Only We Know
Karen Perry

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Narrated By: Brian Fenton, Marcella Riordan, Niamh Daly

Duration: 10 hours and 8 minutes

What to expect

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Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audio edition of Only We Know by Karen Perry, read by Brian Fenton, Niamh Daly and Marcella Riordan.

In 1982, on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday beneath the stifling heat of the midday sun, three children start a game that ends in tragedy.

Now, thirty years later, Nick, Luke and Katie are estranged, yet still bound together by the dark truth of what happened at the river that day.

Except some secrets won't stay buried.

And when Luke suddenly vanishes and the threatening messages begin, it seems that the strings of the past are tightening around them all. Because someone else knows what they did and is intent on seeking justice, at any cost . . .


Modern & contemporary fiction, Crime & mystery fiction, Psychological thriller, Thriller / suspense fiction

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Beautifully written, tense and twisty tale

Sunday Mirror

The power of Only We Know lies in the slow illumination of how, under their flimsy cloaks of adulthood, Katie and Nick and Luke are still the traumatised children of a long-ago day by a river, frozen in time by one event. It raises fascinating questions about who we are at heart, about the degree to which damage and guilt can shape our natures, and about whether - and how - we can be redeemed

Tana French


Simon Mayo Radio 2 Book Club

A truly remarkable novel. The Boy That Never Was is a pitch-perfect balance of driving plot and honest, complex human emotion. Written in a captivating, lyrical style and brilliantly structured, the story grips your heart from the first pages and simply never lets go

Jeffrey Deaver

Praise for The Boy That Never Was


Don't be surprised if you devour Only We Know in one sitting

Crime Fiction Lovers

Only We Know builds handsomely on the promise of The Boy That Never Was, plausibly and hauntingly exploring the extent to which guilt, shame and secrecy can shape, define and eventually destroy lives

Irish Times

The book is beautifully written, with just the right balance of teasing the reader with clues and hitting them with revelations


This is an intense and subtle story with some wonderfully poetic passages and a character driven plot which becomes more compelling as the sense of momentum gathers and the true version of events is slowly revealed. Gripping stuff

Sunday Mirror

I shot through this in one sitting. Like Gone Girl . . . It's the most gripping thing I've read for ages

Evening Standard

Gripping from its dramatic opening chapter, this tense, unpredictable novel blends a thriller with an intimate family story to produce a most compelling read