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    A real page-turner

    Megan and Greg are married with a son, Daniel. Greg is abusive and Megan finally divorces him. One day, Greg picks Daniel up from school when he was 6 years old never to return with him. Megan never gives up hope finding Daniel alive and well. She marries one of the detectives that was on the case and they have a baby girl, Evie. Six years after Daniel's disappearance, Megan gets a call that Daniel has walked into a police department and told them who he was. This is a very emotional story from start to finish and I really enjoyed it. even though it was heartbreaking. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of this very powerful story in exchange for an honest review. I highly recommend this book.
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    A fab read

    Hesitation... Trepidation... Fear was what I felt as I turned the pages of this book. Parental kidnapping was the initial plot arc. Megan and Greg were divorced when Greg kidnapped the 6-year-old Daniel and disappeared. It took another 6 years for Daniel to come back, but... Who was the boy who had returned? They shared the DNA but Megan wasn't sure there was anything left of her sweet boy. She was scared now for her daughter Evie and husband Michael. Nicole Trope managed to combine emotions and suspense in this story, weaving them both together to make them shimmer on the pages of this book. I read this with my heart in my throat feeling all the emotions that Megan experienced with joy, sorrow, fear, and despair. How was a mother to reach a child who had been brainwashed to believing lies about her by the father? The story wrenched these emotions from my heart, but my brain was aware of the vein of danger that ran in the periphery of this book. A lot of Daniel's story had loopholes. What was he hiding? Snapshots of his life and Megan's were shown, written as chapters, giving me a wider understanding of how the mother and son coped with their loss in the intermittent 6 years. I guessed the twist, it was quite obvious, but that hardly deterred me from enjoying the winding road of the story. One of my midnight reads, I was so happy losing sleep over it!!
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    A tearjerker to read in a day

    I could not put down The Boy in the Photo, and true to what I had heard about it from other reviewers, it did not disappoint me. Daniel was taken from Megan by her ex-husband when he was six years old. Since his abduction, Megan put all her efforts in finding him, with no success. Then, six years later, Daniel walks into a police station, two hour drive from where Megan lives, and identifies himself. What follows is a narrative about bringing a lost child home, getting him adjusted to his mother’s new life, while trying to get him out of the shadow of his now-dead father. Nicole did an amazing job of portraying Megan’s struggles as well as family’s, before and after Daniel’s return. Megan’s anguish at loosing her son, guilt at moving on, and attempts to reconnect with the son she once knew, are evident and capture the reader in wanting to know what happens next. Though most of the novel is written in the time since Daniel’s return, there are chapters where the reader glimpses what each passing anniversary of Daniel’s abduction was like for both Daniel and Megan. In real life, we do not have the luxury of knowing exactly what happened. We are restricted to what someone tells us about their life. These flashbacks are helpful in understanding what happened to Daniel and why he behaves the way he does. I am thankful to NetGalley, the publisher and, especially, Nicole Trope, for making this book available to me ahead of publication, and giving me the opportunity to experience Megan’s story. It is one of the best books I have read this year and I recommend it to all Jodi Picoult fans as well as anyone looking for a tearjerker to read in a day.
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    A thriller with an emotional core

    Final Rating: 4.5/5 Imagine your child going missing for six years. That is the heart-stopping horror Megan must face when her abusive ex-husband decides to abduct their son, Daniel, from her and take him far, far away. I'm not a mother, so I can't say I'm able to 100% understand how Megan felt, but Trope is an astonishing writer. Regardless of whether or not you have children you'll want to hug someone tight after reading this story. Grab your cat, if you must. See, after six long years, years in which Megan was torn between wondering if her son was even still alive annd trying desperately to find him either way, Daniel returns home. But their reunion is not the happy ending you might anticipate. Daniel arrives as the product of years of turmoil, bitterness, and lies. Megan realizes that when praying for her son for all that time, she never anticipated what might happen if he came back completely different than the boy he was when he was taken. In the time it took for Daniel to return, Megan moved on with her life, as best as she could. She remarried and had a second child. Daniel's sudden reappearance in her life, while a blessing, causes an unprecedented upheaval of the stability she worked so hard to rebuild. Especially when she comes to realize that her son, her baby boy, may be harboring a dark secret that could threaten to destroy everything she's struggled so hard for in the worst years of her life. Even though the inevitable twist is somewhat predictable, it doesn't detract from the moving, yet thrilling, nature of this story. Should you read The Boy in the Photo? Yes! Unlike other thrillers, this is a story with a heartfelt emotional core. It's still a page-turner, but one that will leave you more satisfied and moved than the average one. I haven't read Nicole's other books but I'll definitely look into them now!
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    An Absolute Masterpiece!

    The Boy in the Photo was an absolute masterpiece! Gripping and thrilling, it was in a class of its own. I loved the original concept and found it to be a most compelling read. Nicole Trope's characterisation was very impressive and the trauma they'd experienced felt very real, especially regarding Megan, the mother who never stopped searching for her son, I loved the way the author slowly meted out the clues for the shocking twist and that nothing was as it seemed within the story. There was such a lot happening that I found this book really difficult to put down. I’d certainly read more from this author. Highly recommended and well worth five stars. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my own request, from Bookouture via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
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