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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.
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An unsettling and absorbing psychological thriller, set within a street that just seethes with the awareness of past events. Leah and Jake move to the basement flat of a large house, just as the owner, Anton, is released from prison 19 years after being convicted of murdering his wife in their home. As Anton and Leah tentatively move towards friendship, will the past come to haunt the present? This is a read that pounced from the very first page. The author combination really works for me, Paul Perry and Karen Gillece excel in balancing a believable plot with multifaceted characters, while ramping up the tension. Layer upon layer of delightfully chilling intrigue highlighted the unknown. Questions built up in my mind, ensuring I was successfully kept on tenterhooks throughout. Come A Little Closer is a properly riveting read, it crept into mind spaces I didn’t even know I had, and I just had to choose it as one of my Liz Robinson Picks of the Month.
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 . . .
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.
One of our Books of the Year 2015. July 2015 Book of the Month. A compelling and thought-provoking read, Only We Knowbinds a childhood secret into a tight knot of anguish and heartache. The story is told in two different time frames, 1982 and 2013, steps are retraced and understanding grows as the traumatic secret whispers its way ever closer. If you've read the authors previous collaboration The Boy That Never Was (published outside the UK and Ireland as The Innocent Sleep so don't buy it twice) then you will expect the intrigue and uncertainty that may well become their trademark. This time there is a difference, if you can catch them, there are a number of references as to what is to come, this in no way spoils the story, in fact it somehow adds to the tension and yet there is still a sting in the tale. Karen Perry, pen name of Karen Gillece and Paul Perry, have a seamlessly balanced writing style, they write with a wisdom and understanding of the human spirit which has a refreshing honesty about it. Although the stunning descriptions of the surroundings, in particular Kenya, add an intensity to this story, it's the secrets kept and secrets told that hold the key to awareness and forgiveness in this particular tale.
One of our Books of the Year 2014. A riveting and powerful read, from the very first page to the last you are caught up in this intriguing tale of grief and guilt. We hear the tale from Harry and Robin, both have harboured damaging feelings of remorse, for very different reasons. Their stories are soulful and captivating, revealing more about them than they would ever want us to know. We witness two people in love, hurting themselves and each other; and one little boy, still in their hearts, their minds and could he possibly be in sight? Suspense builds, subtly concealed amongst secrets that linger just out of view. The authors clever and impactive writing, from a hot sensuous Tangier to a tense sorrowful Dublin, hints at the distressing storm waiting to break. As a sense of foreboding slips across the pages, we wonder, we question, we wait. Click here to see Only We Know by the same author.
A riveting and powerful read, from the very first page to the last you are caught up in this intriguing tale of grief and guilt. We hear the tale from Harry and Robin, both have harboured damaging feelings of remorse, for very different reasons. Their stories are soulful and captivating, revealing more about them than they would ever want us to know. We witness two people in love, hurting themselves and each other; and one little boy, still in their hearts, their minds and could he possibly be in sight? Suspense builds, subtly concealed amongst secrets that linger just out of view. The authors clever and impactive writing, from a hot sensuous Tangier to a tense sorrowful Dublin, hints at the distressing storm waiting to break. As a sense of foreboding slips across the pages, we wonder, we question, we wait.
Pre-order now: the new gripping psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Girl Unknown and Your Closest Friend Leah is in love. It should be the happiest summer of her life, but she can't help feeling lonely with Jake's attention divided between her, his ex-wife and his young son. As insomnia sets in, the walls of their new basement flat feel as if they're closing in around her. Until she meets her upstairs neighbour, Anton, who has recently moved back in after a long absence from the street. He's a sympathetic ear when Jake can't be, and even though others on the street seem strangely hostile towards him, Leah soon comes to rely on Anton and their secret conversations in the night. Leah has no idea that nineteen years before, Anton was convicted of killing his wife. A wife who looked a little bit like Leah. He has always said he didn't do it. Is Leah his redemption? Or is she befriending a killer intent on luring her closer and closer? Praise for Karen Perry: 'Like Gone Girl . . . it's the most gripping thing I've read for ages' Evening Standard 'An incredibly tense finale, an amazing final twist' Sunday Mirror 'If you're a fan of menacing psychological thrillers that chill you to the bone, this book is for you' Sunday Independent
'This brilliant binge-read thriller has a real roller coaster of an ending' Heat Keep your friends close. And your enemies closer. Cara shouldn't have survived the attack. But at the last moment, a stranger snatched her to safety. In the hours that followed, she told her Good Samaritan secrets she'd never told a soul. Not even her husband. Especially not her husband. In the aftermath, Cara is home, healed and safe. Which is when the anonymous threats begin. Someone knows things about her that they shouldn't. Cara's Good Samaritan offers to help - to save her all over again. That night, Cara made a friend for life. But what if she isn't a friend at all? 'Original and impressively contemporary with an excellent final twist' Daily Mail 'If you're a fan of menacing psychological thrillers that chill you to the bone, this book is for you' Sunday Independent 'One of the most tense openings I've ever read - I loved this clever thriller' Claire Douglas, bestselling author of Do Not Disturb 'This thriller had us gripped right from the start' Take a Break
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.
