I read The Widow by Fiona Barton last year, so The Child seemed a natural follow up after reading that. It follows the same characters, but this book is a completely different story so it can stand on it’s own, no need to read The Widow first, unless you want to of course! Kate Waters is the main character again, and I am a big Kate Waters fan. I think she is a great character, and I like the idea of stand alone books with the same character. I just keep learning more about her with each novel and feel as if she is someone who truly exists. I hope there is another one!
The Child follows the story of a skeleton found of a small baby at a building site. Referred to as the Building Site Baby, naturally Kate is curious and uses her tenacity to follow this story to find out more. The reader can figure out the ending before Kate does, but that doesn’t take away from the story. If you figure it out, or not, it’s fun to follow Kate as she pulls on the single thread of information that she has in order to unravel a story that has been waiting to be told for entirely too long.
The character development is great, I love the unique personality of each person that comes into the story. It was told from the point of view from four very different characters, which was a really interesting way to tell the story for this plot line. I also, like I mentioned, love the repeat characters from The Widow that just built on what I already know about them. The great thing about this book is that it layered on to what we already know and just made us feel closer to those characters.
This story made me laugh at parts, made me turn pages faster and faster, transported me to another world, and brought tears to my eyes. Barton is an extremely talented writer! I highly recommend The Child.