The Foster Family by Nicole Trope book tour | AD
The nights are drawing in now which means that it’s the perfect time of year to curl up with a good book. It’s great timing then that I was invited to take part in the Bookature book tour for The Foster Family by Nicole Trope. This is what I thought.
Elizabeth is Joe’s foster mother, but she loves him like her own. The five-year-old, who adores superheroes and watching the birds outside, is the child she has dreamed of. As she looks into the garden, where he was playing just moments ago, her heart feels like it has been ripped from her chest.
She was meant to save Joe from his birth mother who almost harmed his chances at life. The woman who has been trying to desperately get him back.
She was meant to protect Joe from her husband. The man who, right now, lies to the police, saying he was making breakfast when Joe disappeared. Who squeezes her shoulder, ordering her to be quiet.
She was meant to look after Joe. They are just footsteps from the ocean, and little Joe can’t swim.
Then Joe’s tiny blue sandal is found in the water. If the worst has happened – the unimaginable – Elizabeth will never forgive herself. Because what if the secret she has been keeping for years, the guilt eating her alive, has somehow hurt her little boy?
It’s time to tell the truth – even if it means losing the child who is her whole world. Even if it could be the death of her.
WHAT I THOUGHT
The Foster Family is a real page turner that keeps you gripped from start to finish.
Little Joe goes missing from outside their holiday home, as the entire community comes together to help find the little boy, cracks start to appear, and it is soon very clear that all is not well in the home. Told from both Elizabeth’s perspective then and now as well as from Gordon’s perspective – the elderly gentlemen from across the road – The Foster Family gives a sometimes-disturbing insight into what sometimes happens behind closed doors.
I absolutely loved the inclusion of Gordon as a character and found his dementia a powerful took to highlight the inequality we often experience as we age.
Why is it the most vulnerable people in society are the ones no one ever wants to hear from?
The only thing that stopped me absolutely loving The Foster Family is that although she is a victim, for me that still doesn’t excuse Elizabeth of what she did wrong. We always have choices, and the impact of her bad choices made The Foster Family a really difficult read for me at times.
It is utterly compelling though and kept me gripped until the very last page.
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Want to read more? Then why not check out some of the other blogs on this tour who are all sharing their opinions too.
DISCLOSURE – I was provided with an electronic version of this book so that I was able to take part in this book tour. As always though, all thoughts and opinions are my own.