The Suspect by Fiona BartonThe Suspect by Fiona Barton

The Suspect

byFiona Barton

Paperback | January 22, 2019

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"Utterly engrossing . . . I lived inside this book for two days--and I’m still thinking about it. Superb!" Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

Featured on Glamour’s “The Best Books of 2019 (So Far)” list
Featured in The Globe and Mail's "Six hot thrillers to get you through the big cold of January"
One of New York Post’s best books of the week
Featured as Marie Claire’s February Interactive Monthly Book Club pick

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...
FIONA BARTON, the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow and The Child, has trained and worked with journalists all over the world. 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. B...
Title:The SuspectFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.95 × 6.09 × 1.07 inPublished:January 22, 2019Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143197762

ISBN - 13:9780143197768

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it By far Barton's best book yet. I was totally engrossed to the very end.
Date published: 2019-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling! The story is a parent’s nightmare – your child goes missing and the search is out of your control. Even before I started the book, I knew I would be on edge and, while reading the novel I felt that I was. Fiona Barton is skilled at creating suspense and making you want to know more. I could not help but turn the pages – I needed to know what had happened. The story is told from different points of view which seamlessly blend to create a tale that moves the reader between two countries, as well as between the past and the present. I enjoyed Barton’s storytelling which kept my interest throughout. And the best part is that she kept me guessing (no sooner did I think I knew where the story was going to go, then she surprised me). I loved The Suspect so much that I know I need to read her previous two novels. I was told that her stories are good – and this one has convinced me!
Date published: 2019-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kept me guessing I couldn’t put this novel down! Kept me excited and guessing until the end. Amazing read!
Date published: 2019-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book I liked this book. I enjoyed her first book, The Widow, this one was similar. It had some slow parts but overall I enjoyed the book.
Date published: 2019-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Finished in one day! I really enjoyed this one! The ending was a little bit expected (to me) but overall a good page turner. I will definitely read more from this author.
Date published: 2019-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Her BEST yet! I've read all her books but man this one had me. I finished it in under 24 hours because of her fast paced writing and griping story. Definitely my fave of hers and I have loved them all.
Date published: 2019-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Completely Brilliant! As usual, Fiona Barton did NOT disappoint - another incredibly suspenseful, twisting, intriguing mystery thriller that kept me up way too late in the night, as I could NOT PUT THIS DOWN. I love that I get to revisit my favorite characters every time I pick up one of Fiona's books - I love Kate as a lead female character. She's human and flawed, while still being brilliant, kick ass and incredible at her job. It's incredibly satisfying to watch her continue to grow as a character, and (without spoiler) I actually loved seeing her grapple with difficult choices relating to her family in this book. It grounds her even more as a character. In typical Barton fashion, this story was quick paced and impossible to stop reading once you start. I loved that she moved the perspective from character to character, letting little clues trickle out of what happened to the girls in Thailand. I won't say much more, as no one wants a spoiler to their thriller, but I will say that this was the exact right amount of twists and turns to keep me totally engrossed, and not rolling my eyes. Completely brilliant, as always. I could not recommend this one enough!
Date published: 2019-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kate becomes the story Excellent series and this one is stunning! Kate Waters and family become the story when two 18 yr old girls go missing in Thailand and Kate's son Jake's name is linked to the guesthouse where the girls were staying. DI Bob Sparkes has his own family crisis when his wife's cancer returns forcing Bob to chose where he directs his time, right when Kate needs his wisdom & direction. The third installment with Reporter Kate Waters and Detective Bob Sparkes was exciting and emotionally moving, especially gripping in the streets of Thailand. Highly recommend this British series.
