Thanks to Berkley books for sending me a free copy of The Suspect in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
I read The Child by Fiona Barton a couple years ago and really enjoyed it so I was excited to see The Suspect publishing this year. I like Barton’s writing and the short chapters in her books.
The story of two missing girls backpacking in Thailand sounded intriguing but fell a little flat for me. The glimpses that the reader gets into what went on at the hostel where the girls stay were a little naive and immature. I guess that would be typical behavior for teenage girls but it didn’t make for the most mysterious of thrillers.
As the investigation got rolling, there were parts that got redundant as the reporter, Kate, looked into and found out the same information that the detective Sparkes also received. But at about the halfway point, things picked and and I was very eager to reach the end and find out what happened.
The reporter, Kate, had some of her own personal interests tied up in the investigation which I liked: it added a little more emotion and substance to what would otherwise be a basic police procedural. Overall I liked this one but didn’t love it. Barton’s writing is great, like I said, but the plot within this one wasn’t as strong as in The Child, in my opinion. If you like slow burn mysteries you might like The Suspect.