The Suspect by Fiona Barton. (2019).
(Kate Waters, #3).
**3.5 out of 5 stars**
**This is the third in a series, but you could read it as a standalone**
Two 18 year old girls have gone missing in Thailand on their gap year and their families are in the media spotlight, desperate with worry. Journalist Kate always does everything she can to be first with the story and this case is no exception. But she can’t help associating it with her own son who she hasn’t seen since he went travelling two years ago. As the case unfolds it becomes clear that even in another country, danger can be closer to home than you think…
This is the third Kate Waters story I’ve read, and I think in terms of enjoyment it would be in the middle of the other two. I really enjoyed ‘The Child’, and I liked ‘The Widow’ but didn’t find it great. This novel has more of a personal connection for Kate. The majority of the book is set after the girls are missing, with small sections explaining the lead up to that event. I found the case around the girls and what happened to them in Bangkok interesting and enjoyed the suspense of trying to work out what happened. On the flip side: I’ve always been a bit iffy about Kate and I just didn’t connect with her in this book, which is unfortunate as I think this book in particular the reader should be feeling more of a relationship with her. I also find the relationship between Kate and DI Bob odd; there seems to be some strange sexual tension and it just doesn’t work for me at all in their circumstances. I think the author is talented in drawing you in to the story and keeping hold of you. Overall, an enjoyable suspense novel