Author : Nicole Trope
Publisher : Bookouture
ISBN : 9781838882099
About The Nowhere Girl
OMG this book! So so so heartbreaking, my heart broke My god it was fabulous, the writing style and storyline were brilliant and well written... This book will stay with me for a long long time and definitely on my favs of 2020! Goodreads Reviewer,
I will not think about it anymore. I wont think about her. My lost little sister with her beautiful smile, her chestnut-coloured eyes. My sister who I couldnt protect.
If you passed Alice on the street, you couldnt help but smile. At how she holds hands with her husband, Jack, who she has been with since she was at university. At the way she admires her three boys, the centre of her universe.
But if you looked very closely, youd see how tightly she holds Jacks hand, afraid to let go. Youd see how carefully she watches her boys, scared to look away. Youd see her smile fading in a matter of seconds, and the pain she hides behind her eyes.
She has told Jack that she ran away from home when she was younger but she didnt tell him the whole story. Her husband doesnt know about the guilt she bears about her little sister she failed to save.
Now, after a lifetime of fresh starts, Alice can feel her past playing catch-up. She is sure she is being watched, certain she is being followed. She may not be able to stop her secret coming out but can she stop the world she has lovingly built collapsing in on her?
This utterly heartbreaking, beautifully written and gripping family drama examines just how far we are willing to go for our loved ones, and the desperate decisions we make when we have no other choice. Fans of Jodi Picoult, Kerry Fisher and Liane Moriarty will be blown away by this incredibly moving tale.
One of a kind. I think fans of Jodi Picoult, Liane Moriarty and others will love this one. I was blown away by the story and the characters. Crossroad Reviews
Jeez, Louise!!! This story kept me reading and reading like there was no tomorrow!... I adored it It made my heart sing and weep. It made my eyes leak and my mouth smile. It was utterly gripping and devastating. B for Book Review, 5 stars
An incredible book by an incredible writer!... Had me hooked from the very first page and kept me reading right through the night. I am a relatively slow reader but I devoured this book in one sitting as I just couldnt put it down. Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
Wow, just wow!!!!!... So amazing and beautifully written... I loved it so much... An emotional rollercoaster that I never wanted to get off from. Blue Moon Blogger, 5 stars
Jaw-droppingly good!... One of the most evocative, captivating books that I had the pleasure to have read Exquisitely crafted Unequivocally one of the best books that I have read. Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
All I can say is WOW! I couldnt put the book down. Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
OMG What can I say?... Nicole took me on a journey It felt so real, I cried. Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
WOW I loved this one. Goodreads Reviewer
Oh my, what a story! I absolutely loved it from beginning to end. NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
Captivating. I was hooked from the first sentence and had to keep reading until I got to the end It had my heart racing I wish I could give it SIX stars! Reading Down Under, 5 stars
Oh my goodness, what a fantastic book A definite edge of seater. Well done, Nicole, I look forward to your next masterpiece. NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
I couldnt stop reading!... I read the last half of the book all in one morning (during a snow day from school!). Couldnt put it down!... I am not a person who typically gets emotional when I read books but the last 45 chapters had me so emotionally connected. Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
I finished just moments ago and the only word that comes to mind is wow! I am blown away by the authors ability to create such a painful, beautiful story I felt everything from joy to anger. This story deserves great praise. I will be telling everyone about it and cant wait for people to read it! NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
The Nowhere Girl Review
Couldnt put this book down from beginning to end. it ha me crying so many times. excellent story and noing his actualy goes on ,is heartbreaking
Enjoyed very much. Kept me interested all the way through.
Couldnt put the book down. My heart broke and was also so happy. A twist at the end pulled all together.
Couldn't put it down! Had me in tears and read it in a matter of days!
I wish I could hit 10 stars on this heart wrenching read. Its unfathomable that this is some peoples reality. The characters are strong, BRAVE, and so real. Make sure to keep the tissues close by.
Another sensational read from my favourite author.
