Thursday, November 5, 2020

BLOG TOUR - The Girl Who Never Came Home


They find her just as the sun is beginning to rise in the early morning mist. They had begun at dawn, the group of searchers keen to get going. A missing child spurred everyone on. In the end, it was a flash of colour, a bright neon pink that caught her eye. They had been looking for pink.

Nothing tests your faith like being a mother. The first time your children walk to school alone, their first sleepover, when they finally fly the nest. As a parent, you have to believe that everything will be OK.

It’s why, when Lydia’s sixteen-year-old daughter Zoe goes on a school camping trip, she has no idea of the horrors that will unfold. It’s why, when Lydia gets a call saying that her daughter has disappeared, she refuses to give up.

As she searches the mountains, her voice hoarse from calling Zoe’s name, she imagines finding her. She envisions being flooded with relief as she throws her arms around her child, saying, ‘you gave us such a scare’. She pictures her precious girl safely tucked in bed that evening.

It’s why, when they find Zoe’s body, Lydia can barely believe it. It is unthinkable. Her little girl has gone.

Something terrible happened, she is sure of it. Something made Zoe get out of her sleeping bag in the middle of the night, walk out of the warmth and safety of the cabin, into the darkness of the mountains. Driven by the memory of her youngest child, Lydia needs to find out the truth. What kind of mother would she be if she didn’t?

A heartbreaking, redemptive and beautifully crafted novel which brings to life a mother’s worst nightmare, questioning how well we ever really know the people we love the most. Fans of Jodi Picoult, Kerry Fisher and Liane Moriarty will be blown away by this stirring, unforgettable tale.



:   The Girl Who Never Came Home
Author:  Nicole Trope
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Psychological Thriller
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   301
Date of Publication:   November 4, 2020
My Rating:   4 Stars

Lydia is determined to find out why her teenage daughter disappeared at a camping trip, especially due to the fact that her body was found after an extensive search. How could the school's organizers let a teen leave the campsite, and who is responsible for her daughter's death? Lydia wants answers and will not stop until she unravels things.

As things begin to unfold in this thrilling book, Lydia's search for answers come with heartbreak. There were things about her daughter Zoe, things that she was unaware of until her untimely death. I love that this book grabbed my attention early on, especially as twists and turns change the course of Lydia's thinking and emotions, leaving her even more bereft.

The way this story is told - Lydia's search for answers, and events leading up to Zoe's death - made this book very intriguing, and most certainly, quite sad. As a mother and a grandmother, it hurt to put myself in Lydia's shoes, so I credit Nicole Trope for the emotional devastation I felt while reading.

When I read I want to feel connected, and that is what this book did. While greatly saddened over Zoe's death, especially as things about her slowly came to light, my heart was with Lydia the entire time. This is my third book by this author, and just like the previous two books I read by her, this one was an excellent read.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


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 between raising three children, working for her husband and renovating houses, she has published six novels. She lives in Sydney, Australia.

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