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Publisher's Summary

From the queen of white-knuckle suspense and searing family drama comes a harrowing glimpse into the real world behind the headlines. This is a novel of immense power and compassion - one that will move all who listen to it.

Tina is a young woman hiding from her grief on the streets of the Cross. On a cold night in the middle of winter, she breaks all her own rules when she agrees to go home with a customer. What she finds in his house will change her life forever.

Across the country Sarah and Doug are trapped in limbo, struggling to accept the loss that now governs their lives. Pete is the local policeman who feels like he is watching the slow death of his own family.

Everyday brings a fresh hell for each of them. Told from the alternating points of view of Tina, Sarah, Doug, and Pete, The Boy Under the Table is gritty, shocking, moving and, ultimately, filled with hope.

©2012 Nicole Trope (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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Interesting and compassionate

Well, written. I was afraid it would be too macabre but the book wasn't it was very interesting and compelling. I started the book and then I put it down but then I picked it up again and read it to the end and it was very very good

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LOVED

This book brought smiles to my face and tears to my eyes. Characters were so well written

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Excellent

I really enjoyed this book. Lots of things happening that kept me wanting to listen to the book constantly. The storyline deals with a very sad situation that ended with a very good ending that you wish would happen in real life for such situations.

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Good story

I enjoyed this story until it ended so abruptly I thought something was wrong with my iPad.

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Delightful author!

I am really enjoying Nicole Tropes books. I downloaded one, then another, then another, and now I have all of her books in my iPad to listen to. She’s great! Good job!

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Not for the Squeamish

This is tough material. Child abduction and abuse is truly horrifying. This book is very well written and narrated. It makes you really feel what this type of loss does to families & friends. The author manages to write a truly compelling story without resorting to political commentary.

I'm still thinking about this book.

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Didn’t want to stop listening!

The subjects addressed in this story aren’t pleasant to think about for most, but handled very well. I’m already looking for another book by Nicole Trope!

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A Story of Hope and Redemption

Locky was a blued eyed, curly haired, bubbly boy of eight, who constantly wandered away or ahead of his parents. When his mother entered a cake decorating contest and won at an Easter festival in Sydney, Australia, Locky was supposed to stand by his sister's stroller for a few minutes while his parents walked away. But curiosity drew Locky away and he became lost. Although his parents searched frantically and contacted the police, Locky could not befound.

Tina loved her little brother Tim as much as she loved herself, maybe even more. She was a bright student, with a bright future until her life fell apart. Tim came down with cancer. Her father left and her parents divorced. Tina's mother remarried a religious man who constantly preached at Tina about praying and turning her life over to God. After Tim died, her grief and the constant preaching became too much for Tina to bear and she ran away from home. She found herself living in an abandoned building with some teenage boys. who had also fled their life situations at home. They did what they had to to survive. For Tina, that was becoming a prostitute. One very cold night, a man asked her to go to his house to perform her services. As they entered the home through the kitchen, Tina realized there was a tiny, dirty. thin little boy tied like a dog under the kitchen table. She oriented not to see him, performed her service, and left, running as fast as she could to get away. Yet the image of the small boy under the table would not stop hauting her, and she enlisted the help of one of the boys to go back to the house to get him. She was able to get into the house through an open window, but as she started cutting the ropes that bound the child, the man woke up and caught her. In the ensuing struggle. she killed the man. I will not relay the rest of the story, but it will show you that no matter how far down life has taken you, there is always hope. Every life can be redeemed.

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Narrator was good easy to understand. Story was unfortunately very real and the emotions expressed by the characters were very accurate and relatable.

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Beautifully Written

A moving story with well-developed characters. Hearing from the different perspectives made it easy to relate to each character. I loved every part of the story - from the beginning to the end.

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  • Blonde-on-Board
  • 09-29-19

Couldn’t wait for my commute to keep listening!

Couldn’t put this down - having just listened to one of Nicole’s other books the boy in the photo, which was excellent i decided to purchase this one. Loved the characters- so very well written although upsetting in parts, an excellent read. Loved the narrator too. Have only just discovered Nicole trope, so I will definitely be reading more of her books.

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  • 04-18-22

just me

a good storyline and very well narrated. a bit dark but you got the feel good factor.

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  • Elise
  • 05-12-20

Yet again not disappointed Fantastic

My 3rd Nicole Trope book in a row, in 3 weeks. I have tried listening to similar but found the other stories really not as believable or as good as Nicole Trope books.

I am really pleased that her stories cover issues that are real life issues her characters within the stories are dealing with our modern societies far from pleasant aspects. She never over sensationalises the issues but she always makes you understand what and how people find themselves dealing with them. Her way of telling through her stories how it is normal people just as I or you could be that are having to deal with the situations is something I am constantly in awe of. This is secondary again however, to a real interest and believable main story line. I hope I can constantly find Nicole Trope stories to devour as for me they have a real place in modern contemporary literature and have reignited my interest in why books however you come to them through spoken word or reading, have an important place not only for myself but as a record of social history too.

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  • Emma Reed
  • 10-20-17

Emotional and tense!

This story has you on the edge of your seat at times, and my eyes welled up in others. very moving. Couldn't stop listening to it.

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  • Ria
  • 08-25-17

Brilliant

Don't want to spoil anything but it's a lovely book very human in every way

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  • Alexander James Hawley (Hawley Reviews)
  • 04-22-17

Great book by Nicole Trope worth going down under

What made the experience of listening to The Boy Under the Table the most enjoyable?

The lack of traditional structure; however, at one point this did lead to a two hour chapter. I'm not sure how much of this was down to the audio set up.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Boy Under the Table?

The closing scenes were done well on an emotional level.

Which character – as performed by Susan Strafford – was your favourite?

Susan Strafford's accent added to the authentic tone, but there was no particular one character that stood out.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Due to the nature of the plot line it was difficult not to have an emotional reaction to this book and at sometimes it was hard to listen to.

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Enjoyed the level of detail involved in Tina's character - it made you really feel for her.

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  • Jools
  • 02-25-17

Hold back the tears

What an excellent audio book a brilliant listen and we'll narrated, I recommend this audio book, extremely moving.

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  • Claire S
  • 10-11-16

WOW!

WOW! This was a very difficult, harrowing book due to the subject. At the same time it was steeped woth hope and the good in people. it brought out so many different emotions in me and I was crying walking the dog and listening to this.

This book will stay with me for a long time. i will certainly be buying more books by this author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-01-21

Couldn’t stop listening

A sad part of life that I felt made a realistic story , great book and a lovely ending.

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  • Dawn Rae
  • 06-04-21

Captivating

Story was captivating. Brilliant read from Nicole Trope would have to be my favourite from her at this point.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-29-19

non stop listening. great story

Great Story. - I would have loved to find out more about the Kidnapper (Killer). A lot of questions still to be answered.
Hope there will be a follow up story.

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  • Deb Jacobson
  • 08-04-16

A Perfect Balance

The Boy Under the Table addressed a frightening topic for any parent and it addressed it with a perfect balance of grit, subtlety and compassion. I look forward to reading more by this author; once I have recovered from this....