WHAT IF IT WAS SOMEONE YOU KNEW?
'Utterly engrossing . . . I lived inside this book for two days — and I’m still thinking about it. Superb!' Shari Lapena, bestselling author of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR
‘Intelligent, insightful and compelling. A clever, twisting whodunnit that delivers an emotional punch. I loved it.’ C L Taylor
‘The police belonged to another world – the world they saw on the television or in the papers. Not theirs.’
When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry.
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, who she hasn’t seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling. This time it’s personal.
And 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 . . .
WHAT AUTHORS ARE SAYING:
'Perfectly pitched . . . will have you racing to the denouement.' Cara Hunter, bestselling author of CLOSE TO HOME and IN THE DARK
'A fast-paced whodunnit with heart, characters I feel I know and a deliciously dark twist. Superb writing, often blackly funny, and a scene that made me cry into my pillow.' Gillian McAllister, Sunday Times bestselling author of EVERYTHING BUT THE TRUTH
'Fiona Barton is perceptive, empathetic and a talented writer' Daily Express
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:
'Really is unputdownable' *****
'I was gripped from the first page' *****
'Drew me in right from the start' *****
'The Suspect blew me away' *****
'I will be recommending this book to all my friends' *****
'The best book I have read in ages' *****
'Enthralling and full of suspense and twists' *****
The new must-read thriller from the author of Sunday Times bestseller, THE WIDOW, and the Richard & Judy No. 1 bestseller, THE CHILD.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This is a real slow burn thriller that packs plenty in. We’ve got two (maybe linked) mysterious missing persons cases. A hardy, grizzled journalist trying to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of two girls in Thailand while carrying her own dark secret. Then there's the perfectly pitched raw emotion of overcome parents that leaps from its pages. Fused together, we get a book that crackles with suspense, horror and intrigue before building to a final-page twist we totally failed to spot coming.
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.