THE BOY THAT NEVER WAS by KAREN PERRY.
SOURCE: A GoodReads win. An uncorrected Proof copy, whilst Amazon details are available by clicking on the book title I have been asked not to quote directly from the book which is available in hardback from March 27th and in paperback from August 28th 2014.
MY THOUGHTS: A piece of collaborative fiction, Karen Perry is the pen-name used by Dublin based authors Karen Gillece and Paul Perry. I'm not sure how writing this worked, whether one wrote the story from the point of view of Harry, the other from the point of view of Robin (yes, this is a novel written from the point of view of more than one character) but work it did.
The story of what happens when three year old Dillon disappears/dies and his parents (Harry and Robin) make the decision to return to their native Ireland where, five years on, Harry becomes obsessed he has seen his son.
Though I thought this a novel with a rather weak story line that relied heavily on coincidences, what The Boy That Never Was lacked in plot it more than made up for in admirable character development.
Not that I liked the characters because I didn't. Struggling to feel anything other than the slightest empathy for Harry whose actions I found mostly reprehensible and finding Robin a bit of a wet blanket I suppose its a sign of good writing that feeling as I did about them I nevertheless became totally caught up in how their grief shaped their lives informing their decisions in what turned out to be a compelling read.
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