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The Boy in the Photo

Narrated by: Melle Stewart
Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (197 ratings)

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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.

Loved it? 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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Drama

Totally enjoyed this book, all the emotions of loss, heartbreak, desperation and a mothers love for her child.

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A good story

Enjoyed the storyline , was engaging and looked forward each day to listen to. At times it dragged a bit but was only for short bursts. Michaels voice never matched his description ( well that’s how I felt) was hard to hear such a female voice try to be a tough detective role model.

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Not to bad

A fabulous story line, and it did keep one riveted, however my patience with Meg as a mother was running low. The Narrator was good and kept the story flowing BUT why the appalling Australian accent??? made me shiver and groan.....being Australian, I know of very few of us Aussies that speak that way..... that was almost enough for me not to finish the story....

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Sensational Book

I loved listening to this book. It was well narrated, had a brilliant storyline with so many twists and turns.

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BRILLIANT

I loved this so much. What a powerful emotional ride. Broke my heart then mended it. Thank you

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-09-2019

Good, BUT

The entire story was really good. Enough twists to keep you guessing, but few enough you’re not getting whiplash. The major BUT is the ending. It felt sudden and rushed and not as well planned as the rest of the story. I still recommend it, and don’t regret listening to it, but just know the ending doesn’t hold up to the rest of the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-10-2019

11 hours of anxious inner monologue

I spent the whole book waiting for something to happen. When it finally did, the book ended two seconds later. This is one of those books where the author gets so caught up in building to the (super obvious) twist that she forgets to develop the characters and tell a compelling story along the way. As a result, when the twist finally came, I truly didn't care what happened to any of these people and was just ready to be done. The book had potiental but ultimately it just fell flat. We spend the majority of our time inside Megan's head. She thinks about how much she's missed her son and how much he's changed, goes back and forth about whether she's allowed to be disappointed that he's different, wonders endlessly what he's been through and why he does this or that, on and on and on. It's actually comical at times how much of this book is simply Megan getting caught up in her own thoughts. She'll start inner-monologuing in the middle of a conversation and keep at it so long you actually forget there's another character in the room still waiting for an answer to their question. The character of the son was interesting and I found his reaction to trauma pretty realistic, but the author didn't really do much to explore what was going on with him. His relationship with Megan, which was meant to be the foundation of the story, wasn't explored much either outside of Megan's head. They have very few actual conversations and they mostly end with him lashing out and Megan immediately shrinking away to wallow in more self-pity. She goes back and forth between the extremes of finding him sweet and innocent and wanting to comfort him, and wondering if he's now an irredeemable monster who is up to no good. She never seems to consider that maybe there's a grey area here (the author doesn't seem to like those) and overall she just seems too caught up in her own head to be much help to him. The narration, however, was very good. Even if I didn't care for Megan, the performance did a good job making her feel "real" and I did connect with her more as a result. I would not have finished this one in paperback form, that's for sure.

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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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  • E. Miller
  • 23-10-2019

Slowwww, trite, tripe

Narrator is so melodramatic that it makes my skin crawl. Snails proceed faster than this story, which is just a soap opera reduced to written form.

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  • Sheere
  • 21-09-2019

Fantastic

Didn’t want the book to end. Didn’t expect the twist and held my breath the final 10 minuets

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  • R Fitz
  • 29-10-2019

Predictable and frustrating

predictable "twist" that I personally guessed from the begining (and see from reviews that many others did as well), along with constant grating inner monologue and idiotic choices from the main character.

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  • Kendra K.
  • 24-10-2019

An interesting end to what you think you already know

Throughout the whole book Megan is on an emotional roller coaster and you will find yourself rooting for her despite all the odds. I’d say that you begin to figure it all out towards the middle of the book but one of the last twists left me yelling “no!” out loud! This is a book I could see myself going back and listening to it again!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-10-2019

Deep characters - and a great twist!

The characters developed quickly enough to pull you in, but there was enough information kept from you to keep you guessing throughout the story. I wasn't expecting the twist at the end! It's a pretty easy listen but there is plenty of emotion that it will evoke. There were a few moments of fustration during some parts - I wasn't sure exactly how it would all come together. But hang in there and you won't be dissapointed!

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  • Karla Alvarado
  • 23-09-2019

great book!

i couldn't stop listening. great plot twist. can't wait to listen to another book by this author

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  • Joanne Soluri
  • 20-09-2019

The Boy

Although it was predictable at least for me.. I enjoyed listening and narration was good.

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  • Sandra H.
  • 20-05-2020

Gripping

Couldn’t stop listening to this book Itook it everywhere I went. Great story and gripping until the very last line.

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  • Ms Alison C
  • 15-03-2020

OH MY LORDY!!! Very addictive and well written

I was so addicted to this book, I took it everywhere and listened at every possible opportunity

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  • Blonde-on-Board
  • 29-09-2019

Excellent read

This is the first of Nicole’s books I have read and I wasn’t disappointed! Extremely well written. Loved the narrator too.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-09-2019

predictable

I found this book so incredibly predictable...I carried on thinking it may redeem itself with a clever ending, but it didn't. The main character, Megan, I found rather pathetic and totally self centred. The narrator was good but sadly the story was very disappointing indeed - so surprised as reviews were good

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  • kai
  • 10-09-2019

So Predictable!

Honestly worked this out before half way through - really not worth wasting a credit. Had to keep going in the hopes of a twist but none.

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  • joolz
  • 22-08-2019

Fantastic!

Amazing story and narration , with lots of twists . Couldn’t stop listening to this so finished it in couple of evenings.

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  • Sues
  • 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.

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