EXCERPT: She becomes aware of the silence at the other end of the phone, and without the slightest warning, a prickling sensation crawls up her arms. Her heart rate speeds up. Her breathing accelerates like it does when she’s running.
‘Found who?’ she asks again, slowly, carefully, deliberately repeating the words.
‘Daniel,’ says Michael. ‘They found Daniel.’
ABOUT THIS BOOK: Megan waits at the school gates for her six-year-old son, Daniel. As children come and go, the playground emptying, panic bubbles inside her. Daniel is nowhere to be found.
According to his teacher, Daniel’s father, Greg, has picked up his son. Except Greg and Megan are no longer together. After years of being controlled by her cruel husband, Megan has finally found the courage to divorce him. Hands trembling, she dials his number, but the line is dead.
Six years later
Megan is feeding baby daughter, Evie, when she gets the call she has dreamt about for years. Daniel has walked into a police station in a remote town just a few miles away. Her son is alive – and he’s coming home.
But their joyful family reunion does not go to plan. His room may have been frozen in time, with his Cookie Monster poster and stack of Lego under the bed, but Daniel is no longer the sweet little boy Megan remembers.
Cold and distant, Daniel is grieving the death of his father, blaming Megan for his loss and rejecting his family. And as Megan struggles to connect with the son she no longer recognises as her own, she begins to realise that Daniel has a secret. A secret that could destroy their family and put them in terrible danger.
MY THOUGHTS: OMG!!!!! An absolute meteor shower of stars for this one! Fantabulous! Jaw-dropping. Twisty. Emotionally draining. But so, so wonderful….
Told over two time-lines, the present when Daniel is reunited with his mother, and the time during which he was living on the run with his father, and from the points of view of Daniel and Megan, this book left me shattered and unable to start reading anything else for a couple of days.
Nicole Trope has the ability to transfer our emotions and fears and joys to the page, and to make us experience every emotion and feeling along with her characters. She has written some brilliant books previously, but The Boy in the Photo outshines every one of them.
If we could rate a book 100 stars, I would give them to The Boy in the Photo. An outstanding read.
THE AUTHOR: Nicole Trope went to university to study Law but realised the error of her ways when she did very badly on her first law essay because-as her professor pointed out- ‘It’s not meant to be a story.’ She studied teaching instead and used her holidays to work on her writing career and complete a Masters’ degree in Children’s Literature. After the birth of her first child she stayed home full time to write and raise children, renovate houses and build a business with her husband.
The idea for her first published novel, The Boy under the Table, was so scary that it took a year for her to find the courage to write the emotional story. Her second novel, Three Hours Late, was voted one of Fifty Books you can’t put down in 2013 and her third novel, The Secrets in Silence, was The Australian Woman’s Weekly Book of the month for June 2014.
She lives in Sydney with her husband and three children.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Boy in the Photo by Nicole Trope for review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own personal opinions.
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