'If you're looking for the Australian equivalent of Jodi Picoult, look no further than Nicole Trope, who is making a name for herself as a writer of provocative family dramas with hard-hitting issues at their core.' Hannah Richell, author of Secrets of the Tides
In a single day, a simple mistake will have life-altering consequences for everyone involved.
A moment of distraction, an unlocked car and a missing baby. How on earth could this happen?
All Malia needed was a single litre of milk and now she's surrounded by police and Zach has disappeared.
Detective Ali Greenberg knows that this is not the best case for her, not with her history - but she of all people knows what Malia is going through and what is at stake.
Edna is worried about the new residents at the boarding house. She knows Mary would turn in her grave if she knew the kinds of people her son was letting in.
And then there is someone else. Someone whose heart is broken. Someone who feels she has been unfairly punished for her mistakes. Someone who wants what she can't have.
What follows is a heart-stopping game of cat-and-mouse and a race against the clock. As the hours pass and the day heats up, all hope begins to fade.
A gripping, haunting family drama shot through with emotion and suspense.
This captivating, if contrived, domestic noir from Australian author Trope (The Boy Under the Table) focuses on three women, each of whom must contend with the pain and the anguish that come from a tragedy involving a young child. Thanks to a largely absent husband, Sydney mom Malia Ellis has her hands full with three small children: five-year-old Aaron, three-year-old Rhiannon, and five-month-old Zach. One day, Malia leaves Zach unattended in her unlocked car for a few minutes to buy milk at a 7-Eleven, and when she returns, he is gone. The second woman, who steals Zach, is obviously disturbed; she's an ex-convict whose name, crime, and own tragedy are slowly revealed, as is Zach's fate. The third woman is Det. Sgt. Ali Greenberg, who persuades her reluctant boss to give her the case, despite his doubts given Ali's own similar experience. Indeed, her own guilt and fears color every step of her investigation. Trope tightly braids the stories of these three women into a melodramatic but moving tale of loss, growth, and hope.