First Line: My computer is winking at me knowingly when I sit down at my desk.
When a tiny skeleton is discovered buried on the grounds of an old house that's being demolished, journalist Kate Waters knows that this is a story that deserves much more attention than a throwaway sentence or two in her newspaper. As she investigates, she finds connections to a sensational crime that happened decades earlier: a newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and never found.
But Kate learns that there is even more to the story, and she is quickly drawn into the lives, and the pasts, of the people who once lived in the neighborhood. Ultimately becoming the keeper of three women's secrets means Kate is constantly walking the tightrope between what she can and cannot tell.
Fiona Barton's The Child is a story that rapidly draws you in and won't let you go until everyone's secrets have been revealed. The style of this book is reminiscent of Kate Atkinson in the manner in which the story unfolds. Told in alternating chapters by Kate and the three women involved-- Angela, Emma, and Jude-- the voices may not be particularly distinctive, but their stories kept me guessing clear through to the end.
Barton definitely has a knack for creating memorable characters and strong storylines. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.
The Child by Fiona Barton
Berkley © 2017
eBook, 384 pages
Source: Net Galley