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The Child Audiobook

The Child

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Publisher's Summary

The author of the stunning New York Times best seller The Widow returns with a brand-new novel of twisting psychological suspense.

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.

©2017 Fiona Barton (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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    Teresa 07-03-17
    Teresa 07-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "tears"

    Well I knew what the ending was going to be by chapter 50.. But the ending chapters were great!!! The tears we're flowing!!!!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Bain 07-15-17
    Ruth Bain 07-15-17

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    "Listen to this if you enjoyed "The Widow""

    This is a bit of a slow starter, with several shifting POVs that require attention to keep the characters separate. It helps that there are multiple narrators. Unfortunately, the voices were not particularly engaging. The outcome of the disparate plot lines was apparent to me at about the 2/3 point, but it was rewarding to have everything nicely concluded with an emotional ending. If you liked this author's previous book, " The Widow", this is similar in style.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mel USA 07-25-17
    Mel USA 07-25-17 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Pacing Problems"


    Had this not been so highly recommended by a friend, I don't think I could have pushed on to finish this book because of the painstakingly slow progress and the straight recounting style the author, a former journalist herself, uses to tell this story. Usually, I appreciate a *show-don't-tell* type of read, feeling engaged in the process of fleshing out a novel. Too often Barton seemed to dawdle on the details in her procedural, until what were supposed to be interesting pieces of a puzzle felt like belabored points.

    This is a book that is probably best as a companion for a couple of days, one to listen to a little while, set down at night, and pick up at your leisure. A good book for occupying time, because it's not a bad book, it's just not a book that holds you by the throat or one that is written with beautiful prose you might scribble down in a journal. Myself, by the end of what felt like a long slog, I felt too worn down to even care about the heart-rending journey I'd just listened to.

    About the narration: Barton does very well including multiple points of view through her characters. The cast does a good job in most cases with their narration but I felt the total presentation lacked consistency. Some of the transitions between characters were confusing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Valarie Yruretagoyena La Mesa, CA United States 07-21-17
    Valarie Yruretagoyena La Mesa, CA United States 07-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "keeps you on the edge"

    amazing how so many characters are intertwined but the book doesn't get you tangled up.

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    Wade Sanibel, FL 07-14-17
    Wade Sanibel, FL 07-14-17 Member Since 2002
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    "Great Story"

    This second effort by the author rivals her first.
    This one will keep you guessing all the way. It is well written and well performed. The story is so good I kept asking myself how can this person be so clever to tell a tale like this. You won't be disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Gallagher Nashville, TN 07-12-17
    Kate Gallagher Nashville, TN 07-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Really. A good one! I'm"

    The character development made the story strong. You start to anticipate what everyone uncovered secrets are before they're revealed but it doesn't take away from the fact that it was an engaging book I enjoyed.

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    Kathleen HUDSON, OH, United States 07-11-17
    Kathleen HUDSON, OH, United States 07-11-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent "

    What a find! I read The Widow and enjoyed it. The Child was even better. The plotting from different perspectives was so well done. The characters were fully drawn, vivid and believable. The narrators were terrific. This was everything I look for in a good mystery.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Connie Higgins SNYDER, TX, US 07-08-17
    Connie Higgins SNYDER, TX, US 07-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Awesome Book"

    This was absolutely the best mystery, thriller books I have read. Had some bad language must not offensive. Great book

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Denis Cary, NC, USA 07-18-17
    Denis Cary, NC, USA 07-18-17 Member Since 2001
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    "Lost in Narration"
    Any additional comments?

    It's a good story. I did confuse the characters as the narrator's voices were not distinct and the name Anna is not that much different from Emma. As noted by previous reviewers, I too was bored by the endless ruminating and internal dialogue.

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    Tammie 07-11-17
    Tammie 07-11-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Predictable But Heartfelt"

    The story line was predictable from the beginning so there was no suspense to be had. It was, however, a heart warming story. I did appreciate the four different narrators, they helped to keep the story moving.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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