The Suspect by Fiona Barton @FigBarton @BerkleyPub ~ Publication Day 1-22-19

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…

This thriller is classic Fiona Barton! It is the recipe for a twisted story that keeps you guessing until the end!

When you start with two sets of worried parents, two missing teenage girls, a murder mystery, and a few unexpected connections to the past and present….how can you go wrong!

Barton is a very talented storyteller and writer! She connects characters in ways that suck the reader in! The moral of this story… parents think they know their kids. They raise them right, model morals, teach them the dangers of life but…then they go out on their own. Some live up to your expectations. Others, defy every intention you ever had for them. Who is who in this story?

Don’t wait…. read this story!!

My career has taken some surprising twists and turns over the years. I have been a journalist – senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at The Mail on Sunday, where I won Reporter of the Year at the National Press Awards, gave up my job to volunteer in Sri Lanka and since 2008, have trained and worked with exiled and threatened journalists all over the world.
But through it all, a story was cooking in my head.
The worm of this book infected me long ago when, as a national newspaper journalist covering notorious crimes and trials, I found myself wondering what the wives of those accused really knew – or allowed themselves to know.
It took the liberation of my career change to turn that fascination into a tale of a missing child, narrated by the wife of the man suspected of the crime, the detective leading the hunt, the journalist covering the case and the mother of the victim.
Much to my astonishment and delight, The Widow is a Sunday Times bestseller, has been sold to 29 countries and is available now in the US and will be published around the world in the coming months.
However, the sudden silence of my characters feels like a reproach and I am currently working on a second book.
My husband and I are living the good life in south-west France, where I am writing in bed, early in the morning when the only distraction is our cockerel, Sparky, crowing.

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