The Child By: Fiona Barton
This book is a point of view book, it switches from one person’s point of view to another person’s point of view.
Kate waters is a reporter for the daily Post and comes across a story about a baby’s skeleton that has been found in the in the old building’s garden of Howard street in London. Kate makes this story how new priority with the question she cannot stop asking herself “who is the building site baby?” Kate with her new intern Joe go to Howard street to try and hunt down some clues as to who the baby might be. On Howard street the construction workers are in full swing as she walks to a house across the road to find an old woman there named Miss Walker who was more then happy to give her some information about the work site manager who had found the baby. Kate soon finds herself deeply involved in the story when the site manager tells her about where the baby was found and who actually found it.
Emma is a woman who used to live on Howard street with her mother and in one of the apartments where the baby’s body was found. She is known to have mental issues dealing with depression and anxiety and with the story of the baby popping up she seems to be even more on edge. Starting to worry about if her mother had seen the story in the paper or not she phones Jude, her mother, that she has not talked to in ten years to see what she might know, which turns into a reunion, but not a very happy one where Emma must now go and visit her mother. Once there they start to bring up the past about Will, Jude’s boyfriend at the time, and how she had chosen him or her sending Emma to go and live with her grandmother at the age of sixteen. Will had told Jude it was tough love and it needed to be done.
Kate finds a detective that she is still pretty good friends with at a party for a going away co-worker and they start to talk about the baby’s body being found at the building site. The baby’s body had been buried for thirty to forty years and the detective, Bob Sparks, says he can think of at least three cases where children were taken from their parents but never found but only one of the cases could be the baby that was buried in the ground. It was a case about Alice Irving, a newborn who had been taken from her mother’s hospital room while she went to take a shower and was never found.
Angela Irving had been following up on the baby’s story in the paper just knowing that it had to be her baby, Alice, but she was driving herself sick thinking about and her husband Nick was starting to get tired of her crying and making herself sick from worry about the baby. After so many years of waiting to find out what happened to baby Alice she thought at last she had finally found her poor little girl. When Kate came to her door Angela had been waiting for this day she kept every single piece of newspaper clipping that had anything to do with Alice’s disappearance, but there was no connection as to how baby Alice could end up all the way on Howard street, and Kate had her doubts but Kate urged her to call the Detective to see about getting a DNA test to find out if the baby really is Alice.
Once the DNA had been taken from Angela Irving they would have to wait on the results, but Kate had other plans, she could not just stand around and wait so she and Joe went to go look up names that used to live in the apartments by looking at the electoral voters that had registered at that address. When the DNA test finally came back a few days later it turned out that the baby was a match to Angela and the baby was Alice, she was happy she finally found her child or did she?
So I must say this book literally drove me insane I want to know what happened to the baby and who the baby was. Then they tell you who the baby is like 100 pages in but then you have to read through 260 more pages and you’re like what could possibly be in these pages, why am I still reading this. Then you get like two more drama bombs dropped on your head and you’re like well I guess I need to keep reading. Then the whole time I was forcing myself to finish reading the book I figured out the ending on my own before I even finished it so then it was kinda a let down but I was hyped I guessed the right ending.
The last 100 pages I literally threw my book I was so aggravated that this book made me want to finish it because there was so much talking and running around I just wanted to know about the baby. I just wanted to know what happened to the baby, but I still had to read about the drama with Kate and her family, Jude and Emma and Angela and her daughter and husband. Then there was a bunch of crap going on with Kate, her boss and DC Sinclair. I was just going crazy I finally made it to the last 10 pages and I was so done at that point I was just completely finished with this book but still I had to finish it.
Once I did finish it I was kinda feeling like this 360 page book could have been a 200 page book if you would cut out a bunch of the useless crap, like Kate and her son fighting. Is that really a thing that needs to be put in the book? Or Angela and her daughter going to the spa? Like I get that you are trying to make these characters seem like real people and telling about their lives but I mean this book should not be 360 pages long because I wasted a lot of time going around in circles when I could have just went straight to the point. A book should not make you want to stop reading it. I book should make you want to finish it, which I did but only because it was taking so freaking long to get to the point of the book.
The characters in this book are all very bland except of Emma I think. She seems to be the most interesting to me seeing as how she went through all this crap in her life but is still there trying to make the best of things and fighting for the truth. Jude I simply hate, like really how self centered can you be, you stole someone’s baby to force a man to stay with you? Kate seems to be jealous of her son and when he doesn’t do what she wants him to do she throws a fit about it. Angela I just thought was pretty okay she is one character besides Emma who actually grew as a person no longer letting Alice be her entire world and focusing on the two kids that she did have until later of course.
All and all if you like a good mystery book I say give it a try you might like it I cannot say it was a horrible book because I did want to finish it but I think you can skim a couple of pages and still get all the information you need. BUT ONLY read this book if you like mystery or real life books because that is really all there is to this book with a slight hint of drama. I can say I will be putting this book on a shelf and will probably never read it again because I did not enjoy it very much at all.