The Stepchild: A completely gripping psychological thriller full of twists

· Bookouture
31 reviews

About this ebook

Three-year-old Millie Everleigh disappears on a crisp winter’s day, and nothing is as it seems…


It’s the phone call every mother dreads.


I’m climbing into the car after a trip to the grocery store. As the engine starts, my phone rings. It’s my stepdaughter, Shelby, who is babysitting my three-year-old little girl Millie.


‘I only went upstairs for a second,’ she says through her sobs. ‘She’s gone.’


I race home to find my blue-eyed baby girl missing, and my heart ripped out of my chest.


When the police turn up, Shelby’s story starts to unravel. What is she hiding?


Then I get a message saying, ‘Your husband is not who you think he is.’ Could he be lying?


Suddenly, my family feel like strangers. Everyone has a secret – even me.


No one knows why I was late coming back from the shop, and the guilt I’ve been feeling ever since…


Once the truth comes out, all of our lies exposed, will it be too late to save my precious child?


A pulse-pounding psychological thriller about family secrets, shocking pasts and the lies we tell ourselves in order to survive. You’ll lose sleep as you race through the pages until the final gasp-worthy twist! Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, Liane Moriarty and The Wife Between Us.


Readers love The Stepchild:

‘Omg, wow Just wow. There are not enough superlatives in the English dictionary to express how much I loved this incredible thriller. I was hooked into the story from the first page and found myself so captivated that I was compelled to read the whole book in one sitting. The author takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride with multiple twists and turns that culminates with a nail-biting, seriously chilling epilogue. The story caused me to experience a wide range of conflicting emotions and even caused me to experience a lump in my throatIf I could, I would award The Stepchild far more than five starsVery very highly recommended by little old me.’ Nicki’s Life of Crime, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘Amazing amazing amazing. The Stepchild is brilliantly written. There is every kind of emotion that a person could feel within the plot… I adore Nicole Trope.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘Had me HOOKED from page one. Seriously. It dives right in and is absolutely unputdownable… Everyone has secrets and no one is spilling… It’s twisty-turny and full of holy shiiiii moments… The story flows fast and furious. There’s no downtime in this one, each page more gripping than the last. You’ll definitely want to clear your schedule, because you’ll be finishing this in one sitting. Off to add all of Nicole Trope’s books to my TBR.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Wow, what a brilliant read this was!!!!!…It had me shocked and jumping up with joy all at the same time… I got so immersedCould do nothing else until I finished it. Time totally stops when I’m reading one of Nicole Trope’s books.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘Had me completely engrossed! An unputdownable and compulsive read. Such a fantastic book and I can’t wait to read more of her books!’ @rubie_reads, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘I found myself racing through the pages, wanting to know who all these characters were and how they were connected! If you want a book to keep you guessing, pick this one up… I LOVED the brilliant ending.’, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘I am blown away by this book, the twists and turns are mind-boggling!BRILLIANTIf I could, I would give it more than 5 stars. Excellent.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘Nicole Trope has done it again! She has quickly become one of the few authors who I will drop whatever I’m reading for when I see she has a new book out. This book was amazing. Heart-wrenching, suspenseful, plot twists I never saw coming…. Fantastic book!’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘Oh my word… Had me gripped from the first page. So many twists and turns that were completely unexpected.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘This book kept me guessing until the very end, I was hooked! I’m not sure how to accurately portray how much I loved this thriller!’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘This book is simply phenomenalKept me on the edge of my seat.’, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ratings and reviews

31 reviews
Kirsty Whitlock
March 20, 2022
BLOG TOUR REVIEW Review for 'The Stepchild ' by Nicole Trope. Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Nicole Trope, Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous Publication date 15th March 2022. This is the fourth book I have read by this author. I have previously read 'The Girl Who Never Came Home', 'The Mother's Fault' or 'The Family Across The Street' which I also recommend anyone read. I was originally drawn to this book by its eye catching cover and its intriguing synopsis and title. The synopsis stated that this book is 'Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, Liane Moriarty and The Wife Between Us.' I am a huge fan of Lisa Jewell so am looking forward to seeing if this lives up to this statement. I am also a huge fan of Nicole and if this is half as good as 'The Girl Who Never Came Home', 'The Mother's Fault' or 'The Family Across The Street' it is sure to be a page turning read. I must admit I was also biased due to the publisher being Bookouture. I have yet to read a book pu
Marnie Harrison
March 14, 2022
“When a child goes missing…No one is safe from suspicion…” Holy… what an absolute emotional rollercoaster this book is! My heart is racing again as I write this review! A brilliant read, this is my favourite of Nicole Tropes books yet and I can’t recommend this one highly enough! A tale of every parents worst nightmare, Trope vividly paints a harrowing picture of what it would feel like to have your child go missing. I found myself in our leads shoes and feeling her pain and terror, but there is so much more to this story, that really pulls on the heartstrings and had me at times in tears. Beautifully written, there are difficult themes explored in this story, but they are handled with sensitivity. The characters are well developed and feel real and the whole story just got under my skin. It is definitely memorable and one that will stay with me for a long time to come.
Melanie Lodge
November 30, 2022
this authors books just get better and better (I am not sure how this is possible based on the fact her first book has me sold on her straight away!!!). I am not sure where to go after I finish all her books. Happy reading x

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