Book Review #56: The Boy Under the Table by Nicole Trope

4 Sep

This is the third book I read during “trapped in Lima 2012” and I hated it. It was the reading equivalent of a Lifetime movie. But at least Lifetime movies are kind of campy and if you watch them while drinking wine with your friends the can be hilarious. This book was not hilarious, it was dark and depressing and just felt false.

This is one of those books that tells the intersecting stories of a few characters. Tina, a prostitute, finds a young boy chained under the table when visiting a john one night. She returns later that night to free the boy, and kills his captor. Sarah and Doug, the boys parents, had lost him at a county fair.  It turns out the boy’s captor killed numerous children before him, and Tina saved him in the nick of time.

Tina journeys across the country to return the boy to his parents. And when she does, they welcome her with open arms into their family. In the end – everyone gets what they want. Doug & Sarah get their child back, Tina gets a home and a way out of prostitution.

The weird thing about this book was how boring it was for such a crazy, intense story. The author almost exclusively gives the facts, to the detriment of character development. I’d skip this one if you ever find yourself considering it.

3 Responses to “Book Review #56: The Boy Under the Table by Nicole Trope”

  1. Jess September 7, 2012 at 3:12 am #

    Wow this is the complete opposite to most reviews on this novel, mine included. But nice one telling the whole story in the review.

    • HelloKatieO September 7, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

      Can you link to your review? I’m always interested in another perspective.


  1. HelloKatieO’s #CBR4 Reviews #53 – #57 « Cannonball Read IV - September 4, 2012

    […] Review #56: The Boy Under the Table by Nicole Trope.  Do not read. This is the book equivalent of one of those crazy/sappy Lifetime movies. Full review.  […]

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