Fiona Barton’s 'The Suspect' – a gripping thriller with a deeply personal twist

Journeys with Joanne Joseph is a series of specially produced audio experiences revealing previously unexplored elements behind prominent news stories. In this episode, Joanne sits down with New York Times bestselling author, Fiona Barton to talk about the development of her latest book, the evolution of crime fiction in recent times and the distinctly feminist turn it's taken. Subscribe to the podcast, here.

Fiona Barton – the New York Times bestselling author that brought us "The Widow" and "The Child" returns with her third offering, a brand new crime fiction thriller called "The Suspect."

The British novelist’s latest development depicts a mother's worst nightmare.

The novel moves away from her previous English settling to the throbbing streets of Thailand, where two British eighteen-year-old girls go missing during their gap year.

This time, Barton's familiar protagonist, journalist Kate Waters is thrust directly into the epicentre of the plot, as a family member of hers is drawn into the investigation.

I've had this idea, for a while, of turning the tables on Kate Waters, the journalist. I wanted to make her the story not the reporter because I wanted to see what it felt like, what it would feel like to be in that position, having been a reporter myself for 30 years.

Fiona Barton, New York Times bestselling author

Barton talks about the brave choices she had made in this novel.

I wanted to make it much more personal because I needed it to matter absolutely to her. So, I involved her family, which is always the quick way to somebody's heart.

Fiona Barton, New York Times bestselling author

As the story develops, Waters finds that the faraway danger is in fact closer to home...

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