The Innocent Sleep by Karen Perry (Henry Holt, February 2014)
Five years ago while he and his wife Robin were living in Tangiers, Harry left their three-year-old son Dillon asleep in bed alone for five minutes. The unthinkable happened when an earthquake destroyed the building and presumably killing Dillon, though his body was never found. Now Harry and Robin are living in Dublin, trying to rebuild their lives when Harry spots a boy whom he is certain is Dillon on the street being led by his hand by a strange woman. Harry becomes obsessed with the idea that Dillon is still alive and tries to find the woman. Robin is trying to move on with their lives and has just announced her pregnancy to Harry who says he is happy about it, though his actions say otherwise. Has Harry really found Dillon? Or is it his grief and guilt that makes him think he has seen Dillon? As Harry and Robin’s stories unfold, secrets they kept from each other emerge as the portrait of a marriage shifts from one of shared grief to one of lies and betrayals. A suspenseful plot with several interesting twists, the ending may disappoint some readers. Overall a successful collaboration by a husband wife team.