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The Child

(Kate Waters #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  46,308 ratings  ·  4,806 reviews
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 c
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Published June 29th 2017 by Transworld Digital (first published June 27th 2017)
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Nichole (DirrtyH) They share a common character, and there is a point in this book where that character references the events of that book, so if you plan on reading Th…moreThey share a common character, and there is a point in this book where that character references the events of that book, so if you plan on reading The Widow at some point, I would read it first because otherwise there are spoilers. But you don't need to read it in order to read this one.(less)

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Chelsea Humphrey

I was in the minority last year when Fiona Barton’s The Widow was published; I didn’t dislike it, but I felt it was another case of the media hyping up a book to unrealistic expectations and touting a killer twist that wasn’t there. None of this is the author’s fault; it was simply a mismatching of book to reader. When I saw The Child being promoted in a similar form this year, I decided to shut my eyes, close my ears, and go in blind. I avoided all reviews, spoilers, media packets, et
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a second novel by Fiona Barton, following her much-lauded The Widow. It also features the crime journalist Kate Waters, when she finds herself investigating a crime in which the police and her own crime editor are not greatly interested.

The skeleton of a very young baby (possibly new-born) has been discovered on a building site in Woolwich. Forensic examinations are not much use in the identification of very small babies. The story creates some interest locally, but the original houses o
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
With a very intriguing start "The Child" by Fiona Barton is one of those books you won't be able to put down until your curiosity has been sated.
This is an excellent example of a slow burning, suspenseful psychological thriller with an ending that I didn't see coming and was completely unexpected.
Baby Alice Irving goes missing from her maternity crib in hospital in 1970. Forty two years later a baby's skeleton is found by workmen on a building site in Howard Street. Alice's mother, Angela wants
Always Pouting
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When an old house is being demolished in London, the body of a small child is found buried. The story doesn't garner much attention at first, but journalist Kate Waters sees it and can't stop thinking about following up on it. As she begins to look into it a crime that happened decades ago is brought back to attention but things are more complicated than they appear at first.

I personally didn't enjoy The Widow but I really enjoyed this one. I felt like the plot for the widow felt obvious and I
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A traveling sister read with my Canadian sisters Norma and Brenda.

This is one of my favorite styles of books. Multiple stories running parallel to one another until at some point they converge in an amazing, unpredictable way. This one absolutely lives up to that! It’s told from the POV of three separate women. You know they’re going to cross paths in some manner….you just don't know when or how. That's the beauty of this book! Kept me on my toes and in the dark throughout most. If it wasn't for
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I really enjoyed the Widow by Fiona Barton, so I was looking forward to her next mystery. And I have no complaints. If not quite as good, it was still a very enjoyable mystery that I can heartily recommend.

This is a fast paced mystery told from the perspective of four different women. Short punchy chapters keep this book moving right along. At first I was worried about keeping the women straight, but no problems there. Kate is a reporter who zeros in on the story of a baby’s skeleton found at t
The Child' by Fiona Barton is a 2017 Berkley publication.

Many of us who read “The Widow” have been eagerly anticipating Fiona Barton’s next book.
This novel centers on a missing child, in a way, but is more character driven, in my opinion.
The atmosphere here is suspenseful, loaded with heavy emotions, and addictively readable. I couldn’t put it down. The short chapters, which normally, is a huge pet peeve of mine, worked in this case, keeping the pacing brisk and the alternate perspectives fresh
Diane S ☔
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 I had recently taken a break from thrillers, they had all started to blend together. Never read this authors first book either, but something about this book, the beautiful blue cover and the synopsis, enticed me enough to read. When an old building is being demolished the bones of a newborn are found. Kate, a journalist, trying to hold on in the new world of internet news, finds something about this discovery that makes her want to find the truth behind the discovery. Her search will end up ...more
Felice Laverne
I absolutely adored Fiona Barton’s debut novel, The Widow, so I was all-too eager to get my little hands on this one when I heard about The Child. Of course, that’s the problem with not reading blindly, isn't it--with already being familiar with an author’s previous works: you go in with expectations, undoubtedly heightening your expectations on the author, and it doesn’t always pan out. When that happens, those reads seem to fall harder than if you’d never met their predecessors in the first pl ...more
Book of Secrets
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE CHILD is an intriguing mystery surrounding the discovery of a decades old baby skeleton at a construction site. Given the premise, I figured it would also be an emotional read, and it was that. The story is told in alternating perspectives of four women, the investigative reporter (who we first met in THE WIDOW) and three others whose lives will be upended by the discovery.

