This book left me so disturbed to the point that I am unable to sit down to write this review.
The story was a gripping suspenseful thriller, with 18 year old Alex and Rosie going on a trip to Thailand and returning in body bags. What happened in the hostel they were staying in? The story added another mystery when reporter Kate’s son, Jake, was found to be a part of the girls’ life in Thailand. What did happen on that night? And what was the Thai Police covering up? And where was Jake?
This whirling mystery written in multiple POVs by Fiona Barton narrated the story through the eyes of the characters. Each chapter revealed and discarded one layer of the mystery, while connecting the story to the other layers. I felt like a blind addict who wanted nothing more than the fix of a chapter, peeling away the pages to reach to the crux.
Ms. Barton’s writing was so smooth that I constantly felt like I was being thrashed by the waves on the rocks. She ingrained her subplots so insidiously that it had me scampering on the rocks to hold on. The book had me in its swirl from the first line to the last.
I truly and solemnly admit that I read the book while cleaning my room, sometimes sitting down right in the dirt in between my mop and bucket of water. I couldn’t seem to let it go!!
What made me so restless
The kids went to Thailand on a backpack trip. The parents didn’t know a thing about their itinerary or where they were staying or how they were traveling in the new country. And they knew no one there.
- Would you allow your kids to do that even if they are adults? (18 years)
- Would you insist on them calling you everyday?
- If your kids have gone on such a trip, did they have a safety plan ready in case they fell into a trap?
- What would be your advice?
In this book, Alex could have made one phone call to her parents, and this wouldn’t have been the outcome. I was so stressed reading this part… One phone call and her parents would have saved her. Though this was fiction, I still cried for her!!
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Transworld, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!
My review of The Child by Fiona Barton can be read here
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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 . . .
Publication Date: 24th January 2019