‘The Child’ is an en­gag­ing tale

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY JEFF AYERS

“The Child: a Novel’’ (Berkley) by Fiona Bar­ton

Fiona Bar­ton brings back re­porter Kate Wa­ters from the best­selling “The Widow’’ and de­liv­ers an­other winner with “The Child.’’

Wa­ters has is­sues at her job since many peo­ple she works with at the news­pa­per are be­ing laid off. When she learns that the long-buried re­mains of an in­fant have been un­cov­ered near a con­struc­tion site, she quickly de­cides to find an­swers. Who is this baby and why would some­one do such a hor­ri­ble thing?

Forty years ear­lier, a woman named An­gela gave birth to a beau­ti­ful girl. The baby was stolen from the ma­ter­nity ward and never seen again. The fam­ily was dev­as­tated and An­gela was never the same. When she reads about the dis­cov­ery of the buried child, An­gela pur­sues both the po­lice and Wa­ters to have them de­ter­mine if it is her lost girl.

Bar­ton has the char­ac­ters tell the story and var­i­ous se­crets that have re­mained hid­den for decades will come to the sur­face.

She fo­cuses on how the dis­cov­ery af­fects ev­ery­one and un­veils in­for­ma­tion in such a way that read­ers will fig­ure out key plot points just be­fore the char­ac­ters in the story, cre­at­ing a truly en­gag­ing tale.

Those who en­joyed “The Widow’’ will dis­cover that Bar­ton has only got­ten bet­ter.

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