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Red Leaves Hardcover – September, 1996

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From Publishers Weekly

After her heralded but somewhat overwritten first novel, Tully, Simons has sharpened her craftsmanship to produce this suspenseful work about four friends at Dartmouth College whose close relationship is coming apart. The disintegration doesn't appear mortal, but it is. During a cold Thanksgiving weekend and its aftermath, Kristina, Jim, Conni and Albert study, play and occasionally sleep together, passionately addicted to each other's company. When Kristina's nude and frozen body is found in a snowbank, having been concealed there for some days, young small-town detective Spencer O'Malley investigates her death. He is drawn into the group's games and lies just as he was drawn to Kristina's compelling liveliness when he met her the day before she was killed. Why did her best friends fail to report her missing? Their answers to his fervent questions reveal a network of hidden secrets and jealousies that have long existed among them. But the hardly surprising solution to the crime doesn't appear until three years later, when the full significance of the title becomes clear. The narrative has striking similarities to the events in Donna Tartt's The Secret History, but Simons is not as fluent a writer, nor does the plot carry the philosophical resonance of Tartt's more sophisticated work. Yet Simons handles her characters and setting (both the New Hampshire campus and the moneyed neighborhoods of Greenwich, Conn.) with a certain skill, creating mystery from the ordinary, protected lives of these Ivy League kids, slowly peeling away their deceptions to reveal denial, cowardice and chilling indifference. In doing so, she tells an often engrossing story. BOMC selection; audio rights to Brilliance Audio; author tour.
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At 21, Kristina Kim is a senior at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. She is beautiful, pleasant, and the star player on the women's basketball team. Surrounded by her close friends Jim Shaw, Conni Tobias, and Albert Maplethorpe, Kristina has her whole life before her. But a week after Thanksgiving her body is found frozen in the deep snow near her dormitory. Spencer Patrick O'Malley, the detective in charge, coincidentally met Kristina shortly before her death and even had a date with her the week after the holiday. As Spencer conducts his investigation, he uncovers many peculiarities; for example, why did none of her trusted friends report Kristina missing in the nine days previous to the discovery of her body? When Spencer learns that Kristina died leaving $9 million to her friends, he digs deeper and finds a frightful secret. Simons's (Tully, LJ 4/15/94) characterizations are excellent, and she quickly draws the reader deeply into the nuances of the story. Highly recommended for fiction collections.?Maria A. Perez-Stable, Western Michigan Univ. Libs., Kalamazoo
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 354 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st edition (September 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312147155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312147150
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #868,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By rebelmomof2 VINE VOICE on July 28, 2005
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This is one of the few books this summer where I found that I just couldn't put down. This is an engrossing novel filled with twists and turns that it leaves the reader anxious to know what happened till the final page has been turned. Even then, the story still haunts the reader.

This novel focuses on four friends ~ Kristina, a beautiful basketball player, Conni, her former roommate, Jim, her boyfriend and Albert, Conni's boyfriend. Kristina is found dead and the novel focuses on the unraveling of secrets among the four friends. It is a chilling portrayal of three human beings who are indifferent to the fact that their friend is dead. It's a creepy novel ~~ with dark undertones. The dark undertones has to do with apathy and indifference of another human being's plight in life or in Kristina's case, death. Cossetted and spoiled, these undergraduates in a priviledged college fought the investigator in the murder case in his attempts to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding Kristina's death.

This book will creep you out ~~ it will annoy you because Simons shows the worst of human nature. It will leave you twisting in your seat as you think of one scenario or another till you are ended up with surprises that you didn't think of. It is a riveting book ~~ perfect for those lazy summer days at the beach or sitting in your hammock. If you're looking for an intense suspense novel ~~ this one would be it!

7-28-05
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Format: Hardcover
As most students reading books for their final English Studies I wished to get through this book as quickly as possible...and yet once started I could not put it down. It has pace and Simmons' has created thoroughly believable and recognisable characters. The lead, Spencer Patrick O'Malley, creates in himself such a sense of sympathy that it is impossible not to to relate to him and indeed the rest of the characters follow suit. Yet of all the good points of this novel the finest would have to be the ending - for in what has become a world of cliched happy endings Simmons' has instead granted us a glance into the darkest side of the human spirit.
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Format: Audio Cassette
If you've read Tully and like it,then you'll definitely cherish this lovely book by Paullina Simons. I like the way she gets her readers so emotionally involved with the characters. These youngsters in Red Leaves, Kristina, Constance, Albert and Jim felt like my family, or they could have been my children for that matter. I felt especially close to Kristina, the main character as I felt her pain and her cold lonliness. With a cleverly crafted detective storyline, it has the capacity to keep you up all night long until you've turned the last page. After you've turned that last page, you can't get those characters out of your head. If you haven't bought it yet........get it.......it's worth every penny. Thanks Ms Simons
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After reading Bronze Horseman (my now all time best loved book) I decided to read other books by Simons. Even a week after finishing this book I am still thinking about it. Simons is a master of describing the settings for her books. Though the character development was slightly lacking, I found the twists and turns interesting. The cool thing about this book is that they mystery isn't the murder. You know it's going to happen. The mystery is in the details of the life of the main character. Each layer peels away like an onion as the story progresses making you doubt yourself and opening new possibilities for the conclusion of the book (one that you'll think you've guessed a few times throughout the book). There are still questions lingering at the end, but maybe that's a good thing. I enjoyed it thoroughly and even though one or two of the scenarios are not as credible or realistic as they could be, the story is put together like a jigsaw puzzle where pieces fall together to eventually make a full logical picture.
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As I agree with the vast majority of reviewers, there is nothing that I can add to the 'positive' reviews.

Paullina Simons shows her ability to weave a story with great skill!

The twists that this story took more than surprised me. It was yet another tale that showed me (accurately) what fate, time, family, and yes, Money can do to relationships - and the people, themselves!

Excellent work!

I rate "Red Leaves"...Five stars!
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By Calliecatj2000 on November 15, 2001
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I liked the fact that, for the first half of the book, the reader is inside the mind of the character we know (according to the book jacket) is going to die-- a very unusual touch for a book in this genre, I think. After Kristina dies, though, it drags big time. I saw the Big Shocking Twist coming about 100 pages ahead of time, and a lot of the characters and events just seemed really fake. The ending was a letdown, too.
BUT I read it quickly, and it certainly kept my attention. Not a great book, but it is one you won't be able to put down... on a rainy day.
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I read this book because Paullina Simons is a fantastic writer. Her book the Bronze Horseman is my most favorite book and has a top rating in my eyes. this book I read once but it is a long book and a very detailed book and to do it justice I will have to read the book again but it is still a good book to me.. The characters are complex and the more you read the more you understand. I would recommend this book to serious readers but not to those who want just a light, sexy book like those that are popular today. If you are new to Paullina Simons, please read more of her books, they are great especially the Bronze Horseman series,
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