The Child Summary
Barton, Fiona

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The Child, a mystery novel by Fiona Barton, touches the lives of four women after the skeleton of a baby is discovered at a London construction site. As the police investigate, journalist Kate Walker carries on her own investigation into the distressing discovery. She tries to uncover the larger story behind the baby's disappearance that occurred decades earlier. As she befriends the baby's mother and meets Emma Simmonds, a former tenant in the neighborhood where the baby was buried, Kate uncovers some shocking leads and learns the terrible truth about the Building Site Baby. The novel deals with themes of motherhood, truth, silence within broken relationships, and the integrity and changing face of the news media.