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They defied the odds and found red hot fame.Becky Lynn Lee was a nobody. Everybody told her so--the ladies who snubbed her at Opal's Cut 'n Curl, the boys who hurt her and used her, the family who didn't want her. But Becky Lynn had dreams. And when it came time to dream for real--or die a slow death in Bend, Mississippi--Becky fled to a world where dreams do come true.

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Paperback, 480 pages
Published July 1st 1995 by Mira Books (first published January 1st 1995)
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Gina
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Brooke
I'm a relatively new reader of Spindler & had read that "Red" was her breakthrough novel & the beginning of her transitioning from Romance to Mystery/Suspense, so I really wanted to see what her earlier works are like & picked up "Red".

I really liked the over-all story. It follows 17 year old Becky Lynn, a poor white-trash girl from Mississippi who escapes an abusive childhood and travels across country to Hawaii. She lucks out and finds a kind woman, Sallie, who takes pity on her &...more
TamElaine
Ms. Spindler says of this book, “If you know me through my thrillers, Red may surprise you. Red is a reissue of the 1995 novel that launched my career. Although this novel doesn’t contain my trademark mystery and high body count, it does offer readers other hallmarks of a Spindler novel.” The book is also categorized as a Romance. I can’t say it surprised me – it was still Spindler’s writing style...and it was fast paced and completely engaging from the first page to the last. Yes there was roma...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Becky Lynn Lee grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in Bend Missippi .With an abusive father and a broken mother , She always thought this was her life forever but after the ultimate betrayal. She escapes to Hollywood determined never to go back . She gets a job in an upscale beauty salon , than discovers she has a talent for photography . and spotting beauty When the camera eventually turns on her and than her success is threatened she finds the courage to embrace her new identity and put th...more
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Red by Erica Spindler

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Cover: 5
Plot: 5
Characters: 5

Overall Rating: 5 AMAZING STARS !!!

Red was such a great book and I am so sad that I wasn't able to read it earlier. This is the first book from Spindler which I was able to read and I am so happy I found this book since it was so amazing.

This is another book which I found from a thread on Amazon. The thread is called Ugly heroine - insulted/taunted/hurt. So if you like finding books with this kind of theme th...more
Alexis
I have read this book many times in my lifetime and I still love it as much as I did the first time. To be honest, I don’t know what it is exactly about this story that makes me love it so. I enjoy the main character, Becky Lynn, and appreciate that Spindler didn’t write a romance novel about a girl who shuts down every time something bad happens to her. Instead, Becky Lynn fights and gets revenge. I like that her male lead, Jack Gallagher, is so driven that it blinds him to just about everythin...more
Kristi
Hmmmm. Where to start? I was not a huge fan of this book. It didn't suck me in and I was able to put it down.....easily. Too predictable and quite boring. Same story told a hundred times by Danielle Steele. Poor, white trash girl from wrong side of the tracks flees said white trash town to Hollywood. Ends up as a gofer for a high end salon and is discovered by salon owners son - who is fighting his own demons. Big surprise he's a womanizer yet poor girl sparks more feeling in him. She catches hi...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
I have read most of Erica Spindler’s books and Red is quite different from her usual romance/suspense genre.

This is one of those glorious and an unforgettable story that has you believe that dreams can and do come true. From the first page it grabs your heart and never lets go.

Becky Lynn is one of the most incredible characters I have read. Despite her painful and cruel childhood, coming from the wrong side of the “tracks” and labeled as “poor white trash” and all the heartbreak and obstacles i...more
Courtney
This book is like an episode of gossip girl, everyone sleeps with everyone, they use everyone for their own 'games' and it's hopelessly addictive. At the beginning of the book the story is about 17 year old Becky Lynn's life. Which to be honest, sucks. Her father is a drunk and beats her,her mom looks the other way to protect herself, her brother hangs out with a terrible group of boys, Who do horrible things to her. She finally has had enough and takes her money and runs to California. Througho...more
Karissa
Erica Spindler's first foray into the thriller genre, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it! I couldn't seem to put this book down!

Becky Lynn Lee is from the backwoods, born on the wrong side of the tracks. Her father is abusive towards her and steals all of her hard earned money, her mother is weak, and his brother is the golden boy who doesn't seem to care. Becky Lynn starts to get harassed by some of her brothers' friends until one day manage to get a hold of her and rape he...more
Char
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Katherine Coble
I read this ages ago when it was in paperback and only dimly recalled it. I know it's an incredibly popular story and one of the last of its kind. The Adventure Romance genre (think _Lace_; _The Betsy_; Judith Michael titles) split apart not long after this and became either Romantic Suspense (subsequent Erica Spindler novels) or a return/revamp of the 80s Bonkbuster (Tilly Bagshawe titles). It's been ages since I read a straightforward Bildungsroman/love story and when this was released for Kin...more
Leigh
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Tia
For reviews normally I give a little blurb about what happened in the book, in my own words but I'm not gonna do this for this book. Simply because SO much happens in this book. If I could give a true rating on this book, it would be higher than five stars because I SUPER LOVED IT!

