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  1. Dem Dem says:

    3.5 Stars for The Innocent Sleep by Karen PerryThis is the same novel different name as The Boy That Never Was which is a little strange The Innocent Sleep in set in Tangier and Ireland and tells the stroy of Harry and his wife Robin Harry is preparing his wife s birhday dinner while she out working Dillon their young son is asleep upstairs Suddenly Harry remembers that he has left his wife s birthday gift at a cafe in town Its only a 5 minute walk away, what is the harm in running out picki 3.5 Stars for The Innocent Sleep by Karen PerryThis is the same novel different name as The Boy That Never Was which is a little strange The Innocent Sleep in set in Tangier and Ireland and tells the stroy of Harry and his wife Robin Harry is preparing his wife s birhday dinner while she out working Dillon their young son is asleep upstairs Suddenly Harry remembers that he has left his wife s birthday gift at a cafe in town Its only a 5 minute walk away, what is the harm in running out picking up the gift while the child is sleepingAn interesting and well written novel from writers Paul Perry and Karen Gillece I really enjoyed the well structured plot, the characters and the sense of time and place I loved the suspense of the novel as I was never quite sure where the story was going and yet the authors managed to keep me interested The chapters are narrated alternatively by Karen and Harry and I enjoyed this aspect of the book very much as it make it a quick and gripping read.A good suspenseful and entertaining read, a short book at 323 pages hardback version and certainly one I will recommend to friends in the future I look forward to other novels by these writers


  2. Sandy Sandy says:

    This is a psychological thriller that explores the effect of lies secrets on a marriage It s also one hell of a roller coaster ride.We first meet Harry Robin in Tangier It s 2005, the night of Robin s birthday their lives are about to change forever I don t want to give too much away but Harry makes some choices prior to an earthquake hitting the area that result in the loss of Dillon, their 3 year old son No remains were ever found in the pile of rubble that used to be their home.Fast This is a psychological thriller that explores the effect of lies secrets on a marriage It s also one hell of a roller coaster ride.We first meet Harry Robin in Tangier It s 2005, the night of Robin s birthday their lives are about to change forever I don t want to give too much away but Harry makes some choices prior to an earthquake hitting the area that result in the loss of Dillon, their 3 year old son No remains were ever found in the pile of rubble that used to be their home.Fast forward to 2010 Dublin where Harry Robin have recently moved into her grandparents old house Much like their marriage, it s a little worn around the edges, in need of repair.They met in art college about 15 years ago After graduating, they travelled, painting the people places they saw Seduced by the culture beautiful light in Tangier, they settled there soon had a group of friends including the enigmatic Cozimo After losing Dillon, Robin returned to Ireland but Harry stayed on, searching filing reports with every agency he could think of Eventually he went home to Dublin But his obsession with finding Dillon alive led to a breakdown landed him in hospital.Robin nursed him back to mental health he started to paint again But Robin put away her brushes trained as an architect Money is tight in these times of austerity in an effort to save some cash, Harry closes his studio to work at home Walking back that last day, he gets caught up in a crowd of demonstrators In the midst of the chaos, he spots a young boy.a boy who looks just like Dillon.This is the start of an extremely complex twisted plot Both Harry Robin have major secrets they ve kept from each other one by one they re exposed as Harry disintegrates, caught up in his obsession again The author does an admirable job of portraying their grief guilt and you sympathize with their situation But there are also times when it s really hard to like either of them As the history of the 5 years spent in Tangier is slowly revealed in flashbacks, you learn neither of them is blameless bad decisions made then are directly responsible for what is unfolding now.There are many peripheral characters in both periodsthan once I was fooled when I thought I knew the good guys from the bad, who was right who was wrong It s an intricate, action packed story impossible to summarize all I ll say about the ending is 2 things in the last few pages there is a twist I never saw coming the finale left me gutted.If someone had recommended this novel to me, saying it was the story of a couple trying to get over the loss of a child, I would have smiledthanked themand put it back on the shelf Don t be fooled This is so muchwould make an excellent choice for a book club


