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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (4 Dec. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405914041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405914048
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Genuinely surprising (The Guardian)

Beautifully written, tense and twisty tale (Sunday Mirror)

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 (Jeffery Deaver)

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 (Tana French)

A twist-filled page-turner (Closer)

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)

About the Author

Karen Perry is the pen name of Paul Perry and Karen Gillece.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Mar. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Harry and Robin lived in Tangiers with their young son, Dillon, until a terrible mistake and a devastating earthquake took their child from them. Harry left their son alone in the apartment for ten minutes, returning to find the building, and their child, gone. Although he felt Robin’s unspoken blame, the two return home to Dublin and attempt to rebuild their lives. Robin is keen to look forward, but it is soon apparent that Harry is still tormented by the loss of his son. One day, at a demonstration, he believes he sees Dillon in the crowd and events are set in motion which will test their marriage to the limit.

This is a realistic, well written and dramatic novel; with fantastic plot twists and turns. As Harry follows every lead to the boy he glimpsed that day, Robin is aware that Harry is moving away from her. Harry is also aware that neither Robin, nor his friends, believe that he has really seen Dillon – there are vague mentions of him being unwell, which suggest that he had a breakdown. As such, everyone is wary of Harry’s behaviour and of encouraging him; leaving him feeling even more isolated and desperate. The glimpses into how their friends and family view the couple and the events that follow are realistically and movingly written. I have no intention of giving away the ending, but it is a gripping read and will leave you emotionally wrung. I suspect this will deservedly be one of the big thrillers of the year.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher , via NetGalley, for review.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Traffic on 3 Sept. 2014
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I really enjoyed this Kindle book and found it hard to put down. A man and woman lose their only child in an earthquake in Tangier when the building he is in collapses. The body is never found.

A few years later in Dublin the man is making his way home when he sees a woman with a boy who looks just like his son had he lived to the age that boy is. Thus begins a man's quest to find this boy who he thinks is his own son back from the dead. He hides the sighting from his wife as he thinks she won't believe him, and the police too believe he is suffering from a delusion that his son is alive.

The book is superbly written with each chapter alternating from the man's view, then his wife's view giving you both sides od their story.

The book ended not quite how I was expecting as there are twists and turns along the way.

Brilliant and highly recommended.

I read this on a Kindle app on my IPad mini and had no proplems with it at all.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Petal on 27 Mar. 2014
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Harry and Robin's worlds are torn apart when their son Dillon vanishes after a devastating incident.

Struggling to cope with their grief, Harry and Robin retreat from their memories in Tangier to Ireland, where they begin to settle. Whilst out one day, Harry becomes caught up with a group of protesters and spots his dead son Dillon amongst the crowd and embarks on a journey to prove his belief that Dillon is alive.

A wonderfully captivating story that holds you from the first page to the last. I could not forsee the many twists and turns in the gripping plot line and I read furiously to reach the dramatic conclusion.

Completely involving, the superb writing deals sensitively with emotions stemming from loss of a loved one. Definitely one not to be missed!

*I received this book free to review in exchange for honest feedback.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lari on 31 May 2014
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I chose this book after an Amazon recommendation based on others I have read and it did not disappoint.
Harry and Robin find themselves in a life of despair after the occurrence of a failure to protect their own from disaster.
The chapters alternate so we experience the repercussions as they play out from both perspectives.
The amount of unexpected twists in this novel render it addictive and I would highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Moonlit VINE VOICE on 6 Nov. 2014
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There seems to be a proliferation of novels at the moment about missing children and the quality of these varies greatly. This is the best I've read. It's the story of a man obsessed by guilt, who blames himself for the death of his son, so much so that he can't accept that the child is dead. His wife has moved on but five years after his child disappears in an earthquake in Tangiers Harry believes he has seen his son Dillon in Dublin.

The writing is excellent. Karen Perry brings Tangiers in particular, to life and her descriptions are superb, making you feel as though you are there in the heat and dust. The novel is written (mainly) from two points of view, those of Harry and his wife Robin. Perry makes a good job of differentiating their voices. So often when novels have more than one narrator it isn't clear who is talking but this is done well. Recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ireadnovels on 12 April 2014
Format: Hardcover
Karen Perry is a real credit to Penguin book publishers. The Boy That Never Was by Karen Perry is an astonishingly very good story with the writing and the emotional involvement. As the story progresses it gets bigger and better with the twist and turns like you would never guess what is going to happen next. There is a gasp for breath where trust becomes unsettling that touches your heart. The Boy That Never Was is without question A excellent purchase. The story starts with a storm rising in Tangier. Harry is making a meal for wife and wants their son Dillon a sleep. Harry gives Dillon a sleeping tablet in some milk. Delivering chills through the story Dillon is fast a sleep and Harry pops out never to be able to live with the guilt and disgust at him self for what is about to happen. Tragedy strikes while Harry is out and Dillon in the bed alone when rumble noises from the earth moves, walls shift an earthquake is charging through Tangier. Harry runs as fast as he can back to his house to find his house has sunk into the earth. Harry tried desperately to find Dillon but he could not.How can Harry explain this emotional tragedy to his wife Robin?. A few years later Harry thinks he sees Dillon with a lady but he does not tell his wife. Author Karen Perry is a true storyteller. I would urge readers to read The Boy That Never Was as I am sure readers will not be disappointed. I highly recommend this novel touching novel with flying colours to readers and book clubs. I really do hope that many readers will enjoy The Boy That Never Was as much as I have. Review by ireadnovels.wordpress.com
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