The Boy Who Never Came Home | Paperback | By Emma Mcmenamy

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  • The Boy Who Never Came Home - The Inside Story of Missing Teenager Philip Cairns
  • Pages: 280
  • Format: Paperback
  • Author: Emma McMenamy
  • Publisher: Mirror Books
  • Publication date: 09 Jun 2022
  • Category: Biography / True crime
  • Size: 23.3 x 15.2 x 2.1 cm
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The Boy Who Never Came Home by Emma McMenamy


The disappearance of schoolboy Philip Cairns has baffled detectives and his family and remains unsolved 35 years later, despite an intensive garda investigation, extensive searches and multiple media appeals.

The quiet 13-year-old was snatched in broad daylight while returning to school in Rathfarnham, Dublin, on a bright autumn day, never to be seen again.The Boy Who Never Came Home will give the inside story on the investigation from the detectives who worked on the case as well as their theories on what they believe may have happened to the missing teenager.

The book scrutinises in-depth the only named suspect, prolific paedophile Eamon Cooke, who was dubbed Ireland’s Jimmy Savile. New revelations unearthed by the author about the serial child abuser also potentially connect him further to the young boy’s disappearance.World renowned forensic psychologist Dr Julian Boon, who is known as the English ‘real life Cracker’ and worked on high-profile murder cases including that of serial killer Harold Shipman, also gives his thoughts on what he believes happened to the young boy.While behind all the headlines is a family who have never given up searching for Philip and who have had to endure the trauma of not knowing what happened to their loved one. Their only wish now if to be able to recover his body so they can have a grave to visit.


'Provides new insights into an unsolved mystery that has loomed over Ireland for 35 years.' Paul Williams

‘A gripping investigation into a haunting and disturbing story.' Paul Nolan, Hot Press

About the Author

Emma McMenamy is an established news and crime journalist who currently works as chief reporter with the Irish Sunday Mirror. With over two decades working for national newspaper titles, she has broken many exclusive investigative stories including on the disappearance of schoolboy Philip Cairns. She has also been nominated for awards for her work including as Crime Reporter of the Year.


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