The Stepchild by Nicole Trope / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @nicoletrope


Three-year-old Millie Everleigh disappears on a crisp winter’s day, and nothing is as it seems…It’s the phone call every mother dreads.I’m climbing into the car after a trip to the grocery store. As the engine starts, my phone rings. It’s my stepdaughter, Shelby, who is babysitting my three-year-old little girl Millie.‘I only went upstairs for a second,’ she says through her sobs. ‘She’s gone.’I race home to find my blue-eyed baby girl missing, and my heart ripped out of my chest.When the police turn up, Shelby’s story starts to unravel. What is she hiding?Then I get a message saying, ‘Your husband is not who you think he is.’ Could he be lying?Suddenly, my family feel like strangers. Everyone has a secret – even me.No one knows why I was late coming back from the store, and the guilt I’ve been feeling ever since…Once the truth comes out, all of our lies exposed, will it be too late to save my precious child?




Wow, wower, wowest… These last two words don’t exist, I hear you say. Well, you are right about that, but they express exactly how I feel about this book. So I will use them anyway. 😉

This is my seventh book by this author and I loved them all. They all are packed to the rafters with emotions whether it’s suspense, heartbreak, love, friendship,… you name it.

Some people are masters in manipulation. They make some people feel good and they break others down. Each and every time they seem to slither their way out of trouble before they are being caught, but one day their luck must run out so they can get what they deserve.

This really is an ugly and devastating story and the author used it to create an amazing and very addictive read.

If I have to pick a favourite character, it would be Millie without a doubt.

Adults should always protect children, whether they are their own or someone else’s. Unfortunately some of them clearly did not get the memo.

This is a great book. Rating it lower than 5 stars would be a serious crime. 😊

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.

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.


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