Fiona Barton


Fiona Barton’s debut, The Widow, was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and has been published in thirty-five countries and optioned for television. Her second novel, The Child, was a Sunday Times bestseller. Born in Cambridge, Fiona lives in Sussex and south west France.

Previously, she 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…


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A shocking and suspenseful story full of refreshingly unexpected twists.

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

A pacy and satisfyingly serpentine thriller

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She tells her tale with a realism and restraint that add to its shattering impact.

Publishers Weekly
(starred review)

A gripping psychological thriller with an unusual premise – just how much does the widow of a suspected kidnapper and paedophile know about what he is alleged to have done? The police want to know and so do the press. Everyone is after the ultimate scoop – an interview and an insight not only into her life but also her head.

C.L. Taylor
No. 2 Sunday Times bestselling author of The Escape

The ultimate psychological thriller. Barton carefully unspools this dark, intimate tale of a terrible crime, a stifling marriage, and the lies spouses tell not just to each other, but to themselves in order to make it through.

Lisa Gardner
New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author of The Perfect Husband

Stunning from start to finish. I devoured it in one sitting. The best book I’ve read this year. If you liked GONE GIRL, you’ll love this.

M.J. Aldridge
author of Richard and Judy pick Eeny Meeny

If you liked GONE GIRL and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, you might want to pick up THE WIDOW by Fiona Barton. Engrossing. Suspenseful.

Stephen King