I will not think about it anymore. I won’t think about her. My lost little sister with her beautiful smile, her chestnut-coloured eyes. My sister who I couldn’t protect.
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?
Jeez, Louise!!! This story kept me reading and reading like there was no tomorrow!
How is it possible that there are such disgusting, despicable monsters on this planet? They lie, cheat and are abusive in every meaning of the word. If you are capable of acting like this, you are not worthy being called human anymore.
The might get a sentence of a few years, but their victims are left behind, having to deal with a life full of pain, heartbreak, a guilty conscience and regrets.
But on the other hand there are people who open their heart and love someone unconditionally.
Grieve can turn your world upside down and that’s when you need people reaching out to you for the right reasons.
This story is very beautiful and very ugly at the same time, filled with love and hate, sadness and happiness.
I adored it and I resented it. It made my heart sing and weep. It made my eyes leak and my mouth smile. It was utterly gripping and devastating. 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 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
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