The Child: Review

The Child by Fiona Barton

Release Date: 27 June 2017
My Rating: 4/5

While razing a street of homes built in the 70’s construction workers unearth an infant’s skeleton. Four characters’ otherwise quiet lives explode. There is Kate, an old school journalist, desperate to remove herself from celebrity click-bait articles, who goes on a hunt for the truth. Angela, whose own newborn baby went missing from the hospital 40 years ago, is sure this must be her long lost child–an end to her decades-long quest for answers. There is Jude, whose home this skeleton was found behind. Finally there is Emma, Jude’s daughter. Emma’s concealed past is integral to solving the mystery of the dead child.

This is a tale of women doing the best that they can to keep their heads up during tough, sometimes unnavigable, circumstances. An emotional novel, it is a lovely mix of women’s lit and engaging mystery. Kate, a character Fiona Barton introduced in “The Widow”, is the star of the book. Sympathetic, complex, and driven, she leads the story. Recommended!

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