Fiona’s reputation precedes her, being a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller, with a catalogue of deep, dark, pacey thrillers that will have you reading well into the night. Called an “exceedingly twisty tale” by Publisher’s Weekly, The Suspect is a transfixing story of two young women who go missing whilst on holiday, and the aftershock of events and discoveries this triggers in both their families’ lives.
When two eighteen-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 thinking of her own son, whom she hasn’t seen in two years, when he left home to travel.
As the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even when it seems far away, danger can lie closer to home than one might think…
At its time of release, the book received a host of praise from the press, authors and reviewers, peaking at no.3 on Canada’s The Globe and Mail chart. It featured in She Reads’ round up of ‘the most anticipated books of 2019’ , Cosmopolitan’s list of ‘New Books You Have to Read ASAP’, Bookbub Blog’s round-up of ‘18 New Books with Shocking Endings’, Woman’s Day’s list of 2019 releases ‘To Add to Your Reading List’, and Marie Claire’s feature on the best Women’s Fiction Books of 2019.
Reviewers were enthralled by Fiona’s expert mystery-weaving and incredible plot twists:
“In Barton’s expert hands, The Suspect transcends the typical to become something more: A gripping psychological suspense about the changing relationship between parents and their grown children, and the paralyzing fear that seizes the former when the latter leaves the nest for the first time” Bustle
“Intelligent, insightful and compelling. A clever, twisting whodunnit that delivers an emotional punch. I loved it.” C.L. Taylor, Sunday Times bestselling author
“The Suspect tells a terrifying story about young backpackers in Thailand. The setting, description and subject matter really drew me in. Barton has structured the novel artfully.” Amazon reviewer, 5 stars
“This had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish! It’s cleverly plotted, with some brilliant twists and a cast of immensely likeable, relatable characters. I’m mightily impressed.” Amazon reviewer, 5 stars
“This complex and engaging thriller drew me right in from the start. I loved the cast of characters and was rooting for them (well, most of them). I thought the ending was fabulous!” Amazon reviewer, 5 stars
Fiona Barton’s debut, The Widow, was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and has been published in thirty-five countries and optioned for television. Her second novel, The Child, was a Sunday Times 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…
We hope that readers continue to be as dazzled as we are by Fiona’s artful storytelling, and are so proud to be representing a talent like hers!