The Suspect by Fiona Barton @figbarton @TransworldBooks #randomthingstours #blogtour #bookreview #publicationday

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πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ A massive happy publication day to Fiona Barton!!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ The Suspect is out today and I’m thrilled to be sharing my review on publication day!!!

I was lucky enough to meet Fiona (along with Lesley Kara) last night at an evening of crime and wine hosted by Waterstones in Leeds – they are both fascinating people to listen to talk!

Huge thanks to the amazing Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me on the blog tour.

The Blurb

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…

What Did I Think?

When I started The Suspect, I didn’t realise it was part of a series; I had always thought Fiona Barton’s books were standalone stories. You learn something new everyday!

I loved the way the short chapters jumped from the family to the police to the reporter and then back in time to the “before” with the victims in Bangkok. This gave very different perspectives which pulled together to create the full picture of what happened.

My heart went out to Bob Sparkes, our detective. His personal life is demanding his attention and yet he feels his obligation as a detective to find out what happened to Alex and Rosie. I felt his need to be there in the thick of the investigation but his duty to and love for his family tugged at my heartstrings as he tried to do his best.

The author sends you along many paths with dead-ends but once I got to the centre of the labyrinth that The Suspect is, I was still questioning whether it was a dead end, just a mirage of my mind and I was right to question as this book kept giving.  With every stone that Kate and Bob unturned and the more that was revealed in the chapters leading up to the fire at the hostel, my mind was stretched into all the permutations and suspects!

I’ve not read Fiona Barton’s previous novels (shocking I know) but I didn’t feel I’d missed out. The series isn’t one in a traditional sense of you have to read them in order; Kate and Bob are recurring characters but each book is individual. Saying that, I need to go back and read the previous novels featuring Kate and Bob to see how their relationship has changed.

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Who Is Fiona Barton?

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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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