It’s been a thrilling week for the global bestselling author, Fiona Barton.  Her latest thriller, The Suspect, hits the shelves in the UK today (Penguin Random House / Transworld).

Fiona’s previous suspense thrillers The Widow and The Child were both instantaneous Sunday Times and New York Times bestsellers, and Richard & Judy Bookclub picks. The Suspect continues with her renowned crime journalist, Kate Waters, as the protagonist.

As Fiona tours the country, The Suspect has generated a huge amount of UK publicity with press stretching from The Sunday Times to the Metro. She also appeared on the radio to talk about the book.

Audible have been equally excited about the audio release, creating a fascinating ‘behind the scenes’ video about their multi-cast recording  (you can watch it here).

Not only has the novel been covered by the national press ahead of publication, it has received glowing reviews:

“Barton handles the complicated resulting interplay of voices deftly, and is just as convincing in getting inside the teenager’s head as she is when portraying the grown-ups searching for her. The novel works best, though, as a moral tale about grief” The Sunday Times

“The current high standing of the genre [psychological suspense] is due to such writers as the skillful Fiona Barton… As in The Widow, Barton has the full measure of the thriller narrative” Barry Forshaw, CrimeTime Blog

“Toggling between Thailand and the UK, with alternating viewpoints from Kate, Sparkes, Alex’s mum and Alex herself, in the form of her journal, this fast-paced, skilfully plotted story, with its final devastating twist, cements one-time journalist Fiona Barton as one of the finest crime writers of her generation.” The Mature Times

“Fiona Barton unfurls a tense story with brilliant use of flashbacks and face-slapping revelations. Her experience as a national newspaper journalist makes for authenticity and brilliant storytelling” The Daily Express

“Barton brings a hard-nosed efficiency to her storytelling, which is propulsive…the hostel scenes, populated by vulnerable teens teetering on the cusp of adulthood, have a sparking authenticity and her final twist is audacious” Metro

“Intelligent, insightful and compelling. A clever, twisting whodunnit that delivers an emotional punch. I loved it.” C.L. Taylor, #1 bestselling author of The Accident and The Lie


The Suspect follows Kate Waters, a tenacious journalist who has a knack of discovering the truth…

Every mother knows her child. Doesn’t she?

When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry.

Journalist Kate Waters is brought on board to report on the story. She 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 as she draws nearer to uncovering the case, she can’t help but think of her own son, who she hasn’t seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling in Thailand. This time it’s personal.

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…


Previously, Fiona 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.