What a heart wrenching story! "She has no home. She has a house where other people live. Other people who hurt her or ignore her, other people who don't deserve children." This is the story of 2 woman. The 1 struggling to have a baby and the other 1 trying to forget about her terrible past. A past of verbal, physical and sexual abuse. A life where a 10 year old had to make a decision that whould shape the lives of many people. It is also a story of hope and love and family. It is beautifully written and it breaks your heart because these are things that is happening daily.
When I read I go to another place, I feel Im part of the story as an outsider looking in, in this case i wanted to close my eyes, pray for someone to please please help. The pain and suffering that happens in this world never seems to end, why are adults so destroying and evil. I could not put this book down, tears very close at lot of the time. The ending was very befitting and again the sun came out.
Gut wrenching and heartbreaking family drama. This was not an easy read due to the subject matter but it was done well and credibly. There are three perspectives as well as current and past chapters. Once you nail everyone down the story really takes off.
This was a very emotional tale of a dysfunctional family a missing sister and the horrors of family life that some women and children have to endure. It covers everything from emotional abuse, child abuse both psychological and sexual, domestic violence and rape, alcohol abuse, miscarriage and murder but there are good components too - unconditional love and all that comes with being part of a loving supportive family. Overall I found Alice's story to be terribly sad, I could feel how wretched her life was, the fear and the hopelessness she felt, I cried for her, knowing that there are children actually living her life so, so sad. Each character was very well described and developed. A book is so enjoyable when you can almost see it in your minds eye.... And this is exactly what the author did, she brought all the characters to life. This was an emotional journey i wanted to shake Margaret and make her choose her children first! I am still left thinking about Alice the child, this book will stay with me for a long time. Well written, emotional and a very good read. Thank you Netgalley, Bookouture and Nicole Trope for giving me the chance to read an advance copy of this book.
The Nowhere Girl is an absolute masterpiece! Gripping and thrilling, it is in a class of its own. Though quite difficult to read because of some of the content, it is still an extremely compelling story. Containing themes of domestic violence, child abuse, addiction and neglect, Nicole Trope's characterisation continues to impress and the trauma suffered felt very real, especially regarding Alice, the sister who never stopped reliving her childhood experiences. The Nowhere Girl is also a story about strength, courage, and survival. The story moves comprehensibly between dual timelines, from the 1980's to the present day, to recount the stories of three women, Alice, Margaret and Molly and how tragic events that occurred thirty years ago permanently changed their lives. I found The Nowhere Girl to be very well researched and it came across as believable. Nicole Trope is a master of this type of domestic thriller and I loved the way the author slowly meted out the clues and built up the suspense until the plot reached the dramatic denouement. There was such a lot happening that I found this deftly told, stark and poignant novel really difficult to put down. Id certainly read more from this talented author. Highly recommended and well worth five stars. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my request, from Bookouture via NetGalley and this review is my own unbiased opinion.
This book is emotion filled. Alice was happy with her mother and father, but when she was six her father died. Her mother could not cope with the loss, she could not cope with life. After she married Alices stepfather than things got worse. The beatings started, and her mother became enslaved to alcohol. The her little sister was born and she loved her. Her stepfather became meaner and then he did unspeakable things to Alice. One day Alice took her sister out to the highway and hid while a car stopped and a lady in a shiny red car picked her up. Her sister was two years old. Alice watched television that night and saw a wreck in a shiny red car and thought her sister was dead in the wreck. Her stepfather beat her mother and her but she never told what happened to her sister. The story told in the book is about Alice, her relationship with her mother, her marriage and children. She tells her husband about being abused, but say nothing about her sister except that she died in a car wreck. The story is separately about the sister now called Molly that was adopted but the foster family that took her in when she was found. She did not know she was adopted until she was married and read a blog on the computer that Alice wrote. The story is about the mother Margaret. How she couldnt cope. Her struggle with alcohol. Her grief at the loss of her husband Adam and her abusive relationship with Vernon, It is mostly about feelings, about pain and hurt, about love and hate. It is about marriage, trust, heartbreak and hope. It will make you cry and fill you with hope. This book covers the topic of child abuse and does it in a sensitive way dealing more with feelings than actual detail. It was an interesting read about a subject which needs to be addressed in society. Thanks to Nicole Trope, Bookouture, and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of the book.
