One of our Books of the Year 2015.
July 2015 Book of the Month.
A compelling and thought-provoking read, ‘Only We Know’ binds 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. ~ Liz Robinson
Only We Know is the captivating new novel from Karen Perry, packed full of secrets and suspense. 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...From the bestselling author of The Boy That Never Was, Only We Know is a gripping novel that shows just how dangerous our childhood secrets can be. Praise for Karen Perry: I shot through this in one sitting. Like Gone Girl, it's told alternately by a husband and his wife. At the very beginning, something very shocking happens...It's the most gripping thing I've read for ages. Evening Standard 'Stunning' Simon Mayo Radio 2 Book Club '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' Jeffery Deaver 'Beautifully written, a tense and twisty tale' Sunday Mirror Karen Perry lives in Ireland. Only We Know is her second novel, following the Sunday Times bestseller The Boy That Never Was which was selected for the Simon Mayo Radio 2 Book Club.
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Publication date: 02/07/2015
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||2nd July 2015|
|Publisher:||Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Thriller / Suspense,|
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