The Trophy Child

January 26th 2017 | Bantam Press | Hardbacks

In her novel, The Trophy Child, Paula Daly explores the issue of whether you can push your child too far, and how the behaviour of 'tiger mothers' affects their children.

Karen 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.

When Bronte goes suddenly missing in the family’s small Lake District town, uncomfortable questions are raised. And Detective Sergeant Joanne Aspinall is tasked with finding the answers…

Karen would know when to stop… wouldn’t she? 

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