The Child is a story told from various perspectives following an announcement that the remains of a new born baby have been found buried in a garden in London.
It is the second book in a series in which the recurring character is a reporter, Kate Waters. The reason I started with the second book rather than the first was this one sounded a lot more captivating! Luckily, there were no obvious references to the previous book and I was able to read it without wondering what had happened previously.
Although trying to remember which character is which is confusing at first they all develop their own distinct roles within the story. As the story develops it becomes more and more interesting, truths come to light surrounding what happened to the baby and how everyone is entwined and involved.
As someone who likes to figure things out before the big reveal, I was captivated by the twists and turns of the story. Once I thought I’d got it sussed I had to keep reading just to prove I was right all along! (I was) Saying that, the book is not predictable at all. I loved the ending and how all the pieces of the puzzle slotted together.
A favourite quote from the book
One of my highlighted quotes from the book showed the relationship between a mother and daughter towards the beginning of the book.
So we ring each other on birthdays and at Christmas, that sort of thing. It’s a routine that allows us to stay in touch with the aid of a calendar, not our emotions.
As you read you find out all the events which led up to this point and how their relationship is going to change in the future.
What I’m reading next
The next book I’m reading is The Rumour by Lesley Kara. If you have any book recommendations please let me know!
Until next time, Susan.