The Suspect

The SuspectThe New York Times Bestselling Author Of The Widow Returns With A Brand New Novel Of Twisting Psychological Suspense About Every Parent S Worst NightmareWhen 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 But Think Of Her Own Son, Whom She Hasn T Seen In Two Years, Since He Left Home To Go TravellingAs 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 3.5 starsARC provided by Berkley The mystery of 2 missing girls abroad was interesting, especially with a journalist s own son missing as well Didn t realize this was part of a series, so may have had a higher rating had I gotten 2 other books to connect to these characters.For me, too many reveals happened too early, then 200 pages of nothing that interested me, ending with a quickly wrapped up conclusion and overused convenient monologue Was relatively engaging, but with too many side stories and characters to care about One reveal in particular impressed me, bumping this up an entire star. One of my goals this year is to be pickier about the thrillers I read Not that this is a thriller, despite the publisher s blurb calling it one But it still reminded me of why I made this a 2019 goal in the first place This book fell very short of my expectations The premise is a promising onekids on a trip to Thailand go missing and the setting is well described, but the execution was lacking Without going into the plot details, as those are easily found, I thought this was going to be about the investigation than teenagers behaving badly I was wrong These were my issues the alternating chapters slowed the story down to a crawl with a lot of repetitiveness Several characters were so similar I had trouble keeping them straight Others were in the periphery and not developed at all they were the most annoying bunch of people I ve come across in my reading in quite a long time I easily become emotionally invested but here I could not have cared less what happened to any of them Even death didn t evoke an emotional reaction other than relief they were gone from the pages And then disappointment that they were brought back to life in flashbacks I love dysfunctional families in novels but parents behaving badly and blaming themselves for badly behaved children left me cold Poor me, my parents are pressuring me to go to college so I m going to run away and act like a spoiled brat, binge drink, do drugs, and have sex with anyone with a pulse wah, wah, poor me And the parents bought it Can you imagine being such a terrible parent that you want your child to go to college Errors and plot holes abound I don t know when I will learn to not read books that have teenage characters I can tolerate them only from a handful of authors Would most parents really be ok with letting their teenage daughter go off to Thailand with a virtual stranger A country where danger is everywhere especially for less than savvy tourists like a teenager The behavior of those who were grieving left me baffled and yes, I do have experience in this area The middle of the book was such a slog I speed read it and missed nothing In short, kids behaving badly, parents behaving badly, plot holes, and a poorly executed resolution left me unsatisfied But many have loved this book so I m with the outlier club This was a buddy read with my good friend Marialyce I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 3.7 Stars rounded up Be Careful What you Get Yourself Into You May Just Regret It Kate Waters is a Reporter Getting the story has always taken priority above all else, including her family Lesley s daughter Alex went to Thailand for summer vacation a few weeks ago with Rosie, the neighbor s girl Alex has been saving for the trip for an entire year and has everything planned out Truth be told, Rosie has no intention of following Alex s itinerary and her agenda is very different from Alex s When the girls go missing after a few weeks it becomes apparent that something is wrong Detective Inspector Bob Sparkes, once again agrees to investigate After their bodies are found in a club in Thailand, Kate goes after the story When she decides to make herself an integral part of the team by getting close to the families, Kate has no idea what she is getting herself into Soon this story becomes bigger than Kate ever imagined and it s one even she wishes she could run away from The Suspect by Fiona Barton is a slow moving suspense with very intriguing characters who quickly drew me into this book While I had an idea of where this mystery was going fairly early on, I was compelled by the intricacies of the storyline and the craziness of the characters actions and was excited to see if my suspicions were correct This was another awesome buddy read with Kaceey Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and to Fiona Barton, for an advanced readers copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review Published on Goodreads, Twitter and Instagram Will be published on on 1.22.19. 