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The Child : The must-read Richard and Judy Book Club pick 2018

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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


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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.

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THE SUSPECT, the next unputdownable crime thriller from Fiona Barton, is available for pre-order now
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 28mm | 304g
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552172456
  • 9780552172455
  • 27,640

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"Clever and compelling. You'll love The Child."
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"Clever and compelling. You'll love The Child." * Clare Mackintosh * "I loved this gripping story that kept me guessing to the end. Barton treats her broken characters with such compassion that I wanted to reach into the pages and hug them." * Liz Nugent, author of LYING IN WAIT * "Fiona Barton has outdone herself with The Child. An engrossing, irresistible story about the coming to light of a long-buried secret. An absolutely fabulous read - I loved it!" * Shari Lapena, bestselling author of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR * "Tense, tantalising and ultimately very satisfying . . . definitely one of the year's must-reads." * Lee Child * "This expertly executed thriller, full of gritty authentic detail, is made even better by a killer twist that will catch you off guard." * Sunday Mirror *
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About Fiona Barton

Fiona Barton's debut, The Widow, was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and has been published in thirty-five countries and optioned for television. Her second novel, The Child, was a Sunday Times bestseller. Born in Cambridge, Fiona currently lives in 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 . . .
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22,940 ratings
3.96 out of 5 stars
5 28% (6,498)
4 46% (10,465)
3 21% (4,930)
2 3% (785)
1 1% (262)
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