Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Girl Unknown

Girl Unknown

A Novel

Karen Perry

Henry Holt and Co.

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How quickly could the family we have created for ourselves unravel—and how far will we go to protect it?

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?

Reviews

Praise for Girl Unknown

“An intense psychological thriller that explores emotional danger with relentless, surgical accuracy.”
—Tana French, New York Times bestselling author of The Trespasser and Into the Woods

“Full of intrigue and incident—keeps us guessing until the very last tragic page.”
—Liz Nugent, bestselling author of Unraveling Oliver and of Lying in Wait

“Compulsively readable, with surprises until the very last page. . . . A chilling tale about a family under threat from one of its own.”
—Jessica Treadway, author of Lacy Eye and How Will I Know You?

"[Girl Unknown] is must-read literary suspense, with dueling character perspectives and sly twists forming a gut-wrenching exploration of trust, manipulation, and obsession.”
Booklist (starred review)

"A convincing glimpse into the fragility of family life and the terrible burden that the past can put on domestic life."
Kirkus Reviews

“Builds to an incredibly tense finale—before delivering an amazing final twist. Riveting stuff.”
Sunday Mirror

“Richly satisfying . . . a book that hooks the reader from the first page. The tension is relentlessly dialed up to an almost unbearable level as the story unfolds.”
The Irish Independent

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About the author

Karen Perry

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).

Karen Perry

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