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Red Leaves

Cook, Thomas H. (Book - 2005 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Eric Moore has a prosperous business, a comfortable home, a stable family life in a quiet town. Then, on an ordinary night, his teenage son Keith babysits Amy Giordano, the eight-year-old daughter of a neighboring family. The next morning Amy is missing, and Eric isn't sure his son is innocent. In his desperate attempt to hold his family together by proving his-and the community's-suspicions wrong, Eric finds himself in a vortex of doubt and broken trust. What should he make of Keith's strange behavior? Of his wife's furtive phone calls to a colleague? Of his brother's hints that he knows things he's afraid to say? In a "heart-wrenching and gut-wrenching" (New York Daily News) race against time and mistrust, Eric must discover what has happened to Amy Giordano and face the long-buried family secrets he has so carefully ignored.
Authors: Cook, Thomas H.
Title: Red leaves
Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 289 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Thomas H. Cook
ISBN: 0151012504
Branch Call Number: FICTION COOK
Subject Headings: Babysitters Fiction Teenage boys Fiction Missing children Fiction Fathers and sons Fiction
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Suspense fiction
Psychological fiction
Topical Term: Babysitters
Teenage boys
Missing children
Fathers and sons
LCCN: 2004019782
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This was a heartbreaking book. It really reaches out and smacks you in the face with feelings, and it is amazing for it.

Oct 02, 2013
  • Pisinga rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoy Thomas H. Cook's books. If not for the subject a little bit worn - I would give five stars. You can think that it is a genre of literature about crime, police investigation, mystery. The author has a talent to write about profoundness of human emotions, and that why, sometimes, his books cannot be narrowed to a genre of detective mystery. Like in other books he raises the issue of relations between father and son, and how this affects next generations in the family.

Sep 16, 2012
  • lucky38 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a sad story about the breakdown of a family. When the teenage son is suspected of a crime involving a 8 year old girl he was babysitting, his father has doubts about his son's innocence. He wants to protect his son but does not know how. The father came from a disfuncitional family and cannot form close family ties with his wife and son. Just as things are being resolved tradegy strickes. This book makes one realize how important close family relationships are to a happy and healthy family. I do recommend this book.

Apr 04, 2012
  • mikey24 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best books I've ever read. Tragic story about family relationships and paranoia. I've given this book to 3 others to read and they all loved it as well.

Sep 26, 2011
  • GLNovak rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Tragic story of what happens when suspicion takes over.

Amy Giordano is abducted and the focus of the investigation and townspeople's suspicion is on Keith Moore, a teenager who is a secretive almost surly boy. His father thinks he is a normal teen going through a faze while his mother worries that he needs help before he retreats into himself and his antisocial behaviour forever.

As the story progresses you learn more about Eric the dad and how his life mirrors somewhat that of his son. The tragedy is that neither know each other, and as secrets unfold, you get a terrible sense that it might be too late for them.

The story is well-crafted and makes you want to read to the end. Bits are revealed that keep your nose firmly in the book to the very end.

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