Book Reviews: Three To See

Three Dessert-type books to read!

The Child Book CoverThe Child by Fiona Barton

Trauma is what connects Fiona Barton’s characters in her latest Mystery-Thriller, The Child. Three women’s paths converge at the discovery of an unearthed skeleton of an infant.

Kate is a reporter desperate to keep her job at a crumbling newspaper held in the undertow of the Internet and insta-news. When a small article brings up the unidentified corpse in London, Kate jumps at the chance to use it to sustain her career. Although her Editor, Terry, can’t see the story’s potential, he agrees to her digging as long as Kate’s reporting brings in readers.

Angela is a middle-aged stay-at-home mom whose two children have grown up and moved away. She is suffering from a broken heart—the unanswered question of what happened to her third child, her baby girl years ago? Could the latest newspaper article hold the key?

Finally, Emma is a late twenty-something who struggles with low self-worth, as well as, Daddy-issues, and a profoundly estranged relationship with her unmaternal mother, Jude. She too saw the article about the tiny skeleton, but can she remain silent about what she knows or will her knowledge be what topples over the life she has struggled so hard to keep balanced?

Told from the perspective of all three women with twists and turns and of course, do justice, The Child is a story that won’t disappoint.


Trust Your Eyes Book Cover

Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay

Thomas is a shut-in schizophrenic who exchanges regular phone calls and emails with ex-President Bill Clinton while working on a unique and secret project for the government.

The overlay of maps lining his bedroom walls and threatening to spill downstairs and take over the rest of the house is evident that the special project Thomas is working on is really part of his psychosis.

With the aid of a new computer program, Whirl360—think Google Maps—Thomas can visit the entire world with the click of his mouse. He uses this new ability for his secret project to memorize every address on every street that the Whirl360 vehicle, mounted with a camera, can offer. Life for the map-obsessed Thomas is great until he notices something frozen on his screen—is that murder being committed? If so, who is dying? Who is killing? Why? And when did it happen—a year ago? Two years ago? Six months ago?

When Thomas’s brother, Ray, comes to town for their father’s funeral, he is roped into investigating just what that image in the third-story window of an apartment building in New York City is. What Ray doesn’t expect is that by doing so, his and Thomas’s life are in jeopardy. To top it all, is ex-President Clinton really calling Thomas after all?

A fun read with a very clever premise, this book is indulgent to consume. A great story to lie down in a patch of sunlight and read from beginning to end—you won’t let anything stop you!


A Noise Downstairs Book Cover

A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay

The story, A Noise Downstairs, is an old one—almost cliché—a regular guy is driving home late one night on a deserted road when he comes across a murderer and barely escapes with his life.

What isn’t cliché is that Paul Davis, the regular guy, then begins to hear the tap, tap, tapping of typewriter keys—the forced confessions of two murdered women communicating to him from the grave. The catch? No one else can hear it, and what’s worse, nobody believes he is experiencing anything other than PTSD. It’s maddening!

The tale asks three questions: Are the murdered women trying to tell Paul something? Will Paul be able to come to grips with his reality? Or will his experience ultimately become his doom?

I like this story overall! My biggest complaint is a perspective change three-fourths of the way through the book. There are smaller POV changes along the way, but it’s not until seventy-five percent through that the perspective remains changed. Although necessary, it is jarring. Other than that, A Noise Downstairs is fun and spooky and cements Barclay as a writer I’ll continue to read.





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