  3. Elaine Elaine says:

    If it wasn t for the fact that my 15 year old son bought me this book for Christmas and so I didn t want to hurt his feelings by throwing it across the room, this read would have been a DNF for the simple reason that it is just so deadly dull and boring Five years ago, three year old Dillon tragically disappeared one night, believed killed during an earthquake in Tangier Now, back in Ireland, his father Harry is convinced that he has seen his son alive and well walking the streets of Dublin T If it wasn t for the fact that my 15 year old son bought me this book for Christmas and so I didn t want to hurt his feelings by throwing it across the room, this read would have been a DNF for the simple reason that it is just so deadly dull and boring Five years ago, three year old Dillon tragically disappeared one night, believed killed during an earthquake in Tangier Now, back in Ireland, his father Harry is convinced that he has seen his son alive and well walking the streets of Dublin This kickstarts an obsessive hunt as Harry pulls out all the stops in an attempt to track this little boy down, but can his marriage with Robin withstand the fresh emotional trauma he is heaping upon it I didn t like Harry Just a couple of pages into the read and we find out he is in the habit of drugging his little son at nights so that he can get a good uninterrupted sleep and that just turned me against him That, coupled with the drinking and infidelities, meant that I really didn t take to him at all and was left wondering what was so special about him that attracted Robin to him in the first place Robin herself is just, well pretty nondescript There is nothing particularly remarkable about her that makes her stand out The story is very descriptive and unwinds just a bit too slowly for my liking the characters are staring out of windows introspectively types and just incredibly dull to read about About halfway through the book I mostly, but not completely, guessed the hook of the story and I would have liked to have been kept guessing until the end although when I did get to the end, it was a yeah, right, I really believe that could have happened with those particular people with that particular lifestyle


  4. Patrice Hoffman Patrice Hoffman says:

    The Innocent Sleep by Karen Perry is the story of a young family who s trying to repair their lives after a devastating earthquake that costs them the life of their 3 year old son, Dillon Harry leaves his son alone, sleeping, in an effort to get one last trinket for his wife Robin s birthday During the time he is away, an earthquake occurs and leaves in its wake a depth far greater than the destruction of a building.Five years later after the catastrophe, Harry is sure that in the midst of a r The Innocent Sleep by Karen Perry is the story of a young family who s trying to repair their lives after a devastating earthquake that costs them the life of their 3 year old son, Dillon Harry leaves his son alone, sleeping, in an effort to get one last trinket for his wife Robin s birthday During the time he is away, an earthquake occurs and leaves in its wake a depth far greater than the destruction of a building.Five years later after the catastrophe, Harry is sure that in the midst of a rally, he has spotted their son Because there was no body found, he is sure that just maybe his son has been alive the entire time Along with the hope of his son being alive comes the chance of redemption Suddenly, the true events of that fateful night surface where this couple are no longer able to lie and must confront the truth of their lives.Long story short I really enjoyed this book Karen Perry gives readers complete characters who have a depth that often lacks in novels suggested as being thrillers or suspense FYI, I don t think this novel is suspense in the sense that most readers expect, but the whole mystery surrounding the death of Dillon is what offers a sense of tension that is palpable throughout the whole text Harry, in my opinion, was given the most depth Essentially, he hasto work with sense his careless actions are really what jump starts the plot He is constantly battling the guilt of leaving his son alone and it is only during these times that we are able to actually rally behind him Generally, it s hard getting past his initial actions but slowly, the layers peel away and he becomes someone to feel sorry for and wish the best for The novel is told in alternating narratives featuring Harry and Robin At times I almost felt that they were too aware of self They didn t seem to be regular people dealing with life after such a devastating loss Their speech is often times too poetic to seem authentic but rather a good author speaking through her characters I m kinda at odds with this approach since it s obvious Perry has some outstanding writing chops It may have seemedfluid and believable if The Innocent Sleep was told from a 3rd person view instead of the 1st person narrative.Essentially, I can t help but stress how much I enjoyed The Innocent Sleep Karen Perry writes an engrossing tale of life after Life after essentially is how many of us categorize our lives after dealing with a huge loss that can never be repaired She explores how sometimes the smallest lie, or the simplest action, can forever change our lives I am happy to have had the opportunity to take this journey with these characters and look forward to readingby this author Copy provided by Henry Holt and Company via Netgalley


