I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Suspect by Fiona Barton
Series: Kate Waters #3
Published by Penguin Random House on January 24, 2019
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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 but think of her own son, whom she hasn't seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling.
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 was a little nervous reading The Suspect by Fiona Barton as it is the third book in the Kate Waters series and I was afraid starting three books into the series that I may be a little lost, but I am happy to say that is not the case here. The Suspect can be read as a standalone and I never felt like I was missing anything from the prior books. So please do not let that be a deciding factor when picking up this book.
Alexandra “Alex” O’Connor is on a backpacking trip to Thailand with Rosie, a girl from her neighborhood. While Alex had an itinerary all planned out, Rosie has other ideas and uses the trip as an excuse to let loose. But when both girls fail to check in with their parents over the course of a week, Alex’s mother Leslie contacts the police, but given the girls were teenagers, the police advised them not to worry and teens often forget to call their parents.
When journalist Kate Waters gets wind of the story she decides to write an article about the two missing girls in Thailand. Kate can relate to the story as her own son is somewhere in Thailand although she has no idea where and her son rarely ever calls home. But, as Kate immerses herself into the lives of the parents, their stories hit closer to home more so than Kate could ever realize.
Told through multiple POV’s, The Suspect is a slow burn mystery/thriller that will grip you right from the start. I love how the story went back and forth between Kate, one of the missing girls, and the parents. The story starts to slowly unravel and you get a glimpse of what happened in Thailand with Alex and Rosie. The story is a mix of a police procedural, a thrilling mystery, and an expose on the truth. Fiona Barton really writes with a lot of passion often showing the emotional side of a parent’s worst nightmare – their child is missing. Barton taps into the emotions and the grief of the parents with such honesty and realism which really made the story stand out for me. I do have to say the ending really shocked me and made me think. The ending could not have been any more perfect. I was totally shocked, but with that ending, I realized this story is so much more than just a mystery. It also shows the love a mother has for her child/children and the lengths she would go to protect them. Simply outstanding!
The Suspect by Fiona Barton is a cleverly written mystery that packs quite the emotional punch while immersing you in a story full of secrets wrapped around an intense and twisting story. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I am definitely going to be adding the other two prior books in the series to my TBR. The Suspect is well deserving of 5 stars.