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review 2017-06-26 03:24
The Child
The Child - Fiona Barton
ISBN: 978-1101990483
Publisher: Berkley 
Publication Date: 6/27/2017 
Format: Hardcover 
My Rating: 5 Stars 


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Fiona Barton returns following her award-winning debut The Widow, landing on my Top 50 Books of 2016, with a riveting follow-up, THE CHILD — as readers catch up with journalist Kate from the first book.

From love and loss, a character-driven intense psychological suspense tale of three women. Emotional destruction — dark secrets and lies are exposed, a whodunit mystery keeping readers glued the pages to the twisty finale!

You can bury the story . . . but you can’t hide the truth.

“When truth is replaced by silence, the silence is a lie.” — Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Kate Waters, a journalist was bored. She needed a story. She soon finds an intriguing case and she will not stop until she writes the story and solves the mystery.

Headlined “Baby’s Body Found.”

An infant’s skeleton had been unearthed on a building site in Woolwich near London. The police were investigating. No other details. She tore it out of the paper to save for later as she often does when running across a potential story.

Who is the baby and how did it die? Who would bury a baby? How could anyone kill a baby?

When checking with the authorities she found newborns were tricky when it came to DNA especially if they have been underground for years.

Kate loved a glint of something in the dark. Someone to absorb her totally. Something to sink her teeth into. Anything to get her out of the office. She is obsessed with finding out the name of this baby. She wants the story. The Building Site Baby. Who drove someone to bury a baby?



From alternating POVs, we hear from Kate and the three women: Emma Simmonds, Jude Massingham, and Angela Irving. (enjoyed the way each section is clearly defined).

Angela’s newborn daughter went missing some 28 years earlier. Every March 20 she would cry, thinking of Alice’s birthday. She had less than twenty-four hours with her. The dread would come each year before the baby’s birthday. She could not put the painful memories behind her.

Emma suffers from anxiety and depression from her past. She knows that a secret takes on a life of its own. She must protect her secret. She will keep it safe.

“I’ve always thought that’s a funny saying. Let sleeping dogs lie. Because sleeping dogs always wake up eventually, don’t they?”

Angela soon calls Kate to find out more. Could this be her daughter? She has never given up hope her daughter would one day be found.

Jude had been a single mom in the late seventies trying to forge a new career with a child to look after, but the rent was cheap. It did not matter where she lived, she was caught in her own little world. She threw Jude out of the house when she was sixteen, choosing her boyfriend Will over her daughter.

How does this current tragedy connect these three women? Secrets threaten current lives. A nameless child.

With alternating time periods (2012-2013) with flashbacks to the 70s-80s, Kate continues to dig deep to solve the mystery of the baby. She begins looking at old missing children cases from the 70’s to the mid-1990s. (Loved Kate from The Widow) and her tenacity!



Barton captivates readers with an enthralling page-turner, as addictive and intense as her debut. How well you know those closest to you?

A well-written slow-burning whodunit suspense mystery with depth, Barton once again shines, using her own career as a journalist to enhance the intensity and mystery of the Building Site Baby. Even though each of the women brings emotion to the story, the real mystery to be uncovered comes from the relationship between Emma and Jude and how this connects with Angela.

Highly recommend, both The Widow and The Child. For fans of Mary Kubica, B.A. Paris, Clare Mackintosh, and Ruth Ware. These talented ladies are TOP-Notch authors and enjoy their writing style.

Often a psychological suspense makes a big impact, even though they may not always be edge-of-your-seat fast paced action. I also enjoyed reading about the inspiration behind the novel.

A strong theme of motherhood with a twisty surprise ending. A mother who has not given up after forty-two years. Readers will be drawn into the lives of each of these women. Savor and unravel the mysterious puzzle, with many red herrings. The tension mounts and all the secrets and lies surface. Enjoy the journey.

Well-crafted, twisty, addictive, and intriguing. Can’t wait to see what comes next. . .

A special thank you to Berkley and NetGalley for an early reading copy.









About the Author


My career has taken some surprising twists and turns over the years. I have been a journalist - senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at The Mail on Sunday, where I won Reporter of the Year at the National Press Awards, gave up my job to volunteer in Sri Lanka and since 2008, have trained and worked with exiled and threatened journalists all over the world.

But through it all, a story was cooking in my head.


