Hello my fellow Bookworms!
I just finished reading The Child by Fiona Barton on Monday, which was apart of my TBR for October. Since I have also read The Widow I thought they would both make for another #bookreview. Before I get into what I thought about them here are their synopsis brought to you by #Goodreads.
Published on February 16th, 2016.
When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen…
But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.
There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.
Now there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage.
The truth—that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything…
Published on December 14th, 2017
When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers it’s impossible to ignore.
For one woman, it’s a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her.
For another, it reveals the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered.
And for the third, a journalist, it’s the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth.
Now let us get to my thoughts. In The Widow I did really enjoy having multiple POVs. Fiona Barton makes it very smooth having the different narrators. I read many books where this didn’t work well and made it difficult to follow the story, but that is not the case here. You really sympathize with DI Sparks and how personal he has taken the case. I also really like how well the characters are written here. Each one is very different and well thought out. I think the best thought out character is obviously Jeanie. You get so caught up in her “Jeanie” personality that it takes you a while to realize that its an act. At first it may have been who she was but as her marriage went on and she began uncovering things about her husband, she was no longer that naive simple woman. You do piece together that her husband did have something to do with the disappearance early on, just not what exactly happened to her. I did have all these different conclusions as to what he might have done to her and am actually glad it wasn’t what I thought he did. I didn’t care much for the mother of the child and think we could have done without her POV. I feel like DI Sparks, Kate, and the widow is all that was needed for the story. All around this was a really great story. A little predictable in some aspects but still very enjoyable and the characters are amazing. I gave this one 4 stars!
Now we get to The Child. Let me tell you that I read this book in about 12 hours. I could not put it down from the moment I opened it up. It is a very gripping tale and just takes this crazy hold of you. I can’t even describe the many different emotions I felt while reading this book. I love that about it. You felt anger, sadness, disgust, shock, and happiness. Kate is such an amazing character. Emma’s story tore me apart as it unfolded. Angela’s story about Alice and how after 40 yrs how much it still affected her was heartbreaking. The connection between all the character was well thought out. I never expected the outcome at the end. It had me gripping the pages and wanting to just skip right to the end and find out what happened to Alice and if the body found was really her. I can not give enough praise for this book. This is definitely one I would recommend to everyone. I gave this book 5 stars.
Until next time…
Peace, Love, and Read On! ♥