The Suspect (Hardcover)
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...
About the Author
Fiona Barton is the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow and The Child. She has trained and worked with journalists all over the world. Previously, she was a senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at the Mail on Sunday, where she won Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards. Born in Cambridge, England, she currently lives in southwest France and England.
Praise for The Suspect
“A nail-biting tale of missing teens and the parents who worry for them. Fiona Barton’s first two novels, The Widow and The Child, were international bestsellers....The Suspect deserves equal success. It’s...expertly written....Barton’s characterizations are exceptional.”—The Washington Post
“In The Suspect, Fiona Barton mixes universal truths with a thrilling tale.”—USA Today
“[I]n Barton's expert hands, The Suspect transcends the typical to become something more: A gripping psychological suspense about the changing relationship between parents and their grown children.…masterfully written, expertly plotted, and skillfully paced….Using her exceptional storytelling skills and her keen insight into the minds of each of her characters…Barton creates a twisty mystery that packs a serious emotional punch.”—Bustle
“Utterly engrossing...I lived inside this book for two days—and I’m still thinking about it. Superb!”—Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door
“Barton is a stunning storyteller. Her career as a journalist has helped make this story terrifyingly real. Every turn of the plot feels authentic and very scary.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“The exceedingly twisty tale...will test Kate, and her painfully conflicting loyalties, to the limit. Barton’s many fans will be rewarded.”—Publishers Weekly
“[A] tense, character-driven exploration of expectations and independence.”—Booklist
"A stylish, beautifully written and perfectly pitched thriller that will have you racing to the denouement"—Cara Hunter, international bestselling author of Close to Home
“Intelligent, insightful and compelling. A clever, twisting whodunnit that delivers an emotional punch. I loved it.”—C. L. Taylor, international bestselling author of The Missing
“A fast-paced whodunnit with heart, characters I feel I know and a deliciously dark twist.”—Gillian McAllister, international bestselling author of Everything But the Truth
“Fiona Barton has taken a nightmarish scenario and woven it into a dark and twisty tale....This is a novel with real heart and a thoroughly surprising and thought-provoking ending.”—Lesley Kara, author of The Rumor
Praise for The Widow
An NPR Best Book of the Year
One of The Wall Street Journal’s 5 “Killer Books” of the Year
One of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of the Year
“If you liked Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, you might want to pick up The Widow. Engrossing. Suspenseful.”—Stephen King
“A twisted psychological thriller you’ll have trouble putting down.”—People
“Barton knows how to ramp up tension.”—The New York Times Book Review
“[A] twisty tale...that will blow your mind.”—Oprah.com
“A smartly crafted, compulsively readable tale.”—Entertainment Weekly
“The ultimate psychological thriller!...The ending totally blew me away.”—Lisa Gardner
“[Barton] delivers the goods...Richly character-driven in a way that is both satisfying and engrossing.”—The Washington Post
Praise for The Child
An NPR Best Book of the Year
A Bustle Best Thriller Novel of the Year
“Tense, tantalizing, and ultimately very satisfying...one of the year’s must-reads.”—Lee Child
“An engrossing, irresistible story…and an absolutely fabulous read.”—Shari Lapena
“Startling twists—and a stunning, emotionally satisfying conclusion.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A lightning-paced, twisty story with an ending so surprising you might have to read it twice.”—Good Housekeeping
“[An] intriguing, twisty tale....nothing and no one is who they seem in this evocative puzzler.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer
“A tense and rightly written tale that keeps the reader engaged and entertained....a page-turning whodunit.”—USA Today
“This being a Barton thriller, there’s more to pretty much everything than meets the eye.”—The Boston Globe