The Stay at Home Mother by Nicole Trope

I’m so delighted to be part of the tour today for this thrilling book. Thanks so much to Bookouture for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the tour.

Her chest tightens, her heart speeding up. The kitchen is chaos. She steps on something hard, and looks down. Toy dinosaurs are scattered everywhere. But her son is nowhere – her baby boy is gone.

The police arrive. She can’t look at her husband. Instead, she studies the network of lines on her shaking hands.

Then her phone beeps with a voice message. ‘Listen to it on speaker,’ says the detective.

A woman’s voice fills the air.

‘I’m assuming this is the Andrea Gately listed as a contact on the Missing Children of the World website. I’m calling to let you know that I’ve given your details to the police. Why are you using a picture of my son on a missing children’s website? Why are you using it and where did you get it?’

An absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller that will leave you gasping with shock and staying up way past your bedtime. Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, Liane Moriarty and Adele Parks.

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My Review

I absolutely love this author’s books, you are guaranteed lots of twists and turns and a completely compelling plot with her novels.

The story is told from the points of view of both of the main female characters, Andrea and Gabby. I almost wanted to go inside the book and tell Andrea not to trust Gabby, but of course, knowing that it’s a psychological thriller makes you immediately mistrust so many of the characters from the start. Both of these women are keeping secrets, and at first it’s not obvious what they’re hiding. As the story progresses we find out a bit more but of course in typical Nicole Trope fashion, nothing is as it seems and there are many more twists to come.

There’s something almost movie or drama-like about this book, I could visualise it so well in my head, and could feel the growing tension and suspense. It would make an amazing drama series or film.

I can’t say too much for fear of spoilers, but the ending was superb. It was literally jaw-dropping.

Such a cleverly plotted book, but also such an enjoyable and heart-racing rollercoaster ride of a read, I absolutely raced through the pages, can’t recommend it highly enough.

My Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About the author

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.

Author social media

Facebook: @NicoleTrope

Twitter: @nicoletrope

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