Today marks the paperback publication of Fiona Barton’s second book, The Child. Having won legions of fans with her thrilling debut, The Widow, which was both a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller, The Child sees Barton’s journalist Kate Waters return to investigate the discovery of a baby’s skeleton on a building site.

Protagonists are not the only thing these two books have in common. The Child has been chosen for Richard and Judy’s Book Club – a stunning achievement by Barton after The Widow was voted the winner of the Richard and Judy Book Club in Autumn 2016. This repeated accolade is well-deserved for a book that is both touchingly humane and electrifying, woven together with a skill that has become Barton’s signature.

Richard has called the book ‘an engrossing thriller and a convincing portrait of the strength of the mother/child bond,’ while Judy describes it as ‘tense and exciting’.

As fans of the book, Richard and Judy are in auspicious company. Stephen King found it ‘Tense, tantalising, and ultimately very satisfying…definitely one of the year’s must-reads.’ Bestselling author Claire Mackintosh agreed, calling it ‘Clever and compelling.‘ The Daily Mail calls it “a striking story from first page to last… twisty and satisfying’. USA Today thought it was ‘both fast-paced and thought-provoking… the best of both worlds.’ 

Congratulations twice over Fiona!