The Child

von Fiona Barton 
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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER, NOW A RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK ‘Clever and compelling. You’ll love THE CHILD’ Clare Mackintosh, author of LET ME LIE ‘An engrossing, irresistible story about the coming to light of a long-buried secret. An absolutely fabulous read - I loved it!’ Shari Lapena, author of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR ‘Tense, tantalising and ultimately very satisfying . . . definitely one of the year's must-reads’ Lee Child ******** 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 loved this gripping story that kept me guessing to the end’ Liz Nugent ‘Fiona Barton is a major new talent’ M J Arlidge

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ISBN:9780593077726
Sprache:Englisch
Ausgabe:Flexibler Einband
Umfang:368 Seiten
Verlag:Bantam Press
Erscheinungsdatum:29.06.2017

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    WildRosevor 4 Monaten
    Spannend und kurzweilig

    Fiona Barton gelang es mit "The Child", mich zu fesseln und zu überzeugen. Das Buch, welches man wohl am besten als Kombination aus Roman und Krimi bezeichnen kann, liest sich sehr kurzweilig und Plot wirkte auf mich clever und gut durchdacht, auch wenn es natürlich viele Bücher dieses Genres gibt, die einen ähnlichen Handlungsverlauf haben. Barton erzählt ihre Geschichte aus mehreren Perspektiven, was die Spannung erhöht und Raum bietet, mit den einzelnen Protagonistinnen mitzufiebern. Der Schreibstil ist flott und teils eher knapp gehalten. Sprachlich ist das Buch zwar nicht herausragend, doch das macht der interessante Plot in diesem Fall durchaus wett.

    Teilweise hätte ich mir zwar etwas mehr "Tiefe" gewünscht, nichtsdestotrotz empfand ich "The Child" als spannende und recht kluge Krimi-Unterhaltung.

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    miss_mesmerizedvor einem Jahr
    Fiona Barton - The Child

    During construction works in London, a builder comes across the dead body of a baby. Angela and Nick hope that they will be finally relieved. For almost 40 years now, they have waited for a sign of their daughter Alice back then abducted from the maternity ward. The police investigate all options while journalist Kate Waters is looking for a story to get her career back on track. She quickly uncovers people who lived around the building site area decades before and who might have witnessed something; yet quickly she has to realize that there is much more behind the story than she initially thought. When another woman claims to baby to be hers, Kate and the police do not know whom to believe and that they are about to uncover much more than they suspected.

    Fiona Barton tells her story from different perspectives: first of all, we have Kate the journalist who is looking for some kind of heart-breaking story to report and thus to escape being fired like many others from her team. We only get bits and bobs from her private life, a son who refuses to pursue his studies any further, but that’s it. Thus, this character is mainly illustrated through her actions as a journalist. I quite liked her, she not the hard-boiled reporter who doesn’t care about the people she writes about, but tries find a way between securing a good story and not exposing the people involved. On the other hand, we have Angela the mother who has been suffering for 40 years and who is not willing to give up hope to find her daughter. I am not sure if this character is really authentic, that a family and a marriage can survive such a stroke of fate is rather seldom. Emma, the last of the three protagonists remains incomprehensible for a long time and thus keeps suspense of the novel high. Much of what she says does not make sense and her role in the whole story is rather mysterious.

    Even though the end is quite foreseeable, it liked the story. It is fast paced and the different perspectives keep you alert on who says what and who knows what. The mystery around the buried baby is solved convincingly even though I wonder of the subplot about the rapists was really required. I wouldn’t necessarily call it a crime novel or even thriller. It is rather a psychological drama with a lot of suspense to me. And compared to Fiona Barton’s first novel “The Widow”, this is much stronger both in the plot and the characters’ design.

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