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Last Updated -Fiona Barton is the author of the new Kate Waters thriller series. The first book in the series, The Widow, has been likened to bestsellers such as Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train.
Here is the Fiona Barton series in order, which will be updated with new books written by the author.
New Fiona Barton Book
Kate Waters Series
Fiona Barton Biography
Fiona Barton was born in 1957 in Cambridge in the United Kingdom. She is a British author who prior to writing books worked in London as a writer and journalist for several newspapers including The Daily Mail where she worked as a senior writer, The Telegraph where she was a news editor, and The Mail, where her job was that of a chief reporter.
During her time at the Mail, she was awarded the National Press Award.
In 2008 she left her journalism career to volunteer in Sri Lanka with her husband as trainers of journalists. From this time she started working with exiled and threatened journalists located all over the world.
While, initially, she left her career as a reporter to volunteer, during her stay in Sri Lanka, she began working on The Widow. This meant for her unlearning many of the rigid habits of journalism in order to pick up the freer style of novel writing.
After leaving Sri Lanka, the couple moved to France, where, once her debut novel was published and well received, she started working on The Child, her second Kate Waters story. At the age of 51, Fiona Barton realized that she is now a novelist.
Even though she is no longer a journalist, she can’t quite leave the job behind. So she created the character Kate Water, who is also a journalist, which, Fiona readily agrees, is based on the author’s own background, knowledge, and experience. Fiona Barton said in an interview, “there are bits of me in her, I suppose.”
Her debut novel, The Widow, has been so far sold in around 30 countries. After publication, it was shortlisted for the Richard & Judy Search for a Bestseller competition in 2014.
Right now reading the Fiona Barton books in order only entails catching up to her currently three published novels: The Widow, a psychological thriller published in 2016, The Child, another psychological thriller published in 2017 with new protagonists apart from Kate Waters, a reporter who features in both books, hence the reason why they are both considered part of a series, and The Suspect, published in 2019, focusing on two eighteen-year-old girls who go missing and Kate Waters, the journalist who finds this case all too personal.
The Widow is an awesome gripping psychological thriller and it is, indeed, a worthy successor of above-mentioned queens of the genre. It stars Jean Taylor, whose husband Glen has just died and whose death caused a major ruckus. While alive, Glen was accused of a heinous crime, and now, after his death, journalists are knocking on Jean’s door asking for some answers.
This gives Detective Inspector Bob Sparkes a heads-up into picking up this case and, hopefully, bringing it to a close.
Before writing her debut novel, Fiona Barton was working as a journalist, and her idea for this book came from a thought she had about the family of the accused. Everyone is always looking at the victim, but what about those left behind on the accused’s side? How does all this impact, affect his family and how can they deal with the ordeal?
In The Child, the second Fiona Barton book, we meet again Kate Waters, this time investigating another gruesome murder, revolving around the skeleton of a small baby, discovered in London, on a building site. The news on this case will deeply affect two women: one who might have a buried secret that could come to light, and the other who might dread the news that the baby stolen from her at the maternity ward could be the one found just now.
The inspiration for The Child came from seeing a scrap of paper that she kept in her bag (she would always tear out interesting bits and pieces from magazines and newspapers) about an infant child that was found who was once buried.
As for the third novel, The Suspect, deals with the disappearance of two teenage girls who were backpacking in Thailand. When one of the girls, Alexandra O’Connor, who is only 18, failed to report home, her family alerts the police of a possible foul play. Det. Insp. Bob Sparkes talks with Kate Waters, hoping that she could write a piece which, once the girls read, could get them to go back home. But the story hit Kate much harder than that. Her own son, who went to Thailand two years ago, also disappeared.
Fiona Barton currently lives in south-west France with her husband, Gary, where she is busy writing her next book, and when has enough free time, is busy traveling, eating well, and enjoying the French countryside.