Review/ The Child

Review/ The ChildThe Child by Fiona Barton
Published by Penguin Books Canada on March 6, 2018
Pages: 400

The author of the riveting New York Times and Globe and Mail #1 bestseller The Widow returns with a novel of twisting psychological suspense that will have you hooked from the first page to the last.
A tiny skeleton, unearthed from the remains of a demolished house in a gentrifying neighbourhood, sets into motion an investigation that will dig into a decades-old crime that rocked a city. Journalist Kate Waters sees an important story, and cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby? What Kate finds is a cold case involving a newborn baby stolen from the maternity ward of the local hospital, never to be found, to the distress of her parents. In the crumbling neighbourhood with secrets deep and dark, Kate finds herself venturing from house to house and into the pasts of the people who once lived there. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women--and torn between what she can and cannot tell....

When I picked up The Child by Fiona Barton I thought it was just a stand alone book and didn’t realize that this is actually the second book in the series. The first one is The Widow. In all honesty it didn’t bother me since I had read the first one.

So going into The Child I was expecting to read more about the previous characters and soon realized that this was not the case and then I begun to wonder how this could be the second book in the series. Was I missing something because the only character being mentioned was Kate the journalist?

Anyways in all honesty you don’t need to read The Widow to read this one. They can be read as stand a lones in my opinion. You will not feel like you are missing something. Not once did I feel this way as I was reading it.

Just like The Widow, The Child will have you reading the book from start to finish in almost one sitting. There is so many twist and turns that leave you thinking so many things and your heart breaks for everyone in this book and you want nothing more then for them to have a happening ending but as you read you wonder if that will even happen.

The story line follows our four main characters (Emma, Kate, Angela and Jude) from March 20th, 2012 until April 1st, 2013. The later chapters are more of a follow up.

Emma suffers from anxiety and she struggles to make it through the day and as the story progresses you begin to realize the cause of her anxiety. You know that it’s something when the book begins with the news saying the body of a baby has been found at a building site that is currently being demolished. How is this related to Emma? Is there more to Emma’s story then she is letting on?

Kate is a reporter and she sees that the finding of this baby really isn’t news worthy for her paper to cover but as Kate begins to dig into this she knows there is more to the story and wants nothing but to get to the bottom of it and follow it through. Before long she begins her own investigation into the case.

Angela hasn’t had the easiest life and still struggles with it. When Angela had her first baby within 24 hours the baby was taken from the hospital room. It appears as though no one believed her story about what happened and they could never prove anything because the baby basically vanished into thin air. So when she reads the news about the baby being found she begins to hope that she will finally get the answers to all those burning questions she had but is she ready for what she will soon find out?

The final woman is Jude, she is Emma’s mother and I have to say she had to be my least favorite character in the book. She was always a selfish mother who would put her boyfriends before her daughter and would listen to them over her own daughter.

I was curious to find out how Angela, Emma and Jude would be connected. As the story progressed I began to put things together and a few times I was changing my mind and would flop back and forth. It did happen like I thought it would but still I admit I wasn’t so sure. This is one of the reason I love reading Fiona’s books because at times you think you have it figured out and before you know it turns into a whole new direction.

I definitely can’t wait to read the next book by Fiona. I am so happy to discover a new and exciting author and to continue reading her future books. If her future books are anything like the two I have read then I know I will be enjoying them.

Also coming out is the third book in the series called The Suspect.

The Suspect

The New York Times bestselling author of The Widow returns with a brand new novel of twisting psychological suspense about every parent’s worst nightmare…

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 thinking of her own son, whom she hasn’t seen in two years, when he left home to travel.

As the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even when it seems far away, danger can lie closer to home than one might think…

Review: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Review: Speak by Laurie Halse AndersonSpeak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Published by Puffin Books on April 20, 2006
Pages: 198

I wasted the last weeks of August watching bad cartoon. I did'n go to the mall, the lake, or the pool, or answer the phone. I have entered high school with the wrong hair, the wrong clothes, the wrong attitude. And I don't have anyone to sit with.
I am an outcast.

I recently found out that my son was reading this book for his grade 10 English class and I instantly had to ask him to make sure he brings it home over Christmas break so that I could read it. I was actually quite surprised when he handed it to me so that I could read it. He actually listened to me.

I have had Speak on my wishlist for many years now and several times I have almost picked it up to buy when I was at Chapters but then changed my mind for unknown reasons and put it back. I am thinking that perhaps I knew I wasn’t ready to read the book.

This was a quick read for me and devoured it in one sitting. I can see why the teacher wanted the class to read this. Its a very important read for both boys and girls and especially important now considering what is going on in the world.

I do have to say that I found it took a little bit of time to get into the book because it basically begins with Melinda starting a new year of high school and she is a social outcast that everyone hates. They are pretty vocal about it. As you read this you wonder what has happened to cause all this but at the same time you feel for Melinda because you don’t want to see anyone be outcasted and shunned in any grade at school.

From reading the book you can tell something serious must have happened for her to have stopped talking to basically everyone and she would rather be any place other then school. As the story progresses you begin to find out what really happened. If only everyone else would believe her and it takes her writing something on the bathroom stall for her to realize she is not alone in this situation.

I have to say that this book is definitely worthy of a family discussion and one we will be having when my son finishes it up.



A searing poetic memoir and call to action from the bestselling and award-winning author of Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson!

Bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. Now, inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed since her groundbreaking novel Speak was first published twenty years ago, she has written a poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying, as timely as it is timeless. In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she’s never written about before. Searing and soul-searching, this important memoir is a denouncement of our society’s failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #MeToo and #TimesUp, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts. Shout speaks truth to power in a loud, clear voice– and once you hear it, it is impossible to ignore.

Coming out March 12, 2019