The Innocent Sleep

The Innocent Sleep

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*Starred Review* Five years ago in Tangiers, Harry and Robin's son was killed when an earthquake demolished the building in which he lay sleeping. Harry gave three-year-old Dillon sleeping medication so that the couple could have a romantic celebration of Robin's birthday, and the earthquake occurred while he was running down the street to retrieve her gift. Now, they've moved to Dublin, hoping a fresh start will salvage their relationship and relieve Harry's immense burden of guilt. Instead, the wounds are freshly opened when Harry becomes convinced he's spotted Dillon in Dublin, and he begins chasing leads to find him and determine the identity of the woman leading him by the hand. Is it possible that Dillon was kidnapped instead of killed, or is Harry suffering from grief-induced delusions? Karen Perry, pseudonym of Paul Perry and Karen Gillece, pulls the story deliciously taut by alternating perspectives that contrast Harry's increasing obsession with Robin's deteriorating trust. And 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). Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews

Released by Henry Holt & Co. on Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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