This book must have been one of the most thought out methodical books ever. Everything about this book was pretty much spot on whether it be the rape or modeling world. The author must have researched like mad or had p...more
Kristen
If you love Big Girl by Danielle Steel, you'll love Red by Erica Spindler. Before she was a best-selling thriller author, she was in romantic suspense. Like Big Girl, this deals with loving yourself for you who are, and it doesn't know what anyone else thinks. It's also about fashion, photography and modeling. Becky Lynn Lee is poor and ugly from Mississippi, who comes from a broken home and a group rape, when she escapes to California for a new life. Jack Gallagher wanted recognition from his f...more
Gen
My first book by this author turned out to be a really good experience. She writes in an emotionally gripping way. I like the imperfection of her heroine in this book, Becky Lynn. Rich in depth and character, reflective of the strength of a woman to overcome adversity by finding her own courage and strength.
Captain
This was my first read my this author, not bad. filled with angst with is exactly what I was looking for. strong beginning, the last 1/3 of the book kind of just sat there. would definitely look at other books by Erica spindler.
Charissa Matthews
I love Erica Spindler because of the suspense she brings to her books... And this was anything but. I felt that there wasn't much of a story line or plot - and it was a love story more than anything else.
Jackie
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Eden
okay well this book was AMAZING!!! there was excellent plot and character development that kept me guessing how it was going to end. the novel is broken up into 5 individual "books" and appropriately so b/c there are different phases throughout the book that lead to it's conclusion. i thought it was an effective way of setting up the book. i would recommend this to anyone really. you feel like you get to know the characters and you're so absorbed that you don't want to say bye to them when you'r...more
The Listmaker
A book you want to shake your fist at. (Emphasis intentional, and hopefully those who have read this book will pick up on the sarcasm of that emphasis)

Not a bad story, per se, just one that seemed a bit long and quite honestly a bit boring.

There was a surprising lack of depth to most of the characters. Yes, the strength shown by Becky Lynn was admirable but in the end it just wasn't enough to drive over 500 pages of story.

I wanted to root for her, but just couldn't bring myself to care enough...more
PNR
Damn. I was so psyched about this initially. I mean, talk about an abused, traumatized heroine. But then it just got bad. One, I didn't like the multiple perspectives. There were like six at different points. Unnecessary and confusing. Two, fucking hell did this make me feel gross and hate Hollywood. I like fiction for escapism - this was just freakin depressing and ugly. and third, and most importantly, (view spoiler)...more
Afrina
I didn't know what to expect out of an adult book. I rarely go out the YA genre but I was glad I did. No, scratch that, my sister bought this book and I decided to give it a go.

This is one of my favourites. It was an experience to read and I loved how realistic this book seemed (when it was set). Becky grew so much of a no one to a standout person in the end and I felt as though I personally knew her because I was moved by her character. The model world is demanding and only the strongest will...more
Kristin
I found this book in a second hand bookstore for really cheap and was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book since I didn't know what to expect. I really felt like I could sympathize with Becky Lu and wanted her to succeed after the book's beginning with her tough childhood. The book eventually had the HEA but I loved the journey to get there. I might be sadistic, but I love a book where the protagonist has to go through extreme hardships before getting to their HEA and this one did more so t...more
Melayna Ross
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Bree
This was a good book...lots of twists and turns in it. It was interesting to see the characters develop from their childhoods, and they did have some pretty bad lives. If that helped with their poor decision making skills later on in the book, I don't know. It was an entertaining book, but I didn't find myself especially drawn to any of the characters, or the story that believable. Yes, I believe many of the things IN the story could have happened, but issues that run as deep as what they were d...more
Wendy
Jan 15, 2009 Wendy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: romance lovers
This book took me by surprise. I enjoyed it becouse it was different and helped me see into a part of the world I was unaware of. Becky Lyn is a girl raised in an abuseive home and is terrorised and raped by some of the local jocks at her school. Striking out on her own she slowly creates a new life for herself, makeing new friends and becoming successful in the world of high fashion. First as a photo assitant, then as a model. Her journey is twisted and torn, yet in the end the wonderful person...more
Lena
Mar 05, 2011 Lena rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own, reread
I usually never read books like this. I prefer fantasy books, and even though this book had no fantasy... I loved it. It is in my top five best books ever. One of the reasons is that you get to see the charcter grow and change from a shy country girl who can stand up for herself to a brave young woman who believes in what she is standing up for. Red was a great book that touched the heart. I wanted to cry from pity, anger, pain, and happiness with this novel.
A must read book for all women.
P.S Te...more
Terri
A very slow read for me. Becky Lynn runs away from trauma in Bend MS to LA where she eventually finds her way into the world of high fashion. Where she is also torn between the revenge driven actions of two brothers. I think my biggest problem with this book is the repeated bad decisions she makes on her way to the top and the cruel traits of the brothers. Neither deserved her.
Naomi
Becky Lynn Lee has run away from her home in Bend, Mississippi because of torment she has suffered from her family. She ends up in Los Angeles and takes up her love of photography. She meets a man who hires her to work for him as an assistant. Her life is a series of twists and turns which make for interesting reading. A romantic love story with plenty of angst.
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