enormous excitement from the trade and her fans, Penguin have been running a nationwide print and digital campaign to support the publication.
Fiona was a senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at the Mail on Sunday, where she won Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards.
While working as a journalist, Fiona reported on many high-profile criminal cases and she developed a fascination with watching those involved, their body language and verbal tics. Fiona interviewed people at the heart of these crimes, from the guilty to their families, as well as those on the periphery, and found it was those just outside the spotlight who interested her most…