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She becomes aware of the silence at the other end of the line. A prickling sensation crawls up her arms. Her heart speeds up. ‘Found who?’ she asks, slowly, carefully, deliberately.
‘They found Daniel.’
Six years ago
Megan waits at the school gates for her six-year-old son, Daniel. As the playground empties, panic bubbles inside her. Daniel is nowhere to be found. Her darling son is missing.
Six years later
After years of sleepless nights, and endless days of missing her son, Megan finally gets the call she has been dreaming about. Daniel has walked into a police station in a remote town just a few miles away.
Megan is overjoyed – her son is finally coming home. She has kept Daniel’s room, with his Cookie Monster poster on the wall and a stack of Lego under the bed, in perfect shape to welcome him back. But when he returns, there is something different about Daniel…
According to the police, Daniel was kidnapped by his father. After his dad died in a fire, Daniel was finally able to escape. Desperate to find out the truth, Megan tries to talk to her little boy – but he barely answers her questions. Longing to help him heal, Megan tries everything – his favourite chocolate milkshake, a reunion with his best friend, a present for every birthday missed – but still, Daniel is distant.
And as they struggle to connect, Megan begins to suspect that there is more to the story. Soon, she fears that her son is hiding a secret. A secret that could destroy her family…
A heartbreaking, emotional and poignant drama about a family in turmoil. Fans of Jodi Picoult, Liane Moriarty and Linda Green – this moving and stirring novel is for you.
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Six years after Megan Kade's abusive ex-husband, Greg Stanthorpe, steals their six-year-old son, Daniel, from school and disappears in this exceptional psychological thriller from Australian author Trope (The Nowhere Girl), the boy reappears at a New South Wales police station, reporting that his father has died in a fire in the shack where they had been living together. Though Daniel comes home with Megan and her second husband, Michael Kade, the detective on the missing child case, Megan's hopes for a joyful reunion are quickly replaced by a difficult process of readjustment as Daniel's volatility and reticence about connecting is amplified by the effects of psychological damage Daniel experienced in isolation, the extreme gaslighting Greg did about Megan's intentions, and Daniel's feelings of having been replaced by a new baby. Flashbacks to both Megan and Daniel's stories in their six years apart, which highlight both their grief and the warped impressions each has of the other, lay the groundwork for a twist ending that forces the reader into suddenly reevaluating both perspectives. Trope pulls no punches in this tightly wound, emotionally harrowing story of parental abduction and the unhappy collision of hope with reality.
Another amazing read
A brilliant read as always