Only We Know [review]

Only We Know by Karen Perry[Synopsis]

In 1982, an idyllic summer is shattered when three children play a game that ends in tragedy.
Now, thirty years later, Nick, Luke and Katie remain bound together by the truth of what happened that day.
But some secrets won’t stay buried.
And when Luke vanishes and the threatening messages begin, it becomes clear someone else knows the truth – and is intent on justice, no matter what the cost…

Only We Know

[My Review]
I really loved this book; it was atmopsheric, intriguing and emotional all at the same time. It feels like I’ve read so many books centering around people that have a dark past, particularly those who have done ‘bad things’ as kids, and this is yet another- but it joins the ranks as one of the most enjoyable and gripping!
The writing by Karen Perry (a pseudonym for writing duo Paul Perry and Karen Gillece) is fantastic; they manage to ensure that the plot flows really well and this kept me reading on. I read it in two sittings and at no point lost interest in the story being told. I really wanted to find out exactly what happened all those years ago, and the writing slowly reveals this bit by bit.
Only We Know not only focuses on the past but the present too, and how those children (now adults, of course) are dealing with what happened. This is really interesting and the characters are all convincing, even though you can’t always feel sure about who knows the ‘whole truth’ and who doesn’t. It makes you think about how a tragedy like this would affect yourself and your own family, as well as family loyalty and betrayal.
I won’t give too much away about this novel but I’d highly recommend it. It’s really enjoyable to read and I love a bit of mystery- and this has plenty!
[Rating: 5/5]
Many thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this novel in return for an honest review.
Have you read ‘Only We Know’ or any other novels by Karen Perry? What did you think?


  1. […] The story slowly builds as Zoe’s infiltration of the family continues, and things become more and more desperate (and twisted!). I really enjoyed reading Girl Unknown from start to finish, and found myself completely wrapped up in it, finishing reading it really quickly. It’s well written and intriguing, and I am looking forward to reading more from this duo writing as Karen Perry (I have also read and hugely enjoyed Only We Know; read my review of it here). […]

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