Her chest tightens, her heart speeding up. The kitchen is chaos. She steps on something hard, and looks down. Toy dinosaurs are scattered everywhere. But her son is nowhere – her baby boy is gone.The police arrive. She can’t look at her husband. Instead, she studies the network of lines on her shaking hands.Then her phone beeps with a voice message. ‘Listen to it on speaker,’ says the detective.A woman’s voice fills the air.‘I’m assuming this is the Andrea Gately listed as a contact on the Missing Children of the World website. I’m calling to let you know that I’ve given your details to the police. Why are you using a picture of my son on a missing children’s website? Why are you using it and where did you get it?’
When I see it’s time for a book by this author, I know I need to fill my box with tissues, because I know I am going to need them.
Her stories are always utter heart breaking, but they also manage to mend your heart again too. I wondered what she had in store for me now.
I have never been to Australia and I suppose I will never get there either. I am not a big fan of flying and that’s a problem in this case of course ;). So, I love to read about Australia and I am always happy when an author takes me there virtually.
We meet Andrea and Gabby and their families. The two women become friends, but both seem to be hiding things. Then disaster strikes and the police has to be involved. A little boy went missing…
The reader is able to follow the steps the kidnapper takes. In the beginning though we don’t know what their intention is. Little by little the plan is revealed and I hoped they would not slip through the net.
When everything is said and done, I felt a bit sorry for the kidnapper. I understood their feelings although of course this was not the way to deal with them.
If you wonder whether those feelings of mine went away or became even stronger after that bombshell the author dropped, you should read this book and tell me how you felt…
I can assure you the end shocked me. I did not see that coming. Not at all and I like it a lot. 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.