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review 2018-07-26 14:42
The Child - Fiona Barton

The main characters of The Child are all intriguing.    There is Kate the reporter following up on a story of a baby’s remains found buried during a construction dig.    Angela is the mother of a baby that was kidnapped from the hospital just hours after her birth and has never had closure.   Emma is a surprise POV; she lived at the location that the baby remains were found.     I found it interesting how different their lives were yet together the stories all came together perfectly.

 

There were secrets, intrigue, and surprises that I never saw coming.   The mystery was not hard to solve but with each different twist and turn I learned more about the various characters.    I was invested in Kate getting her story, Angela getting her closure, and Emma coming to terms with her teenage years.   There is so much more to this story than meets the eyes.  

 

The ending was the surprise.    The Child is certainly a psychological thriller that kept me on my toes.    I could not put the book down.  

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review 2018-01-24 18:18
Great Mystery/Drama. Enjoyed this one.
The Widow - Fiona Barton

***Possible spoilers ahead. You’ve been warned***

 

For just one split second I almost thought Bella was alive somewhere because a part of me was hoping she was. Nope. What it was, instead was Jeanie’s poor tormented mind and the result of being emotionally manipulated by Glen all this time.

 

You couldn’t help but feel for Jeanie throughout this book. You could already tell from the beginning that she was being mentally and emotionally abused by Glen. That takes its’ toll and added with the fact that she wanted children and Glen’s got some pretty sick and twisted tastes, well that’s not going to work out now is it. So I do sympathize with Jeanie. It wasn’t until the last third of the book where she finally starts becoming her own person away from Glen, but by that point the damage is already done to her mentally. It’s sad to see. I can see why people were hating on her since she’s could have spoken out and told the police everything. Thing is, since Glen had this emotional power over her, it’s hard to overcome. You can’t help but feel frustrated but helpless at the same time when it comes to Jeanie.

 

I enjoyed reading the different points of view throughout the book although Jeanie takes up the bulk of the novel. The other point of view from the Police was also well done and you can see how much it takes it’s toll on everyone emotionally and mentally.

 

The only character I don’t have much of a like for is Kate. I understand she’s doing her job but it just seems heartless at the same time since it feels like she’s doing it at the expense of Jeanie. So I’m glad Jeanie finally grew a backbone - albeit a bit too late.

 

The plot was good and well done. I can’t imagine how it would feel for those that have gone through this similar ordeal. It’s tiring on all sides and by the end of the book you’re also feeling the emotional and mental drain. It was an enjoyable read though. It definitely had me turning the pages and I do recommend this to those who like a good mystery/drama.

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text 2017-10-03 23:12
October is National Book Month!
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie
Secret Obsession - Kimberla Lawson Roby
Don't Let Go - Harlan Coben
Salvage the Bones - Jesmyn Ward
The Widow - Fiona Barton

 

 

First of all, October is one of my favorite months or perhaps my only favorite month! I absolutely love everything about Fall and October...Halloween, autumn smells, the cooler weather, the shorter days, everything!!! So when I found out that October is also National Book Month, you can pretty much guess that I almost lost it!! I mean how  much more amazing can this month get?!!!

 

To observe this wonderful holiday, I am going to create my first TBR post. My October reads are set to include the following (hopefully, I can indulge in them all!!!):

 

Salvage the Bones - Jesmyn Ward

This is a read for my book club. A novel centered around a poor family and their issues as Hurricane Katrina makes landfall.

 

Don't Let Go - Harlan Coben

Nap Dumas is a police detective who is a little obsessed with digging for answers to his brothers mysterious death and his high school girlfriend's disappearance.  However, somebody doesn't want him to.

 

The Widow - Fiona Barton

I'm listening to this one. 

Jean is a master pretender. Once pretending to be the perfect wife and now that her husband has died, people are searching for the truth. Or what Jean makes them believe is the truth...

 

Secret Obsession - Kimberla Lawson Roby 

Paige is up to some dangerous scheming as a result of a jealous feud...scheming against her own sister. Sounds like some drama!

 

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie

I told myself that I would like to try and read at least on Agatha Christie a month.

 

So those are my tentative reads for now. I may get to them all and I may not. I feel like I should add a horror story in honor of Halloween...

 

What is on your October to read list?

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review 2017-07-14 19:06
THE CHILD Review
The Child - Fiona Barton

I always give authors at least two chances to impress me. While I did not totally dislike Fiona Barton's debut novel, The Widow, I did feel it dragged substantially in its latter half and didn't really work as a compelling mystery. Its twists and shocks — such as they were — were easy to predict, making for a relatively boring experience. However, Barton has a background in crime reporting and does know her way around a phrase. Her books are, technically, well written. They make sense; they have credible setups and characters' motivations are clear. I felt that way when reading The Widow(which I gave three stars to) and feel that way about this, her newest release: The Child

How does The Child measure up against Barton's previous outing? It is certainly an improvement! Though quite similar in tone and pacing to her other release, in this the author amps up the macabre and intrigue and dread. Though I was able to predict some of the twists in this mystery, I didn't see most of them coming. Fiona Barton seems more comfortable as a novelist here; it makes for a very pleasant reading experience. 

The premise is rather simple: the skeletal remains of a baby are found buried at a construction site. Who buried it there, and why? The Child sees the return of investigative reporter Kate Waters, a main character in The Widow. She is the one digging at this, trying her hardest to find out what happened. The novel is centered on this mystery, and the lives of the people who are entangled in this strange discovery. 

I really enjoyed this. Though I do have a few qualms — the story needlessly drags in places, Barton's male characters aren't fleshed out at all, the ending is a little rushed — I can definitely say I was a little surprised by how much I loved this novel. Part crime drama, part mystery, part thriller, this is certainly one of the more memorable and rewarding books I've read in 2017. Highly recommended.

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text 2017-07-13 20:44
Reading progress update: I've read 225 out of 384 pages.
The Child - Fiona Barton

This is shaping up to be one of my favorite mystery thrillers of the year. 

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