A harried mother with 3 kids under the age of 10 with a hardly there father, makes one split second wrong decision, diverts her attention away from the baby sleeping in the car and all is lost.. The baby goes missing and there are no working cameras to capture this horrifying moment. And truths are revealed
Nicole Trope has written this story with the mother as the main character with all others playing their own part to add to the story
This is a fast paced novel, with good amount of intrigue and all the female characters play a strong role, the mother, the police inspector, the kidnapper, and the informant.
As every book which claims to be a psychological thriller with more or less the same story, this book too does what it claims, but with a strong police woman who steals the show.
There is not much intrigue in the story as the kidnapper also has a story line running along with the mother and police woman. Nicole Trope basically deals with the psyche of each woman and the reasoning behind their action.
It’s easy to judge people and condemn their actions but looking at the world through their eyes brings new outlook.
There are a few niggles like minimal intrigue, better police work and a newer concept which I would liked from the esteemed author but the book works as it is too.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Allen & Unwin and this is my honest and unbiased opinion
My rating : 3.5 stars
About the Author
Nicole Trope is a former high school teacher with a Masters Degree in Children’s Literature. In 2005 she was one of the winners of the Varuna Awards for Manuscript Development. Nicole has written six novels, including The Boy Under The Table, Three Hours Late, The Secrets in Silence, Hush, Little Bird and Blame.
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.
And then there is someone else whose heart is broken, 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.
Publication date : 6th July 2017
Publisher : Allen & Unwin
Language : English
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Intrigue with strong female characters