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The Boy in the Photo

Narrated by: Melle Stewart
Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
4 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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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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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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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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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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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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  • Maidstone
  • 17-08-19

great

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

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Gripping!

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-09-19

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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  • cindy
  • 21-07-19

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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  • Critter Mama
  • 24-09-19

Good plot, but long

I feel like this was a new-ish twist on an old premise. It was interesting, if far fetched. I liked Meg and her family for the most part, but I think the behaviors presented would have been handled differently in real life. I also feel the story could have been about 1/2 as long. There seemed to be a lot of unnecessary filler.

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  • Karla Alvarado
  • 23-09-19

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-09-19

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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  • Joanne Soluri
  • 20-09-19

The Boy

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

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  • scott comeaux
  • 25-07-19

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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  • YOANKA
  • 14-10-19

Heart wrenching Novel, Mother’s beware!

This Novel was great but it was tough to get through. If you are a mother beware. I almost stopped listening to this book a couple of times , not because it wasn’t good but because it was heart wrenching. The twist in the ending was awesome and made it all worth it. Grab your tissue box though, u will need it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-10-19

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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  • Sarah
  • 03-08-19

Too predictable

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

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