The Suspect by Fiona Barton

The Suspect by Fiona Barton

Gap Year from Hell

This is my third book by this author and I have to say as much as I enjoy a good thriller, I found this one to be a bit predictable really good read but it didn’t have me guessing like I would have liked. The story unfolds when two eighteen-year-old girls go missing in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft, and frantic with worry. What were the girls up to before they disappeared? Are they safe what really happened? 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, whom she hasn’t seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling. 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 I have enjoyed other books by this author, including the recurring appearance of Kate Waters, the journalist. She feels like an old friend, and her first-person narrative personalizes her perspective even more. But how does the addition of Kate’s own son, Jake, add to the intensity of the story? I liked the short chapters and the switching between parents, detectives, and journalists…giving us an emotional layer we might otherwise lose in the mix.While the detectives, parents, and journalists are revealing their stories, we see flash backs of the girls in Thailand, and with each page, we see that danger has been lurking from the beginning.  Will I continue to read books by this author yes? I do however hope that the next one leaves more to the imagination.

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