I got The Girl Who Never Came Home By Nicole Trope, from NetGalley for a fair and honest review.

Synopsis

When Lydia’s sixteen-year-old daughter Zoe goes on a school camping trip, she has no idea of the horrors that will unfold. It’s why, when Lydia gets a call saying that her daughter has disappeared, she refuses to give up.

As she searches the mountains, her voice hoarse from calling Zoe’s name, she imagines finding her. She envisions being flooded with relief as she throws her arms around her child.

It’s why, when they find Zoe’s body, Lydia can barely believe it. It is unthinkable. Her little girl has gone.

Something made Zoe get out of her sleeping bag in the middle of the night, walk out of the warmth and safety of the cabin, into the darkness of the mountains. Driven by the memory of her youngest child, Lydia needs to find out the truth. 

Review

The Girl Who Never Came Home is an emotional story of what happens when a young girl is found dead, after going missing from a school camp.

This is a novel that works on a number of different levels, form a simple mystery of what happened to the young girl, in addition to those who remain how individuals  deal with grief.

The Grief in the book takes many forms not only the  grief of the close family members of the young girl, but of friends and people who were involved on the school trip. It also examines how we can still be affected by the death of a loved one, can have repercussions many years into the future.

The book is written through the views of a number of people from, he mother Lydia, her sister Jessia as well as a friend and the teacher who was in charge of the school trip. Each person has their own chapter which means you know when the perspective changes.

However a weakness of the story is the changing perspective, as when they changed sometimes it was difficult to work out the relationship, with Zoe at the start of the book, even though the chapters had the persons name at the start, it would have been nice if it had the relationship to zoe, as well as the name.

One of the advantages of the way the book was laid out, was the way that it enhanced the mystery, as each person gradually revealed their connection with the causes of Zoe’s death and how they feel guilty about what they could have done differently.

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Conclusion

Who would I recommend this book for? As well as people who like novels that are based on relationships and how our actions can have an affect on individuals, when added to the action of others. In addition it is for every parent to realize, even though we think that our children tell us everything, even though we never did it ourselves as children.

If any of the above are tropes you enjoy in a book or you just like having a puzzle to solve then you should read Nicole Trope’s latest book The Girl Who Never Came Home.

Meet The Writer

Nicole Trope
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Nicole Trope went to university to study Law but realised the error of her ways when she did very badly on her first law essay because-as her professor pointed out- ‘It’s not meant to be a story.’ 

She then swapped Law to study teaching instead. Using her holidays to work on her writing career and complete a Masters’ degree in Children’s Literature. After the birth of her first child she stayed home full time to write and raise children, renovate houses and build a business with her husband.

The idea for her first published novel, The Boy under the Table, was so scary that it took a year for her to find the courage to write the emotional story.

Nicole now, lives in Sydney with her husband and three children

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