Date published: 2019-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book, love this author!! This is the third story I have read by this author and I am never disappointed. I love how the characters of the reporter and detective carry over into every story. The Suspect is probably my favourite by this author so far, I finished it in 4 evenings.
Date published: 2019-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Absorbing story "The Suspect" tells the story of the disappearance of two 18 year old British girls who were traveling in Thailand. Journalist Kate Waters takes on the story and discovers that her own son Jake is involved in the mystery. A well-crafted novel, "The Suspect" holds the reader's interest from beginning to end.
Date published: 2019-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOULD MAKENA FANTASTIC MOVIE This thriller brilliantly shows how dangerous life can get, when you trust the wrong people in your life. I really like how the author implemented emails into her novel...this really kept the story alive.
Date published: 2019-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Third book from Barton 4.5 I devoured Fiona Barton's debut novel, The Widow. And her second book, The Child. And her just released third book, The Suspect? Yup, couldn't put it down as well! Kate Waters is the reporter who investigated the crimes in the first two books. She's on the case again in The Suspect. (But each book can be read as a stand alone.) Like hundreds of other young people, Alex and Rosie decide to take a gap year trip to Thailand. One of them is quite dutiful in keeping in touch with her parents. When that communication stops, her parents immediately contact authorities. The bulletin crosses over Kate's desk and she sees a story. And it makes her think about her own son, Jake. He left to travel two years ago. She hasn't seen him since and his communiques are sketchy. I was happy to see Kate return in this latest. She's clever, dogged and determined to get the story. This time, the story may have found her.... Kate is not above manipulation, but does have a conscience. We get to know Kate a bit better in this latest offering. Barton herself has a rich background as a journalist. Her plots and descriptions benefit greatly from this experience. The Suspect is told from four points of view. E-mails from Alex slowly detail what is going on in Thailand. (These were so hard to read). From Kate in chapters headed The Reporter, from The Detective on the case, and from Alex's mom in The Mother. The depiction of the parents' angst was gut wrenching. Barton also explores the impact this crisis has on the marriages of the parents and the relationships between child and parent. As a reader, we are privy to what's going on across the board. Barton deliciously ekes out the story - each new chapter reveals a little more. Cutting back and forth between characters only serves to heighten the tension and draw the reader in further. The 'whodunit' vacillates between a few choices, but as the book progressed, I had my suspect nailed down. Barton throws in a nice little twist at the end - one that was presented to the reader earlier on. that I didn't catch. I quite enjoyed The Suspect and am looking forward to Barton's next book - and hopefully Kate's next story.
Date published: 2019-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I've previously read The Widow and loved it and was looking forward to her new book. At first, I found it a bit confusing with all the different characters and different POV's but it didn't take long to sort them out. I ended up loving how the story went back and forth between the reporter, the detective, the mother as well as snippets of what happened to the girls in Thailand. Kate Waters is an established reporter used to covering the latest stories but will soon find herself in the middle of her next feature. One of the themes is the love of a mother for her child and how far will a teenage or young adult child respond when they make a mistake they know will let their parents down. It's one of those books you won't want to put down and simply read cover to cover in one day. I loved it and will definitely recommend!
Date published: 2019-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this one! This is my first time reading this author, and I really enjoyed both the plot and style of writing. The main character, Kate, is a reporter and covering the story of 2 young women that have gone missing in Thailand. I have a journalism background myself, so I connected with Kate but also appreciated that the story was told from different points of views . The transition between narration worked really well in this story, and I was hooked early on. Definitely recommend this book, and I will be looking for more by Fiona Barton. I received an advance reading copy from NetGalley to read and review.
Date published: 2018-11-07

