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December 7, 2016



Published by Bantam Press 26th January 2017

How far would a mother go to achieve perfection?

A doting mother or a pushy parent?

Karen Bloom expects perfection. Her son, Ewan, has been something of a disappointment and she won’t be making the same mistake again with her beloved, talented child, Bronte.
Bronte’s every waking hour will be spent at music lessons and dance classes, doing extra schoolwork and whatever it takes to excel. 
But as Karen pushes Bronte to the brink, the rest of the family crumbles. Karen’s husband, Noel, is losing himself in work, and his teenage daughter from his first marriage, Verity, is becoming ever more volatile. The family is dangerously near breaking point. 
Karen would know when to stop . . . wouldn’t she?

I wanted to read The Trophy Child as I have read What Kind of Mother Are You and The Mistake I Made. For me personally What Kind of Mother Are You was my favourite. I didn’t feel the same buzz with excitement reading The Trophy Child.
Karen and Noel each have been married before. Noel has a daughter, Verity by his first wife. Karen has a son, Ewan. Karen and Noel have a daughter Bronte, who seems to be spoilt having music lessons and dance classes and doing extra school work and whatever it takes to be top in everything. Noel’s daughter Verity is very different her grades are down and drugs were found in her school locker. Verity is having counselling she attacked her stepmother Karen and nearly strangled her to death. The family is coming to breaking point as verity and ten-year-old Bronte go out and Bronte disappears. Has Verity done something to her stepsister? Or is there another reason why Bronte has disappeared?



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