The Life She Left Behind by Nicole Trope / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @nicoletrope



When I wake up in the middle of the night, it’s not a sound that disturbs me. It’s a feeling. Silently, I creep to my daughter’s room, breathing a sigh of relief when I see her sleeping, her night-light twirling, butterfly shapes moving their pink wings. Quickly, I lock the door. I won’t let anything happen to my little girl.

You tell him everything. The husband you adore, the father of your child, your best friend.

He knows, just by looking at your sage-green eyes, when something is wrong. The two of you can communicate with a glance, or a touch of the hand.

Except what if you can’t?

What if your happy marriage has plastered over one huge lie? A lie you have even started to believe yourself, in order to survive?

What if you have a secret, something you have hidden from your beloved husband and your strawberry-scented baby girl, to keep them safe? What if the guilt has kept you up, night after night, for as long as you can remember?

What happens when suddenly, after twenty-eight years, that secret refuses to stay buried? What will you do now everyone you love, everything you cherish, is in harm’s way?




This is my third book by this author and they have all struck gold!

How is it possible that people can be charming but turn into monsters once they come home? How is it possible that they can live with themselves? How can they sleep at night?

Everybody has already hurt someone either mentally or physically, but more often than not it’s accidental. It’s very hard to understand that you can deliberately hurt someone you love at the same time and even enjoy it!

Children are born innocent. It’s their entourage that influences them and turn them into someone decent or someone despicable.

The author is a great storyteller and she enchanted me with this beautiful and at the same time disgusting book. As soon as I picked it up, everything around me faded to grey. Loved it! 5 stars.

Thank you, Nicole Trope and Bookouture


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 between raising three children, working for her husband and renovating houses, she has published six novels. She lives in Sydney, Australia. 


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