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'
Sie behauptet, deine Tochter zu sein, und du lasst sie in dein Leben. Vertraust ihr, bedingungslos. Bis es zu spat ist ...Der groe Sunday-Times-Bestseller - "e;Karen Perrys bester Roman."e; Tana FrenchEines Nachmittags steht Zoe Barry in Professor David Connollys Buro an der Dubliner Uni und behauptet, seine Tochter zu sein. David ist wie vor den Kopf geschlagen und traut seinen Ohren nicht. Nach dem ersten Schock stellt er Zoe seiner Frau Caroline und seinen Kindern vor. Bald ist die junge Frau Teil der Familie, zieht sogar bei den Connollys ein. Doch wahrend sie in Davids Gegenwart schuchtern und verletzlich wirkt, zeigt sie Caroline gegenuber ein anderes Gesicht - kuhl, berechnend, beinahe verschlagen. Ist Zoe die, die sie vorgibt zu sein? Wen haben die Connollys in ihr Haus und in ihr Leben gelassen? Eine Tochter? Eine Schwester? Oder eine vollig Fremde, die geduldig darauf wartet, ihrer aller Leben zu zerstoren? Der neue Roman des Erfolgsduos Karen Perry - unter die Haut gehende Psychospannung made in Irland
'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
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
Psycho-Spannung made in Irland - der neue Roman von Bestseller-Autorin Karen PerryIrgendwann kannst du nicht mehr davonlaufen. Irgendwann musst du dich stellen. Deiner Vergangenheit. Deiner Schuld. Dem Tag, der dein Leben verandert hat. Damals, als du gerade acht Jahre alt warst.Masai Mara, Kenia 1982. In der sengenden Mittagssonne spielen drei Kinder am Fluss. Ihr Spiel hat keinen Namen, sie haben es sich selbst ausgedacht. Sie lachen und wetteifern, doch dann herrscht plotzlich Stille. Bis der erste Schrei ertont. Dublin 2013. Katie Walsh arbeitet als Journalistin bei einer Tageszeitung und soll ausgerechnet uber Luke Yates, einen erfolgreichen Unternehmer, ein Portrat schreiben. Katie und Luke kennen sich seit Kindertagen, sie haben gemeinsam mit Lukes jungerem Bruder Nick einen Sommer in Kenia verbracht. Doch seit jener Zeit ist der Kontakt zwischen ihnen abgebrochen. Zu schrecklich ist die Erinnerung an jenen heien Nachmittag am Fluss, das Gefuhl der Schuld, dass sie seither nur eines wollen: vergessen. Katie trifft Luke schlielich bei einer Wohltatigkeitsveranstaltung wieder und erfahrt am nachsten Morgen, dass er noch in derselben Nacht verschwunden ist. Niemand wei, wo er sein konnte, sein Buro ist ein Ort der Verwustung, alle Bilder wurden von den Wanden gerissen und es finden sich Blutspuren. Auf dem Schreibtisch liegt ein Foto: Luke gemeinsam mit Katie und Nick 1982 in Kenia. Katie ist sofort klar, dass das kein Zufall sein kann. Es muss einen Zusammenhang zwischen Lukes Verschwinden und den Ereignissen von damals geben. Aber wer wei etwas daruber? Als Katie kurz darauf mit der Post einen toten Vogel erhalt, begreift sie, dass sie nicht langer davonlaufen kann. Denn die Vergangenheit hat bereits unerbittlich begonnen sie einzuholen, und jemand sinnt auf spate Rache ..."e;Was wir getan haben wirft die packende Frage auf, wer wir tief im Herzen sind, wie sehr uns Schuld beeinflusst und ob und vor allem wie wir Vergebung finden konnen."e; Tana French
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
**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.
Man hat ihnen das Liebste genommen. Aber was, wenn es die WAHRHEIT, die sie kannten, so nie gab?Psychospannung aus Irland - voll emotionaler Wucht, hintergrundig, atemlosIn Sekundenbruchteilen liegt ihr Leben in Schutt und Asche. Harry und Robin haben bei einem schrecklichen Erdbeben ihren dreijahrigen Sohn Dillon verloren. Auch funf Jahre spater uberschattet der unfassbare Verlust, das Gefuhl der Ohnmacht und Schuld jede Minute ihres Zusammenlebens. Bis zu dem kalten Wintertag, als Harry denkt, Dillon in Dublin auf der Strae gesehen zu haben. Seither ist er von dem Gedanken besessen, dass sein Sohn noch leben konnte. Und er ist bereit, bis zum Auersten zu gehen, um die ganze Wahrheit ans Licht zu bringen. Mit unvorstellbaren Folgen ..."e;Dieses Buch werden Sie nie mehr vergessen - Bittere Lugen ist fesselndes Psychodrama und beklemmende emotionale Reise in einem."e; Tana French
"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.