  5. Vegantrav Vegantrav says:

    Plot synopsis In 2005, Harry and Robin are Irish expats living in Tangier with their 3 year old son, Dillon One evening, while Robin is at work and Harry is alone with Dillon, Harry decides to run a quick errand just a few blocks away while Dillon is sleeping In Harry s absence, an earthquake strikes, and Robin and Harry s apartment building is destroyed Dillon s body is never found, but he is presumed dead Harry, however, clings to a belief that somehow Dillon survived and was spirited away Plot synopsis In 2005, Harry and Robin are Irish expats living in Tangier with their 3 year old son, Dillon One evening, while Robin is at work and Harry is alone with Dillon, Harry decides to run a quick errand just a few blocks away while Dillon is sleeping In Harry s absence, an earthquake strikes, and Robin and Harry s apartment building is destroyed Dillon s body is never found, but he is presumed dead Harry, however, clings to a belief that somehow Dillon survived and was spirited away.Five years later, Robin and Harry are living back in Ireland when Harry catches a glimpse of a boy whom, he is convinced, is Dillon A friend who has connections with access to CCTV is able to obtain the CCTV recordings of the area where Harry thought he saw Dillon After hours of pouring through video, Harry finds not only the boy he thinks to be Dillon but also the license plate of the vehicle that the boy and the woman he is with get into.Review spoilers below For the first 200 pages, I kept wanting to quit reading this novel as the pacing was slow and one of the two protagonists, Harry, is not even remotely likable Harry is a selfish, easily angered, drunken, philandering jerk who surrounds himself with unseemly characters Spencer and Cozimo and treats Robin contemptuously and callously on numerous occasions He is also prone to violence and gets himself killed when he steals a gun from Spencer and uses it to confront Dave He actually takes a gun to the house where he believes Dillon to be living Who takes a gun to a place where there are children Robin is a little better, but her actions at the end of the story show her to be a complete idioton that later She spends a lot of time over the first 200 pages crying and complaining about Harry and how bad a husband he is She knows that Harry has cheated on her, and she is even afraid of him At Christmas, when the pivotal events of the story occur, Robin selfishly wants to exclude her parents from celebrating Christmas with her and Harry Finally, though, she does decide to invite her parents over, and on Christmas day, when Harry finds news of where Dillon might be, he begins behaving erratically, leading Robin s parents to fear for her safety, so they demand that she come home with them, which she does Later, when she speaks to Harry on the phone, she implies that she might be leaving him.Besides the two lead characters being rather unsympathetic, the dialogue is completely artificial There is an unmistakable sense, in all of the conversations, that what the characters are saying is completely made up it doesn t sound remotely real The horrific dialogue, Harry and Robin s sour personalities, and the slow pacing make the first 200 pages an atrocious read.But then the action picks up and the story gets fairly interesting Harry was right he had seen Dillon Dillon had been taken by his biological father, Dave Dave and Robin had, unbeknownst to Harry, had an affair in Tangier, shortly after which Dave had left Robin never told Harry, so Harry thought Dillon was his son Visiting Tangier about a year after the affair, Dave discovers that he has a son, but he doesn t try to take Dillon from Robin and Harry or even tell Harry that he is the father.In the meantime, Dave and his wife, Eva, who had been briefly separated, have had their own son, Felix, who is around Dillon s age Sadly, Felix dies of a childhood illness One evening, Dave calls Robin in Tangier to