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The Suspect

Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of The Widow returns with a brand new novel of twisting psychological suspense about every parent's worst nightmare.... 

When two 18-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? 

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.... 

Cover credit: Richard Shailer

©2018 Fiona Barton (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Excellent (as always!)

My new fave author! Kept me guessing till the end, likeable main characters and all round enjoyable read, can’t wait for her next book!

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  • Jane S
  • Sydney Australia
  • 04-02-2019

I’m counting days again until the new novel by Fiona Barton!

Yet another great story from Fiona. Having “read” now all of her novels I can say that I’m now officially counting days till her next. She is a fantastic writer with complex characters and deep storylines. Clare Corbett’s narration adds a spark of additional enjoyment to this listen.

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  • R
  • 25-01-2019

Gripping

Never before have I walked around my house talking (sometimes shouting) out loud to characters in an audiobook. The tension was almost unbearable - I was so invested that I binge listened to the whole thing in one day.

Definitely listen to the previous two books first if you can.

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  • Simon
  • 29-01-2019

Kate's Muddied Waters

This is another well-written delivery from Fiona Barton, with her proven lead Kate Waters once again pitched into a dark story. This time though the lines are blurred and the waters muddied as an incredible coincidence drags Kate in far deeper than she would have imagined. Barton delivers her main characters well and there is a lot of human interest in the background, it's a fairly compelling read once again in that sense. The premise of two young girls travelling alone to Thailand, both very different characters, both divided in what they wanted to experience during the trip is definitely an interesting one.

It's also pretty well narrated though both main narrators didn't feel perfectly suited. Clare Corbett made the male characters sound just a little bit gormless at times and Mark Meadows never felt quite right depicting Detective Sparks. The performances are good overall though.

Unfortunately though I wasn't hugely taken by the book. It moved fairly slowly and a lot was revealed early meaning that it took a long time for the reveals at the end, and possibly unluckily for me most of the later twists turned out according to my guesses and it seemed to take a long time to confirm what I already thought I knew. That happens sometimes, you just happen to guess right. Plenty of other people seem to have enjoyed it much more than me.

I still really like the Kate Walters character and the Detective Sparks back story is quite touching with you would suspect much more to come! So I'm sure I'll still look out for future books in the series but this one didn't light any fires for me.

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  • lucy adams
  • 27-01-2019

Gripping

Really enjoyed this and the first book I’ve listened to in just one day ! Narration was spot on final twist came along just as I thought I had it all figured out.

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  • Alia
  • 04-02-2019

Just not as good as The Widow

I just ploughed on with The Suspect. The narration was disjointed by the multiple voices, and the story was predictable, unadventurous and disappointing.

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  • Cabaspre
  • 01-02-2019

Not as good as I had hoped

Clare Corbett somehow made the men voices sound really drippy and has used the same "male" voices in past books. Rather annoying. The story itself was okay but somehow predictable and felt as though twists and turns had to be put in to add interest. I just have a feeling this may have been rushed out to publication and probably with a second one in mind with love interest between the detective and the press!

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  • gina
  • 10-02-2019

Great listen

I loved this book had you gripped from the very start. I listen when doing housework and found lots of extra jobs that needed done just so I could keep listening to this book.

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  • FELICITY GAINARD
  • 16-02-2019

Struggled

Didn’t enjoy this book at all . Long winded abit boring , didn’t quite get it . Total waste of my credit .

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  • D
  • 15-02-2019

Nice twists that were ruined by bad narration.

I thought this book was well written. Just your basic crime drama. Super explanatory and perhaps with too many characters but overall a nice, average story. I figured out most of the twists early on but that's because this book was very formulaic and by the numbers. It did not take away from my enjoyment of the story.

What did take away from my enjoyment was some of the narration. I'm a huge Clare Corbett fan and I usually get books because of her narration. As usual, she was great and the only bright spot in the book. Mark Meadows was not memorable but was ok. However, the other two female narrators kept taking me out of the story. They just didn't fit with rest of the book. I was especially frustrated with whoever narrated the Alex character. That dry, deadpan voice grated on my nerves. There was just no LIFE IN HER Voice. I don't understand how one voices an 18 year old girl but sounds like she's reading Bible scriptures or the weather forecast. My goodness, it's a story! Please don't ruin what could have been an enjoyable experience with such a monotonous tone. I got so frustrated that I just started skipping her parts in the book. Good grief.

I don't mind that the characters all felt a little underdeveloped and I didn't actually care about any of them (ha, maybe that's how the Alex narrator felt) because I really like unraveling the mystery and finding our whodunnit and why. But it would have been nice if there'd been one interesting character with whom I could relate or at least care about. I think the part about the officer (police chief?) whose wife died was a nice try but overall it felt forced as we never met the dying wife so... Ah well she died. That whole B story felt forced and I found it a bit tedious to get through. But I always hate when crime thrillers try to give us insight or back story for the detectives etc. I don't care about the detectives. I just want to know whodunnit and why. Give me back story on the victims and culprits and stop with the unnecessary filler information.

I like Fiona Barton's writing. Her story concepts are good and the summaries are usually enough to get me to buy the book. But I'm never quite satisfied in the end. There's just always something a little lacking in the story that leaves me feeling a bit empty.

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  • Namtush
  • 14-02-2019

Well written

Very real! with reference to teenager and how they communicate. It felt very real and plausible...enjoyed it

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  • barbara
  • 14-02-2019

Great as usual

This is third book of Fiona Barton I have listened and third 5 star review, what else to say ...