My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Let me start off by saying, I love Fiona Barton. Both The Widow and The Child were such amazing books that really solidified my love for Barton as an author. So when I saw that The Suspect, book #3 in the Kate Waters series, was coming out, I had to read it.
I have grown to love “The Reporter” Kate Waters and her sidekick, “The Detective” Bob Sparks. I think they make such a winning pair. So when two young girls go missing during a trip to Thailand and are later found dead, Kate and Bob are on the case (because the Thai police sure aren’t…). And imagine Kate’s surprise when her son, Jake, is investigated in connection with the murders. What happened to the girls? Who killed them, and why?
I was pleased to see that the characters of Kate Waters and Bob Sparks were kept consistent. I continue to enjoy their relationship and the development of each character throughout the series. But, I have to say, this was not my favorite book by Fiona Barton. While I did enjoy it at a high level, I struggled through some of the details. There were times when I felt like it was somewhat long and drawn out, waiting for something to happen. And there were times when I felt like the “whodunit” answer was pretty obvious, not leaving much to the imagination.
All of that being said, I’ve read several reviews from others and I seem to be in the minority, so please don’t let my opinion sway you away from this book. If you’re a Fiona Barton fan, I think you should definitely give it a try and see if you experience something different. Perhaps I had hyped this one up too much in my mind (which always seems to lend itself to a let down).