check on her and Dillon Robin tells him that she and Harry have split up Dillon has been having trouble sleeping, so to solve this problem, Harry started giving Dillon sleeping pills when Robin found out, she was outraged and kicked Harry out Dave is equally outraged by Harry s behavior Later, though, Robin takes Harry back.Eventually, Dave and Eva go to Tangier Dave wants to confront Robin and Harry Dave just happens to show up at Robin and Harry s apartment as Harry is rushing out for his errand on the day of the earthquake after drugging Dillon with a sleeping pill The earthquake begins Luckily, Dave is there and gets Dillon out of the building before it collapses Eva, who knows about Dave s past affair with Robin and has come to terms with it, is happy to raise Dillon as her and Dave s son as it seems to help Eva overcome her grief at losing Felix.Eventually, back in Ireland, Harry tracks down Dillon, Dave, and Eva Harry takes a gun to their house, a struggle ensues with Dave, and Harry is shot and killed As the novel ends, Robin now has custody of Dillon and Dave is awaiting trial for the shooting of Harry, and we don t know what has become of Eva.Robin as the story end, romanticizes Harry as some sort of heroic figure who never gave up hope that Dillon was alive She seems to forget that on the last day of his life, she had implied to Harry that she might be leaving him She seems to forget that Harry had drugged Dillon as a toddler She seems to forget that Harry was a drunk who treated her terribly She seems to forget that Harry left Dillon, a toddler, home alone She seems to forget that, had it not been for Dave rescuing Dillon, Dillon would have died, yet she vilifies Dave Robin is a complete idiot Prior to Harry spotting Dillon and Eva on the streets of Dublin, Robin and Harry had been struggling financially, yet as the story ends, Robin has moved back to Tangier Where she obtained the funds to do so when she and Harry could previously barely even pay their mortgage is never explained Robin s logic in returning to Tangier is that it will give her and Dillon a chance to escape the media spotlight so that they can bond, though Dillon does not seem very interested in bonding with Robin as she still mourns his separation from Eva, who has been his mother for as long as he could remember But Robin, who is supposed to love her son, doesn t seem to care at all about separating Dillon from the only mother he can remember.Then, as the story ends, Robin glimpses a man she is sure is Harry, and the story closes with her chasing after him Now, there is no way Harry is still alive Dave is on trial for Harry s death back in Ireland It seems then that Robin is possibly suffering a severe psychotic brake if she truly believes Harry is alive, which she seems to believe Moreover, her treatment of Dillon taking him away from Eva and to a country that is completely foreign to him and when she does not have the financial means to do so indicates that she herself is not a good mother She is an idiot She is extraordinarily selfish All through the last third of the novel, I was rooting for Eva and Dave two nice, caring adults who truly love Dillon to get to keep Dillon The idea of Dillon going back to live with Harry and Robin seemed just ridiculous, but in the end, he does go back to live with Robin, a woman who is so stupid that she took her husband back after he had drugged her son and even after he left him alone at home and was, to Robin s knowledge, killed Yet Robin still looks upon this loser of a husband as a hero and is angry with Dave, the man who actually saved Dillon s life and loved him.That s why this novel gets one star two stupid, selfish protagonists the bad guy, Dave, is actually a good guy terrible, artificial dialogue unbelievable coincidences Dave just happening to be in the right place at the right time to save Dillon Harry spotting Dillon on the streets of Dublin 5 years later and a horrible ending