Read from the Book

The Reporter   SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014   The call comes at three a.m. The jagged ring of the bedside telephone tearing a hole in our sleep. I reach out a hand to silence it. “Hello,” I whisper. Static whispers back to me. I press the phone harder to my ear. “Who is this?” I feel Steve roll over to face me, but he doesn’t speak. The hissing static fades and I hear a voice. “Hello. Hello,” it says, searching for me. I pull myself up and switch on the light. Steve groans and rubs his eyes. “Kate? What’s going on?” he says. “Who is this?” I repeat. But I know. “Jake?” “Mum,” the voice says, the word distorted by distance—or drink, perhaps, I think uncharitably. “Sorry I missed your birthday,” it says. The line fizzes again and he’s gone. I look at Steve. “Was it him?” he asks. I nod. “He’s sorry he missed my birthday . . .” It’s the first time in seven months that he’s phoned. There’ve been three e-mails, but our eldest son told us early on that he wouldn’t be contactable by phone. Said he was freeing himself of all the stress that constant calls would bring. He’d stay in touch with us. When he last rang, it was Christmas morning. We’d hoped he would be there with us, pulling crackers and making his lethal mulled wine. We’d suggested and then pleaded by e-mail, even buying a plane ticket when he seemed to weaken. But Jake had stayed away, managing only a ten-minute call on the day. Steve had answered the phone and spoken to him first while I hovered beside him; then he’d asked to speak to his little brother, Freddie, and finally to his mother. I’d hugged the phone, as if I could feel the heft and warmth of him, and tried to listen, not talk. But he’d remained distant as the seconds counted down in a phone booth somewhere and I’d found myself turning inquisitor. “So, where are you now, love?” “Here.” He’d laughed. “Still in Phuket?” “Yes, yes.” “And are you working?” “Yeah, sure. Doing this and that.” “But what about money?” “I’m managing, Mum. Don’t worry about me. I’m fine.” “Well, as long as you are happy,” I’d heard myself say. The coward’s way out. “Yes, I am.” After I’d put the phone down, Freddie had put a glass of prosecco in my hand and kissed my cheek. “Come on, Mum. He’s fine. Having a brilliant time lying around in the sun while we’re sitting here in the slush and rain.” But I’d known deep down he wasn’t fine. His voice had become wary. And that nervy laugh. He didn’t sound like my Jake anymore.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The SuspectA GLOBE AND MAIL BESTSELLER"Utterly engrossing . . . I lived inside this book for two days--and I’m still thinking about it. Superb!" Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door“Edge-of-your-seat suspense.”—Glamour"Barton’s Kate Waters is the real deal...a great binge-read." The Globe and Mail, "Six hot thrillers to get you through the big cold of January"“A nail-biting tale of missing teens and the parents who worry for them. Fiona Barton’s first two novels, The Widow and The Child, were international bestsellers....The Suspect deserves equal success. It’s...expertly written....Barton’s characterizations are exceptional.”—The Washington Post“In The Suspect, Fiona Barton mixes universal truths with a thrilling tale.”—USA Today (3½ out of 4 stars)“[I]n Barton's expert hands, The Suspect transcends the typical to become something more: A gripping psychological suspense about the changing relationship between parents and their grown children.…masterfully written, expertly plotted, and skillfully paced….Using her exceptional storytelling skills and her keen insight into the minds of each of her characters…Barton creates a twisty mystery that packs a serious emotional punch.”—Bustle“Barton is a stunning storyteller. Her career as a journalist has helped make this story terrifyingly real. Every turn of the plot feels authentic and very scary...”—Library Journal (starred review)“The exceedingly twisty tale…will test Kate, and her painfully conflicting loyalties, to the limit. Barton’s many fans will be rewarded.”—Publishers Weekly “[A] tense, character-driven exploration of expectations and independence.”—Booklist "A stylish, beautifully written and perfectly pitched thriller that will have you racing to the denouement"—Cara Hunter, international bestselling author of Close to Home"Intelligent, insightful and compelling. A clever, twisting whodunnit that delivers an emotional punch. I loved it."—C. L. Taylor, international bestselling author of The Missing "A fast-paced whodunnit with heart, characters I feel I know and a deliciously dark twist."—Gillian McAllister, international bestselling author of Everything But the Truth "Fiona Barton has taken a nightmarish scenario and woven it into a dark and twisty tale....This is a novel with real heart and a thoroughly surprising and thought-provoking ending."—Lesley Kara, author of The RumorPraise for The Widow A #1 Globe and Mail BestsellerAn NPR Best Book of the YearOne of The Wall Street Journal’s 5 “Killer Books” of the YearOne of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of the Year“If you liked Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, you might want to pick up The Widow. Engrossing. Suspenseful.”—Stephen King“A twisted psychological thriller you’ll have trouble putting down.”—People“Barton knows how to ramp up tension.”—The New York Times Book Review “[A] twisty tale...that will blow your mind.”— “A smartly crafted, compulsively readable tale.”—Entertainment Weekly “The ultimate psychological thriller!...The ending totally blew me away.”—Lisa Gardner “[Barton] delivers the goods…Richly character-driven in a way that is both satisfying and engrossing.”—The Washington PostPraise for The ChildAn NPR Best Book of the YearA Bustle Best Thriller Novel of the Year“Tense, tantalizing, and ultimately very of the year’s must-reads.”—Lee Child“An engrossing, irresistible story…and an absolutely fabulous read.”—Shari Lapena“Startling twists—and a stunning, emotionally satisfying conclusion.”—Publishers Weekly (starred)“A lightning-paced, twisty story with an ending so surprising you might have to read it twice.”—Good Housekeeping“[An] intriguing, twisty tale….nothing and no one is who they seem in this evocative puzzler.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer “A tense and rightly written tale that keeps the reader engaged and entertained ....a page-turning whodunit.”—USA Today“This being a Barton thriller, there’s more to pretty much everything than meets the eye.”—The Boston Globe