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An emotional journey 21 janvier 2014
Par mzglorybe - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The Innocent Sleep is not a feel-good story. If you're looking for a light, fast read to keep you entertained, look elsewhere. This is a serious and rather dark novel. It captivates the reader from the onset in its originality and exotic setting. Harry and Robin, Irish citizens, are both artists working in Morocco, parents of a 3-year old son, Dillon, and living in a flat above a book store. The novel opens in Tangiers, where an earthquake demolishes their home with their sleeping child inside. Robin was working late, and Harry thought he could step away for a few minutes to retrieve a gift for his wife's birthday from a friend's home close by. When he works his way back to his home, the entire building has been swallowed up by the earth, and his son presumed dead. Harry's guilt overwhelms him. Secretly, he holds out hope, when no one else does, that his son is still alive somewhere as Dillon's body was never recovered. Harry and Robin's lives, before and after the disaster, are explored in past and present from both of their points of view, a format I happen to like. In the aftermath of the disaster, they leave Morocco and settle back in Ireland, painfully adapting to life without Dillon. Then 5 years later, Harry swears he sees Dillon on the streets of Dublin, as he would look 5 years later... and here is where the tempo picks up and it gets really good. This is a powerful novel, not a thriller or suspenseful mystery, but an emotional journey one won't easily forget.

This about choices made and the consequences of making them. It is also a novel of profound love, marital and parental, and of infatuation, as well. It focuses on guilt and the psychological repercussions of choices made... what one must live with, or maybe even die with as a result.

The Innocent Sleep is an emotionally textured novel, eloquent in its prose. Karen Perry is the pen name of the Dublin based award winning authors, Paul Perry and Karen Gillece. Together they've penned a novel that is intimate, rich and compelling. The last half takes some unexpected turns, making it hard to put down if one needs to.

Now the negatives: The supporting characters added very little to the story line, and their characters not developed well, but it was not necessary to know more about them. Not much was offered to readers about the locales, either culturally or geographically. Many will not like the ending, it leaves you feeling sad. I would have preferred a different resolution, although I could understand why the authors chose to end it as they did. No spoilers here though ;) I enjoyed the read nevertheless, and will look forward to more from this duo.
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The resolution of this story didn't satisfy me 15 janvier 2014
Par Trudie Barreras - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is the first time since joining the Vine program that I have rated a book with this few stars. In general, I select the books I choose to read carefully, because at this point in my life, reading is primarily for spiritual growth and enrichment, information and understanding, not entertainment. I do not necessarily expect "happy endings", but I prefer what I consider valid resolution. Frankly, I didn't find this in Perry's novel.

This book is categorized as "mystery, thriller and suspense". If you are looking for a tale of desperation and real danger, you will have to wait for the last couple of chapters. After the event of the earthquake with which the story begins, all the rest of the conflict is purely psychological and internal within the two main characters, Harry and Robin. Their child Dillon has vanished in the quake during which the house they were occupying is totally demolished; Harry, guilty of having drugged the three-year-old to get him to sleep, has then nipped out on a ten-minute excursion to retrieve Robin's birthday present that he inadvertently left at their landlord's place - during which time the catastrophe happens. Since Dillon's body has not been found in the wreckage, Harry, hoping for redemption for his negligence, is obsessed with the idea that the boy has been "rescued and kidnapped". Everyone, including Robin, insists that his obsession is the result of guilt, and negates the valid evidence that Harry finds to support his belief.

This is a collaborative writing between a male and female author, and the voices alternate between Harry and Robin as each views the other from the perspective of personal guilt and grief. Although this style of narrative is not my favorite approach, I believe it is well handled and psychologically and emotionally valid. The two peripheral characters, Cozimo and Spencer, are creepy in different ways, but what disturbed me the most about the story is that although ulterior motives on their part are hinted at, there seems to be no real motivation for their actions, especially in the case of Spencer.

As mentioned at the beginning, however, I do not consider the final denouement an acceptable conclusion. From my perspective, novelists have the luxury denied biographers of adapting the conclusion to resolve issues and complete the narrative. I am not satisfied with the way it was done in this case.
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Engrossing but disappointing 18 janvier 2014
Par R. Schwenk - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The Innocent Sleep captivated me with its premise and structure, but it ultimately disappointed me. To describe what disappointed me would be to give away too much information about the resolution of the story, so I will confine my comments accordingly.

I liked the use of dual first-person narrators. The husband and wife trade off chapters, giving us their inner perspective. If one purpose of fiction is to expand our ability to empathize, then the book succeeds. We get an inside look at a marriage that has withstood infidelities and has been tested to the breaking point by the loss of a child. We glimpse the genuine warmth, the tiny but damaging lies, and the huge disconnect between the partners. Having both a male and a female author (Karen Perry is a joint pseudonym) may have contributed to the psychological realism of the main characters.

While the main action of the story occurs over the course of a few weeks, each narrator uses flashbacks to several different times over the preceding decade, providing all the backstory as well as the “clues” to the book’s central mystery. The emerging story provides depth to our understanding of the couple, but it moves too slowly to be successful as a “thriller”.

Curiously, there is little of Dublin or Tangier about the book. Re-setting the book, say, to New York and Mexico would require changing only a handful of sentences.

