The Suspect

The Suspect

Book - 2019
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"When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft, and frantic with worry. What were the girls up to before they disappeared? Journalist Kate Waters 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 she can't help but think of her own son, whom she hasn't seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling. 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..."--
Publisher: [Toronto] :, Penguin,, 2019
ISBN: 9780735238183
Branch Call Number: FICTION BAR
Characteristics: 404 pages ; 24 cm

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beetlebaily
Mar 16, 2019

Usual formula book. Well written. Pretty tight. Overly complicated. But a good read nevertheless.

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Gransam
Mar 15, 2019

Margaret cannon recommends

IndyPL_MarianneK Mar 11, 2019

I'm not sure why I enjoyed this one more than her previous novels. It could be the play between Kate and DCI Sparkes. Or maybe it's the did he\didn't he of Kate's estranged son? Or it could be the changing perspective chapter by chapter as the truth unfolds? Whatever it is, this is an engaging read and very enjoyable, even with a murder or two.

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lupodog
Mar 06, 2019

Why did Kate give het sons jeans away? What was on them? I must have missed a piece of the puzzle.

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Adw555
Feb 19, 2019

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Fiona Barton just keeps getting better and better!

An unnerving situation...knowing your child is living abroad in a foreign country and having no way to contact them. Poor Lesley is in this exact situation, and she knows it is completely out of character for her daughter and her friend to not check in, especially when they had set a specific time to do so. Are the girls hurt? Dead? Or are they just off partying as local officials would have them believe? Call it mother’s intuition...but Lesley knows that something is wrong. And she won’t stop until she find out just what has happened to her daughter.

Through the local police, reporter Kate becomes aware of this story which has close ties to her own personal life. Has a crime been committed? And if so, is her son in trouble as well? Somewhere between London and Bangkok, the answers lie just waiting to be discovered by the mother/reporter/detective.

Pros: Great use of alternate perspectives/timelines to allow the full story to unfold.

Cons: The pacing was a bit slow at times.

The Suspect is more of a slow burn/putting pieces together type of fiction than a thriller, but it’s my favorite Fiona Barton book so far.

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heavenne
Feb 05, 2019

Even though this is the third one of the Kate Waters series, it looks like it doesn’t need to be read in order. There are some references to things in the second and first book but it’s not so much you’ll be lost. So these can be read stand alone. (That being said, I will definitely get the second one. I read The Widow and thought it was pretty good)

I liked how this one has several different points of view in the book. I’d have to say I preferred reading about Kate as she was the most affected. You might see it as her getting the just desserts as she now knows how it feels to be on the other side of the news story instead of Kate herself asking the questions, but it shows a real human quality to her and also gives her a reality check as to what she’s been doing her whole life (mainly, her job) You do see the human side of both Kate and Bob Sparkes. They each have their own problems and issues to overcome.

The plot itself is pretty good and the different points of view really help it come together. I got a little frustrated with Alex because I wanted her to drop Rosie as soon as possible. But Alex was just one of those too nice girls and she just couldn’t let it go. Although you rather figured out who was behind the crime it was the build up towards it, and there were some surprises here and there that made it quite the enjoyable read! The writing is seamless and the ending, well I can only think that might come back to haunt our characters sooner or later (maybe?)

I enjoyed reading this one, and I’ll be reading The Child to complete the series. I’m looking forward to more of Barton’s work. They’ve proven to be consistently enjoyable to read. I recommend these definitely.

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