Where is he? Where’s my beloved child with his father’s blue eyes and a halo of golden curls? My little boy is out there on his own. Please keep him safe, I silently beg, please, please just keep him safe.
‘Your son is missing,’ they say, and life as I know it is over. ‘Where would he go?’ the police ask. ‘Where would he be?’ my daughter begs.
My heart races as images flash in my mind. The cabin we rent every autumn, surrounded by fiery red maple trees. Voices raised. Tears falling. A marriage falling apart. And worst of all my husband telling our child, Theo, to run.
The rest is a blank in my memory. If I close my eyes I can almost see it. A betrayal that has left me alone, in tatters, grieving for what we had.
It wasn’t meant to be like that. It should have been precious time as a family, with boardgames, walks in the mountain and pancakes for breakfast.
Instead my little one is has vanished. ‘They are looking for him,’ the nurse told me, ‘but the storm is slowing down the search.’
The police think Theo has the answers, that he knows what tore our family apart. But I have no idea where he is. No clue if he is safe. I won’t survive unless I bring him home. But if I do, and the truth comes out, will I survive that?
If you are a fan of books filled to the rafters with emotions, this is one you should try.
Some people think that flattery will get you anywhere and that this means they can take whatever they want to.
Some people think that behind a friendly smile there is something flirty and inviting and it gives them the right to do as they please.
Some people think they can use their status to threaten others to do what they tell them to.
It all comes crashing down when one scared little boy becomes a hero …
I loved Theo. He is strong and brave although he longs to stay in his safe little world, but he bites the bullet and does what he has to do: run and find help.
He is the character that changes the most and I admire him for it. I felt warm inside because of his huge progress. He most certainly saved the day.
Sometimes tragedies tear families apart, but sometimes they bring them closer together.
Parents are there to keep their children safe and protect them. Once in a while it’s the other way around.
A great book that kept me captivated. My heart went out to Theo. He plays an amazing role. 5 stars
Thank you, Nicole Trope and Bookouture
About the author
Nicole Trope 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.