Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Boy That Never Was by Karen Perry. Read by Gerry O'Brien, Niamh Daly, Christopher Ragland and Roy McMillan.
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. Fans of Rosamund Lupton and Sophie Hannah will fall in love with this debut from Karen Perry.
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Beautiful narration brought the characters to life as they each told the story from their view point. The story was a little slow and improbable in places and I think I might have given up without the skill of the narrators.
Yes Excellent story and performance
Kept me guessing all the way to the end
Cry but also kept me enthralled all the way through
Love books both fiction & non-fiction, but fairly new to audio books. Other interests inc country music, walking, heritage and travel.
This was a great listen with several narrators taking the roles of the main characters. They all did a great job except for one time when mimicking a foreign accent. It was so muffled I couldn't understand anything that was said. But this took up 2 minutes of the entire book, so was fine.
The story begins in 2005 with a tragic earthquake and the loss of a son. It then skips to present day and mostly the chapters alertnate between the husband and wife. Through flashbacks we learn of events leading up to the day of the earthquake from their perspectives. Running alongside this is the present day story of how they moved on with their lives, or at least tried to, after their loss. The story starts strongly with action and emotion, then dips a little, but comes soaring back at the end with several plot twists. Just as I thought okay so that's what happened there was another surprise. It's difficult to say too much without giving the plot away. It reminded me of the recent BBC drama about a man looking for his missing son. What was also interesting was that I didn't really like the husband /father and yet it was easy to empathise with him.
I tried very hard to get into this book but it just kept moving away from my attention span - the narrators were excellent but I just could not concentrate on the characters and their story
The boy that never was - dramatic read, excellent narration.
You could really feel for this father in this dramatic book.
I never quite knew which way the story was going, so the twists and turns always came as a surprise. I was willing certain things to happen, and I didn't always get what I wanted.
Harry - he's a man haunted my his loss, and that drives him to an obsessive degree.All of the characters were very strong.
All of the narration was good, I particularly like the narrator who read the part of Robyn.
The ending, when we finally find out what happened to Dillon, and the result of that discovery.
An excellent book. I would highly recommend it.
The characters were very compelling. Each had his or her flaws, but their actions and the reasons behind them were entirely understandable. Whilst the circumstances were very unusual, I felt I understood why things developed in the way they did. The three narrators did a great job.
I enjoyed feeling that I knew what had happened in the past, and then the dawning realisation that I was mistaken! The author managed the events in a masterful fashion.
The ending was a bit of a mystery to me. I wonder if I missed something?
to read is one of life's greatest pleasures. to hear (audible) is becoming another! me? retired, female, traveller.
yes. it's good enough to hear a second time round
yes, they were both extremely good, "played" the parts well. The Irish voices were a real pleasure to listen to....
a book that I listened to at every possible (free) moment! Stayed in yr head between listenings
very hard to get into to many people telling the story ,ive give up on trying this book
ive only just started to listen to this audio book and I have give after a few chapters
This book had me sitting by the edge of my seat from beginning to the end. It was a great read and storyline. It could easily be non fiction.
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