The Child by Fiona Barton (3 Stars)

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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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