One of our Books of the Year 2014.
In Tangiers an earthquake rips through the town swallowing buildings including Harry and Robin’s home and Dillon, their sleeping three year old son who Harry should never have left in the house alone. Five years later in Dublin Harry swears he sees Dillon in a crowd and so begins a spiralling thrill ride of twists and turns as Harry and his wife Robyn’s lives implode once more in their ongoing quest to find out what really happened to Dillon and if he could possibly still be alive. Brilliantly engaging, gripping, it will keep you guessing the truth till the very end.
The Boy That Never Was is that powerful thing, a beautifully written mystery driven by its exploration of the characters' innermost hearts . (Tana French). You were loved and lost - then you came back...Five years ago, three-year-old Dillon disappeared. For his father Harry - who left him alone for ten crucial minutes - it was an unforgivable lapse. Yet Dillon's mother Robyn has never blamed her husband: her own secret guilt is burden enough. Now they're trying to move on, returning home to Dublin to make a fresh start. But their lives are turned upside down the day Harry sees an eight-year-old boy in the crowd. A boy Harry is convinced is Dillon. But the boy vanishes before he can do anything about it. What Harry thought he saw quickly plunges their marriage into a spiral of crazed obsession and broken trust, uncovering deceits and shameful secrets. Everything Robyn and Harry ever believed in one another is cast into doubt. And at the centre of it all is the boy that never was...The Boy That Never Was is a deeply atmospheric and masterfully crafted tale of love and loss that will chill you to the bone.
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
'Beautifully written, tense and twisty tale'
'Taut, smartly written, empathetic and at times unbearably tense... The Boy That Never Was hits the bulls-eye '
The Irish Independent
'Cleverly written. A tense domestic thriller that is full of surprises. Dig a little deeper and you will find the broken heartbeat of this book which is the irreparable grief of the loss of a child' The Mail on Sunday
'This is a debut novel that will catch fire Nelson DeMille A truly remarkable novel. The Boy That Never Was is a pitch-perfect balance of driving plot and honest, complex human emotion. Written in a captivating, lyrical style and brilliantly structured, the story grips your heart from the first pages and simply never lets go'
'The Boy That Never Was is that powerful thing, a beautifully written mystery driven by its exploration of the characters innermost hearts, of the inexorable ripples that loss sends out, and the terrible damage people can do to those they love most. Both as a crime novel and as an emotional journey, it's gripping stuff'
Publication date: 04/12/2014
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 27/03/2014
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||4th December 2014|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
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 RossMore About Karen Perry