The Boy That Never Was – Book Review Week 8

Book Review – The Boy That Never Was

My review this week was supposed to be about the book, Everything You Do Is Wrong but I can’t publish it yet. I recently found out from NetGally that I can’t blog about it until a week before the release date. It was an advanced copy; I can write a review on NetGally but not on my personal blog just yet.

So today I’m reviewing the next book I read on my Goodreads reading challenge which was, The Boy That Never Was by Karen Perry

The Boy That Never Was by Karen Perry Review

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads

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 . . .

It was an enjoyable read and I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads. I shouldn’t have liked Harry really, given what he was doing to little Dillon but somehow I did. I felt his devastation when he returned home to find not only Dillon but his home gone.

The story is alternated between Harry and his wife, Robin’s, viewpoints. This seems to be common in a lot of books now. I can’t say I dislike it but I do sometimes forget which character I’m reading and it doesn’t take much to confuse me!

There was a twist that I didn’t see coming which I enjoyed but after the twist, it seemed to go downhill a bit. I wasn’t keen on the ending, I have to admit.

Book Review week 8



  1. Acorn Books 4th March 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Sorry to hear that the end was disappointing, it sounds like a great premise for a story. I’m intrigued about the twists in it. #readwithme

  2. Tattooed Mummy 1st March 2017 at 11:32 am

    Ooh intriguing, but I’m wary of reading ‘lost child’ stories, they scare me and upset me too much I think – popped over from #readwithme linky

  3. Sonia 28th February 2017 at 11:45 am

    I love the sound of this book, I hate it when you get disappointed with an ending though.

  4. Yet Another Blogging Mummy 27th February 2017 at 9:21 pm

    I was all ready to add this to my wishlist, whilst reading your review, until I saw that the ending was a letdown. Now in two minds #readwithme

  5. Catherine @ Story Snug 27th February 2017 at 10:30 am

    I love a book with a twist but I’m sorry to hear that you were disappointed with the ending. I’m intrigued to read the book after reading your review.


  6. Sarah MumofThree World 27th February 2017 at 10:21 am

    This sounds like my sort of book, but your review wasn’t as glowing as I would have liked! I’ll keep it as a possibility for if I ever run out of books (unlikely as a friend is lending me loads!).

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