Title: The Boy in the Photo
Author: Nicole Trope
Release Date: June 28, 2019
Rating: 5 Stars
People say that losing a child is the worst thing any parent could experience. But what if your lost child finally returned home after six long years, only for your excitement to quickly turn to fear at the person he’s become? That’s the basic premise behind Nicole Trope’s latest novel, The Boy in the Photo. The inevitable consequences of everything that happened during those six years make this thriller a very entertaining and heart-wrenching read.
Like any other good thriller, nothing is as it seems within this story. Although I figured out most of the twist before the book ended (which often comes with the territory for those of us who also write thrillers), I was thoroughly engaged and couldn’t stop turning the pages.
Trope did an excellent job of slowly dishing out clues for a twist that’s likely to shock many readers. The characters and the trauma they’d experienced felt real, especially in regards to Megan, the mother who had never stopped looking for her son, and Daniel, the titular Boy in the Photo. Trope wasn’t afraid to look directly at the ugly underbelly of finding a child who had become so damaged and full of rage, and this honesty took a good concept and turned it into a must-read thriller.
Highly recommended for thriller fans who want to experience something different than the normal “who killed so-and-so” or “what’s really going on behind closed doors” stories that dominate the thriller marketplace. Fans of Saving Meghan will love this one!
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an ARC. This review contains my honest, unbiased opinion.