To borrow Tana French’s description, the book is both a “crime novel” and an “emotional journey”. As a crime novel, it moves too slowly to be satisfying. As an emotional journey, the book succeeds, to a point, but it left me yearning for a different kind of resolution. And that, I fear, is all I can say without revealing too much.
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ON A NIGHT IN TANGIER.... 12 février 2014
Par Laurel-Rain Snow - Publié sur Amazon.com
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On a night in Tangier, Harry prepares a birthday dinner for his wife Robin, while nearby, three-year-old Dillon resists the cup of warm milk his father has made for him.

Dillon regularly resists sleep, and occasionally Harry has added a small dose of a sleeping pill to the boy's milk. That night, the boy does sleep, and is still sleeping soundly when Harry recalls that he has left Robin's gift at the shop just five minutes away. Hesitating, he then plunges into the night, alone, leaving the boy behind....

That risk, that erroneous choice...sets in motion a disastrous series of events, beginning with an earthquake, a crumbled building, and the presumption of Dillon's death.

Years later, in Dublin again, the couple struggles. Harry is remote, devoted to his art. Robin is bogged down with her own secrets...and then on a street nearby, a protest march slows down Harry's progress after running errands, and he sees him. He is sure of it! There is Dillon, walking away with a woman wearing a blue scarf.

And the journey begins again, after years of struggling, of disbelief. Harry has never believed that Dillon died, since no body was found.

Robin has just discovered she is pregnant again, so in the aftermath of that news, Harry does not mention the sighting. Instead, he follows clues, finds footage of the street, and persists in seeking answers.

What transpired over the next few months kept this reader rapidly turning pages, asking what could have happened? Is it possible that, as others believe, Harry is delusional? Has his grief taken over and claimed him? Or has he made a discovery that could resolve his grief at last? Why is Robin pondering moments from the past, asking herself questions about something she did, a betrayal she committed...and then, as everything comes together in one final confrontation, we are stunned. Holding our breath. Who will be left standing? Will there be peace at last?

A captivating story, The Innocent Sleep: A Novel is not for those who like figuring out the answers before the culmination. Even as I could put together some of the pieces early on, they did not coalesce seamlessly. Narrated in the alternating voices of Harry and Robin, we gradually come to know each of them, through flashbacks and moments in the present. But then, at the end, another surprising voice joins them.

The final chapter felt like it did not fit with the rest of the story. In the aftermath of disaster, there is usually emotion. Instead, the story leaps ahead, back to Tangier, and nothing seems to be resolved. Perhaps this is like life, but, in fact, I just felt cheated. Four stars.
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A Searing Emotional Tragedy Starts A Great Story, But That Story Grows Progressively Far-Fetched 7 avril 2014
Par K. Harris - Publié sur Amazon.com
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At times, Karen Perry's "The Innocent Sleep" plays like a searing domestic drama. This is when the story is at its most effective. Other times, however, it seems more like a far-fetched flight of fancy. This dichotomy is, most likely, responsible for the somewhat mixed reaction you see in the reader reviews. My response and rating, in this case, are more pragmatic. I found the book to be an interesting page turner, a quick and evocative read. At 3 1/2 stars, I think that the story deserves a look even if I wasn't wholly convinced in its believability. Told from the alternate viewpoint of the central married couple, the book was also penned by the female/male writing duo of Paul Perry and Karen Gillece (hence, Karen Perry). I'm not sure how they collaborated exactly, if each took an opposing view, but the end result is somewhat enlightening and somewhat frustrating. While I certainly appreciated that neither of the protagonists were portrayed in a particularly rosy light, I found it somewhat difficult to empathize with their troublesome marriage. I don't have to like the characters in a novel, but I want to feel that I fully understand their actions and motivations. And in "The Innocent Sleep," I'm not sure I always found them to be consistent.

The book starts with a rather harrowing set-up. In Tangier, a devastating earthquake takes the life of Harry and Robin's young son. Years later, having relocated to Dublin, this tragedy still haunts them both. Harry skipped out on the boy on that fateful night leaving him unattended. His guilt has eaten him up and pushed him to an emotional breakdown. For her part, Robin can't help feeling the residual resentment for her husband--both because she holds him partly responsible but also because of his refusal to let them move on. The marriage is strained, to say the least, but has become more of a convenience than anything. For me, the relationship was incredibly malleable. The couple veered between commitment and outright annoyance most of them time, with very little stable ground in which to navigate the middle ground. Despite their loss, I never felt sorry for the couple. If anything, I found them slightly unlikable. The difficult negotiation between Harry and Robin and my reaction to it made for an interesting, if uneven, domestic drama. It is a psychological profile of a marriage in flux.

When Harry believes he sees his son alive in Dublin, however, things start to intensify. Is this just one more breakdown beginning? Is this the last straw in a tenuous relationship? The book might have examined this unsettling development from a number of different angles, but started to eschew character development for plotting. I won't reveal anything about the actual resolution, but I'll comment that I was hoping for additional emotional insight over what actually transpires. Again, I still enjoyed "An Innocent Sleep." I just thought it had the potential to be a devastating portrait of loss and guilt. Instead, it adapts a more conventional (and less satisfying) approach. The book is a quick read, and I plunged through the pages with interest. But I can't issue a rave review. As much as I loved the premise and the set-up, the story becomes something else entirely as it progresses. KGHarris, 4/14.
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