The Suspect by Fiona Barton

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4/5

About The Book

The police belonged to another world – the world they saw on the television or in the papers. Not theirs.
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 themissing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think . . .

My Thoughts

Fiona Barton always writes books in a different perspective, not on the victim’s side but on the suspect one, maybe to make the reader understand a little bit the grey zone, is not easy, but always refreshing when reading something different.
That makes the book an interesting and addictive read, with a twist in the end that no one will expect.
The Suspect is an interesting story, the reader will feel the anguish of the parents that their two girls had been missing during their trip to Thailand. On the other side, we have the view of Kate Waters, a journalist, who will have to decide what’s more important in her life, being a parent or a journalist… We will have the side of one of the two girls that’s been missing, Alex, she will tell the truth of their trip in a diary, with no sugar coated lies.
This is a book about parenting, of what’s most important in our lives; the kids, the job or ourselves… because in this story we will have each side’s point of view.
I don’t want to tell much about the story, but be prepared for a lot of characters, not all of them friendly or nice, but that’s what makes the story interesting and more human.
The story will absorb you from the beginning, but be prepared for a story that will test your values and your priorities, you will have to decide what’s more precious in your life, ready for The Suspect?

About The Author

Fiona Barton’s debut, The Widow, was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and has been published in 36 countries and optioned for television. Her second novel, The Child, was a Sunday Times bestseller. Born in Cambridge, Fiona currently lives in Sussex and south-west France.
Previously, she was a senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at the Mail on Sunday, where she won Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards.
While working as a journalist, Fiona reported on many high-profile criminal cases and she developed a fascination with watching those involved, their body language and verbal tics. Fiona interviewed people at the heart of these crimes, from the guilty to their families, as well as those on the periphery, and found it was those just outside the spotlight who interested her most . . .