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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER from the author of THE WIDOW.

‘An engrossing, irresistible story about the coming to light of a long-buried secret. An absolutely fabulous read - I loved it! Shari Lapena, author of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR

‘Clever and compelling. You’ll love THE CHILD’ Clare Mackintosh

‘Tense, tantalising and ultimately very satisfying . . . definitely one of the year's must-reads’ Lee Child


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When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers it’s impossible to ignore.

For one woman, it’s a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her.

For another, it reveals the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered.

And for the third, a journalist, it’s the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth.

The Child’s story will be told.


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‘I loved this gripping story that kept me guessing to the end’ Liz Nugent

‘Fiona Barton is a major new talent’ M J Arlidge

Reviews

Clever and compelling. You'll love The Child.

Clare Mackintosh

I loved this gripping story that kept me guessing to the end. Barton treats her broken characters with such compassion that I wanted to reach into the pages and hug them.

Liz Nugent, author of LYING IN WAIT

Fiona Barton has outdone herself with The Child. An engrossing, irresistible story about the coming to light of a long-buried secret. An absolutely fabulous read - I loved it!

Shari Lapena, bestselling author of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR

Tense, tantalising and ultimately very satisfying . . . definitely one of the year's must-reads.

Lee Child

This expertly executed thriller, full of gritty authentic detail, is made even better by a killer twist that will catch you off guard.

Sunday Mirror

A gripping book you won't be able to put down.

Sun on Sunday

A brilliant page-turner.

Closer

Barton kicks the novel's suspense into a new gear, and you won't be able to put it down until all the secrets have been shared.

Herald

Compelling, mawkish and macabre with abundant twists and turns to keep the interest levels high.

Daily Express

You won't be able to put this book down!

Prima

A killer hook and fascinating characters made The Widow last year's must-read. Fiona Barton's second novel, The Child, is even more tense.

Good Housekeeping

A twisty and satisfying plot.

Daily Mail

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780552172455

    March 19, 2018

    Corgi

    RRP $19.99

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  • Hardback

    9780593077719

    July 15, 2017

    Bantam Press

    368 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780593077726

    July 3, 2017

    Bantam Press

    368 pages

    RRP $32.99

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    • Booktopia
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  • EBook

    9781473526938

    May 18, 2017

    Transworld Digital

    368 pages

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Extract

My computer is winking at me knowingly as I sit down at my desk. I touch the keyboard and a photo of Paul appears on my screen. It’s the one I took of him in Rome on our honeymoon, eyes full of love across a table in the Campo de’ Fiori. I try to smile back at him, but as I lean in I catch a glimpse of my reflection in the screen and stop. I hate seeing myself without warning. Don’t recognize myself, sometimes. You think you know what you look like and there is this stranger looking at you. It can frighten me.
But today, I study the stranger’s face. The brown hair half pulled up on top of the head in a frantic work bun, naked skin, shadows and lines creeping towards the eyes like subsidence cracks.
Christ, you look awful, I tell the woman on the screen. The movement of her mouth mesmerizes me and I make her speak some more.
Come on, Emma, get some work done, she says. I smile palely at her and she smiles back.
This is mad behaviour, she tells me in my own voice and I stop.
Thank God Paul can’t see me now, I think.

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