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14. August 2016 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I read another story by this author, 'The boy that never was' and the stories are similar so it spoiled the second read for me. Both stories jump between the past in Africa and the present in Dublin. So there's a bit of a mystery but like in the other book at the end all these seemingly insignificant characters suddenly appear and there's a big rush to wrap the story up. Readable but disappointing.
Having enjoyed, “The Boy That Never Was,” I was eager to read the second novel by Karen Perry (the pen name for Dublin-based authors Paul Perry and Karen Gillece). The two books share a similarity, in that part of both stories takes place in Ireland and part of the storyline involves a different country – in this case, Kenya.
In 1982, Sally and Ken Yates are living in Nairobi, with their two sons – Luke, ten, and younger brother Nicky. The couple are being visited by Sally’s friend, Helen, and her eight year old daughter, Katie. Helen has left her husband, but her visit is causing tension between Sally and Ken. Ken wants Helen to return to Ireland and, likewise, he wishes to go home with his family, after his contract is finished. Sally would prefer to stay in Africa; but the group decide to take a safari to think things over. While they are away something happens which changes the lives of everyone and the three children swear never to tell anyone about it – ever…
The story then switches to Dublin, in 2013. Luke Yates is now a passionate and gifted speaker, a possible candidate for a successful career in politics, and involved with his later mother’s charity work. He is also one half of a ‘golden couple’ – married to the beautiful Julia. Katie Walsh is a thirty seven year old journalist. Unlike Luke, she has no real ties – just a rented flat and no husband or children. What she does have is a steadily building drink problem and dark memories of the past. When she is told to write a story on Luke, she comes back in contact with him again at a fund raiser. The following day, Luke goes missing and the events of the past collide with the present.
With Nicky returning to Ireland, with his new young wife, Lauren, and Luke’s wife, Julia, feeling threatened by Katie’s past links with her husband, it feels as though Katie is losing control. However, she begins to realise that someone knows what happened all those years ago and that she cannot hide from the past any more. This is an interesting thriller, which moves from Kenya to Ireland and back again, as the characters gradually reveal their true natures and we discover what really did happen, when Luke, Nicky and Katie were children. Lastly, I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, for review.
It was a beautiful Kenyan summer until a children's game turns into heartbreak and betrayal. Three decades later, estranged Katie, and brothers Luke and Nick live with the consequences of what happened during that stifling hot holiday in 1982. Back in Ireland 2013, Luke vanishes, and the torture really begins as threatening messages take hold. It soon becomes apparent someone else, with justice on their mind, knows what has laid secret for so long. Karen Perry's Only we know, moves along at a fast pace and is an easy read but still managed to keep me compelled as the secret is presented as scraps of guilt-ridden information along the way. Luke having gone, and knowing they cannot hide from the past, the story is told alternatively through Nick and journalist Katie's eyes. Both dogged by fear, they have dark memories of their traumatised past 1982 and a guilt-ridden present. It has an interesting twistful ending which I didn't see coming and plenty of intrigue. Descriptions of the African landscape add a subtle flavour, although the main interest lies fully in the truthful and emotional reveal of what really happened all those years ago. Now is the time of reckoning.