4.5 starsReally enjoyed this one and I m kicking myself for not reading anything by the author before now Will definitely go back and read her previous novels This is the third book in the series but can easily be read as a standalone A little bit of backstory is provided for some of the characters but it enhances the current plot rather than feeling like information overload for those of us who haven t yet read the first two books.Reporter Kate Waters hasn t seen her son in two years although she occasionally receives a brief phone call He is never far from her mind especially as she works on covering the story of two eighteen year old girls who have gone missing in Thailand I ll admit my first thought before reading was wondering if this was going to be like the movie Brokedown Palace Thankfully it s not, although I totally wish Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale were younger so they could play these girls in a movie.It didn t take long for me to get caught up in the story I loved how the story went back and forth between the reporter, the detective, one of the missing girls, and one of the mothers The book might seem at first glance just a simple story about two missing girls, but there s a lot to it than that One of the interesting themes explored in the novel is a mother s love for her child This book was pretty darn close to perfect for me, and I highly recommend for fans of Fiona Barton or readers that just looking for a good, solid mystery I received a free advance copy of this book from Berkley Publishing but was under no obligation to post a review All views expressed are my honest opinion. The Suspect by Fiona Barton is a 2019 Berkley publication Two young ladies, casual friends with one another, travel to Thailand together It was supposed to be the trip of their lives, but once they arrived, things went horribly awry After failing to contact their families for a while, their parents sound the alarm, bringing the case into the spotlight.Kate is instantly intrigued by the story and pursues it with her usual gusto She then discovers her own son, who hasn t touched base with his family for a long time, is also in Thailand This gives her even of an incentive to travel to Thailand, hoping to contact her long lost son, as well as discover what became of the two missing girls One thing that really threw me off course was the cohesiveness of the story itself It didn t gel and seemed to meander as though the author wasn t quite sure in which direction she wished to travel As a result, the story didn t grab me, didn t entice me to keep turning pages, or keep me on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next The characters were tepid, and not all that interesting, except when they got on my nerves I really didn t care for any of them The adults behaved like spoiled children half the time, and their offspring proudly carried on the tradition The conclusion was very weak, in my opinion Kate s dilemma and her flimsy rationalizations nearly made my eyes roll back in my head But I can t really expound on that without giving anything away Overall, I finished this one mainly to see how things would turn out, and although I did get my answers, they left me feeling exasperated than satisfied 2 stars 3.5 How well does a parent actually know their child When that child turns 18 and goes out into the world do your worries end Or are they just beginning Kate Waters is an established reporter She is used to covering on all the late breaking stories but soon she is going to find herself right in the middle of her next feature.When 2 young women, Alex and Rosie decide to go to Thailand before starting university Their trip quickly spirals out of control as each had their own agenda and plans for the trip.Told through multiple POV s I found the transitions flowed effortlessly We witness the panic and devastation of the mother s as they wait for information on their children The media, as they chase the next best story with no concern over who they step on in order to get the scoop.This is the second book I have read by Fiona Barton And while I enjoyed her previous novel The Widow I will be looking forward to reading from this author in the future.A buddy read with Susanne Thank you to Elisha at Berkley Publishing for an ARC to read and review. 3.5, a tedious build up but worth the payoff stars Full review featured on my blog Recipe a Read Kate Waters is a dedicated, passionate journalist Always seeking to be first on the story, with the best information Kate Waters also struggles with her wayward son, who left for Phuket, Thailand two years previous to the story, and calls once or twice a year at most Alex is finishing up in school, she s young, vibrant and full of a zest for life and a will to travel the world Her bestie Mags may have dropped out of their planned trip to Thailand, but an acquaintance Alex might not have always seen eye to eye with named Rosie, isn t enough to deter Alex from her excitement to spread her wings and taste a new found freedom.They d never had to ring the police before in all their married life The police belonged to another world the world they saw on television or in the papers Not theirs Alex is a good kid, she s as responsible as a kid her age can be Her parents have allowed her to take this gap year and they ve arranged specific times and dates there is to be communication from Alex to ensure she s doing alright When Alex doesn t check in with her parents their worst fears are realized and they have to contact the police to report their daughter missing She s not just missing either, she s a missing child internationally This is when we