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Review: The Suspect by Fiona Barton

Title: The Suspect
Author: Fiona Barton
Year Published: 2019

Genre: Adult fiction (mystery)
Pages: 403
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2019 Google Reading map)Thailand and UK

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): 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?

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 thinking of her own son, whom she hasn't seen in two years, when he left home to travel.

As the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even when it seems far away, danger can lie closer to home than one might think....

Review: This will be brief since I've read a bunch of books since this one and only took cursory notes since I was on vacation.

I liked this book, it had twists and turns that I didn't see coming, which is always good. I believed the storyline and the characters. It was great to read a book set in Thailand since I've been there (too long ago now, but it is still vivid in my mind).

The characters are all certainly flawed, which is good. I could understand where they were coming from even if I didn't like them. Except Jamie. He was icky.

The thing that resonated most for me, is the desperation of the parents. Their children are missing and they feel like they have no control, no way to help find them, and they are dealing with authorities in a country that is not their own. It's a parent's nightmare. And the Thai characteristics are presented well in this novel; they are ones that I remember from our trip. 

I liked this book and would definitely read another book by this author.

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