Fiona Barton

The Suspect

"The Suspect’ is well written and really makes you feel for some of the characters. "


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.

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Written from the perspective of Kate, one of the mothers of the missing girls and Alex, the story flits from different locations to timelines to tell the story of what happened to the girls and where they are now. Not just covering the mystery of how the girls disappeared, 'The Suspect' also deals with the raw emotions and the different way the parents deal with their missing daughters. The book also shows how ruthless and tenacious the press is to get a story, in some way forgetting they are dealing with real people. Kate herself always seems to be a reporter first and foremost and a mother second. Despite having no contact with her son for some time she makes no real effort to locate him where he is now living in Thailand. Yet when there is a story that two your girls have gone missing, Kate is on the first plane to Bangkok to investigate. This kind of explains why her son is estranged from her in the first place and leaves me with a lack of empathy for her. This is a slow burner with the story not really taking off until at least half way through. There was no real explosive revelation at the end and it felt a little predictable. 'The Suspect' is well written and really makes you feel for some of the characters. An enjoyable, if not outstanding read.

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