Reviews

  • Genuinely surprising

    Guardian
  • Stunning

    Simon Mayo Radio 2 Book Club
  • 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
  • A twist-filled page-turner

    Closer
  • 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

    Jeffrey Deaver
  • Beautifully written, tense and twisty tale

    Sunday Mirror
  • 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
  • The Boy That Never Was is that powerful thing, a beautifully written mystery driven by its exploration of the characters' innermost hearts - of the inexorable ripples that loss sends out, and the terrible damage people can do to those they love most. Both as a crime novel and as an emotional journey, it's gripping stuff

    Tana French
  • This assured debut is equal parts thriller, mystery and fascinating psychological study

    Irish Times
  • Taut, smartly written, empathetic and at times unbearably tense . . . The Boy That Never Was hits the bullseye

    Irish Independent