  6. Zoeytron Zoeytron says:

    Tangier, Morocco where the days seem longer, languorous, hazy and golden Artists Harry and Robin went there for the strange and beautiful light, the fiery dawns that Harry favors for his paintings They rent an apartment above an old bookstore A foolhardy decision made by Harry at the beginning of the tale leads to tragic consequences Good, tight writing The character of Cozimo, the owner of the bookstore, is fascinating You are never completely sure about him An older gentleman with a Tangier, Morocco where the days seem longer, languorous, hazy and golden Artists Harry and Robin went there for the strange and beautiful light, the fiery dawns that Harry favors for his paintings They rent an apartment above an old bookstore A foolhardy decision made by Harry at the beginning of the tale leads to tragic consequences Good, tight writing The character of Cozimo, the owner of the bookstore, is fascinating You are never completely sure about him An older gentleman with a theatrical air about him, he speaks with an affected English accent, wears silk pants and slippers, and collects old typewriters Cozimo holds seances, drinks gin, and is a keeper of secrets extraordinaire The characters of Harry and Robin are excellent, very believable and with flaws a plenty As one reviewer noted, this is not your standard fare of parents working through the grievous loss of a child It has a keen psychological edginess to it and the result makes for a riveting read The story is a composite of secrets, suspicions, resentment, guilt, unspoken blame, and the loss of trust This was a first reads giveaway, thank you You won t want to stop reading until it is finished I was taken by surprise twice, and that is always a pleasure Well done


  7. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    The setting of Tangiers is what first drew me to this book, but many other things kept me avidly reading I originally thought Harry was a very easy character to dislike, quite frankly I found him to be somewhat of a jerk Felt so sorry for his wife, but of course things were not quite what they seemed An earthquake, a destroyed building and a dead child sent this couple reeling, and they returned to Dublin to try to make a fresh start.Many, many revelations, some stellar writing, twists and tu The setting of Tangiers is what first drew me to this book, but many other things kept me avidly reading I originally thought Harry was a very easy character to dislike, quite frankly I found him to be somewhat of a jerk Felt so sorry for his wife, but of course things were not quite what they seemed An earthquake, a destroyed building and a dead child sent this couple reeling, and they returned to Dublin to try to make a fresh start.Many, many revelations, some stellar writing, twists and turns, and secrets kept me turning the pages A novel of deceit, of the past coming back to haunt the future all make this one very good debut novel Definitely a author I will be watching ARC from Netgalley


  8. Irene Irene says:

    One of the best books I ve read this year


  9. Amy Amy says:

    Started out ok, had one decent twist, then went steadily downhill from there Badly written and relies heavily on coincidence, and just a flat out dopey ending This is like reading an Ira Levin novel without any of the camp or charm, and who wants to do that


  10. Paige Paige says:

    Meh I didn t love the switching narrator, and the ending made me nuts.


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The Boy That Never Was [Reading] ➼ The Boy That Never Was Author Karen Perry – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Stunning Simon Mayo Radio Book Club A twist filled page turner CloserThree year old Dillon vanished in the middle of the night His father Harry can t forgive himself for not protecting his only child That Never PDF/EPUB ç Stunning Simon Mayo RadioBook Club A twist filled page turner CloserThree year old Dillon vanished in the middle of the night His father Harry can t forgive himself for not The Boy ePUB í protecting his only child Yet Harry isn t blamed by his wife Robin she bares her own secret guiltFive years later, thousands of miles away, Harry spots an eight year old Boy That Never Kindle Ô boy in a crowd a boy he is convinced is DillonDesperate to find his missing son, Harry s obsession tears apart his marriage, exposing shameful secrets and shattering the one thing he and Robin had left trustWhy won t Robin believe Harry What is she hiding Can the boy really be Dillon And how far will Harry go to find their lost son The Boy That Never Was is a deeply atmospheric and masterfully crafted tale of love and loss that will chill you to the bone Praise for The Boy That Never WasThe Boy That Never Was is that powerful thing, a beautifully written mystery driven by its exploration of the characters innermost hearts Tana French A truly remarkable novel 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 This is a debut novel that will catch fire Nelson DeMille A beautifully written, tense and twisty tale Sunday Mirror Equal parts thriller, mystery and fascinating psychological studyIrish Times.