The Child

The Child

Book - 2017
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As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, 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 is the Building Site Baby? As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby 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...
Publisher: [Toronto] :, Penguin,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780735234550
Branch Call Number: FICTION BAR
Characteristics: 364 pages ; 24 cm


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May 15, 2018

Surprise twist at the end. Very good read.

Dec 08, 2017

Well written, intriguing book with a surprising ending.

Dec 06, 2017

What an ending!

Nov 25, 2017

Excellent 👌

Oct 11, 2017

Easy read. Good twist at the end.

Sep 18, 2017

Not as good as the author's first book but still a good read. I figured out the ending 3/4 of the way through, nevertheless, the book held me to the end.

Sep 11, 2017

This was my first introduction to this author. I loved the book. I've not read her other books so I'm not able to make comparisons but this book kept me thoroughly engaged. It was written from the perspective of four individuals with one of them written in first person. I didn't find it confusing when she was flipping back and forth between the characters. There is quite a twist at the end. I will definitely read more books by Fiona Barton.

Sep 06, 2017

I loved The Widow, but found this book incredibly dull, plodding and boring. I figured out the mystery early on so flicked through the rest of the book to see if I was right. (I was). The characters were flat and unlikable. Disappointingly tedious.

Sep 01, 2017

Well written, suspenseful book. A twist at the end that brought the novel to a satisfying conclusion.

Aug 31, 2017

What I liked:
1. The plot was a good idea.
2. The timing and flow were good.
3. Characterization was good.

What I didn't like:
1. Four alternating narrators, one of whom spoke in first person. This "use of first person for no good reason" trend has to stop! Especially when multiple narrators are used! To make matters worse, the first person speaker isn't even the main character and only rarely appears for the first half of the book. Makes you wonder why *she's* the special choice to speak in first person. Which brings me to...
2. I figured out the mystery halfway through the book. If you pay attention, you'll realize that the author/characters consistently misstate part of the timeline. Rounding error, you could call it. Once you realize that, the rest is easy to figure out.

I still enjoyed reading the second half to see that I was right - but there wasn't really any suspense.

I would have given this more stars if it weren't for the annoying narrative choice.

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