5 STARS *****

Published by Transworld Digital on 29th June 2017



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.


I’ve been eagerly awaiting Fiona Barton’s next offering after really enjoying ‘The Widow.’ This, her new book, quickly pulled me in.

I soon got used to the (mainly) three viewpoints the story is told from and felt the characterisation was excellent; there was good separation between the strong female voices which enabled me to quickly get to grips with them all. I thought the inclusion again of Kate’s character, the hard-nosed journo with a heart, was a smart move and I welcomed hearing a bit more about her family life.

The narrative was skilfully crafted and gripping and I spent the whole time enjoying the twisty ride but at the back of my mind, trying to figure out how the characters were connected to Baby Alice. I had several theories but was still surprised by the satisfying and clever ending.

I found the author’s insight into the changing world of journalism and newspapers fascinating and thought-provoking, as was the glimpse of the celebrity/ghostwriting biography scene.

I like Fiona’s no nonsense writing style, her often minimal phrasing. I found ‘The Child’ to be an excellent follow-up to ‘The Widow’ and would highly recommend.