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The Suspect
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The Suspect
Kate Waters Series, Book 3
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Widow returns with a brand new novel of twisting psychological suspense about every parent’s worst nightmare...

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 but think of her own son, whom she hasn’t seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling. 

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...
The New York Times bestselling author of The Widow returns with a brand new novel of twisting psychological suspense about every parent’s worst nightmare...

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 but think of her own son, whom she hasn’t seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling. 

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...
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  • From the cover ***This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected copy proof***

    Copyright © 2018 Fiona Barton

     

     

     

    The Reporter

    SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014

     

     

    he call comes at three a.m. The jagged ring of the bedside telephone tearing a hole in our sleep.

     

    I reach out a hand to silence it. “Hello,” I whisper.

    Static whispers back to me. I press the phone harder to my ear. “Who is this?”

    I feel Steve roll over to face me, but he doesn’t speak. The hissing static fades and I hear a voice.

    “Hello. Hello,” it says, searching for me.

    I pull myself up and switch on the light. Steve groans and rubs his eyes.

    “Kate? What’s going on?” he says. “Who is this?” I repeat. But I know. “Jake?”

    “Mum,” the voice says, the word distorted by distance—or drink, perhaps, I think uncharitably.

    “Sorry I missed your birthday,” it says. The line fizzes again and he’s gone.

    I look at Steve.

    “Was it him?” he asks.

    I nod. “He’s sorry he missed my birthday . . .”

    It’s the first time in seven months that he’s phoned. There’ve been


     

     


     

     


    FIONA BARTON

     

    three e-mails, but our eldest son told us early on that he wouldn’t be contactable by phone. Said he was freeing himself of all the stress that constant calls would bring. He’d stay in touch with us.

    When he last rang, it was Christmas morning. We’d hoped he would be there with us, pulling crackers and making his lethal mulled wine. We’d suggested and then pleaded by e-mail, sending money by Western Union for a plane ticket when he seemed to weaken. He’d picked up the cash. Of course he had. But Jake had stayed away, man- aging only a ten-minute call on the day. Steve had answered the phone and spoken to him first while I hovered beside him; then he’d asked to speak to his little brother, Freddie, and finally to his mother.

    I’d hugged the phone, as if I could feel the heft and warmth of him, and tried to listen, not talk. But he’d remained distant as the seconds counted down in a phone booth somewhere and I’d found myself turning inquisitor.

    “So, where are you now, love?” “Here.” He’d laughed.

    “Still in Phuket?” “Yes, yes.”

    “And are you working?”

    “Yeah, sure. Doing this and that.” “But what about money?”

    “I’m managing, Mum. Don’t worry about me. I’m fine.”

    “Well, as long as you are happy,” I’d heard myself say. The coward’s way out.

    “Yes, I am.”

    After I’d put the phone down, Freddie had put a glass of prosecco in my hand and kissed my cheek.

    “Come on, Mum. He’s fine. Having a brilliant time lying around in the sun while we’re sitting here in the slush and rain.”

    But I’d known deep down he wasn’t fine. His voice had become wary. And that nervy laugh. He didn’t sound like my Jake anymore.

     


     

     

     

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    The Mother

    FRIDAY, AUGUST 15, 2014

     

     

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  • Fiona Barton is the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow and The Child. She has trained and worked with journalists all over the world. 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. Born in Cambridge, England, she currently lives in southwest France and England.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    November 5, 2018
    Fleet Street star Kate Waters’s reporting has helped British police crack some extremely disturbing cases, but she faces what could be her toughest one yet in bestseller Barton’s top-shelf third psychological thriller (after 2017’s The Child). When the parents of 18-year-old Alexandra O’Connor, who’s backpacking in Thailand with an 18-year-old female friend, fail to hear from Alex after a week, they alert the police. Kate’s longtime police source, Det. Insp. Bob Sparkes, tells her about the two missing teenage girls, in the hope that Kate will write a story that “might winkle them out of whichever bar they’re sitting in.” Kate keenly identifies with the concerned parents, since her estranged older son, Jake, has been in Thailand for the past two years after inexplicably dropping out of university. But what starts as a routine story soon proves otherwise, sending Kate and her journalistic frenemies to Thailand in search of answers. The exceedingly twisty tale that follows will test Kate, and her painfully conflicting loyalties, to the limit. Barton’s many fans will be rewarded. Agent: Madeleine Milburn, Madeleine Milburn Literary (U.K.).

  • AudioFile Magazine An ensemble cast narrates a splashy front-page story about British teens dying in Bangkok. Clich�d roles come alive, each with its own narrator. Susan Duerden is the reporter; her BBC tone is broken up by adept accents for Thai and Dutch characters and the spiraling despair of a woman turned from an observer to a player. Fiona Hardingham gives the mother of a girl found dead in a dirty Thai hotel a fragile, exhausted misery spiked with fierce anger as the investigation grinds on with hideous pressure from the press. Nicholas Guy Smith voices the weary detective following up in England, and Katherine McEwan gives us the vulnerability and angst of victims in flashbacks. This one will keep you up at night. S.T.C. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award � AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine
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