The worm of my first book infected me long ago when, as a national newspaper journalist covering notorious crimes and trials, I found myself wondering what the wives of those accused really knew - or allowed themselves to know.


It took the liberation of my career change to turn that fascination into a tale of a missing child, narrated by the wife of the man suspected of the crime, the detective leading the hunt, the journalist covering the case and the mother of the victim.

Much to my astonishment and delight, The Widow was published in 36 countries and made the Sunday Times and New York Times Best Seller lists.


It gave me the confidence to write a second book ,The Child, in which I return to another story that had intrigued me as a journalist. It begins with the discovery of a newborn's skeleton on a building site. It only makes a paragraph in an evening newspaper but for three women it's impossible to ignore.


The Child will be published in June 2017 and I am embarking on my next novel. My husband and I are still living the good life in south-west France, where I am writing in bed, early in the morning when the only distraction is our cockerel, Titch, crowing.  


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"The ultimate psychological thriller! Barton carefully unspools this dark, intimate tale of a terrible crime, a stifling marriage, and the lies spouses tell not just to each other, but to themselves in order to make it through. The ending totally blew me away!"  --Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author  



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Buy The Books: New Releases 6/26 – 7/1 #Free #BookDeals #PreOrder


June 26th, 2017



Semper Fi Cowboy (Lone Star Leathernecks #1) by Heather Long – (Western/CR)
Not My First Rodeo 2 Boxed Set (Not My First Rodeo #2) – (CR)
Seduced by the Tide (Dragon Soul #2) by Sean Michael – (M/M Romance)
The Unlikeable Demon Hunter: Sting (Nava Katz #2) by Deborah Wilde – (UF/PNR)
Cursed Sight (Dark Sight Book 2) by T.G. Ayer – (UF)



June 27th, 2017



Midnight Jewel (The Glittering Court #2) by Richelle Mead – (YA)
Now I Rise (The Conqueror’s Saga #2) by Kiersten White – (YA)
The Witchwood Crown (The Last King of Osten Ard #1) by Tad Williams – (Epic Fantasy)
The Queen of Swords (Golgotha #3) by R.S. Belcher – (Steampunk)
The Mech Who Loved Me (London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy #2) by Bec McMaster – (PNR/Steampunk)
Hunted (Eternal Guardians #8.75) by Elisabeth Naughton – (PNR)
The Sweetest Burn (Broken Destiny #2) by Jeaniene Frost – (UF/PNR)
Alchemy and Arcana: An Urban Fantasy Novella Collection
The Spawn of Lilith (Lilith #1) by Dana Fredsti – (UF/PNR)
Heart of Malice (Alice Worth, #1) by Lisa Edmonds – (UF/PNR)
Death of a Lobster Lover (Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery #9) by Lee Hollis – (Cozy Mystery)
Luca (Ruin & Revenge #2) by Sarah Castille – (CR/Mystery Thriller)
The Legend (Sons of Texas #3) by Donna Grant – (CR/RS)
Branded as Trouble (Wrangler’s Creek #3) by Delores Fossen – (Western/CR)
Undaunted: A Western Romance Novel (Long, Tall Texans) by Diana Palmer – (Western/CR)
Down Home Cowboy (Copper Ridge #8) by Maisey Yates – (Western/CR)
Dropout (Bad Boy Homecoming #1) by Carrie Ann Ryan – (CR)
Rock Star (Bad Boy Homecoming #5) by Stacey Kennedy – (CR)
Raw Need (Larson Brothers #2) by Cherrie Lynn – (CR)
Make Me Stay (Panic #2) by Sidney Halston – (CR)
The King (Masterpiece Duet #1) by Skye Warren – (Dark Romance)
The Highland Commander (Lords of the Highlands #2) by Amy Jarecki – (HR)
The Duke of Defiance (The Untouchables #5) by Darcy Burke – (HR)
Love with a Scottish Outlaw (Highland Weddings #3) by Gayle Callen – (HR)
The Day of the Duchess (Scandal & Scoundrel #3) by Sarah MacLean – (HR)
Three Weeks with a Princess (The Improper Princesses #2) by Vanessa Kelly – (HR)
Duke with Benefits (Studies in Scandal #2) by Manda Collins – (HR)



June 29th, 2017



The Catch (The Player #2) by K. Bromberg – (CR/Sports)



July 1st, 2017


Say Yes to the Cowboy (Thunder Mountain Brotherhood) by Vicki Lewis Thompson – (Western/CR)
Turned by a Tiger (Eternal Mates #12) by Felicity Heaton – (PNR)



