As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby?
As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss.
But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn—house by house—into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women—and torn between what she can and cannot tell…
I was very excited to have an opportunity to read this book, The Child, by Fiona Barton. I received an advance copy from First to Read for an honest review.
This book alternates chapters following the lives of 3 main characters. When we first meet all three of them, they have all just become aware of a small article in Evening Standard about the bones of an infant being found on a building site in Woolwich. Emma sees the article and becomes anxious and distracted, to the point of burning dinner. Kate works for the Daily Post, sees the small article in the Evening Standard, and is intrigued and wants to investigate further. Angela’s not having a good day, it’s Alice’s birthday and her husband Nick doesn’t seem to remember and this upsets her even more. She wonders if the small bones found could be Alice.
This book took awhile for me to get into. I enjoyed the short chapters, they tempted me to read just one more. It was an easy and quick read, with a bit of a twist. I never really felt connected with the characters so in the end it fell a little flat for me. It’s not a bad mystery thriller, it just won’t be one of my all time favorite books.
My Rating: 3.5/5
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Publication Date: 7/29/2017
Pages: 376 (eBook)