The Child by Fiona Barton

Setting: London
Genre: British Mystery
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: June 27, 2017

Fiona Barton returns with a new mystery. This one's set in London and spans a few decades. The Child involves the discovery of an infant's body in the garden behind an old house that's being removed. Kate, a journalist, wants to turn this discovery into a human-interest story. It's her hopes that a family whose infant disappeared from the hospital four decades earlier may finally have the closure they seek.

There's far more to this story than Kate could ever know as she starts interviewing the families who once lived in this neighborhood. As she continues to uncover the past, startling truths will be revealed.

Essentially, The Child is told by a few different narrators. The switches are seamless, and you shouldn't have a hard time keeping track of the who's who aspect. The key narrators are Kate, who wants to write a story that really tugs at the heart. There's Angela, the woman who regrets leaving her newborn in the hospital room while she went to take a shower. There's also Emma, a 40-year-old woman who grew up in the neighborhood where the body of the infant is found.

As the story progresses, I found it a little easy to predict the baby's identity. Maybe that's me having read far too many mysteries in my lifetime, but I figured out what happened. I did find myself reading Kate's sections faster than the others as I felt I had more of a connection to Angela and Emma.

I'm definitely glad I read The Child. Emma ended up being my favorite character and as her strength kicked in, I was cheering her on. For her part alone, I'd recommend this mystery.


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