review and cover mani: the child

The summer thrillers of 2017 just keep coming, people! From creepy to intense, exhilarating and scary, there's one for everyone! Woot!! THE CHILD falls more on the intense side, although there's a healthy dose of creepiness, considering the subject matter. A slow burn, the plot didn't jump out of the gates, and instead, my fascination stemmed from the complex characters. I loved piecing together the mystery from several different points of view and in the end, I was on the edge of my seat. Yay for when that happens!

*releases doves to match cover (or perhaps pigeons because I'm not totally sure what they are)*

The description, from Goodreads:

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…


The world of journalism has gotten a bad rap, as of late, and admittedly, most of the criticism is deserved. In today's day and age (says the reviewer, aging herself dramatically 😉) speed trumps thoroughness, and online publications inundate us with up-to-the-second information. I think that's why I gravitated towards Kate, THE CHILD's primary protagonist. She represented old-school journalism, acutely aware that she was part of a dying breed, but Kate refused to bend. So when she discovered a tiny article in the back of a newspaper, about a baby's skeleton being found on a construction site, Kate hit the pavement to investigate what happened.

Cover design by Anthony Ramondo and Emily Osborne
Cover photographs: (bird) Matan Efrati / Eyeem / Getty Images; (crane) hxdyl/Shutterstock.com

Along with an assigned junior journalist (a pretty amusing counterpart for Kate), Kate tracked down leads, hitting up the library for old articles, interviewing anyone she could find who had a connection to the area where the skeleton had been unearthed, and calling in favours to people in the know. As she moved closer to the truth, several other points of view emerged, each with a link to the body, although it was unclear how they fit together. The vagueness and uncertainty stretched while I got my bearings, but the female voices were so complex and layered, I got hooked pretty quickly. One character in particular was kind of a nightmare, which made her the most fascinating of all. Isn't that always the case? Haha!

It was a solid strategy, starting with a character-based approach and then adding a twisty plot, one that kicked into high gear in the second half of the book, zooming into space like a frickin' rocket of awesome. Because not only was I curious about the baby, but the bond each character had to it. I swear, folks, the last half of THE CHILD is bananas and will force you to make this face at least seven times:


And don't you want to make that face? Of course you do. It's why you read thrillers. 

The downside to having so many strong points of view was the occasional bout of head jumping. When I'm consumed in a book, I rarely read chapter headings, so it was kind of frustrating to have to stop and check whose head I was in. Each point of view added necessary information, creating a full picture, but it was jerky at times. Maybe if I hadn't been so desperate to see what happened next, that wouldn't have been such a problem. My bad? Haha!

So if you're into an immersive experience, one where you can see an event from every relevant point of view while trying to figure out how the clues fit together, THE CHILD is the book for you!

Thanks to Chapters Indigo and Berkley for a review copy!


For this mani, I used: 

FingerPaints - Paper Mâché, Inkblot Blue, and Black Expressionism

China Glaze - Boho Blues and I Sea The Point

OPI - Dating A Royal and matte topcoat

Essie - after school boy blazer

Mitty Brushes - Daisy 1.0 and Clean Flat Pro

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