Karen Perry - Author

About the Author

Karen Perry is the pseudonym for Paul Perry and Karen Gillece. Paul Perry is the author of a number of critically acclaimed books including The Drowning of the Saints, Goldsmith's Ghost, 108 Moons, The Orchid Keeper, and most recently The Last Falcon and Small Ordinance. A winner of The Hennessy New Irish Writer of The Year Award, he is a Lecturer in Creative Writing for Kingston University, London, Writer Fellow for University College Dublin and Course Director in Poetry for the Faber Academy in Dublin.

 

Author photo © Edmund Ross

Featured books by Karen Perry

Can You Keep A Secret?

Can You Keep A Secret?

Author: Karen Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/11/2017

It's been twenty years since Lindsey has seen her best friend Rachel. Twenty years since she has set foot in Thornbury Hall - the now crumbling home of the Bagenal family - where they spent so much time as teenagers. Since Patrick Bagenal's 18th birthday party, the night everything changed . . . for good.It's time for a reunionPatrick has decided on one last hurrah before closing the doors of his family home for good. All of the old crowd, back together for a weekend.For the secrets to come outIt's not long before secrets begin to float to the surface. Everything that Lindsey shared with her best friend at sixteen . . . and everything that she didn't . . .

Girl Unknown

Girl Unknown

Author: Karen Perry Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/06/2016

The family struggle to make sense of whether she is a sister, a daughter, a friend, an enemy. But no one could have expected where it all might end. Because they have let into their home a girl that they do not know. And now everything they have built has begun to violently, determinedly, break apart.

Other books by Karen Perry

Your Closest Friend She found you. Now she won't let you go. The unputdownable thriller you won't be able to resist

Your Closest Friend She found you. Now she won't let you go. The unputdownable thriller you won't be able to resist

Author: Karen Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/06/2018

She saved your life. One hot, humid night in London, Cara is caught up in a wave of terror and chaos. Until a hand reaches out - and a stranger pulls her to safety. She knows your darkest secrets. Taking refuge with her unlikely rescuer, Cara shares more of herself with Amy than she ever has with anyone, including her husband. But after the hours of darkness are over, she can't remember exactly what secrets she revealed. Cara attempts to put it all behind her. But cracks begin to show in her life and marriage, and she starts to receive anonymous threats. She's your closest friend. As Cara's life begins to skid out of control, Amy reappears, offering to help. Amy is only person Cara can turn to, who knows her hidden side. Amy saved her that night. But what if the biggest threat to Cara is the stranger she's invited into her home? She's your worst nightmare. What readers are saying: 'Sizzles with tension and menace . . . a stunning read, better than Gone Girl' 'A riveting plot, entirely believable characters, and suspense of the subtlest kind' 'It held my attention right to the final page and the final twist took my breath away' 'Probably my favourite book so far of 2018'

Your Closest Friend

Your Closest Friend

Author: Karen Perry Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/06/2018

Imagine sharing your darkest secret with a stranger - a girl who isn't what she seems, and who will do anything to keep you close . . . On a hot humid night in London, Cara Jameson's busy, fulfilling life is interrupted with the sound of gunfire. Panic and terror grip the street as the air is filled with screaming and Cara is pulled roughly to safety by a stranger. Taking refuge in a storeroom, Cara huddles with her savior - Amy - and in the darkness she shares more in those hours than ever has with even her husband. When she emerges hours later, a bond forged in the trauma of that night has formed between them. Returning to work, Cara tries to put the experience behind her, but the incident has taken its toll and as cracks begin to show in her perfect life and marriage, Amy reappears, set on pursuing a friendship. Cara wished she hadn't shared everything she did in those hours of darkness. But as her life skids towards deepening violence, there is only one person she can turn to: Amy, her closest friend. Praise for Karen Perry 'Keeps us guessing until the very last page' Liz Nugent 'Intense psychological thrillers that explore emotional danger with relentless, surgical accuracy' Tana French 'Like Gone Girl . . . the most gripping thing I've read for ages' Evening Standard

