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Can You Keep a Secret?

Karen Perry

Surviving the weekend depends on whether you can keep a secret . . .

Lindsey hasn't spoken to Rachel in twenty years, not since her brother's eighteenth birthday party at their parents' remote country house.

A night that shattered so many friendships - and left Rachel's father dead.

Now Thornbury Hall is up for sale, and the old gang are back there, together again.

A weekend to say goodbye to the old place, to talk about the past.

But twenty years of secrets aren't given up lightly. Some won't speak about what happened that night.

While others want to ensure that no one ever does.

*One of Red Magazine's Top Ten Crime Reads for Autumn*

Praise for Karen Perry

'Keeps us guessing until the very last page' Liz Nugent

'Intense psychological thrillers that explore emotional danger with relentless, surgical accuracy' Tana French

'Like Gone Girl . . . The most gripping thing I've read for ages' Evening Standard

Girl Unknown

Karen Perry

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'Full of intrigue and incident and keeps us guessing until the very last tragic page' Liz Nugent, bestselling author of Richard & Judy book club pick Lying in Wait


'I think you might be my father . . .'

When first-year student Zoë Barry walks into Professor David Connolly's office and tentatively says these words, he is left reeling. But it is the lives of his family - particularly his wife Caroline - which are turned upside down by the arrival of this stranger.

A daughter, a sister, a friend . . . an enemy?

Though no one knows quite who Zoë is, she is soon entangled in their lives. Yet her stories don't ring true and Caroline is determined to learn if the girl is the unlucky innocent she claims to be or someone with a far darker agenda.

A deadly cuckoo in the nest . . .

Because by letting Zoë in, David and Caroline aren't just leaving themselves vulnerable. They're risking the most precious thing in the world - the lives of their children . . .


Praise for Girl Unknown

'Karen Perry writes intense psychological thrillers that explore emotional danger with relentless, surgical accuracy, and this may be their best yet' Tana French, bestselling author of The Trespasser

'This story of psychological attrition builds to an incredibly tense finale - before delivering an amazing final twist, Riveting stuff' Sunday Mirror

'One of the most richly satisfying psychological thrillers of 2016, a book that hooks the reader from the first page' Irish Independent

'A taut, tense psycho-gripper' Sunday Sport

Abandoned

Karen Perry

When Zoe Barry walks into Professor David Connolly's office and announces that she is his daughter, he is left reeling. Suddenly his family - imperfect, flawed, but working - is trying to find space for someone new.


But Zoe's stories don't quite add up and lies become indistinguishable from truths. The family struggle to make sense of whether she is a sister, a daughter, a friend, an enemy. But no one could have expected where it all might end.


Because they have let into their home a girl that they do not know. And now everything they have built has begun to violently, determinedly, break apart.

Only We Know

Karen Perry

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Only We Know is the captivating new novel from Karen Perry, packed full of secrets and suspense.

In 1982, on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday beneath the stifling heat of the midday sun, three children start a game that ends in tragedy.

Now, thirty years later, Nick, Luke and Katie are estranged, yet still bound together by the dark truth of what happened at the river that day.

Except some secrets won't stay buried.

And when Luke suddenly vanishes and the threatening messages begin, it seems that the strings of the past are tightening around them all. Because someone else knows what they did and is intent on seeking justice, at any cost . . .

From the bestselling author of The Boy That Never Was, Only We Know is a gripping novel that shows just how dangerous our childhood secrets can be.

Praise for Only We Know
'Only We Know builds handsomely on the promise of The Boy That Never Was (2014), plausibly and hauntingly exploring the extent to which guilt, shame and secrecy can shape, define and eventually destroy lives' Declan Burke, The Irish Times

'This is an intense and subtle story with some wonderfully poetic passages and a character driven plot which becomes more compelling as the sense of momentum gathers and the true version of events is slowly revealed. Gripping stuff' Sunday Mirror

'The power of Only We Know lies in the slow illumination of how, under their flimsy cloaks of adulthood, Katie and Nick and Luke are still the traumatised children of a long-ago day by a river, frozen in time by one event. It raises fascinating questions about who we are at heart, about the degree to which damage and guilt can shape our natures, and about whether - and how - we can be redeemed' Tana French

'Don't be surprised if you devour ONLY WE KNOW in one sitting' crimefictionlovers.com

Praise for Karen Perry
'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 on The Boy That Never Was

'Stunning' Simon Mayo Radio 2 Book Club

'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

'Beautifully written, tense and twisty tale' Sunday Mirror on The Boy That Never Was

'Gripping from its dramatic opening chapter, this tense, unpredictable novel blends a thriller with an intimate family story to produce a most compelling read' John Boyne on The Boy That Never Was

The Gifts

Karen Perry

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From Karen Perry, the bestselling author of The Boy That Never Was, comes a short story about simple actions and terrible consequences.

Harry has allowed guilt to destroy his marriage, but someone else close to him and Robin is harbouring a tragic secret that could have changed everything . . .

Find out the truth in THE GIFTS, a compelling short story to be read alongside THE BOY THAT NEVER WAS. Also includes a sample of ONLY WE KNOW - the gripping new novel from Karen Perry.

The Boy That Never Was

Karen Perry

The course of Harry and Robin's married life was set when their three-year-old son, Dillon, disappeared. Five years on, their lives are approaching a fragile normality. That is until the day Harry catches sight of his dead son in the midst of a Dublin crowd . . .

Harry and Robin must embark on a journey that demands they reevaluate everything they believe to be true - the secrets each holds and the lies they have told - and one that will test their trust in each other to the limit.

Biography

Karen Perry is the author of four Sunday Times bestsellers: Can You Keep a Secret?, Girl Unknown, Only We Know and The Boy That Never Was, which was selected for the Simon Mayo Radio 2 book club.