are introduced to DS Zara Salmond and DI Bob Sparkes Not only has Alex not reached out to her family, but the regular social media posts and emails have abruptly stopped As the days slip by one by one, family and friends become frenzied as they realize the girls have disappeared without a trace, and in Thailand no less.She wrote a Things To Do, just like she would if she were at home But instead of writing phone bank, buy cat food, DRY CLEANING , she put Find out how the fire started, Who else was in the hostel Was there a party Where were Alex and Rosie WHY DIDN T THEY GET OUT Not only are these parents worst fears realized but they re thrust into immediate limelight in the worst way As they re grappling with the reality of their situation, they ve also become a worldwide source of entertainment The Suspect is told from multiple POVs Kate Waters, DI Bob Sparkes, Alex s mother Lesley and Alex herself Switching up the perspectives really kept the stories forward momentum chugging along in a way that was at times sluggish and at others built suspense like Jenga blocks waiting to be toppled As I ve mentioned in many of my other reviews one thing I adore, that takes place most often in thriller novels, is little breakups in formatting Barton dealt these out in spades with Facebook posts, emails, and police communication.While I enjoyed Barton s storytelling, her writing and her ability to build some serious suspense I still found myself a bit let down by this novel The start of this book was achingly sluggish for me and I kept putting it down and reading other books instead because I found I just couldn t connect with the characters or the story right off the bat As the story progressed and the tension and suspense built up, and the forward progression sped along I found myself enjoying it much than I had anticipated I did enjoy this and once it got moving I found it quite compelling, I just wish that it had been a bit developed and had grabbed me from the start Thank you Netgalley for a copy of this ARC Traveling Sisters Read. 4.5 stars An extremely addictive, twisty and fast paced journey.Kate Waters, a determined and successful reporter, travels to Thailand to investigate the disappearance of two eighteen year old girls from her home town The girls were on a backpacking trip, with a jam packed itinerary and plans to be in touch with their parents every couple days Their parents notified police after several days of not hearing from either girl This leads to an investigation by the Thai police and then involves local Detective Inspector Bob Sparkes and his team who travel to Thailand to pick up the pieces that seem to be missing.I am so sad to be finished this novel I thoroughly enjoyed reading this thrilling and suspenseful story, where I hungrily devoured every single word in extreme anticipation of what would happen next The characters, setting and storyline pulled me right in from page one Each chapter left me feeling an urgent need to continue on and fit another chapter in I loved Kate Waters and DI Sparkes I enjoyed their personalities and thought their personal side stories really enhanced the novel.When I downloaded this ARC, I didn t realize it was part of a series I read Book 1 The Widow a few years back and enjoyed it, but didn t love it I haven t read Book 2 The Child This, being Book 3, is completely fine to read as a standalone I feel that the author, Fiona Barton s, writing is much smooth and engrossing in this novel, compared to The Widow I look forward to picking up The Child to see how it is in comparison and I look forward to Book 4 Thank you to Edelweiss, Penguin Books and Fiona Barton for providing me with an ARC to read and review Expected date of publication January 22, 2019. This was an intriguing story that kept the mama bear in me on the edge of my seat This is a story guaranteed to make any parent squirm Leslie and Jenny receive the call that no mother ever wants to receive, they need to head to Thailand to identify their daughters bodiesBeing a parent is a tough job, and being the parent of adult children is sometimes even harder i ve read so many reviews that state that they don t know anyone who would allow their children to go to Thailand at the age of 18 And that s fine if you don t believe you would allow your children to go to Thailand, but it does not mean that a parent that would allow their children to go to Thailand is a bad parent I also think that a lot UK kids in their late teens early 20s travel, the gap year is much common I personally don t know anyone here in America who had a gap year With the exception of Malia Obama, who I guess I don t know personallyIt is than likely I would not want my kids to go to Thailand, but there comes a point in your child s life that it is up to them in this book Alex has graduated is about to head off to university and has saved her money for an entire year for this trip, in hindsight probably not the greatest idea, but well I went off on a bit of a tangent there, sorry about that back to the book When two 18 year old girls Alex and Rosie go missing while on holiday in Thailand it stirs up all kinds of emotions in Kate Kate s son Jacob dropped out of university and went traveling to Thailand to find himself with very sporadic communication with Home Kate who is a reporter