The Foster Family – ARC Book Review

Title:- The Foster Family

Author:- Nicole Trope

Date published:- will be published on 28th September 2022

Publisher:- Bookouture

Genre:- Psychological Thriller


Plot:- 5/5

Writing:- 4/5

Overall rating:- 4.5/5

In their holiday home, a stone’s throw from the beach, Elizabeth dials the police with trembling hands. ‘My little boy, he’s missing.’Elizabeth is Joe’s foster mother, but she loves him like her own. The five-year-old, who adores superheroes and watching the birds outside, is the child she has dreamed of. As she looks into the garden, where he was playing just moments ago, her heart feels like it has been ripped from her chest.She was meant to save Joe from his birth mother who almost harmed his chances at life. The woman who has been trying to desperately get him back.She was meant to protect Joe from her husband. The man who, right now, lies to the police, saying he was making breakfast when Joe disappeared. Who squeezes her shoulder, ordering her to be quiet.She was meant to look after Joe. They are just footsteps from the ocean, and little Joe can’t swim.Then Joe’s tiny blue sandal is found in the water. If the worst has happened – the unimaginable – Elizabeth will never forgive herself. Because what if the secret she has been keeping for years, the guilt eating her alive, has somehow hurt her little boy?It’s time to tell the truth – even if it means losing the child who is her whole world. Even if it could be the death of her.

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. After the birth of her first child she stayed home full time to write and raise children, renovate houses and build a business with her husband.
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 is now published by Bookouture and is an Amazon top 100 bestseller in the USA, UK, AUS and CAN.
She lives in Sydney with her husband and three children

This is a whopping psychological thriller that will keep you at the edge of the seat till the end!

The story starts with Elizabeth making a frantic call to the police, saying that her foster son, Joe is missing. The story divides between the weeks before Joe disappeared to the time when the police start investigating the missing case of Joe.

The story is told from Elizabeth and the next door neighbor man named Gordon who befriends with Joe. The first part of the story was silently boring which lowered my rating a little bit but towards the middle, it got more and more interesting and fast paced. The book also tells about a bit of domestic abuse and child abuse as well, which was a bit disturbing but which makes the story more compelling and interesting. As a reader, the author did a succesful job of putting the reader on the edge, making the reader want to know, what really happened to Joe. Was he murdered? Was he taken by someone? And soon it became unputdownable and page turner as we reach to the end.

Overall, this was an enjoyable thriller that will keep you up all night–worth 4.5 stars!

Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.


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