The Child

The Child

A Novel

Book - 2017
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As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it's a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby? As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss. But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn--house by house--into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women--and torn between what she can and cannot tell...
Publisher: [Toronto] : Penguin, 2017
ISBN: 9780143197737
9780735234550
Characteristics: 364 p. ; 24 cm

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ArapahoeKristy Nov 14, 2018

This is the first book I've read by this author and I'd like to try another! This is a quick read that moves at a good pace. I thought I'd figured out the ending but didn't get it right - so I liked that the ending was a surprise.

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Sep 04, 2018

A good read with a lovely twist and satisfying ending. Fiona Barton's writing style is easily read. She used short chapters which I really like. Each character is introduced in separate chapters, which confused me for awhile. There are 4 women; Kate the reporter; Jude the mother of Emma; and Angela the woman whose baby was taken from the hospital 40 years before and never found. Kate is the connection between all the women after the skeleton of a child is found during construction of a new building. The story is the investigation by Kate.

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ValinOR14
Aug 22, 2018

I have to say that I definitely liked this book better than I liked The Widow. Whereas the end of The Widow totally ruined the book for me, the end of The Child saved the book for me. I didn't care for the fact that in The Child, there were two characters who were filled with angst and depression. I got my fill of that in The Widow, and it made the books too similar to me. I guess I prefer women characters to have some backbone. However, the last part of the book was very satisfying! If you liked The Widow, you'll love The Child.

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marynz
Aug 17, 2018

One star for skill in writing and characters. Two stars as I did actually finish this book.

Awful protagonist. A newspaper journalist who I assume the reader is meant to sympathise with (the author was a journalist for a right-wing tabloid paper in the UK). Three main characters who I could never tell apart as they all have similar names.

Seems to be set in some 1940s London with no multiculturalism.

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zakksmom
May 15, 2018

Surprise twist at the end. Very good read.

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0007548100dmw
Dec 08, 2017

Well written, intriguing book with a surprising ending.

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PJD
Dec 06, 2017

What an ending!

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mimihardy
Nov 25, 2017

Excellent 👌

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whitby6
Oct 11, 2017

Easy read. Good twist at the end.

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traceyrb
Sep 18, 2017

Not as good as the author's first book but still a good read. I figured out the ending 3/4 of the way through, nevertheless, the book held me to the end.

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