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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of The Widow returns with a brand new novel of twisting psychological suspense about every parent's worst nightmare.... 

When two 18-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 travelling. 

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.... 

Cover credit: Richard Shailer

©2018 Fiona Barton (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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  • Simon
  • 01-29-19

Kate's Muddied Waters

This is another well-written delivery from Fiona Barton, with her proven lead Kate Waters once again pitched into a dark story. This time though the lines are blurred and the waters muddied as an incredible coincidence drags Kate in far deeper than she would have imagined. Barton delivers her main characters well and there is a lot of human interest in the background, it's a fairly compelling read once again in that sense. The premise of two young girls travelling alone to Thailand, both very different characters, both divided in what they wanted to experience during the trip is definitely an interesting one.

It's also pretty well narrated though both main narrators didn't feel perfectly suited. Clare Corbett made the male characters sound just a little bit gormless at times and Mark Meadows never felt quite right depicting Detective Sparks. The performances are good overall though.

Unfortunately though I wasn't hugely taken by the book. It moved fairly slowly and a lot was revealed early meaning that it took a long time for the reveals at the end, and possibly unluckily for me most of the later twists turned out according to my guesses and it seemed to take a long time to confirm what I already thought I knew. That happens sometimes, you just happen to guess right. Plenty of other people seem to have enjoyed it much more than me.

I still really like the Kate Walters character and the Detective Sparks back story is quite touching with you would suspect much more to come! So I'm sure I'll still look out for future books in the series but this one didn't light any fires for me.

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  • R
  • 01-25-19

Gripping

Never before have I walked around my house talking (sometimes shouting) out loud to characters in an audiobook. The tension was almost unbearable - I was so invested that I binge listened to the whole thing in one day.

Definitely listen to the previous two books first if you can.

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  • lucy adams
  • 01-27-19

Gripping

Really enjoyed this and the first book I’ve listened to in just one day ! Narration was spot on final twist came along just as I thought I had it all figured out.

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  • Mel Noir
  • 02-15-19

Nice twists that were ruined by bad narration.

I thought this book was well written. Just your basic crime drama. Super explanatory and perhaps with too many characters but overall a nice, average story. I figured out most of the twists early on but that's because this book was very formulaic and by the numbers. It did not take away from my enjoyment of the story.

What did take away from my enjoyment was some of the narration. I'm a huge Clare Corbett fan and I usually get books because of her narration. As usual, she was great and the only bright spot in the book. Mark Meadows was not memorable but was ok. However, the other two female narrators kept taking me out of the story. They just didn't fit with rest of the book. I was especially frustrated with whoever narrated the Alex character. That dry, deadpan voice grated on my nerves. There was just no LIFE IN HER Voice. I don't understand how one voices an 18 year old girl but sounds like she's reading Bible scriptures or the weather forecast. My goodness, it's a story! Please don't ruin what could have been an enjoyable experience with such a monotonous tone. I got so frustrated that I just started skipping her parts in the book. Good grief.

I don't mind that the characters all felt a little underdeveloped and I didn't actually care about any of them (ha, maybe that's how the Alex narrator felt) because I really like unraveling the mystery and finding our whodunnit and why. But it would have been nice if there'd been one interesting character with whom I could relate or at least care about. I think the part about the officer (police chief?) whose wife died was a nice try but overall it felt forced as we never met the dying wife so... Ah well she died. That whole B story felt forced and I found it a bit tedious to get through. But I always hate when crime thrillers try to give us insight or back story for the detectives etc. I don't care about the detectives. I just want to know whodunnit and why. Give me back story on the victims and culprits and stop with the unnecessary filler information.

I like Fiona Barton's writing. Her story concepts are good and the summaries are usually enough to get me to buy the book. But I'm never quite satisfied in the end. There's just always something a little lacking in the story that leaves me feeling a bit empty.

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  • Mrs Stevens
  • 02-04-19

Just not as good as The Widow

I just ploughed on with The Suspect. The narration was disjointed by the multiple voices, and the story was predictable, unadventurous and disappointing.

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  • Sigrin
  • 10-10-19

Another Kate Waters instalment


I have listened to all of Fiona Barton novels and despite not liking her leading lady Kate Waters I seem to return for more.

I think the formula works well although using a reporter with less than the best scruples and morals makes me personally feel less than comfortable.

Great narration although the voice of Alex is a real sulky teenager.

Despite all said above, Ms Bartonhe does deliver a good book, and I would highly recommend and suggest you read them in order to get the most from the book.

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  • Cabaspre
  • 02-01-19

Not as good as I had hoped

Clare Corbett somehow made the men voices sound really drippy and has used the same "male" voices in past books. Rather annoying. The story itself was okay but somehow predictable and felt as though twists and turns had to be put in to add interest. I just have a feeling this may have been rushed out to publication and probably with a second one in mind with love interest between the detective and the press!

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  • CEM
  • 02-09-22

Good read well narrated

Narration is better than most, with more than 1 narrator adding variety.
Detective thriller that evolves well with some nice twists and turns along the way.

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  • paul harding
  • 09-08-20

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really good book but found the male narrator very difficult to listen to. extremely annoying when doing a female voice

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-18-19

incredible

thoroughly enjoyed this book, narrating was excellent. I was absorbed in the story, also ended very well

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  • Lexi
  • 02-12-19

Excellent (as always!)

My new fave author! Kept me guessing till the end, likeable main characters and all round enjoyable read, can’t wait for her next book!

