Book Review: Only we Know by Karen Perry

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Welcome back guys, thanks for stopping by. Here is my review of Only We Know by Karen Perry.

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This was a surprisingly intense story, it had just the right amount of intrigue aswell as connecting characters in a way that had me believing in what I was reading.

This wonderful story comes from the combined imaginations of authors, Karen Gillece and Paul Perry. A couple of authors who have worked on some wonderful titles over the years. ‘A Girl Unknown’, ‘Can You Keep a Secret?’, and ‘Your Closest Friend’, to name but a few.


About the Author

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Karen Perry is the pen name of Dublin-based authors Paul Perry and Karen Gillece.

Paul Perry is the author of a number of critically acclaimed books. A winner of The Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year Award, he is a writer and course director in poetry at the Faber Academy in Dublin.

Karen Gillece is the author of four critically acclaimed novels. In 2009 she won the European Union Prize for Literature (Ireland).


About the Book

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In 1982, an idyllic summer is shattered when three children play a game that ends in tragedy.

Now, thirty years later, Nick, Luke and Katie remain bound together by the truth of what happened that day.

But some secrets won’t stay buried.

And when Luke vanishes and the threatening messages begin, it becomes clear someone else knows the truth – and is intent on justice, no matter what the cost…


My Review

I started reading this book and I wasn’t sure how I felt about the characters. Luke was annoying in that ‘Rich Guy’ kind of way and I didn’t feel any connection to Katie, who felt needy and damaged. The only person I felt any type of feelings towards was Nick…at first.

You see this book takes all the judgements you had from the start and turns them on there head. What we have here is a wonderful suspenseful thriller that twists and turns from viewpoint to viewpoint. We see from Nick’s point of view as he struggles with his demons and then we see from Katie’s point of view as she drinks away hers. The story is taunting from the start, never giving too much away, always leaving you hanging on until the last few chapters. I love the fact that the story jumps back and forth 30 years so that we can read first hand what happened in the past. But with each step back into the past, we are still left wanting to know more…never quite knowing what happened on that fateful day until we get to the end….and then everything you thought you knew is changed.

I read through this book and loved the character interactions between the characters. I felt the brotherly love between Nick and Luke and understood the protectiveness Luke had for his younger brother. I felt the anger that they both had towards each other at the same time and I read with sadness when there family dynamic is ripped apart. Katie and Nick were bonded through childhood memories, both good and bad and I enjoyed reading more into their relationship.

The entire story was very well written and I felt myself easily drawn into it, not wanting to put it down until I had turned the very last page.


Conclusion

A fantastic read, which had me hooked with its suspenseful story.

Worth a read!

Rating – 4 out of 5 

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