The Innocent Sleep

The Innocent Sleep

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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Tangiers. 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 café 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?
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780805098730
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (323 pages)

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Sep 17, 2014

Excellent read. Within the first few pages I was sucked in to this story and could not put it down!

ChristchurchLib Apr 13, 2014

"Five years ago, Harry and Robin's three-year-old son, Dillon, was killed when their Tangier apartment building collapsed in an earthquake. With their relationship understandably affected, they've moved to Dublin to start again. But when Harry believes he's seen Dillon on a crowded street in Dublin, he is consumed with finding him again. Was Dillon kidnapped? Or is Harry hallucinating, debilitated by guilt for having left his son alone? Either way, his obsession takes over his life, once again straining his marriage. This twisty yet reflective tale is "an intriguingly emotional and conventional debut" (Kirkus Reviews) by established authors Paul Perry and Karen Gillece, working together for the first time under the pseudonym Karen Perry."
Thrillers and Suspense April 2014 newsletter.


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