The Suspect by Fiona Barton

4E220CEB-6741-4761-96EE-D51D7D01A53B.jpegWhen two eighteen-year old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry.

A writer who knows how to engage the reader, masterful storytelling.

Format: ARC.                                                                 Publisher: Bantam Press

Here we have the welcome return of Kate Waters and DI Sparkes in a new standalone thriller.

This is one of those books where you don’t want to say too much or give anything away, to do so would be to spoil it for the reader, suffice to say when two girls disappear in Thailand, Kate takes up the story little knowing that soon she would be thrust to the forefront of the story.

Cleverly the story is told in interweaving chapters told from the viewpoint of four main characters each linking to form a slick thriller with just the right amount of twists. The Book moves at just the right pace and importantly the story is told in real time to make everything feel real and believable.

The plotting is clever and inventive  and as the book proceeds the tension ratchets up.

With plenty of heart and emotion throughout, here we have more than just a plot driven book, the author gets into the characters personalities, all of whom have a knack of getting under your skin, so much so that you can feel and share their pain and anguish, all with that real human touch.

Sometimes bleak you get a fantastic portrayal of the life of the young traveller. I did find it hard to really like Rosie, whilst equally it is impossible not to like and sympathise with Alex.

This is another of those which hooked me from the get go, due to way the story is told and the short pithy chapters it’s also one of those i’ll Just read one more chapter and before you now it…

Fiona Barton has rapidly become of my favourite authors of recent years thanks to the high quality of the writing and the way she manages to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Wonderfully entertaining  and highly recommend. 

5*

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