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  • Bonnie B
  • 05-07-19

Incredible Writing - Loved Every Moment

Jumping from perspective to perspective, The Suspect is a deeply intriguing novel about two missing girls, and an ensuing murder case. The narration is excellent for all and I found the characters easy to understand and comprehend as the story proceeds.
It's a well-written thrilling story that is wild enough to shock you, but realistic enough to bring the chill of 'this could be me' into the equation. The bittersweet mixture of sadness, frustration, loss and guilt is prevalent throughout the entire novel.

While there are many 'plot twist' moments, there is one final twist, toward the very end, that truly surprised and stunned me. I read a lot of psychological thrillers, and am not often caught by surprise with a twist, however in this case, I was. I went back and listened to it once or twice more, just to experience the entirety of its meaning.

Overall, a really well-executed and heartfelt novel that I will likely read again and will certainly be recommending.

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  • G
  • 05-02-19

Easy listening

I don't often listen or read fiction books but I wanted an easy listen on a long flight and that is exactly what this is.
The story line is good, with a few twists and turns which keeps it interesting.
The chapters are short so its easy to go in and out of listening to.
The narration is ok, some of the voices didn't seem to fit but nothing to put me off.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-15-19

Kept me intrigued

Enjoyed the mix of narrators and the style of the telling. Easy to pick up the thread each time I listened.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-08-19

Average

Lame story made worse by the narration, especially the male (terrible). I won't purchase another by this author. her first book was....okay, nothing special.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-16-20

Not as good as previous work

Kept waiting for the big twist that never came.
Interesting enough story, but no real intrigue. I guess she set the bar pretty high before and this unfortunately came nowhere near it.
Thai accents were spot on.

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  • Mae
  • 10-24-19

Every Mother’s Nightmare

An interesting insight into the perils of youth, independence and the choices a mother might make. I enjoyed the narrative and the events being told from each persons perspective. A good read

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  • Georgina
  • 10-02-19

Compelling

The story and performance are compelling. Kept me hooked till the end. Well written and performed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-25-22

Loved it

Yass! Thanks I really enjoyed this one, the third in the series. I’ve binged all three. Brilliant.

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  • ClaudRodgerBurger
  • 12-05-21

These three books have been SENSATIONAL!!!

i rarely write reviews. i only write them when something really blows me away or grabs me and won't let me go until rinsed and repeated - Like when i read The Girl With All The Gifts and The Boy on The Bridge by M.R. Carey. Like those books, though completely different, these books (The Widow, The Child and The Suspect - a perfect trilogy that can be read out of order no worries), these books have had me hanging on to every word and have left me kind of absent in other parts of my life as all i can think about is getting back to the juicy juicy story.

Although no new ground is being broken here, the wheel isn't being reinvented. Rather, what we have is a beautiful A++ example of the mystery/thriller genre and an author who not only knows how to use the English language beautifully, construct lush story & character arcs that never reveal too much too soon, has a perfect sense of suspense, but she also presents the stories from multiple POV's and you can tell that a lot of research and time has gone into ensuring that each unique POV is absolutely air tight. And, there is the fact that she obviously must have been a reporter in a former life because she knows the nuances of the news world in and out and represents the Reporter's relationship with the Detective perfectly. Also, the kind of in depth and organic representation of police and news procedures represented in these books, in my opinion, would not be possible without a fair bit of lived experience.

Now that I have finished these three books, I am going back to the last chapter of The Widow audiobook to listen to the interview with narrator and author.

Oh, and the narrators certainly deserve mentioning!! A++++ for the brilliant performances throughout each book. The narrator makes or breaks and audiobook. No matter how brilliant a text is, if the narrator is shit then the book will quickly be forgotten. Especially if you're like me and don't have the time or patience to sit and read as often as you'd like, thus the advent of audiobook has changed your life and made menial tasks/ day to day life that much more enjoyable.

Also for those of you out there who may be inclined to do so, have a look into audio drama podcasts!! Wooden Overcoats (6ft Under meets Fawlty Towers) The Black Tapes (X-Files meets Exorcist) Alice Isn't Dead (too great to draw comparison) Welcome to Nightvale (by those who did A I D) Girl In Space (too good for words) Ars Paradoxica (TGFW) Bright Sessions & Homecoming (both TGFW) aaannd Greater Boston, Wolf 359, Unwell, We're Alive, Mabel, Palimpsest, Rabbits, Mirrors, Passenger List, See You In Your Nightmares, The Far Meridian, The Oyster, Blackout, Uncanny County, The Veil.

And those are just the audio dramas i can think of off the top of my head. The world of Podcasts is brilliant and there are so many stories to be had. Levar Burton Reads, Everything is Alive, Radiolab, Invisbilia, Nightmare, Lightspeed, The History Hour, The Memory Palace, Radio Diaries, The Heart, Strangers, Nocturnes, Snap Judgement & Spooked, Creepy, No Sleep. Seriously, for those of you who have read this far - get into it!!! Most of these titles can be found in Audible for free or in Spotify or Apple Podcasts. I use Google Podcasts. And the best thing is THEY ARE ALL FREE!!! Unless you want to donate and help them out, no payment required.

Anyway, thank you for these great books I have just listened to. Thank you for the internet and Audible making that possible!! Thank you for reading this and i hope you get many hours of beautiful escapism out of it!!!

CHEERS & MERRY CHRISTMAS!!