They find her just as the sun is beginning to rise in the early morning mist. They had begun at dawn, the group of searchers keen to get going. A missing child spurred everyone on. In the end, it was a flash of colour, a bright neon pink that caught her eye. They had been looking for pink.
Nothing tests your faith like being a mother. The first time your children walk to school alone, their first sleepover, when they finally fly the nest. As a parent, you have to believe that everything will be OK.
It’s why, when Lydia’s sixteen-year-old daughter Zoe goes on a school camping trip, she has no idea of the horrors that will unfold. It’s why, when Lydia gets a call saying that her daughter has disappeared, she refuses to give up.
As she searches the mountains, her voice hoarse from calling Zoe’s name, she imagines finding her. She envisions being flooded with relief as she throws her arms around her child, saying, ‘you gave us such a scare’. She pictures her precious girl safely tucked in bed that evening.
It’s why, when they find Zoe’s body, Lydia can barely believe it. It is unthinkable. Her little girl has gone.
Something terrible happened, she is sure of it. Something made Zoe get out of her sleeping bag in the middle of the night, walk out of the warmth and safety of the cabin, into the darkness of the mountains. Driven by the memory of her youngest child, Lydia needs to find out the truth. What kind of mother would she be if she didn’t?
Your children… You always want to protect them and keep them safe, but when they grow older you have to let them go, little by little and let them live their own life.
Going away with friends or to parties… You still have a say there, but when they go on a school trip, you are reassured. They are in the capable hands of their teachers who will see to the safety of your precious ones. Until that devastating call and you feel like the world stopped turning. You keep on hoping and praying but then a parent’s worst nightmare is about to start…
High school. It should be the best time of your life, but very often for some it’s the worst. Bullying galore can make you miserable and maybe it’s time for the bully to be on the receiving end. It’s great when a plan comes together, but sometimes the outcome is an enormous disaster.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I liked the way the author gave us the chance to follow the story from different angles.
I had a feeling who was behind some of the events, but I never saw where it would take me. Shockingly good!
Never bully, never manipulate because revenge is around the corner. You just don’t know when it is going to hit you. 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.