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?
Told from alternating perspectives, The Stepchild will no doubt be one of those books you won’t be able to put down! I bonded immediately with each of the characters and no matter how hard I tried, I wasn’t able to connect the dots until the end. Nicole Trope has done a fabulous job keeping avid readers of domestic and psychological thriller novels like myself in just the right amount of suspense… each chapter giving enough clues to keep me turning pages furiously!
The description of this book is definitely intriguing enough to get readers to move it to the top of their TBR pile. I mean… a mother with a secret, preteen stepchild with an attitude and a secret, a spineless father who cowers to ex-wife, an unknown character with an unknown connection, and the mysterious disappearance of Millie, angelic 3 year old daughter/step sister of said preteen… who wouldn’t want to get to the bottom of this crazy story?
This was a fabulously fast paced thriller that will no doubt have readers gripped until the very end! Will justice be served? Who is to blame? Is anyone who they seem? Where’s Millie????
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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.