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.


A classic whodunnit that you won’t be able to put down

Woman's Weekly
Woman's Weekly

Eerie yet enthralling….Clue after clue leads Kate to a bone-chilling discovery: that danger is much closer to home than she realizes.

Woman's World
Woman's World

Like her two previous bestselling novels, The Widow and The Child, Barton's latest thriller is masterfully written, expertly plotted, and skillfully paced… Barton creates a twisty mystery that packs a serious emotional punch.

A gripping, stylish thriller

The Lady
The Lady

What a page turner! Fiona Barton’s first two novels, The Widow and The Child were superb reads, but The Suspect surpasses them both in tension and drama. A sharp storyteller with a great imagination, empathy for all her characters and the ability to deliver a plausible plot with panache – I can’t wait for Fiona Barton’s next novel

My Weekly
My Weekly

A nail-biting tale of missing teens and the parents who worry for them. Fiona Barton’s first two novels, The Widow and The Child, were international bestsellers. The British novelist’s third offering, The Suspect, deserves equal success. It’s an expertly written look at a painful subject: the way parents often suffer when their children go forth to confront the dangers of this world....Barton’s characterizations are exceptional.

The Washington Post
The Washington Post

Required Reading

New York Post
New York Post

Barton continues to charm….Barton’s classic use of short chapters and multiple narratives keep the reader on edge, helping to move the story along at a brisk pace. Her ability to sustain the tension while not overwhelming the reader is to be applauded. And, as in her earlier works, Barton’s skill in weaving both unexpected yet believable twists and turns right up to the final page is commendable

USA Today
USA Today

Fiona Barton unfurls a tense story with brilliant use of flashbacks and face-slapping revelations. Her experience as a national newspaper journalist makes for authenticity and brilliant storytelling

The Daily Express
The Daily Express

Toggling between Thailand and the UK, with alternating viewpoints from Kate, Sparkes, Alex’s mum and Alex herself, in the form of her journal, this fast-paced, skilfully plotted story, with its final devastating twist, cements one-time journalist Fiona Barton as one of the finest crime writers of her generation.

The Mature Times
The Mature Times

Barton handles the complicated resulting interplay of voices deftly, and is just as convincing in getting inside the teenager’s head as she is when portraying the grown-ups searching for her. The novel works best, though, as a moral tale about grief.

The Sunday Times
The Sunday Times

Barton brings a hard-nosed efficiency to her storytelling, which is propulsive…the hostel scenes, populated by vulnerable teens teetering on the cusp of adulthood, have a sparking authenticity and her final twist is audacious.


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
Shari Lapena , bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

The current high standing of the genre [psychological suspense] is due to such writers as the skilful Fiona Barton...As in The Widow, Barton has the full measure of the thriller narrative

Barry Forshaw, CrimeTime Blog
Barry Forshaw , CrimeTime Blog

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
Publisher's Weekly

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, January 2019

US Publication

Penguin Random House / Berkley, January 2019

Rights Sales

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