Journalist Kate Waters is looking for her next big story when the baby’s remains are found. Kate’s investigation leads h
Carol (Bookaria)
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The author Fiona Barton delivers again!

Kate Waters is a journalist and the main character in this novel. She was also a character on the author's previous novel The Widow but you do not need to read it to be able to enjoy this book because the cases are completely unrelated.

Ok, back to the story. The body of a newborn baby is found buried in a neighborhood undergoing construction. Kate develops an interest in the story and her uncanny work and observations reveal the mystery around this baby.

The Child by Fiona Barton is a brand new novel of twisting psychological suspense from the author of the New York Times bestseller The Widow. While I enjoyed he Widow, I liked this one much better, as I found the characters more fully developed in The Child. Many twists and turns with a surprise ending.

“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 cob
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Traveling Sisters Review by Norma with Brenda and Kaceey

Norma’s thoughts:  After reading The Widow by Fiona Barton I knew that I had to read this one right away. Although, I did enjoy The Widow I thought that this novel was a much better read!

THE CHILD by FIONA BARTON is an engaging, suspenseful, and character-driven psychological thriller novel that was packed full of twists and suspense that had us on another guessing marathon, messaging back and forth as we were reading.  Soon after meeting o
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
4+ stars!

A fast paced, twisty, suspenseful instalment in the Kate Waters series!

I love this series! For me, each book gets better! I read these out of order - Book 1, Book 3 and this one, Book 2. While I didn’t love Book 2 as much as I loved Book 3, this was still an excellent read! I really like the main character, reporter Kate Waters. She is edgy, assertive and extremely hard working, yet shows her more vulnerable side by emotionally connecting with her clients. Her extreme dedication to her
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I liked this a lot better than The Widow, but I did guess the ending quite early on, so an aspect of suspense was missing a little. Still, an engaging story and I would certainly read this author in the future!

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Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Intriguing, disturbing, and gritty!

This is a character-driven psychological thriller that reminds us that secrets from the past often find their way to the surface no matter how well they are hidden or buried.

It is, ultimately, a story about abuse, neglect, manipulation, sexual deviance, deception, heartbreak, lies and familial dynamics.

The writing is suspenseful and twisty. The characters are multi-layered, flawed and vulnerable. And the plot, although a little slow in the first half of the nov
Linda Strong
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Emma, Angela, Jude and Kate. An infant's skeleton is found as an old house is demolished. It seems like it has been buried for many years, maybe decades. All these women take notice when it becomes newspaper article.

Kate is a journalist. She decides to do a full-length article with follow up ... who does this infant belong to? How long has she been there? Why and how did it come to be buried?

Angela's newborn daughter was stolen from her hospital room 28 years ago and never found. She's never rec
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
A tiny skeleton is discovered at a construction site in a suburb outside of London. The discovery was made during excavation for updated homes. Kate Waters is a newspaper journalist and reads about this riveting story. It has been two years since she has had a big feature and she is intrigued by the article. She can’t stop thinking about what might have happened to this child.

As Kate investigates the story, she seeks information about former residents from the area. She is hoping that somebody
Crime by the Book
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars!!!! Find my full review here:

I enjoyed this one even more than Fiona's debut, THE WIDOW. It has a fantastic cast of characters, and a killer plot twist that I never saw coming!! It's definitely a bit of a slower read at the beginning, but your patience will absolutely be rewarded. Loved this one!!
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

Like many print journalists in the internet age, Kate Waters - a reporter for the 'London Daily Post' - is anxious about her employment. The paper is slated to let some reporters go, and Kate - wanting job security - needs a good story to impress her boss.

