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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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.

Mar 06, 2019

Why did Kate give het sons jeans away? What was on them? I must have missed a piece of the puzzle.

Feb 19, 2019

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Fiona Barton just keeps getting better and better!

An unnerving situation...knowing your child is living abroad in a foreign country and having no way to contact them. Poor Lesley is in this exact situation, and she knows it is completely out of character for her daughter and her friend to not check in, especially when they had set a specific time to do so. Are the girls hurt? Dead? Or are they just off partying as local officials would have them believe? Call it mother’s intuition...but Lesley knows that something is wrong. And she won’t stop until she find out just what has happened to her daughter.

Through the local police, reporter Kate becomes aware of this story which has close ties to her own personal life. Has a crime been committed? And if so, is her son in trouble as well? Somewhere between London and Bangkok, the answers lie just waiting to be discovered by the mother/reporter/detective.

Pros: Great use of alternate perspectives/timelines to allow the full story to unfold.

Cons: The pacing was a bit slow at times.

The Suspect is more of a slow burn/putting pieces together type of fiction than a thriller, but it’s my favorite Fiona Barton book so far.

Feb 05, 2019

Even though this is the third one of the Kate Waters series, it looks like it doesn’t need to be read in order. There are some references to things in the second and first book but it’s not so much you’ll be lost. So these can be read stand alone. (That being said, I will definitely get the second one. I read The Widow and thought it was pretty good)

I liked how this one has several different points of view in the book. I’d have to say I preferred reading about Kate as she was the most affected. You might see it as her getting the just desserts as she now knows how it feels to be on the other side of the news story instead of Kate herself asking the questions, but it shows a real human quality to her and also gives her a reality check as to what she’s been doing her whole life (mainly, her job) You do see the human side of both Kate and Bob Sparkes. They each have their own problems and issues to overcome.

The plot itself is pretty good and the different points of view really help it come together. I got a little frustrated with Alex because I wanted her to drop Rosie as soon as possible. But Alex was just one of those too nice girls and she just couldn’t let it go. Although you rather figured out who was behind the crime it was the build up towards it, and there were some surprises here and there that made it quite the enjoyable read! The writing is seamless and the ending, well I can only think that might come back to haunt our characters sooner or later (maybe?)

I enjoyed reading this one, and I’ll be reading The Child to complete the series. I’m looking forward to more of Barton’s work. They’ve proven to be consistently enjoyable to read. I recommend these definitely.


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