When a couple's lost child resurfaces they are forced to embark on a journey into their shared past - one rife with dark secrets and lies.
Tangiers. Harry is preparing his wife's birthday dinner while she is still at work and their son, Dillon, is upstairs asleep in bed. Harry suddenly remembers that he's left Robin's gift at the café in town. It's only a five minute walk away and Dillon's so tricky to put down for the night, so Harry decides to run out on his own and fetch the present.
Disaster strikes. An earthquake hits, buildings crumble, people scream and run. Harry fights his way through the crowd to his house, only to find it razed to the ground. Dillon is presumed dead, though his body is never found. Five years later, Harry and Robin have settled into a new kind of life after relocating to their native Dublin. Their grief will always be with them, but lately it feels as if they're ready for a new beginning. Harry's career as an artist is taking off and Robin has just realized that she's pregnant. But when Harry gets a glimpse of Dillon on the crowded streets of Dublin, the past comes rushing back at both of them. Has Dillon been alive all these years? Or was what Harry saw just a figment of his guilt-ridden imagination?
With razor-sharp writing, Karen Perry's The Innocent Sleep delivers a fast-paced, ingeniously plotted thriller brimming with deception, doubt, and betrayal.
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Suspenseful, beautiful and gripping
I didn't read the print version.
Harry is so complex a character. He's flawed and yet deeply passionate about his son, his work and his wife. He gets so caught up in the moments of life that he fails to consider the consequences of his actions. This doesn't serve him well, and ultimately he pays an unbearable price for what seemed so harmless at the time.
The narrators absorbed each character so well, they could not have done a better job in portraying the mercurial nature of Harry and the stoic pragmatism of Robin. The minor characters are no exception. Aaron Abano especially voiced each personality in distinct and heartfelt dimensions.
Just get this book - you will want to sit and listen all the way through. That would be a mistake. This is one of those books that is better with time to ponder over what you heard. You will be surprised as the story develops and will enjoy every minute.
Oh what a tangled web we weave
- Patricia a Faulkenberry