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The Boy in the Photo

Narrated by: Melle Stewart
Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
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Publisher's Summary

She becomes aware of the silence at the other end of the line. A prickling sensation crawls up her arms. Her heart speeds up. "Found who?" she asks, slowly, carefully, deliberately.

"They found Daniel."

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. 

According to his teacher, Daniel’s father picked up his son. Except he and Megan are no longer together. After years of being controlled by her cruel husband, Megan finally found the courage to divorce him. Hands trembling, she dials his number, but the line is dead. 

Six years later

Megan is feeding her new baby daughter when she gets the call she has dreamt about for years. 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 Legos under the bed, perfect to welcome him back. But when he returns, Daniel is quieter than she remembers....

Desperate to find out what happened to her little boy and 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 her son is hiding a secret. A secret that could destroy her family....

A heartbreaking, emotional, and poignant drama about a family in turmoil. Fans of Jodi Picoult, Liane Moriarty, and Linda Green - this is for you.

©2019 Nicole Trope (P)2019 Bookouture

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Okay story badly performed

I found the story okay, but it was ruined by the awful narration. Slow, haulting, stuttering speech totally detracted from the story.

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Dragged on a bit but...

It took me a while to get into it but I kept listening knowing that it would have a good ending. Overall the story was good and I probably would read it again!

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Terrific book.

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This book kept me wanting more, great story line.
Look forward to reading more from this author.

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A Mothers worse nightmare

I enjoyed this book and as someone who has worked in child protective services for many years, am familiar with the issues raised in this harrowing tale, of domestic violence and controlling partners, of mental health illness and of grooming a child's mindset to twist reality to reflect that of the abuser. But the mother drove me nuts! I wanted to slap her so many times for her naivety and ignorance...bur then i had to remind myself that people otten are naive and ignorant in these situations. Not too many surprises in the plot development. You didnt need to be a psychic to know what was coming next, but still a good "read" to a predictable but satisfying conclusion

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Excellent story.

Loved this book. I wanted to know so badly the outcome but at the same time didn't want the book to end. Narrators voice is excellent, easy on the ear and changes to suit the characters.

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Loved it!

A great storyline, easy narration to listen too
and set in Australia... what’s not to love :) !!

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  • cindy
  • 21-07-2019

Finally, a really great book that kept my interest

I listen to a about 3 audiobooks a week. I have had such a hard time recently finding a book where both the story and the narrator were enjoyable and interesting.
I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this book. The character development was great, you really cared about the people in the story, and the narrator was perfect. A book I highly recommend.

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  • Sarah
  • 03-08-2019

Too predictable

I enjoyed the characters, but I guessed the ending almost right away. And the story drug out.

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  • scott comeaux
  • 25-07-2019

Well Written

This audible book was well performed and the story was well written. However, I'm not thrilled with books that I can immediately guess the story's movements and endings. I did enjoy the characters.

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  • Robin
  • 24-07-2019

Fabulous!

First time experience with this author. The story was very intriguing and I had a hard time turning it off to do my job. The narrator did a wonderful job. I will look for more like this.

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  • Julie A. Barrans
  • 18-07-2019

A Great Story

An emotional and captivating story of a family in turmoil. It kept me guessing from the beginning to the end. The audiobook was beautifully narrated.

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  • sue c
  • 17-08-2019

great

good book to listen too. got hooked really quick and emotional towards the end. you'll need tissues

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  • Sue Pollard
  • 03-08-2019

Gripping!

Definitely recommend this story! Lots of twists and turns! Now want to listen to Nicole Trope’s other works.