This book really touch my heart. It was so sad to imagine children growing up in such a difficult situation. Margaret is a mom who suffers from depression and has a little girl Alice. When her husband dies she falls into a deep depression and struggles to take care of herself or her daughter. Vernon steps in to take advantage of Margaret and her daughter. Margaret goes to the extent of having a child to keep Vernon around and supplying her with alcohol. It doesnt take long for Vernon be hitting on Alice and her mother. Alices life gets worse as Vernon keeps her mom drunk so he can take advantage of her 10 yrold body. Alice protects her sister Lily from Vernon. What happens to Alice as she gets older? What will Alice do about the emails she is getting say they know what she did years ago. This is a difficult topic that is written well.
I have read and enjoyed other Nicole Trope books but, sadly, this did not live up to the standard of her previous books. The story was a little predictable and a lot of coincidences happen. The characters acted pretty much as they were expected to from the very beginning. The ending tied a nice little bow around everything, but it was way too neat. Much of the writing was repetitive and without giving away too much, I will say that the use of a dream sequence feels like a cop-out. I can deal with one or two strategically-placed dreams in this kind of story where one expects to suspend a certain amount of belief, but using a dream for almost the entire exposition of one of the two major plots seems like cheating. The characters were not fleshed-out and seemed banal. I am normally a Nicole Trope fan so I don't want to be overly-critical. However, this book reads more like one she had to write simply to meet her obligation to her publishers rather than something she had any true inspiration to create. I am hoping she or her editors have tweaked the final product. If you are new to Nicole Trope, don't do this one first, she has many better options which will enthrall you.
I read The Boy In The Photo so I was expecting a good psychological/domestic thriller and I got that and so much more. This is the story of choices ten year old Alice made living with her sister and alcoholic mother both dependent on her mothers violent boyfriend Vernon to bring food and vodka home, the two items to sustain and prolong their pain. In the future we meet the grown Alice, inwardly crumbling but living the suburban dream, we meet Molly, a young hoping to be expectant mother, and we meet Alices mother Margaret, living in a care home. The flashbacks are so painful to read, full of violence, assault and alcoholism. The fear of the boyfriend Vernon, holding both mother and daughter in place. Finally the truth begins to emerge and the women will need to confront the past as the only way to move forward. I could taste the vodka, feel the blows and know the powerlessness of these women through the depth of the writing. Margaret, Alice and Molly . You three will stay in my head a while.
Wow, just wow!!!!! This book was so amazing and beautifully written. It had a little bit of mystery along with pulling your emotional heartstrings at every turn. This is the second book I read by this author and boy she did not disappoint. I just love her books and cant wait to read more by her. This is my first book for the New Year and it is already going in my top ten for the year. It was just that good. This book was about three women who lives are connected with one another. It was about finding out the truth on what happened so many years earlier and getting past the mistakes that were made. The past always catches up with you in the end. I want to start by saying that I loved the way this book was written. It went back and forth between three different women and their perspectives on what happened so long ago. I loved this because we got all point of views instead of just one. There is always two sides to every story and I love it when an author does it. I also liked the story line itself but I do have to say it not for the faint hearted. There are topics in this book that some people might find hard to read. I even had trouble with it and Im as hard they come. With all that said, it also made it why I loved it so much. We need to talk about some of these issues as they are happening every day and something needs to be changed. For me this book was an emotional roller coaster that I never wanted to get off from. Once I started I couldnt stop reading until I got to the end. This book has definitely made an impact on me and that is why it was so great. Between the plot, characters and all the twists in this book it made it an easy and fast read. I would definitely recommend it and happily give it 5 Hearts