The Innocent Sleep
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
Listen: Paul Perry on writing The Innocent Sleep
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.
Praise for The Innocent Sleep
“The Innocent Sleep is a great psychological thriller and a poignant examination of a marriage that’s bordering between salvation and dissolution. This is a debut novel that will catch fire.”
New York Times bestselling author of The Panther
“A truly remarkable novel. The Innocent Sleep 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.”
New York Times bestselling author of The Stone Monkey
“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.”
New York Times bestselling author of Broken Harbor and Faithful Place
“The Innocent Sleep kicks off with a gut punch of every parents’ worst fear and never lets up. Part thriller, part introspective emotional novel, the book dives into what it feels like to survive the unthinkable, and then—what if—you could get it all back...Highly original and highly entertaining.”
New York Times bestselling author of Wicked City and Devil’s Garden
“Gripping from its dramatic opening chapter, this tense, unpredictable novel blends a thriller with an intimate family story to produce a most compulsive read.”
author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
“Accomplished… A dark mystery about unimaginable loss and irrevocable choices… Perry delivers an intriguingly emotional and unconventional debut.”
“Smart… Deceit, infidelity, and surprising twists make this a satisfying debut.”
“Deliciously taut... the haunting, sometimes vague flashbacks to Tangiers create a sense of alluring, exotic danger. Readers drawn to the intense emotion and zero-sum conflict of Andre Dubus III’s House of Sand and Fog (1999) will love this one, as will those captivated by the missing-person intrigues in Laura Lippman’s What the Dead Know (2007) and Lisa Scottoline’s Look Again (2009).”
—Booklist (Starred Review)
“Impossible to put down. This pulse pounding thriller is bristling with suspense—a fantastic debut.”
author of Iron House and The Last Child