The Boy That Never Was opening line: A storm is rising.
You were loved and lost – then you came back . . .
Five years ago, three-year-old Dillon disappeared. For his father Harry – who left him alone for ten crucial minutes – it was an unforgivable lapse. Yet Dillon’s mother Robyn has never blamed her husband: her own secret guilt is burden enough.
Now they’re trying to move on, returning home to Dublin to make a fresh start.
But their lives are turned upside down the day Harry sees an eight-year-old boy in the crowd. A boy Harry is convinced is Dillon. But the boy vanishes before he can do anything about it.
What Harry thought he saw quickly plunges their marriage into a spiral of crazed obsession and broken trust, uncovering deceits and shameful secrets. Everything Robyn and Harry ever believed in one another is cast into doubt.
And at the centre of it all is the boy that never was . . .
I found this book to be well written and a real page turner but I kept on waiting to hear that the boy was merely a figment of Harry’s imagination. Robin and Harry are artists who move to Tangier to capture the light. They have a child, Dillon, and lose him and the book deals with their reaction to the loss and their lives back in Ireland. The end offers a twist one would not expect.
First published in the United States of America by Henry Holt and Company and in Great Britain by Michael Joseph in 2014
ISBN number 978-1-405-91291-4
Paperback – 310 pages
Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Books South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.
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