Book Reivew for GIRL UNKNOWN by Karen Perry
GIRL UNKNOWN by Karen Perry
Henry Holt and Co.
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A gritty, tense family drama with suspense threaded throughout.
GIRL UNKNOWN at its core is a family drama. It plays with complicated relationships that families have as well as the concept of fidelity. At many points in the book, because of the dual perspectives, you get to be inside the characters' heads. This is where the reader learns most of the background of David and Caroline Connolly. It is where the emotions and grit of the story take shape.
David and Caroline Connolly may seem like a picture of perfection, but underneath the surface there is a tremendous amount of emotion surrounding a betrayal on both parts. Then, you add to the mix David's daughter whom no one knew anything about...especially David. She is the wild card that seems to have her own agenda. Not to give anything away, but the manner in which Zoe manipulates everyone is perfectly wicked.
The book has all shock and salacious fun of a Lifetime Movie, but still manages be grounded. It is through the layers of deceit, the twists in the plot, and the depth of the characters that the author gives us such a suspenseful and slightly disturbing read.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
About the Book:
David and Caroline Connolly are swimming successfully through their marriage’s middle years―raising two children; overseeing care for David’s ailing mother; leaning into their careers, both at David’s university teaching job, where he’s up for an important promotion, and at the ad agency where Caroline has recently returned to work after years away while the children were little. The recent stresses of home renovation and of a brief romantic betrayal (Caroline’s) are behind them. The Connollys know and care for each other deeply.
Then one early fall afternoon, a student of sublime, waiflike beauty appears in David’s university office and says, “I think you might be my father.” And the fact of a youthful passion that David had tried to forget comes rushing back. In the person of this intriguing young woman, the Connollys may have a chance to expand who they are and how much they can love, or they may be making themselves vulnerable to menace. They face either an opportunity or a threat―but which is which? What happens when their hard-won family happiness meets a hard-luck beautiful girl?
About the Author: Karen Perry is the pen name of Dublin-based authors Paul Perry and Karen Gillece. Together they wrote Girl Unkown. Paul Perry is the author of a number of critically acclaimed books. A recipient of the Hennessy Award for New Irish Writing, he teaches creative writing at University College, Dublin. Karen Gillece is the author of several critically acclaimed novels. In 2009 she won the European Union Prize for Literature (Ireland).
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (February 6, 2018)