It’s paperback publication day in the US for the New York Times bestselling author, Fiona Barton. Her mesmerising new thriller, The Suspect, is published today by Penguin Random House / Berkley.

When 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.

Journalist Kate Waters is brought on board to report on the story. She 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 as she draws nearer to uncovering the case, she can’t help but think of her own son, who she hasn’t seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling in Thailand. This time it’s personal.

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…


“Utterly engrossing… I lived inside this book for two days – and I’m still thinking about it. Superb!” – Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

“A nail-biting tale of missing teens and the parents who worry for them. Fiona Barton’s first two novels, The Widow and The Child, were international bestsellers. The British novelist’s third offering, The Suspect, deserves equal success. It’s an expertly written look at a painful subject: the way parents often suffer when their children go forth to confront the dangers of this world….Barton’s characterizations are exceptional.” – The Washington Post

 “Intelligent, insightful and compelling. A clever, twisting whodunit that delivers an emotional punch. I loved it.” – C.L. Taylor, #1 bestselling author of The Accident and The Lie

“Barton handles the complicated resulting interplay of voices deftly, and is just as convincing in getting inside the teenager’s head as she is when portraying the grown-ups searching for her. The novel works best, though, as a moral tale about grief.” – The Sunday Times

Fiona Barton’s debut, The Widow, was a Sunday Times, New York Times and Globe & Mail bestseller and has been translated into thirty-five different languages and optioned by Lionsgate for television. Her second novel, The Child, was a Sunday Times bestseller and the Richard & Judy No. 1 bestseller. Born in Cambridge, Fiona lives on the Sussex coast.

Previously, she was a senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at the Mail on Sunday, where she won Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards.

While working as a journalist, Fiona reported on many high-profile criminal cases and she developed a fascination with watching those involved, their body language and verbal tics. Fiona interviewed people at the heart of these crimes, from the guilty to their families, as well as those on the periphery, and found it was those just outside the spotlight who interested her most…