Review: The Child by Fiona Barton

Berkley Hardcover
 June 27, 2017


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…

My Thoughts

Fiona Barton wowed audiences with her first book The Widow and she does it again with her latest book, The Child. The book opens up as a gruesome discovery is made of a baby's skeletal remains at a construction site. The story is told through three main perspectives: Kate, Emma, and Angela. 

Kate Waters is a journalist who is trying to keep her head above water in the newspaper business and this story might be the exclusive she needs. However, she can't get the Building Site Baby off her mind. Kate tracks down leads including a woman, Angela, whose baby was kidnapped in the 70s and Emma, who thinks the police have identified the wrong baby. The more Kate investigates the more questions arise. The Child takes readers down a dark and dangerous path.

It's hard to review a mystery book without giving away any of its secrets, and this book definitely has secrets. Barton writes her characters in such a way that invokes powerful emotions. The Child feels as if it could be based off a true story (though I don't believe it is). The plot was engaging and moved along at a fast pace. Grab your coffee and Kleenex, this is the perfect book for a weekend read. 

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review. This in no way influences my opinion. This post also contains an affiliate link. Which means if you click on it and buy the book, I get a small fee.


  1. Sounds like quite the listen! Definitely need to get this one! Thx!


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