The Suspect - Fiona Barton
Reading Challenge Category: Free ARC from NetGalley
‘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 travelling. 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 . . .
I need to stop reading good books. I’m supposed to be doing preparation for starting my PhD, but these fantastic books keep holding all my attention! I can’t believe how quickly I read this book; I just devoured it. It really keeps your attention. The interspersed little tidbits of the girls that have gone missing’s side of the story are so few, and far between that you just want to keep reading to get to these parts, so you know what really happened. I was quite surprised that we were getting a revisit from some of the characters from ‘The Child’ (the only other Fiona Barton book I have read). I thought the reporter and detective had been specific for that book and didn’t realise they were recurring characters throughout her books, so it was nice to reacquaint myself with them. The twists and turns keep coming towards the end, and I don’t foresee most of them! It’s a sad story as you know it can’t have a real happy ending, but you still want to know what happened just as the girl’s parents did.