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review 2017-06-25 22:58
Every Last Lie
Every Last Lie - Mary Kubica

By: Mary Kubica 

ISBN: 978-0778319986

Publisher: Park Row Books 

Publication Date: 6/27/2017 

Format: Hardcover 

My Rating: 5 Stars

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One of my very favorite authors, talented bestselling author, Mary Kubica returns following, the sensational Don’t You Cry, landing on my Top 10 Books of 2016 with yet another 5 star winner: EVERY LAST LIE — a compelling and clever domestic suspense of a young widow trying to make sense of her husband’s untimely death.

A marriage of secrets.

A slow-burning twisty psychological suspense. Heart-pounding, a tale of one woman's desperate search for answers. From an array of emotions —grief, disbelief, anger, fear, and confusion.

What was her husband hiding? Her children are one parent away from being orphaned. A young daughter with nightmares. Was he killed purposefully, intentionally and with malice? Was he the bad man or someone else?

Clara Solberg lives in Chicago suburbs with her husband Nick, a dentist; with children: four-year-old daughter, Maisie, and newborn son, Felix.

A few days after Felix is born, Clara receives the horrific news. Her husband is dead in an automobile accident, yet their daughter is alive, unharmed. He was on his way home from taking his daughter to ballet practice.

Chinese or Mexican? These are the last words Clara would ever exchange with her husband. If she had asked for Mexican, Nick would be home.

A crash on Harvey Road leaves one dead.

An accident implies that something has happened unintentionally and without deliberate cause. Soon Clara begins to suspect foul play was to blame.

She is angry at Nick for leaving her.

Nick is dead. When she is not sad, she is angry. For him being careless. For driving too fast with Maisie in the car. For driving too fast period. For losing control and launching headfirst into a tree.

She hates the tree. The force of the impact wrapped the car around the oak tree on Harvey Road, while Maisie sat in the backseat, on the opposite side, miraculously unharmed.

Reckless driving is to blame. There is no investigation. He was driving too fast. What was going through is mind, minutes before the accident?

Her daughter says there was a bad man in a car, following Maisie and Nick. Who is the bad man that was following Nick and her daughter? Who is the bad man that took her husband? A black car.

Her daughter is afraid. She continues to scream, “the bad man is after us. He’s going to get us.” She fears for her terrorized four-year-old-daughter. She fears for herself and her family.

She replays Maisie’s words over and over in her mind. In no uncertain terms, Maisie has made it clear that Nick’s car accident was no accident at all. The questions continue to run through her mind.

Does Maisie know this bad man? Did the car push Nick from the road? Did her daughter get a glimpse of him before the car went airborne, flying into the tree? Did Nick see the man?

An illusion or a figment of a little girl’s imagination? What if there was another car on the road that fateful afternoon? What didn’t she know about her husband? What secrets was he hiding?

Everyone loved Nick. He had no enemies. Whatever transpired on the street had to be the worst kind of luck, a simple act of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Was someone watching Nick as he crashed?

Why was he going sixty on four-five miles per hour road, that drops to twenty at the bend?


How could Maisie be fine and unharmed? Did he take the turn too quickly? A black car? Would he take his own life with his own daughter in the car?

Carla is in denial. She cannot bring herself to tell her daughter her father is gone and not coming back. He is dead.

She must find answers. Financial problems. Who was Melinda Grey?

Drugs, restraining orders, stealing, affairs, suicide?

This cannot be Nick. There were no secrets in their marriage, or was she wrong? She begins to suspect everyone.

Nick’s secrets. How secrets can destroy marriages. Lives. Families. From an unreliable narrator, feelings of paranoia, grief, confusion. The money. She soon learns there is nothing. She needs closure. She hates this feeling of the unknown and uncertainty.

What really happened on Harvey Road?

Clara is overwhelmed by grief, caring for her children, the needs of her aging parents; she’s also unable to sleep. She is coming unhinged. Is she going through the stages of grief? Can she ever reach acceptance?

Skillfully executed, Kubica takes readers on a chilling psychological journey— a woman grief-stricken obsessed with solving the events surrounding her husband’s mysterious death.

A fan of Mary’s very first book and everyone in between, to her latest: EVERY LAST LIE – a domestic suspense which will leave you guessing to the final conclusion, as we hear from POVs of Clara and Nick.

