The Child

Title: The Child
Author: Fiona Barton
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Construction workers find the a newborn’s bones while they are digging up a backyard. The remains are 30 to 40 years old. There are only bones left, so it’s hard to figure out what happened. Emma has mental health problems and she gets very nervous when she hears about the discovery that happened in the backyard of her childhood home. Angela gets hopeful when she hears about it because she wonders if it is her long lost baby that was abducted from her hospital room 40 years ago. Kate is a reporter who is intrigued by this story and throws all her energy into discovering the identity of the mysterious baby.
This book was a thrilling ride from beginning to end! There were multiple characters who were under suspicion for having something to do with the baby. Angela thinks it’s her missing baby. But at the same time Emma acts very guilty for some reason.

At first, I wondered why Emma’s narration was in first person, while Kate’s and Angela’s chapters had a third person narrator. However, by the end of the story it’s clear why this technique was used. It increased Emma’s unstable appearance to the reader.

Though I figured out what the solution was before the end, this was a really good story. I was hooked from the beginning and couldn’t put it down. Now I need to read Fiona Barton’s previous novel, The Widow.

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