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Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of The Widow returns with a brand new novel of twisting psychological suspense about every parent's worst nightmare...

When two 18-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...

Cover credit: Richard Shailer

©2018 Fiona Barton (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Kate's Muddied Waters

This is another well-written delivery from Fiona Barton, with her proven lead Kate Waters once again pitched into a dark story. This time though the lines are blurred and the waters muddied as an incredible coincidence drags Kate in far deeper than she would have imagined. Barton delivers her main characters well and there is a lot of human interest in the background, it's a fairly compelling read once again in that sense. The premise of two young girls travelling alone to Thailand, both very different characters, both divided in what they wanted to experience during the trip is definitely an interesting one.

It's also pretty well narrated though both main narrators didn't feel perfectly suited. Clare Corbett made the male characters sound just a little bit gormless at times and Mark Meadows never felt quite right depicting Detective Sparks. The performances are good overall though.

Unfortunately though I wasn't hugely taken by the book. It moved fairly slowly and a lot was revealed early meaning that it took a long time for the reveals at the end, and possibly unluckily for me most of the later twists turned out according to my guesses and it seemed to take a long time to confirm what I already thought I knew. That happens sometimes, you just happen to guess right. Plenty of other people seem to have enjoyed it much more than me.

I still really like the Kate Walters character and the Detective Sparks back story is quite touching with you would suspect much more to come! So I'm sure I'll still look out for future books in the series but this one didn't light any fires for me.

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  • 25-01-19

Gripping

Never before have I walked around my house talking (sometimes shouting) out loud to characters in an audiobook. The tension was almost unbearable - I was so invested that I binge listened to the whole thing in one day.

Definitely listen to the previous two books first if you can.

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Gripping

Really enjoyed this and the first book I’ve listened to in just one day ! Narration was spot on final twist came along just as I thought I had it all figured out.

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  • 15-02-19

Nice twists that were ruined by bad narration.

I thought this book was well written. Just your basic crime drama. Super explanatory and perhaps with too many characters but overall a nice, average story. I figured out most of the twists early on but that's because this book was very formulaic and by the numbers. It did not take away from my enjoyment of the story.

What did take away from my enjoyment was some of the narration. I'm a huge Clare Corbett fan and I usually get books because of her narration. As usual, she was great and the only bright spot in the book. Mark Meadows was not memorable but was ok. However, the other two female narrators kept taking me out of the story. They just didn't fit with rest of the book. I was especially frustrated with whoever narrated the Alex character. That dry, deadpan voice grated on my nerves. There was just no LIFE IN HER Voice. I don't understand how one voices an 18 year old girl but sounds like she's reading Bible scriptures or the weather forecast. My goodness, it's a story! Please don't ruin what could have been an enjoyable experience with such a monotonous tone. I got so frustrated that I just started skipping her parts in the book. Good grief.

I don't mind that the characters all felt a little underdeveloped and I didn't actually care about any of them (ha, maybe that's how the Alex narrator felt) because I really like unraveling the mystery and finding our whodunnit and why. But it would have been nice if there'd been one interesting character with whom I could relate or at least care about. I think the part about the officer (police chief?) whose wife died was a nice try but overall it felt forced as we never met the dying wife so... Ah well she died. That whole B story felt forced and I found it a bit tedious to get through. But I always hate when crime thrillers try to give us insight or back story for the detectives etc. I don't care about the detectives. I just want to know whodunnit and why. Give me back story on the victims and culprits and stop with the unnecessary filler information.

I like Fiona Barton's writing. Her story concepts are good and the summaries are usually enough to get me to buy the book. But I'm never quite satisfied in the end. There's just always something a little lacking in the story that leaves me feeling a bit empty.

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Just not as good as The Widow

I just ploughed on with The Suspect. The narration was disjointed by the multiple voices, and the story was predictable, unadventurous and disappointing.

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Not as good as I had hoped

Clare Corbett somehow made the men voices sound really drippy and has used the same "male" voices in past books. Rather annoying. The story itself was okay but somehow predictable and felt as though twists and turns had to be put in to add interest. I just have a feeling this may have been rushed out to publication and probably with a second one in mind with love interest between the detective and the press!

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Good story poor narration

Interesting storyline but ruined by the male narrator. The Sparks character accent annoying and the narrator’s attempts at female voices sounded like a pantomime dame!

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Like a bad episode of Hollyoaks

I read "The Widow" a couple of years ago and it still is one of my top 20 books. However I struggled with the subsequent "The Child" but thought this new one, "The Suspect" might be worth a go. Unfortunately it missed the mark for me. Predictable plot and quite early on I'd worked out what happened. Kept waiting for an amazing twist but sadly I was disappointed. The parts narrated by the young women played out like a bad cheesy Hollyoaks story line. I'm sure I was never that pathetic at their age and the silly, childish arguments about boys was just cringeworthy. I've returned this book but I will still keep my eyes peeled for any further offerings from Fiona Barton. The narrator of Kate was excellent, though a little shrill for my tastes, and the one narrating Alex was wooden and lacked any sort of emotion. Will be returning this one.

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Enjoyable with much food for thought

I thought this was a very good story and will doubtless stoke anxiety in the minds of parents of gap year travellers and maybe the backpackers themselves. Basically the story involves the deaths of two 18yr old girls in Thailand and the nightmare for parents obtaining information and fair treatment from a corrupt and incompetent Thai police force who want to sweep it all under the carpet. The suspect is another traveller, who happens to be the estranged son of a news hack covering the story. The hard bitten reporter becomes part of the story but continues to manipulate and exploit the others involved in the interests of her self and her son. The British policeman investigating appears to have little other demands on his time but his wife is terminally ill, an unnecessary part of the plot . Eventually things become clear and nobody really lives happily ever after which I guess is realistic. Side issues are the lack of police confidentiality and cosiness with the press and the unscrupulous and manipulative nature of of the press itself.

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Another Kate Waters instalment


I have listened to all of Fiona Barton novels and despite not liking her leading lady Kate Waters I seem to return for more.

I think the formula works well although using a reporter with less than the best scruples and morals makes me personally feel less than comfortable.

Great narration although the voice of Alex is a real sulky teenager.

Despite all said above, Ms Bartonhe does deliver a good book, and I would highly recommend and suggest you read them in order to get the most from the book.