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The Suspect

The Suspect

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When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft, and frantic with worry. What were the girls up to before they disappeared? 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, whom she hasn't seen in two years, since he left home to go traveling. 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.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101990513
Branch Call Number: FIC BARTON 2019
Characteristics: 404 pages ; 24 cm


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Reporter Kate Waters pursues the story of two 18-year-olds who have gone missing in Thailand. The case takes a turn when the main suspect is Kate’s estranged son. For fans of twisty psychological suspense. ~ Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ

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Oct 13, 2020

I think the widow was her best book... I read it first and thought I had found another author to follow... her writing has changed in the last two books... the character development just isn’t there in the last two.... I will probably pass on her next book when it comes out...

Dec 29, 2019

An O.K. book, not as good as The Child. There was too much repeating of the experiences. Had difficulty finishing th book.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Dec 16, 2019

For twisty mystery buffs. It was interesting to see the main journalist character have the tables turned on her when she became a part of the story.

Jun 18, 2019

Wow. Just excellent. I really like all three of this author's books, and hope she has another one on the way!

Jun 09, 2019

Yet another dud recommendation from Margaret Cannon of the Globe and Mail. Great plot, terrible writing, but I read it anyway. Twists were predictable due to stilted dialogue that was used to explain the obvious and foreshadow the story rather than to reflect how people would actually talk. She writes in the present tense, even when writing about things that happened in the past (not explaining it well as I don’t know how to explain ‘literary’ devices [nothing literary about this writing hough]) and that is always a negative for me. Would be fine to read on a beach in Mexico. Or Thailand....

Apr 01, 2019

5 star read. This was just such a fantastic book, I wish I could give it more stars. This is the third book by Barton in a series, but could easily be read as a stand alone. Two teenage girls go missing in Thailand and their parents are frantic with worry at what happened to them. Journalist Kate Walters' son Jake is also in Thailand and she rarely hears from him and worries about him. When she hears about the missing girls, she jumps at the chance to go to Bangkok to get the story and also see for herself if she can find out where her son is and what he is doing. Bob Sparkes is the detective on the case, assigned to go to Thailand and look into the girls' disappearance and he and Kate are friends from other cases. But when the girls are found and Jake becomes a suspect, Kate wonders whether she is a reporter or a mother in trying to help find the truth. A compelling read and impossible to put down. Barton gets better with every book. I loved it.

Mar 16, 2019

Glad I didn’t buy this tedious....the only good thing is that the chapters are short...

Mar 16, 2019

Usual formula book. Well written. Pretty tight. Overly complicated. But a good read nevertheless.

Mar 15, 2019

Margaret cannon recommends

IndyPL_MarianneK Mar 11, 2019

I'm not sure why I enjoyed this one more than her previous novels. It could be the play between Kate and DCI Sparkes. Or maybe it's the did he\didn't he of Kate's estranged son? Or it could be the changing perspective chapter by chapter as the truth unfolds? Whatever it is, this is an engaging read and very enjoyable, even with a murder or two.

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