Motherhood is a strong ongoing theme in the novel, both Clara as a mother to Maisie and Felix, as well as Clara’s relationship with her own mother, Louisa. Many of these relationships are strained. An ideal choice for book clubs and further discussions.

As always each of her books is strongly character-driven and psychologically rich. You feel Clara and Nick’s desperation. If only there were no lies. How would the outcome be different?

The feeling of entrapment and coming unhinged is front and center. A twisty suspense of lies and secrets you cannot miss. For fans of B.A. Paris, Ruth Ware, Kimberly Belle, Clare Mackintosh and Fiona Barton My favorites.

Highly recommend all Mary Kubica’s books! Top-rated —she never disappoints her fans and you can always expect to be surprised.


A special thank you to Park Row Books and NetGalley for an early reading copy.




Buy the Books







Don’t You Cry
Top Books of 2016

Pretty Baby
Top Books of 2015

The Good Girl
Top Books of 2014





About the Author 


Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of four novels, including THE GOOD GIRL, PRETTY BABY, DON’T YOU CRY and EVERY LAST LIE. A former high school history teacher, Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature.


She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children, where she enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter.  Her first novel THE GOOD GIRL was an Indie Next pick in August of 2014, received a Strand Critics Nomination for Best First Novel and was a nominee in the Goodreads Choice Awards in Debut Goodreads Author and in Mystery & Thriller for 2014.


Mary has been described as “a writer of vice-like control,” (Chicago Tribune) and her novels have been praised as “hypnotic” (People) and “thrilling and illuminating” (Los Angeles Times). 


She is currently working on her next novel.


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Buy The Books: New Releases 6/19 – 6/25


July 19th, 2017



The Red Lily (Vampire Blood #2) by Juliette Cross – (PNR)
Savaged Dreams (Savaged Illusions Trilogy #1) by Jennifer Lyon – (CR)

New Moon (Moon #8) by Lisa Kessler – (PNR)


July 20th, 2017



Revenge (Lawless #3) by Lexi Blake – (CR)
Stay (WAGs #2) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy – (CR)
Keeping Her Close (Hot Heroes In Blue #2) by Suzanne Rock – (RS)
Protecting His Interests (Hot Heroes In Blue #1) by Suzanne Rock – (RS)
Gone to Dust (Gravediggers #2) by Liliana Hart – (RS)
Fury Awakened (Fury Unbound #3) by Yasmine Galenorn – (UF)
Magic After Dark: A Collection of Brand New Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance Novels
Dragon Unleashed (Dragon Point #3) by Eve Langlais – (PNR)
Wicked Love: Seven Wicked Historical Love Stories
The Pleasures of Passion (Sinful Suitors #4) by Sabrina Jeffries – (HR)



July 23rd, 2017



Kato (Stone Warriors #2) by D.B. Reynolds – (PNR)
The Knocked up Plan by Lauren Blakely – (CR)




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Buy The Books: New Releases 6/12 – 6/16 #BookDeals #Free


June 12th, 2017



Claim & Protect (Haven Brotherhood #3) by Rhenna Morgan – (CR)
Kiss Me, Kill You by Larissa C. Hardesty – (YA)



June 13th, 2017



Too Close to Call (Romancing the Clarksons #3.5) by Tessa Bailey – (CR)
All the Secrets We Keep (Quarry Road #2) by Megan Hart – (CR)
I Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford #4) by Lauren Layne – (CR)
Hard Stick (Breakaway #1) by L.P. Dover – (CR)
Hot Cop by Laurelin Paige & Sierra Simone – (CR)
Hunks to the Rescue: 15 Hot Contemporary Romance Novellas – (CR)
The Darkest Promise (Lords of the Underworld #13) by Gena Showalter – (PNR)
Unraveled by Blood (A Sweetblood World Novella) by Laurie London – (PNR)
Silver Silence (Psy-Changeling Trinity #1) by Nalini Singh – (PNR/UF)
Fierce Obsessions (The Phoenix Pack #6) by Suzanne Wright – (PNR)
Addicted to the Duke (Imperfect Lords #1) by Bronwen Evans – (HR)
The Reluctant Highlander by Amanda Scott – (HR)
The Fallen Kingdom (The Falconer #3) by Elizabeth May – (YA)
Roar (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack – (YA)
Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) by Victoria Schwab – (YA)















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