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Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing on its publication day The Stepchild by Nicole Trope, published by Bookouture.


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?

A pulse-pounding psychological thriller about family secrets, shocking pasts and the lies we tell ourselves in order to survive. Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, Liane Moriarty and The Wife Between Us.

“When a child goes missing…No one is safe from suspicion…”

Holy… what an absolute emotional rollercoaster this book is! My heart is racing again as I write this review! A brilliant read, this is my favourite of Nicole Tropes books yet and I can’t recommend this one highly enough!

A tale of every parents worst nightmare, Trope vividly paints a harrowing picture of what it would feel like to have your child go missing. I found myself in our leads shoes and feeling her pain and terror, but there is so much more to this story, that really pulls on the heartstrings and had me at times in tears.

Beautifully written, there are difficult themes explored in this story, but they are handled with sensitivity. The characters are well developed and feel real and the whole story just got under my skin. It is definitely memorable and one that will stay with me for a long time to come.

Thank you to Nicole Trope, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Stepchild, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.

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Follow the tour along the way for these bloggers thoughts on The Stepchild. My thanks to Bookouture for my spot on this books on tour and for the promotional materials.


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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