Sunday 27 January 2019

The Suspect - Fiona Barton #BlogTour #Review

The Suspect 

Today I am pleased to be able to participate in the blog tour for The Suspect by Fiona Barton.  My thanks go to Anne Carter for my spot on the blog tour. 

About the Book

When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry.

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, who she hasn’t seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling. This time it’s personal.

And 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...


The Suspect is the first book I have read by Fiona Barton despite having copies of her previous books in my TBR list.  I now need to rectify this as this was an excellent read.

We meet Kate, a reporter for a local newspaper who goes to Thailand on the premise of trying to find out what happened to two girls who had gone missing from a backpacking holiday (Alex and Rosie).  However, Kate’s personal reason for going is to see if she can locate her son Jake who she believes in in Phuket.

We are treated to the story told from multiple points of view (POV) and sometimes when reading books like this I struggle but this one seems to flow effortlessly and seamlessly.  We follow Alex’s story of how she regrets going away with Rosie as despite them planning this trip together after Alex’s best friend Mags dropped out.  Rosie has not the slightest intention of doing what Alex Feels from the way she communicates with Mags.

By all account we are embroiled with characters from previous books like D I Bob Sparkes, along with Kate the reporter. I found that the kind of understanding that these two have makes a great working relationship.

A few twists and unexpected outcomes as the book progressed and a few guesses from me as to how the story would pan out. 

All in all, an excellent book and one author whose previous books I can’t wait to read.  

About the Author

Fiona Barton’s debut, The Widow, was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and has been published in thirty-five countries and optioned for television. Her second novel, The Child, was a Sunday Times bestseller. Born in Cambridge, Fiona currently lives in south-west France.

Previously, she was a senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at the Mail on Sunday, where she won Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards.

While working as a journalist, Fiona reported on many high-profile criminal cases and she developed a fascination with watching those involved, their body language and verbal tics. Fiona interviewed people at the heart of these crimes, from the guilty to their families, as well as those on the periphery, and found it was those just outside the spotlight who interested her most . . .

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