Your Closest Friend

Your Closest Friend

Author: Karen Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 28/06/2018

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Your Closest Friend by Karen Perry, read by Joanne King and Jade Yourell. She saved your life. One hot, humid night in London, Cara is caught up in a wave of terror and chaos. Until a hand reaches out - and a stranger pulls her to safety. She knows your darkest secrets. Taking refuge with her unlikely rescuer, Cara shares more of herself with Amy than she ever has with anyone, including her husband. But after the hours of darkness are over, she cant remember exactly what secrets she revealed. Cara attempts to put it all behind her. But cracks begin to show in her life and marriage, and she starts to receive anonymous threats. Shes your closest friend. As Caras life begins to skid out of control, Amy reappears, offering to help. Amy is only person Cara can turn to, who knows her hidden side. Amy saved her that night. But what if the biggest threat to Cara is the stranger shes invited into her home? Shes your worst nightmare.

Can You Keep A Secret?

Can You Keep A Secret?

Author: Karen Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/11/2017

It's been twenty years since Lindsey has seen her best friend Rachel. Twenty years since she has set foot in Thornbury Hall - the now crumbling home of the Bagenal family - where they spent so much time as teenagers. Since Patrick Bagenal's 18th birthday party, the night everything changed . . . for good.It's time for a reunionPatrick has decided on one last hurrah before closing the doors of his family home for good. All of the old crowd, back together for a weekend.For the secrets to come outIt's not long before secrets begin to float to the surface. Everything that Lindsey shared with her best friend at sixteen . . . and everything that she didn't . . .

Can You Keep a Secret?

Can You Keep a Secret?

Author: Karen Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/08/2017

'Elegantly written and beautifully paced, Can You Keep ASecret? is a fluent, subtle and chilling novel' Declan Hughes, The Irish Times THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER Karen Perry brings Can You Keep a Secret, a truly dark and compulsive read - perfect for fans of Clare Mackintosh and Ruth Ware . . . It's been twenty years since Lindsey has seen her best friend Rachel Twenty years since she has set foot in Thornbury Hall - the now crumbling home of the Bagenal family - where they spent so much time as teenagers. Since Patrick Bagenal's 18th birthday party, the night everything changed . . . for good. It's time for a reunion Patrick has decided on one last hurrah before closing the doors of his family home for good. All of the old crowd, back together for a weekend. For the secrets to come out It's not long before secrets begin to float to the surface. Everything that Lindsey shared with her best friend at sixteen . . . and everything that she didn't . . . Some secrets should never be told. They need to be taken to the grave. While others require revenge at any cost. Praise for Karen Perry's Girl Unknown 'Full of intrigue and incident and keeps us guessing until the very last tragic page' Liz Nugent, bestselling author of Lying in Wait 'Karen Perry writes intense psychological thrillers that explore emotional danger with relentless, surgical accuracy' Tana French, bestselling author of The Trespasser 'Stunning' Simon Mayo Radio 2 Book Club 'Like Gone Girl . . . It's the most gripping thing I've read for ages' Evening Standard 'Beautifully written, tense and twisty tale' Sunday Mirror 'The book is beautifully written, with just the right balance of teasing the reader with clues and hitting them with revelations' Best Crime Fiction of 2015, The Telegraph

Girl Unknown The unputdownable SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER with a heart stopping twist . . .

Girl Unknown The unputdownable SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER with a heart stopping twist . . .

Author: Karen Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/11/2016

The ADDICTIVE THRILLER perfect for fans of Fiona Barton's The Child and Lisa Jewell's Then She Was Gone. ________ 'I think you might be my father . . .' Zoe Barry walks into Professor David Connelly's office and tentatively says these words. The lives of his family - particularly his wife Caroline - are turned upside down by the arrival of this stranger. A cuckoo in their nest Zoe soon entangles herself in their world but her stories aren't quite adding up and Caroline isn't sure she can be trusted. Is Zoe who she claims she is, or someone with a far darker agenda? A daughter, a sister, a stranger . . . By letting Zoe in, David and Caroline aren't the only ones who are vulnerable. They're risking the lives of the most precious thing in the world - the lives of their children . . . . . . a killer? Praise for Girl Unknown 'This story of psychological attrition builds to an incredibly tense finale - before delivering an amazing final twist. Riveting stuff' Sunday Mirror 'Full of intrigue and incident and keeps us guessing until the very last tragic page' Liz Nugent, bestselling author of Lying in Wait 'Karen Perry writes intense psychological thrillers that explore emotional danger with relentless, surgical accuracy, and this may be their best yet' Tana French, bestselling author of The Trespasser 'One of the most richly satisfying psychological thrillers of 2016, a book that hooks the reader from the first page' Irish Independent 'A taut, tense psycho-gripper' Sunday Sport

