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The Suspect

(Kate Waters #3)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  185 ratings  ·  94 reviews
The New York Times bestselling author of The Widow returns with a brand new novel of twisting psychological suspense about every parent's worst nightmare...

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?

Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Berkley Books
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Susanne Strong
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.7 Stars* (rounded up)

Be Careful What you Get Yourself Into - You May Just Regret It!

Kate Waters is a Reporter. Getting the story has always taken priority above all else, including her family.

Lesley’s daughter Alex went to Thailand for summer vacation a few weeks ago with Rosie, the neighbor’s girl. Alex has been saving for the trip for an entire year and has everything planned out. Truth be told, Rosie has no intention of following Alex’s itinerary and her agenda is very different from Ale
Katie B
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Really enjoyed this one and I'm kicking myself for not reading anything by the author before now. Will definitely go back and read her previous novels. This is the third book in the series but can easily be read as a standalone. A little bit of backstory is provided for some of the characters but it enhances the current plot rather than feeling like information overload for those of us who haven't yet read the first two books.

Reporter Kate Waters hasn't seen her son in two years althoug
Kaceey - Traveling Sister
How well does a parent actually know their child. When that “child” turns 18 and goes out into the world do your worries end? Or are they just beginning?

Kate Waters is an established reporter. She is used to covering on all the late breaking stories but soon she is going to find herself right in the middle of her next feature.

When 2 young women, Alex and Rosie decide to go to Thailand before starting university. Their trip quickly spirals out of control as each had their own agenda and plans
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: publisher, reviewed
This is the third book I’ve read, and liked, by this author. Each features the journalist Kate Waters, who specializes in ingratiating herself with distressed or grieving parents in order to get a story. In this book, she has two sets of parents to handle when their 18 year old daughters go missing while vacationing in Bangkok. Kate can empathize with the parents, since her own eldest son Jake has been doing volunteer work in Thailand for two years, and he hasn’t been good at keeping in touch wi ...more
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Suspect by Fiona Barton is a thriller with quite a few twist and turns.
When two girls on their gap year go missing in Thailand, Kate a reporter starts looking into this.
Her son is in Thailand and she sees this case as a way of reconnecting with him. When the girls bodies are found in suspicious circumstances Kate's son is one of the suspects.
This is the third book I have read by this author and I have enjoyed them all and I am looking forward to her next book.
Thank you to NetGalley and Ran
Nov 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ew
3.25 stars

I'm not sure this is the book to read if, like me, you have kids in the same age range as the two girls who disappear while on a trip to Thailand following the end of high school. Really, a parent's worst nightmare as your kids become more independent...

Setting that aside, The Suspect is a very readable psychological thriller. It is told from three perspectives: a reporter, a police officer and one of the girls. The reporter's own son is also in Thailand and appears loathe to keep in t
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
"The Suspect" is Fiona Barton's best book yet!

She burst onto the scene in early 2016, with her book," The Widow", a book that I enjoyed, but one that did not quite live up to the hype for me.

Then in Dec. 2017, her sophomore effort, "The Child" was released, one which I found to be the more satisfying of the two.

"The Suspect" which will be released on Jan. 22. 2019 reunites journalist Kate Waters. and DI Bob Sparkes, both characters from the previous two books, though this book can be read as a
Fiona Barton's The Suspect is my first read by the author, and I can see why people enjoy her writing. Two eighteen year old women venture out to Thailand for holiday before they find out their Level A scores, but one of the women's mothers haven't heard from them for over a week. After the police were called, and the UK embassy in Thailand was been notified, journalist Kate Waters decides to write a feature about this disappearance to spark up interest in their case. As Kate dives into the my ...more
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Suspect by Fiona Barton is a domestic thriller that asks how well do we parents know our teen-aged and young adult children. How do they respond when they make a mistake that they know will disappoint us? What lengths will they go through to cover up their blunders and not admit that their life has gotten away from them? What happens when they allow their pride to get in the way Instead of asking for help?

Kate Waters is a reporter with a young adult son Jake whose decisions have led him int
♡ Kim ♡
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club, arc, i-own
Wow! That ending will make you question a lot of things! As a mom of two boys, 21 and 13, this one will stick with me for some time. I cannot wait to discuss in my book club!
C.L. Taylor
I am a big fan of Fiona Barton's novels. She's a former journalist and I find the way in which Kate, the journalist in her books, investigates her stories utterly fascinating (if not a little troubling, it's put me off ever opening up to hacks, that's for sure!) But there's heart in Fiona's novels too and particularly in this one. As well as being a 'whodunnit' it was a moving exploration of motherhood and the way in which our children can grow up and away from us. Fiona's novels also feel very ...more
A story about two teenage Brit girls on a holiday from real life in Bangkok, a holiday gone completely wrong. Barton offers a number of points of view including that of the grieving parents, some casting blame on each other, a reporter, and a detective. This one was not for me. Didn't really hold my attention. But, that doesn't mean you won't enjoy it.
Oct 19, 2018 marked it as to-read
Can you believe that this is actually my first read by Fiona Barton?!

Alexandra (Alex) and Rosie are two British girls who travel to Thailand in their gap year while waiting to begin further studies. Alex regularly communicates to her parents during the trip. However, when she stops communicating, her parents become worried. They contact the police to see if anything can be done.

Kate is an ambitious newspaper reporter who takes an interest in the missing persons report. She feels a connection with the parents because her own son, Jake, is also in Thailand and has
Judy Collins
Review forthcoming.
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A news story about the death of 2 girls in Bangkok suddenly becomes personal for reporter Kate Waters in this new thriller by Fiona Barton. She discovers the tables turned when she finds herself and her family becoming the story instead of covering the story.

