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The Suspect

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<i>The Suspect</i> by Fiona Barton
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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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  • 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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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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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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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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Brilliant loved it very much .I couldn’t

Wait to listen to it The story was was excellent. I enjoyed it very much .I will tell my friends about it thank you .

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Slow and predictable

I am 6 hours into this audiobook and so far, the only developments that have unfolded are things I predicted from the very start. As a crime story, it's excruciatingly slow. I don't think I can bear listening to 4 more hours of characters constantly relaying to each other information that the listener already knows. I am afraid I already know how it all ends... on to another book.

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Fiona Barton Does It Again

Another unputdownable story from Ms Barton with a twist in the tail you don't see coming.

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Excellent

Excellent book which is couldn't stop listening too. Good story line with a couple of twists and turns. Very well narrated.

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A page turner for sure

Keeps you on the toes. Love the lead characters Kate Waters and Bob Sparks. All other charecters felt a bit underdeveloped, especially the kids. Might be unfare to compare with The Child, but, that had deeper charecters with easier to digest motives.