It’s paperback publication day for international bestselling author, Fiona Barton.

Her utterly compelling twisty thriller, The Suspect, which is set between the bustling, humid streets of Thailand and prim UK suburbia, is published in paperback in the UK today by Transworld.

The novel became an immediate success after its hardback publication. It was an instant bestseller in Canada, reaching No. 3 on the Globe and Mail list.

In the UK, it reached No. 1 on the Kindle bestseller list and was awarded the “Nosy Parker Award” for the Best Amateur Detective at the Dead Good Awards which took place at the Harrogate Crime Festival in July. To date, it has been sold into 13 territories worldwide.

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. Both novels were awarded NPR’s Best Book of the Year,  The Child was Bustle’s Best Thriller Novel of the Year, and The Widow was picked as one of The Wall Street Journal‘s “Killer Books” of the Year and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year.

The Suspect features journalist Kate Waters, who is investigating the disappearance of two teenage girls from a hostel in Thailand…

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.

The reviews so far have been outstanding, both from the National Press and bestselling authors:

“Barton is a stunning storyteller. Her career as a journalist has helped make this story terrifyingly real. Every turn of the plot feels authentic and very scary…” Library Journal (Starred)

“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

“Utterly engrossing…I lived inside this book for two days—and I’m still thinking about it. Superb!” Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

“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

“Wow, Fiona Barton really knows her stuff; The Suspect is utterly authentic, terrifyingly plausible and an absolute heartbreaker.” Jill Mansel, bestselling author

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.