The Suspect by Fiona Barton #blogtour #randomthingstours @annecater

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour today for The Suspect by Fiona Barton. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the invite!

About this book…

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…

My review…

I’ve loved following journalist Kate Waters through Fiona Barton’s previous books but here she has a much more personal connection to the crime she’s investigating. When two 18 year old girls go missing whilst travelling in Thailand, Kate immediately feels a connection to the girls parents. Her son Alex also decided to get away from it all when he decided to quit university and Kate hardly hears from her son anymore. But when the parents are thrust into the international spotlight and they all travel to Thailand there are unexpected developments that make them ask “do any of us really know our adult children?”

This was an extremely easy to get into book that grabbed me from page one. Kate is a complex and guarded character who works well for me. Her journalistic integrity has always been maintained even though she has been put through the mill in previous cases. But here we see a different side to Kate, she may be a journalist but she’s also a mother. And that was what I took away from The Suspect, that although as mothers we try to let our children spread their wings and soar into adulthood, there’s always that little bit of them that will forever be our babies. Even now I can’t bear to let my eldest daughter go travelling and am constantly on edge until she is safely home again so I felt the pain of the mothers who were unable to contact their daughters, not knowing exactly where they where or what they were doing.

There was a fabulous twist in the plot here that I did not see coming which was then closely followed by YET ANOTHER surprising plot moment that I hadn’t expected! Fiona Barton has worked her magic once again with this gripping thriller that kept me hooked throughout. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the previous books by this author as this can be read as a stand-alone but I guarantee you will want to go back and discover more about Kate Waters.

Meet the author…

Fiona Barton’s debut, The Widow, was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and has been published in thirty-five countries and optioned for television. Her second novel, The Child, was a Sunday Times bestseller. Born in Cambridge, Fiona currently lives in south-west France.

Previously, she was a senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at the Mail on Sunday, where she won Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards.

While working as a journalist, Fiona reported on many high-profile criminal cases and she developed a fascination with watching those involved, their body language and verbal tics. Fiona interviewed people at the heart of these crimes, from the guilty to their families, as well as those on the periphery, and found it was those just outside the spotlight who interested her most . . .


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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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