EXCERPT: ‘I know what you did.’
My whole body shakes. I cannot let this go on. I need to talk to Jack and the Police. I pick up my phone but then I immediately end the call. It’s my fault she was there.
‘Alice did a terrible thing. Alice did a horrible thing. It’s all Alice’s fault.’
I drop my head in my hands. ‘But I didn’t mean to,’ I say. I didn’t mean to. I was trying to help. I was trying to help. Please, I didn’t mean to.’ I don’t know who I’m pleading with.
I stare at the email, and then I type:
‘What do you want?’
Maybe this will mean a request for money or something tangible. While I wait, I check my blog but there are no new messages.
Finally, my inbox pings.
‘I want everything you have, Alice. Everything.’
ABOUT THIS BOOK: If you passed Alice on the street, you couldn’t help but smile. At how she holds hands with her husband, Jack, who she has been with since she was at university. At the way she admires her three boys, the centre of her universe.
But if you looked very closely, you’d see how tightly she holds Jack’s hand, afraid to let go. You’d see how carefully she watches her boys, scared to look away. You’d see her smile fading in a matter of seconds, and the pain she hides behind her eyes.
She has told Jack that she ran away from home when she was younger – but she didn’t tell him the whole story. Her husband doesn’t know about the guilt she bears about her little sister she failed to save.
Now, after a lifetime of fresh starts, Alice can feel her past playing catch-up. She is sure she is being watched, certain she is being followed. She may not be able to stop her secret coming out – but can she stop the world she has lovingly built collapsing in on her?
MY THOUGHTS: ‘We frighten children with stories of monsters like vampires and werewolves but sometimes the real monsters live in your house.’
I don’t know how many times I had to put this book down and walk away from it. My eyes would be stinging with tears, my body rigid with fury. I would have to walk away and breathe, just breathe, until I got myself under control.
The Nowhere Girl by Nicole Trope is an extremely emotional read. Even though I have read and loved many of her other books, nothing prepared me for the emotional onslaught I felt reading this. The neglect, the cruelty, the abuse. Trope has detailed it all. Not graphically, but still…..you know. And once you know, you can’t unknow.
Trope has written a heartbreaking story of a family beset by tragedy and a mother’s depression that leads her places she would never have chosen to go. Told from three perspectives: that of Margaret, the mother; Alice, her eldest daughter; and Molly, the author of a book on abused children, The Nowhere Girl is going to test you. it covers the topics of alcoholism and infertility as well as child abuse. All I can say is ‘Stick with it.’ It is not a book to enjoy. It is a book written to make us aware, and it certainly does that. And even though I had to put it down and walk away several times, there is no way I could have not finished this amazing read.
If any book deserves a happy ending, this is it. Does it have one? I recommend you read it and find out.
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 Nowhere Girl by Nicole Trope for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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