The Child by Fiona Barton

So, I didn’t read my first book before April 1th this year. April fools you ask? No! Can you believe it? This year just started out really hectic and I didn’t get the chance to read (Let’s face it, I did prioritize watching my tv shows when I had some free time.. not gonna lie). But I can’t describe how much I loved reading a whole book in just three days. And what made it even better was how much I liked the book!

I started reading this over Easter break as I wanted to read a crime novel. I bought it 6 months earlier and was excited to get to it as the caption on the back really intrigued me.

The caption reads as follow;

“When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers, it’s impossible to ignore.

For one woman, it’s a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her.

For another, it reveals the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered.

And for the third, a journalist, it’s the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth.

The child’s story will be told.”

So I don’t want to spoil too much. But, I have to give you something that makes you want to read it right? The story starts out a bit slow but very intriguing because you get the perspective of the three strangers at the same time, and you know that at least one of them knows what happened to the child! As we go on we get the perspective of even more people, but I don’t want to tell who as I think it’ll ruin it for you.

After about 50 pages I was so engrossed in the story. It gripped me; because of the suspense but also because of the sad story about the child. I kept thinking, no matter what happened to the child (I didn’t know at the time) i knew it would be awful and that thought made me sad reading the book.

Also, Barton throws a real curve ball at the reader. I did not anticipate this ending at all, and that is one of the qualities I love in a book. A “what the f**k just happened right now?-blood-rushing-through-your-body kind of feeling. I loved it and couldn’t put it down at all towards the end!

The character development was okay. Although you don’t get to know them all in the kind of way that gives you enough to see a lot of character development.

Trigger warnings: death of a child, rape, drugs.

My rating: 4/5 stars

The child has the feel of a British tv crime show. It’s suspenseful and makes you want to read it in one sitting, just so that you can get to the bottom of the mystery: who is the baby in the construction site?

Have any of you read it? If so, what did you think? Let’s chat in the comments!

– toodeloo

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Vilde says:

    I don’t read a lot of books from this genre, but I think I’ll have to check this one out😊 Multiple perspectives can be such a hit-and-miss in books..

    Liked by 1 person

    1. mundaneblog says:

      I don’t read a lot in this genre either but I’ve started to enjoy it a lot!!


  2. Priyasha says:

    Great review ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    1. mundaneblog says:

      Thank you so much!😁


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