Book Review: The Suspect by Fiona Barton

I had heard from various sources that Fiona Barton write excellent stories so when I had the opportunity to read The Suspect, I grabbed it.

Genre: Mystery, Thriller


When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry.

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, who she hasn’t seen in two years since he left home to go traveling. This time it’s personal.

And 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 . . .

My thoughts: 

The story is a parent’s nightmare – your child goes missing and the search is out of your control. Even before I started the book, I knew I would be on edge and, while reading the novel I felt that I was. Fiona Barton is skilled at creating suspense and making you want to know more. I could not help but turn the pages – I needed to know what had happened.

The story is told from different points of view which seamlessly blend to create a tale that moves the reader between two countries, as well as between the past and the present. I enjoyed Barton’s storytelling which kept my interest throughout. And the best part is that she kept me guessing (no sooner did I think I knew where the story was going to go, then she surprised me).

I loved The Suspect so much that I know I need to read her previous two novels. I was told that her stories are good – and this one has convinced me!

I give this novel ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This novel was the 12th in my book pledge for 2019)

9 thoughts on “Book Review: The Suspect by Fiona Barton

  1. Very good review, you certainly have a diverse reading selection, I have just finished Nadine Dorries, The Ballymara Road, set back in the 60’s and tells the story of an Irish family life under the Catholic orphanages regime, a general background of the style of Angelas Ashes.
    Kind regards.


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