Fiona Barton is a great crime novelist and I loved her book "The Widow". When I saw that she was coming out with a new book, I knew that it was going to be my next listen (on Audible).

"The Child" was probably even better than The Widow, but had a similar feeling. You could almost tell it was written by the same person.

The Child is told in multiple points of view, just like The Widow, and it revolves around a group of women who are trying to solve the mysterious disappearance of an infant.

This is the publisher's summary:

As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers human remains, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who has been found at the building site?

As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A child was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss.

But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn—house by house—into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women—and torn between what she can and cannot tell…

One of my favorite parts was that the reporter, Kate, from The Widow, is back again in The Child and is leading the investigation of this missing baby.

There are so many twists and turns, as usual in all my favorite novels, and at first, you think you know what happened but then something changes and everything is thrown up in the air.

At first, when I thought I knew what was going to happen, I was a little disappointed. I thought the book was too predictable but then when we were basically at the end, Barton threw another wrench in it. This was a huge surprise and it honestly made sense when you looped the entire story together.

This wasn't a gory or scary type of crime novel. I wasn't left feeling nervous or anxious about what was going to happen next. I was left more in suspense and interested to see what the outcome would be.

I thought it was a really great book, a quick read/listen and it was well worth it. If you liked The Widow, you will LOVE The Child by Fiona Barton.

What is on your reading list this week?
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