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Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing The Foster Family by Nicole Trope, published by Bookouture.


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.

A totally addictive, twist-packed psychological thriller about family secrets, a marriage on the edge, and the deadly line between love and hate. Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, Liane Moriarty and Freida McFadden. 

*Trigger warnings: Domestic violence and child abuse*

”It was a little boy’s fresh start…But then he went missing…”

The Foster Family completely took me over straight from the beginning. I found myself transported into the pages, experiencing every emotion of it all, through Elizabeth, after the disappearance of her foster son, Joe, whilst on a sea side holiday in Gilmore NSW.

The narrative alternates from Elizabeth, Gordon, an elderly resident of Gilmore and who is suffering from onset dementia and an unknown voice scattered throughout that I was so intrigued by as to how they were going to be a part of the story. Multiple timelines also tells a story before Joe’s disappearance.

At times this is a tough read, especially when Elizabeth’s husband, Howard, is in the picture. An utterly despicable human being that I have so many choice words for, but if I used them, I wouldn’t be able to publish this review!

Once again Trope has weaved her magic and delivered another gripping emotional and very intense read, that will have flicking the pages long into the night. This one definitely gets under your skin and will still have you thinking about it long after reading it.

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

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


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Follow the tour along the way for these bloggers thoughts about this book. My thanks to Bookouture for my spot on this 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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