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25 April 2018

2018 Book Review #15: The Child

Another great book!

I've been on a roll lately.  The town library has had a slew of new fiction books and I have really enjoyed the ones I've borrowed.

This one is the 2nd book written by this author and I actually enjoyed this one better than the first.  The first one is called The Widow and the book review is here. The books are not related but the main reporter, Kate Waters, appears in both, as does one of the investigators/detectives, Bob Sparkes.


Kate Waters is investigating the discovery of some old baby bones found buried at a construction site in a section of London, England that is being renovated.

This discovery is known in the media as "The Building Site Baby" and it is soon believed to be the remains of infant Alice Irving, who was kidnapped from a hospital in the 1970s!  The parents, Angela and Nick Irving, who have two grown children, are hoping to finally put an end to the tragedy by agreeing to supply Angela's DNA.

The match comes back!!


Emma, a young woman married to Paul, a much older man, claims that the baby is HERS! Emma was raised by a single mother, Jude, who kicked her out of the house when Emma was just 16 years old.  Will, Jude's boyfriend at the time, pushed Jude to do this.  He claimed Emma had mental health issues. 

As Kate begins to discover Emma's history, she is drawn into helping both women find the truth.

And the result will be quite shocking!


This is a good novel full of action, drama, tears.  I actually cried when Angela discovered a certain thing that I don't want to share here as I don't want to ruin it for you.  But as I was reading it, I had tears in my eyes.

I was immediately drawn into this story. 

Kate is an excellent reporter who is very persistent and I really like her character.  Bob has a more minor role in this book but he is still a likable character.  

I kind of felt sorry for Jude at first until I began to unravel the mystery.  I ended up not liking her character at all!!

The book is fast-paced and the chapters are short so you can read quite a bit in one evening.

I liked this better than her first one because it was not as graphic and the subject matter wasn't as "dark".  It does touch on the topics of rape, kidnap, date rape drugs, emotional abuse, single motherhood.   But it also touches on friendship, solid marriages, hope, and love.

In my opinion, this book is appropriate for ages 17 and older due to some mature content.

On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest, I rate this a 9.

1 comment:

Susanne said...

Haven't seen this one show up yet at my library.