The Boy in the Photo by Nicole Trope

Published July 15, 2022

The Boy in the Photo by Nicole Trope

Book info

  • Title The Boy in the Photo
  • Author Nicole Trope
  • Year 2019
  • Genre Thriller

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...


This was an interesting story - a child was snatched by his father and then some years later, returned to the grieving mother. It was fascinating because she could be confident the boy was still alive but had absolutely no idea where he was. Dealing with a child six years older and now with some trauma put the pressure on our protagonist which added to the intrigue. I did guess the twist but it was still a good read to get to the end.

Rating: 4 / 5

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