In their holiday home, a stone’s throw from the beach, Elizabeth dials the police with trembling hands. ‘My little boy, he’s missing.’Elizabeth is Joe’s foster mother, but she loves him like her own. The five-year-old, who adores superheroes and watching the birds outside, is the child she has dreamed of. As she looks into the garden, where he was playing just moments ago, her heart feels like it has been ripped from her chest.She was meant to save Joe from his birth mother who almost harmed his chances at life. The woman who has been trying to desperately get him back.She was meant to protect Joe from her husband. The man who, right now, lies to the police, saying he was making breakfast when Joe disappeared. Who squeezes her shoulder, ordering her to be quiet.She was meant to look after Joe. They are just footsteps from the ocean, and little Joe can’t swim.Then Joe’s tiny blue sandal is found in the water. If the worst has happened – the unimaginable – Elizabeth will never forgive herself. Because what if the secret she has been keeping for years, the guilt eating her alive, has somehow hurt her little boy?It’s time to tell the truth – even if it means losing the child who is her whole world. Even if it could be the death of her.
When you have found your other half, for a lot of people this also means starting a family sooner or later. Nature though is not always their best friend. Some people go for IVF, others prefer to adopt and some decide to become foster parents.
Whether you are a birth, adoptive or foster parent, your most important task is to take care of the children. It goes without a doubt, they need to impose rules. Rules to help the kid to learn, little by little, how to become a responsible adult. Other rules are made to protect the bundles of joy.
The parent’s tasks is to find the best possible balance between giving freedom and setting restrictions.
Children are allowed to make mistakes. That’s part of the learning process. Some parents want their children to be perfect, forgetting they are far from perfect themselves…
This is the story of Elizabeth, Howard and little Joe. They should be a happy family now they have this cute little boy to take care of. In reality they are far from being happy. They are far from being a family and everything gets worse when Joe suddenly disappears…
I often wonder why people stay in an abusive relationship. Every time I read about it, I feel like screaming: why don’t you just leave? I guess it’s difficult to understand when you have never been in this kind of situation. The only explanation I can think of is that the manipulators can often be very charming if they want to and every time the other party has found the guts to leave, they reel them in once again. They also have put their partners down so many times, making them feel like they are worth nothing, in the end they start to believe it’s true.
But what if there are children involved? Should you not protect them at all times even if you put yourself at risk and go against your aggressor?
This is a domestic thriller showing that some people are easily being dismissed when they want to report something. It’s not because you are young or older and a bit forgetful that you don’t have to be heard and what you say should also be taken in consideration.
A great book that broke my heart. I would loved to have a little epilogue giving me a glimpse of the future, but now I can ‘write’ my own one. 😊 5 stars
About 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.
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. She went on to publish a further five novels in Australia before joining Bookouture in 2019. She is a USA Today and Amazon bestseller in the USA, UK, AUS and CAN.
She lives in Sydney with her husband and three children.