The Child by Fiona Barton (3 Stars)


Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review.

The setting is London, where a baby’s skeleton is found during the demolition of some old homes.  It’s determined that the baby was buried sometime in the 1980’s, and a reporter decides to investigate.  The story is then told from multiple viewpoints, and there are some intricate plot weavings .  However, this book seemed to go on so much longer than necessary.  I thought this of Fiona Barton’s first book, The Widow, which had a plot twist but took an interminable time to get there.  Having my suspicions about who the baby belonged to, I kept reading.  Must admit also that I love the English dialog, and learned a new word or two (my favorite being fug to indicate a warm and stuffy atmosphere).

While it was interesting, I could have put it down at any point.  There is so much unnecessary detail that my mind started to wander at times.  Overall, not bad, but make sure you have a lot of time to invest before you read this one.  It’s a mystery, but I wouldn’t classify it as a thriller as it was so easy to figure out.


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