The Child by Fiona Barton

Similar in style to The Widow (by the same author) this is an easily read, moderately twisty murder mystery. The chapters hop between a handful of female characters (in the beginning this was distracting, and I think it prevents the reader from fully embracing any one character).

The bones of a newborn baby are found during construction. Reporter Kate Waters begins investigating to see if this is a baby that was kidnapped from a hospital in the 1970s. It turns out that it is. And it isn’t.

The resolution became clear at just past halfway through the book. Still it was a fun engrossing read. I finished it in a few hours. I think of these books as a fun relaxing way to spend an afternoon – like bingeing something silly on Netflix.

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