Hence, when Kate learns that an infant's bones were dug up at a London excavation site, she thinks it's just the ticket. Kate proceeds to investigate the incident, with an eye to publishing the identity of the child's mother and the c

Out on June 27th

An enjoyable mystery from various perspectives. Emma, Angela, Kate, and Jude. And the body of a child found during an demolition.

Who is this child and how is he related to the various narrators.

The plot is fast and truly a page turner. It wasn't a whodonit as much as a whydonit. I think this book will follow the commercial success of The Widow.
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This novel is told from four women's perspectives Emma, Angela, Kate, and Jude and makes for a fast paced story with lots of twists.
When a house is demolished the tiny skeleton of a child is discovered and Kate who is a journalist decides to try and uncover the story behind the remains. Kate discovers a connection to a crime that occurred many years ago when a newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. The second woman Angela had her newborn daughte
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
...4+ Stars.

...Really enjoyed my first Fiona Barton novel.....and Oh Boy!.....It's a series!

...THE CHILD is told from four different perspectives with short chapters that flow smoothly making for a very quick and engrossing read.....and don't worry about keeping track of the players as you will soon find it unnecessary.

...Kate Waters is a journalist who knows her stuff...and has a conscience. On the lookout for a newsworthy story for The Daily Post, a disturbing find of a tiny skeleton grabs Kat

Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, suspense
For fans of Fiona Barton's debut thriller The Widow, you will be happy to see that journalist Kate Waters is back and has found her next big story: The skeleton of a baby has been discovered at a construction site. The only evidence the police have to go on are the remnants of shredded paper that the skeleton was wrapped up.

As the story starts to unfold, new characters are introduced. each with their own dedicated chapters and stories to share.
Angela-Who has never gotten over the loss of her fi
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I had read The Widow by Fiona Barton and was really looking forward to reading her new book The Child and I was not disappointed. I really, enjoyed this book, it had quite a few twists and turns. I thought that the story was well thought out and kept me engrossed. It was a real page turner. I would like to thank NetGalley for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it

An unsolved mystery resurfaced when a baby's skeleton was found at a building site.

Along with the skeleton, three main characters emerge too. Kate is a reporter investigating the story. Emma is a nervous adult who became intrigued as well as possessed when she sees the story of the baby. Angela is the mother whose baby disappeared more than 40 years ago never to be found.

THE CHILD took a while to get interesting simply because it was a bit slow, and there were too many characters thrown in. I wa
Theresa Alan
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book in a single day.

When the bones of a baby are found during an excavation, journalist Kate thinks there is a story there, even if finding who the mother was will be exceedingly difficult. Angela, whose baby was stolen from her years ago, is certain that the baby is hers, and Emma, who battles a mood disorder and has been treated for mental illness, reads everything about the remains obsessively.

Told from multiple points of view, the mystery of who this baby is will keep you t
JanB (vacation till Oct 18)
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A satisfying page-turner! The short chapters and multiple perspectives kept me engaged and up until the wee hours finishing the book. The story opens when a tiny skeleton is found during excavation of a building site. The book is told from the perspective of four people: the journalist Kate, Emma and her mother Jude who used to live in the neighborhood where the skeleton was found, and Angela, whose baby was stolen from the maternity ward many years ago. While it seems obvious the skeleton is An ...more
“The problem is that a secret takes on a life of its own over time. I used to believe if I didn’t think about what happened, it would shrivel and die. But it didn’t. It sits in the middle of a growing tangle of lies and fabrications, like a fat fly trapped in a spider’s web.”
Oh, this quote is what makes The Child such an engaging story. Four POV's present multiple secrets and plenty of avenues for this mystery to go...and where it went? Didn't even cross my mind!

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Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
The Child by Fiona Barton is a wonderful mystery read with some great twists and turns.

A baby’s skeleton was found in a construction site and was named as the “Building Site Baby”. Reporter Kate Waters decides to investigate the story. The book is narrated with different POV’s , Angela whose baby was kidnapped at the maternity ward ,Emma who is hiding a secret for a very long time and Jude , Emma’s self-involved mother. During Kate’s investigation, more mysteries are unearthed and secrets’ revea
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