instantly gets herself on the case, and when the families travel to Thailand she is compelled to go too but Kate has no idea what awaits her in Thailand, secrets and deceptions that will turn the reporter into the story This book really was of a mystery police procedural family drama than a traditional thriller but I was still completely engrossed in the story wanting to know what happened to these girls I really liked Alex and I loved getting to know her through her Facebook posts and communication with her BFF back home Rosie on the other hand was much less sympathetic, to say the least my heart broke for these parents and I really felt their pain and their need for justice and truth I can only imagine how hard it would be as andMore truths were revealed about your daughters horrifying last daysA perfectly paced story that was propelled forward by short concise chapters i d say this book was plot driven then character driven, and generally I do like a story to be character driven, but this one completely captivated me as I said my mama bear was on high alert I just needed to know what had happened to these girls, and how these parents coped with living my worst nightmare.A well constructed story with a large dose of mystery and a splash of thriller Recommend OK I m going to start doing something a little different with all my reviews I love music and I always have a song going through my head as I m reading so I m going to start sharing with you lyrics and a link to the song running through my head while reading At least until I run out of songs or inspiration Bangkok, Oriental settingAnd the city don t know that the city is gettingThe creme de la creme of the chess world In a show with everything but Yul BrynnerTime flies doesn t seem a minuteSince the Tirolean spa had the chess boys in itAll change don t you know that when youPlay at this level there s no ordinary venueIt s Iceland or the Philippines or Hastings orOr this place One night in Bangkok and the world s your oysterThe bars are temples but the pearls ain t freeYou ll find a god in every golden cloisterAnd if you re lucky then the god s a sheI can feel an angel sliding up to me Murray Head 1984https watch v rgc_LRj Big thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book What drew me to this book was the premise, young people taking a gap year or vacation far from home, in this case Thailand The world can be a very scary place particularly if you have led a somewhat sheltered life and young people make decisions based on emotions often without thinking far ahead of possible consequences These girls are quite young, just graduated from high school, to be traveling alone in a dangerous country with no back up plan should things go awry Alex is a great student who has saved for a long time for this trip She has it planned down to what they would be doing every day, what she hopes to see in Thailand, the trip of a lifetime However at the last minute her good friend Mags tells her that she really can t go, she doesn t have the money Alex is disappointed, so when Rosie, just an acquaintance, not really a good friend, offers to go with her, the trip is back on Her best friend cautions her about Rosie, she is known to make bad decisions in the past but Alex is desperate to go on the trip she has planned for so long.Things go wrong very quickly and the girls parents are alarmed They haven t heard from the girls in 3 days or Soon the police are involved and Kate Waters, a journalist, wants to cover the story She has a very personal reason, her own son, Jake, has been in Thailand for two years with very little communication between Jake and his parents She arrives on the scene of a terrible fire in a hostel where the bodies of two young women have been found, they are soon identified The only known witness is in the hospital, but Kate is too late, by the time she arrives the witness has fled.Soon Kate herself is part of the story as her son Jake is identified as the lone witness There are so many questions that she wants to ask him, but he will not contact her no matter how hard she tries.There were lots of things I liked about this book It had a great premise, the characters were interesting, if not quite believable, and there was a mystery to be solved I do think that this book will have you turning the pages to figure out the mystery of what happened It is a complicated, well written mystery I do feel as though the characters could have been well described We know very little about the girls and Jake except for what is taking place at the time I think if I would have known about them I would have cared about the story.For me this was a mediocre read, not one that I will rave about but still a good read.I had trouble believing that Kate would let two years pass without checking on her only son but then she flies off to Bangkok quickly when in pursuit of a story I don t really get a feel for her personality as a mother or wife Her husband plays little part in the unraveling of the story.I had the same feeling with Ms Barton s other books, her strength lies with the mystery than the characters.I received an ARC of this mystery from publisher through NetGalley.

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  • 432 pages
  • The Suspect
  • Fiona Barton
  • 23 April 2018
  • 9781101990520