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Actions—even those that are unintended or misunderstood—have consequences, as Simon Howe, owner and editor of the weekly newspaper in his hometown of Red Paint, Maine, is about to learn. With his twenty-fifth high-school reunion approaching, pillar-of-the-community Howe begins receiving anonymous postcards with cryptic and increasingly threatening messages. At the same time, a mysterious man turns up in town and begins stalking Howe’s family, sidling up to his 11-year-old son, Davey, at a carnival; spilling secrets to his therapist wife, Amy; even violating the sanctity of his home. The level of suspense and menace increases as the stalker’s identity and purpose become clear, and Howe is forced to confront what he did on his graduation night and how those actions reverberated in the lives of others. Harrar tackles some big issues here, notably vengeance, guilt, and absolution, with the underlying question of when sex becomes rape. But messages aside, this is tightly written psychological suspense from the author of The Spinning Man (2003). Harrar is one of those writers on the verge of connecting with a much larger audience; this could be his moment. --Michele Leber
"This is a gripping thriller, utterly convincing and alarming, as people struggle to justify past deeds, weigh the costs of the truth and decide that maybe a half-lie is just as good."
—William Bushnell, Morning Sentinel (Maine)
“Harrar tacklessome big issues here, notably vengeance, guilt, and absolution, with the underlying question of when sex becomes rape. But messages aside, this is tightly written psychological suspense from the author of The Spinning Man (2003). Harrar is one of those writers on the verge of connecting with a much larger audience; this could be his moment.” —Booklist
“Harrar skillfully echoes Alfred Hitchcock’s theme about how a seemingly innocent man can be sucked into a disturbing vortex of forces that lie just below the surface of ‘normal’ life.” —Kirkus
"More than a conventional mystery or thriller, "Reunion at Red Paint Bay" lays bare the consequences of guilt, denial, and moral absolutism. The novel can be read on several levels, but it devolves into a book tailored to spur readers into examining the limits of responsibility for one's actions." —Huntington News
“George Harrar tells a remarkable story about a newspaperman who struggles to tell the truth, feeling reluctant to bear the consequences, a story of human failure and hard redemption. The writing, razor-sharp and wildly insightful, creates characters who seem to jump off the page—becoming people we know, people we are. Read this book, each page mysterious and compelling, hiding within it the deep core of being human.” —Elizabeth Cox, author of The Slow Moon
"Harrar's novel...is an intriguing and provocative take on some standard themes of contemporary fiction....Reunion at Red Paint Bay is well written even if it invites controversy and criticism. It is a memorable work that could spur some heated debate." —Metapsychology
"Secrets can haunt us. In George Harrar's novel Reunion At Red Paint Bay, secrets hunt us down for revenge." —Interview Magazine
"Ironies abound here in this suspenseful study of universal themes of guilt, innocence, punishment, atonement, and absolution as seen through the seemingly simple life of a hitherto respected man in Red Paint Bay." —Seeing the World Through Books
"George Harrar’s incisive look at the soft-focus lens through which we view our respective pasts" —Book Page
“The finale is unexpected and well-earned, fostering intriguing paths for each of the main characters, well past the last page. It’s the opposite of tying up all the loose ends into a shiny bow. For this kind of story, that is a welcome gift.” —The ARTery, WBUR Boston
Reunion at Red Paint Bay is a vibrant and suspenseful read. Harrar writes with a precision and intensity found in few novelists of this genre. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mollie Welch
I typically finish everything - bad movies, bad books...but I can't do it this time. I concur with the reviewer that said the dialogue was really hokey - I'm listening to the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Blaire B.
I liked the writing and story but thought the ending abrupt. I thought there were lots of other possibilities
and was rather surprised when it was the end.
I enjoyed reading Reunion at Red Paint Bay. It had lots of surprises and a very unexpected ending.
I would like to read more of George Harrar's books.
On the surface, Reunion at Red Paint bay is a mystery – the kind that grabs you and pulls you through till the end. But it also makes you think. Is the truth the same for everyone? Read morePublished 17 months ago by Robert B Bellman
If you truly want to read a book about the psychological dissolution of a family, go for Judith Guest's Ordinary People. Read morePublished 17 months ago by The Troll Under the Bridge
An expertly written psychological novel that keeps you turning the pages from beginning to end. It is an entertaining and thought-provoking read. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Stanley B. Gibson
Harrar leads us through scary, funny and eerily memory-provoking episodes in this thriller, revolving around hometown newspaper editor Simon Howe, family man with a past (we all... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Barbara VanScoyoc
It has a good story line for a mystery, but I cannot stand the hokey conversations that take place, especially between Simon and Amy. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Thomas R. Thompson