Friday, December 7, 2018

The Suspect by Fiona Barton

Two girls take a trip to Thailand after they graduate from high school.  They anticipate seeing the sights and having fun.  But nothing matches what they've seen on tourism websites.  It's more run down and crowded...

Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 22nd.

Alex's girlfriend cancels at the last minute and she ends up traveling with a girl she doesn't know that well.  It doesn't take long for her to decide Rosie was not a good choice.   All she wants to do is party and sleep with the boys in the hostel.  Then she finds out she's been stealing from her.  She makes up her mind to go home even if she's afraid to travel alone.  But she waited too long.

Traveling in strange countries is not always safe.  The hostel they are staying in is known for selling drugs but they didn't know that.  The boys traveling through don't stay long.  And the boy that Alex has a crush on is being pursued by Rosie.  Alex gets drugged.  Rosie gets dead.  Then Alex is also killed.

The Thai policemen say they died in a fire but the post mortem done in the states tells another story.

The journalist covering the story has a lost son in the same area.  She goes to look into the girl's deaths and finds that her son Jake was there, too.  He was working in the hostel.  Was he the killer?

This is a sad read and the two young women died for no real reason.  The ending bothered me a bit because it wasn't as clean as I like them to be.  The journalist gave up some of her integrity and that bothered me.  It's a complex mystery, though, and will keep you reading.

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