Only We Know

Only We Know

Author: Karen Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/12/2015

From the bestselling author of The Boy That Never Was and Girl Unknown, Only We Know is a gripping novel that shows just how dangerous our childhood secrets can be. In 1982, on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday beneath the stifling heat of the midday sun, three children start a game that ends in tragedy. Now, thirty years later, Nick, Luke and Katie are estranged, yet still bound together by the dark truth of what happened at the river that day. Except some secrets won't stay buried. And when Luke suddenly vanishes and the threatening messages begin, it seems that the strings of the past are tightening around them all. Because someone else knows what they did and is intent on seeking justice, at any cost . . . Praise for Only We Know: 'Only We Know builds handsomely on the promise of The Boy That Never Was, plausibly and hauntingly exploring the extent to which guilt, shame and secrecy can shape, define and eventually destroy lives' Declan Burke, The Irish Times 'This is an intense and subtle story with some wonderfully poetic passages and a character driven plot which becomes more compelling as the sense of momentum gathers and the true version of events is slowly revealed. Gripping stuff' Sunday Mirror 'The power of Only We Know lies in the slow illumination of how, under their flimsy cloaks of adulthood, Katie and Nick and Luke are still the traumatised children of a long-ago day by a river, frozen in time by one event. It raises fascinating questions about who we are at heart, about the degree to which damage and guilt can shape our natures, and about whether - and how - we can be redeemed' Tana French 'Don't be surprised if you devour Only We Know in one sitting' Crime Fiction Lovers

Gifts

Gifts

Author: Karen Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 18/06/2015

**Preorder Can You Keep A Secret? The next novel from Karen Perry, today**From Karen Perry, the bestselling author of The Boy That Never Was, comes a short story about simple actions and terrible consequences.Harry has allowed guilt to destroy his marriage, but someone else close to him and Robin is harbouring a tragic secret that could have changed everything . . .Find out the truth in THE GIFTS, a compelling short story to be read alongside THE BOY THAT NEVER WAS. Also includes a sample of ONLY WE KNOW - the gripping new novel from Karen Perry.

Innocent Sleep

Innocent Sleep

Author: Karen Perry Format: eBook Release Date: 18/02/2014

"e;How good's the big twist? You won't see it coming."e;-Entertainment Weekly"e;Terrific...an unpredictable and unsettling familial drama that has drawn comparisons to the novels of Gillian Flynn and fellow Dubliner Tana French."e;-Kirkus ReviewsWhen a couple's lost child resurfaces they are forced to embark on a journey into their shared past-one rife with dark secrets and liesTangiers. Harry is preparing his wife's birthday dinner while she is still at work and their son, Dillon, is upstairs asleep in bed. Harry suddenly remembers that he's left Robin's gift at the cafe in town. It's only a five minute walk away and Dillon's so tricky to put down for the night, so Harry decides to run out on his own and fetch the present.Disaster strikes. An earthquake hits, buildings crumble, people scream and run. Harry fights his way through the crowd to his house, only to find it razed to the ground. Dillon is presumed dead, though his body is never found.Five years later, Harry and Robin have settled into a new kind of life after relocating to their native Dublin. Their grief will always be with them, but lately it feels as if they're ready for a new beginning. Harry's career as an artist is taking off and Robin has just realized that she's pregnant.But when Harry gets a glimpse of Dillon on the crowded streets of Dublin, the past comes rushing back at both of them. Has Dillon been alive all these years? Or was what Harry saw just a figment of his guilt-ridden imagination? With razor-sharp writing, Karen Perry's The Innocent Sleep delivers a fast-paced, ingeniously plotted thriller brimming with deception, doubt, and betrayal.

Author Info

Author's Website

http://www.paulperry.ie/

Author's Facebook

Find Karen Perry on Facebook