This is not only an intriguing murder mystery but a compelling family story about what a mother will do to save her son.

Highly recommended!
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was a little nervous reading The Suspect by Fiona Barton as it is the third book in the Kate Waters series and I was afraid starting three books into the series that I may be a little lost, but I am happy to say that is not the case here. The Suspect can be read as a standalone and I never felt like I was missing anything from the prior books. So please do not let that be a deciding factor when picking up this book.

Alexandra “Alex” O’Connor is on a backpacking trip to Thailand with Rosie, a gi
Elaine Tomasso
I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House UK, Transworld Publishers for an advance copy of The Suspect, the third novel to feature journalist Kate Waters.

When teenagers Alex O’Connor and Rosie Shaw disappear when on holiday in Thailand Kate is all over the story, but at the back of her mind is her son Jake who took off for Thailand two years previously and has hardly been in contact since.

I enjoyed The Suspect which has an interesting storyline, plenty of twists and some good characterisa
J.A. Schneider
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very good suspense story. Kate Waters, an ambitious newspaper reporter, goes to Thailand to cover a story about two missing girls. The case compels her, not just because she feels a strong connection to the girls’ frantic parents, but because her own son Jake is somewhere in Thailand – but where? She hasn’t been heard from him. Her personal pain pulls her to make the trip and investigate, only to discover that what happened to the missing girls is entwined with her son’s story in ways ...more
I'm such a big fan of Fiona Barton and The Suspect is quite possibly her best. I'm so fond of reporter Kate Waters and detective Bob Sparkes and it's good to see them return here, although both are certainly put through it. I felt emotionally involved with them both. The element of the story set in Thailand feels very real and possible and all the more frightening for it. I read this in a day and, in a way I wish I hadn't because I was so sorry to finish it. Review to follow closer to publicatio ...more
Penguin First-to-Read ARC.

I'm officially addicted to Fiona Barton's novels. The Suspect was better than The Child and MUCH better than The Widow! I'm loving the Kate Waters series! This had better not be the last one! I was completely engrossed in this book from page 1 and I could barely put it down. The flow was great, even with switching POVs and time periods. I don't feel like the who-dun-it was hidden from the reader from the halfway point on but the mystery was more of why-dun-it and what m
Pallavi Sharma
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: firsttoread
Review soon
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Weaving together some themes from the earlier two books which feature Kate Waters (and Detective Inspector Bob Sparkes), The Child and The Widow, Fiona Barton continues to explore the shifting lines that define our moral decisions, our humanity, and our reactions.

Two young women, vacationing in Thailand, haven't touched base with their families to the point that both sets of parents have worried enough to contact the police—catapulting the story into crisis. At the newsroom, Kate Waters launche
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an advance copy of this book from First To Read in exchange for an honest review.

I gave this book 4 stars because I felt it was a little long and redundant at times. Very repetitive. That being said I did enjoy the book and finished it in 3 days.

I did enjoy this book and think I need to pick up more of Fiona Barton's other works. I was a bit lost on the ending but that makes me think there will be another book.

I felt like some of the characters were just thrown in to give one piece
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Predictable and a bit of a disappointment though had its entertaining aspects. Complete review to be posted closer to the publication date of 1/22/2019.
Ihab Ludwig Mk
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fiona Barton has done it again! Only 100 pages in, but THE SUSPECT (10 Jan 2019) still After that heart-wrenching twist in Fiona's 2nd novel, I realized that I've actually enjoyed the author's THE CHILD more than I did THE WIDOW, and I think that THE SUSPECT is definitely her best work!

This book is about two eighteen-year-old girls who went missing on their gap year in Thailand. Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, but she can’t help but think of her o
Laura Rash
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
More and more I have a hard time finding books that hold my interest throughout the whole story. Bc I read so many it’s hard to find something original that I can be absorbed in. THIS hit all the marks for me. I kept turning the pages and even tho I figured out one major part of this ahead of time it didn’t spoil it for me. And there were still a few key points that surprised me. I really enjoyed the writing style on this as well with alternating POV.
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, arc
I received a digital ARC of this title from Edelweiss for an honest review.

Alex and Rosie are taking an extensive trip to Thailand with the agreement that they'll check in with their parents ever other day. When a week goes by and Alex's parents haven't heard from her, they panic. They contact the police and soon everyone is looking for them, including Kate, a local reporter whose son is also in Thailand.

In addition to the mystery component here, The Suspect explores the relationships mother hav
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I enjoyed The Suspect by Fiona Barton - her writing style appeals to me - short chapters, each one focused on different main characters, as she tells the story. Kate Waters, one of the main characters in the series, is following a missing girls case in Thailand, goes to Thailand to investigate. While there, she is hoping to meet her eldest son, who she has had minimal, sporadic contact with her since leaving college 2 years prior to go to Thailand for volunteer opportunities. While I saw where t ...more
I’ve read author Fiona Barton’s two previous books and enjoyed them very much. She has a real ability to quietly draw the reader into a seemingly normal, everyday tale and then gobsmack them with a twist or two that just causes everything previously read to be reconsidered. Call me a fan. THE SUSPECT, though, is not quite that tale, and unfortunately telegraphs its twists in advance and loses most of its thrills. Perhaps its because of its similarities to a few other books with the same focus. A ...more
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My career has taken some surprising twists and turns over the years. I have been a journalist - senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at The Mail on Sunday, where I won Reporter of the Year at the National Press Awards, gave up my job to volunteer in Sri Lanka and since 2008, have trained and worked with exiled and threatened journalists all over t ...more

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Kate Waters (3 books)
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