No. of pages:- 302 pages
Date published:- will be published on 15th October 2021
Genre:- Psychological Thriller
She’ll do anything to save her son. But what if telling the truth means losing him for ever?
On a crisp winter’s evening, Beverly is cooking for her son. Eight-year-old Riley is climbing a tree in the garden, and Beverly smiles as she watches him. Nothing makes her happier than her precious child having fun – she never thought they’d be happy again.
The water on the stove is boiling, and Beverly slides in a handful of spaghetti. When she glances out of the window again, Riley is not there.
She races outside, her heart thumping. Riley is nowhere to be found.
Instinctively, Beverly knows that her son has not just run away. She knows this because of her secret – the one she has kept for eight years. The one that means she has no choice but to keep neighbours at a distance, that stops her sleeping at night.
She thought she’d made the right decision, that she was protecting her son. But now he’s gone. Could this be all her fault?
She’ll do anything to save him. Yet if she tells the truth, she could lose him for ever…
So this is the second book I have read from Nicole Trope and after reading the Family Across the Street, I was excited to read this book.
Plot:- Beverly and Rylie are mother and son. Beverly had recently broken up with her boyfriend Ethan. Soon someone starts sending expensive gifts to Rylie and Beverly thinks that it was Ethan. Meanwhile, at Rylie’s school, there’s a new teacher named Mr. Benton. Then there’s a woman, who is stalking Beverly and Rylie, determined to get Rylie.
Writing:- The story is told from the perspectives of Rylie, Beverly and the woman who had dark history and is stalking Beverly, believing that Rylie is her own son and out to seek revenge on Beverly. The start was a bit slow but slowly, by the middle of the book, it gained momentum and soon became fast paced with twists and turns. Though it was slightly predictable, the slight twist at the end was completely unexpected.
Characters:- Beverly seems to be a devoted who seemed to be hiding secret. Rylie adores his mother and is a feist kid–he is one of my favorite characters in the book.
Overall:- This was a good thriller–will keep you hooked into the story and unputdownable, making you want to read more. Worth five stars!
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