Girl Unknown Karen Perry

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‘I think you might be my father . . .’

When first-year student Zoë Barry walks into Professor David Connolly’s office and tentatively says these words, he is left reeling. But it is the lives of his family – particularly his wife Caroline – which are turned upside down by the arrival of this stranger.

A daughter, a sister, a friend . . . an enemy?

Though no one knows quite who Zoë is, she is soon entangled in their lives. Yet her stories don’t ring true and Caroline is determined to learn if the girl is the unlucky innocent she claims to be or someone with a far darker agenda.

A deadly cuckoo in the nest . . .Because by letting Zoë in, David and Caroline aren’t just leaving themselves vulnerable. They’re risking the most precious thing in the world – the lives of their children .

Whoa…..

The most frightening thing about Girl Unknown is the stark reality that this could really happen.

When Zoe Barry knocks on David Connellys door, he cannot even guess what carnage is about to be unleashed by her declaration that he is her father.

His already fragile marriage to Caroline is placed under such strain, and throughout this terrifyingly twisted novel you can feel her fear. The cracks are widened by Zoes claim and we see Davids mistakes unfold,

As a University Professor one would think  he would be level-headed but his gullibility is perfectly understood by the reader, he really doesn’t understand the devastating catastrophe that his obsession with Zoe and more so her mother will cause.

Zoe is conniving and calculating, she is also cruel and teasing.

The tale of these three people, their own feelings and selfishness is more significant that those of the Connellys children, Robbie and Holly, and everyone involved underestimates the price that these two will pay in the end.

Girl Unknown is a gripping and interesting tale. It is wonderfully written and is so deliciously intense that I just could not put it down.

It fabulous to know that such authors can collaborate and come up with something that is authentic and completely flawless. Books such as this make me glad I’m a reader.

5/5

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