I’m thrilled to be kicking off the blog tour today for the new novel by Fiona Barton, The Suspect on my blog today.
‘The police belonged to another world – the world they saw on the television or in the papers. Not theirs.’
When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry.
Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth – and this time is no exception. But she can’t help but think of her own son, who she hasn’t seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling. This time it’s personal.
And as the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think . . .
Having read Fiona Barton’s first two novels and really enjoyed them, I jumped at the chance to review her third The Suspect. In her latest we also see the return of journalist Kate Waters. This is a very different story for Kate. She is used to chasing down stories, speaking to witnesses and victims of crime. But this time around it is her family who are in the spotlight.
In The Suspect we’re aware that Kate hasn’t seen her son, Jake for two years after he travelled to Thailand; more recently they have heard less and less from him. Back home a breaking story begins to emerge when two families, in a similar situation to Kate, report their teenage daughters as missing after failing to get hold of them. The girls are currently away in Thailand and they were in contact with their families back home nearly every day. Kate travels there with the parents of one of the girls to pursue the story, but as the situation develops and distressing details emerge, it brings the case much closer to home for Kate.
I have always liked Kate since I read Fiona’s first book The Widow. When people think of journalists they think of individuals who are just after a headline and to further their career, but Kate feels very human and she is much more interested in the human interest side of the story. She treats the people she is speaking to with respect, especially victims of crime and this is a quality I really like about her.
The tables have turned for Kate this time around when she and her family become the focus of everyone’s speculation and interest. I had so many questions about what had happened to her son and the girls who had gone missing in Thailand. Fiona’s writing was so engaging and I raced through to the end to find out the answers.
I think The Suspect is perhaps my favourite of all of Fiona’s novels. I do hope that Fiona will continue to write about Kate as she is one of my favourite characters, although I am wondering if this will be the last book in which she features her. The Suspect is an utterly engaging novel with the theme of motherhood at its heart. I really enjoyed it and I highly recommend it.
Publication date: 24th January 2019
Print length: 384 pages
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