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Author: Fiona Barton Narrator: Jean Gilpin, Katharine McEwan, Steve West, Katharine Lee McEwan, Mandy Williams, Rosalyn Landor, a full cast Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2017 ISBN: 9781524779931
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The author of the stunning New York Times bestseller The Widow returns with a brand-new novel of twisting psychological suspense.

As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby?

As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss.

But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn—house by house—into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women—and torn between what she can and cannot tell…

Read by Mandy Williams, Rosalyn Landor, Jean Gilpin, Katharine McEwan, and Steve West

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Quotes & Awards

  • Fiona Barton brings back reporter Kate Waters from the best-selling The Widow and delivers another winner with The Child....A truly engaging tale. Associated Press
  • A twisted psychological thriller you’ll have trouble putting down. People
  • Multiple narratives mean non-stop action in The Child…Like her fellow novelists, Fiona Barton knows showing is better than telling because it allows for the reader's perspective…whether the conclusion occasions a shock or an 'aha!' doesn't matter; it's satisfying due to all the work that's gone into its discovery.
  • Fiona Barton has masterfully delivered again with The Child, her follow-up to her bestselling debut novel, The Widow....So many questions, so much perfect suspense....Barton tells the child’s story as only she can—brilliantly. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • This being a Barton thriller, there’s more to pretty much everything than meets the eye. The Boston Globe
  • Fiona Barton has outdone herself with The Child. An engrossing, irresistible story about the coming to light of a long-buried secret and an absolutely fabulous read—I loved it! Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door
  • [An] intriguing, twisty tale....With plenty of red herrings, nothing and no one is who  they seem in this evocative puzzler. The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • A slow-burn portrait of loss and survival. Entertainment Weekly
  • “A twisty and tantalizing story you won't be able to put down. Bustle
  • Startling twists—and a stunning, emotionally satisfying conclusion. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • Clever and compelling. You’ll love The Child. Clare Mackintosh, international bestselling author of I See You
  • An NPR Best Book of 2016
    One of The Wall Street Journal’s 5 “Killer Books” of the Year
    One of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of the Year
  • If you liked Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, you might want to pick up The Widow by Fiona Barton. Engrossing. Suspenseful. Stephen King
  • Fiona Barton’s debut novel, The Widow, is being compared to Gone Girl, Before I Go to Sleep, and The Girl on the Train. It’s actually better than them all. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • [A] twisty tale...with a mesmerizing if unreliable narrator...that will blow your mind.
  • [Jean is] a fascinating puzzle…Barton knows how to ramp up tension. The New York Times Book Review
  • Both a taut reconstruction of a crime and a ruthless examination of marriage...A smartly crafted, compulsively readable tale about the lies people tell each other, and themselves, when the truth is the last thing they really want to know. Entertainment Weekly
  • [Barton] delivers the goods...Richly character-driven in a way that is both satisfying and engrossing. The Washington Post
  • A lightning-paced, twisty story with an ending so surprising you might have to read it twice.
  • “A cast of narrators takes on Barton’s second audiobook of psychological suspense. The four female perspectives Barton oscillates between are kept distinctly separate through the readers—Mandy Williams, Rosalyn Landor, Jean Gilpin, and Katharine McEwan—preventing the story’s complexity from losing listeners….The quality of the performances…[and] their authentic emotion and energy keep listeners engaged.”


  • Tense, tantalizing, and ultimately very satisfying...definitely one of the year’s must-reads. Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • “Tense, tantalizing, and ultimately very satisfying…definitely one of the year’s must-reads.”

    Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “An engrossing, irresistible story about the coming to light of a long-buried secret and an absolutely fabulous read.”

    Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Readers…will be rewarded with startling twists—and a stunning, emotionally satisfying conclusion.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “With its sustained tension and believable characters…[this] is an excellent addition to the popular psychological thriller genre.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • A June 2017 LibraryReads Pick

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About the Author

Fiona Barton,New York Times bestselling author of The Widow and The Child, trains and works with journalists all over the world. Previously, she was a senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at the Mail on Sunday, where she won Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards.

About the Narrators

Jil Gilpin is a British actress who has starred in numerous BBC television shows, including The Dutchess of Malfi and Dad’s Army, among others. She also spent a year with the Royal Shakespeare Company and three years with the Glasgow Citizens’ Theatre. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

Katharine McEwan is an English-born actress and an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. Her theater credits include Private Lives at Long Beach Playhouse, The Verdi Girls at Laguna Playhouse, Night Mother at Stage Lee Strasberg, and Hamlet at the Next Stage. She has also appeared in numerous independent and Hollywood films.

Steve West, the winner of multiple Earphones Awards for narration, is an international actor who has starred on London’s prestigious West End stage, including productions of Mamma Mia! and Oh, What a Night! He is widely known for his television and film work in both the United States and the UK, and he has performed for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. He hosts his own television show for the UK live from Los Angeles.

Mark Deakins is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and actor whose television appearances include Head Case, Star Trek: Voyager, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. His film credits include Intervention, Star Trek: Insurrection, and The Devil’s Advocate. He wrote, directed, and produced the short film The Smith Interviews.

Mandy Williams is an audiobook narrator whose readings include Entwined by Heather Dixon, Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, and Small Acts of Amazing Courage by Gloria Whelan.

Rosalyn Landor is an English-born television, theater, and multiple-award-winning audiobook narrator. Her television credits include Love in a Cold Climate, Rumpole of the Bailey, Sherlock Holmes, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. She has won numerous Audie awards and AudioFile magazine Earphones awards.

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