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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  1,023 ratings  ·  78 reviews
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.

Paperback, 480 pages
Published July 1st 1995 by Mira Books (first published January 1st 1995)
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Aug 19, 2015 ♥︎♥︎ Demaris♥︎♥︎ rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: AngstHoors who don't mind working for their HEA
**4 "Valley Of The Dolls" Stars!!!!**

I am so happy right now! Thank you God! I have been in the wilderness of Badreads the last few day and out of nowhere a sudden glimmer of light. I have no idea how this book got onto my TBR list but I am incredibly glad it did. Erica Spindler is better known for writing suspense romance novels but Red was the novel that launched her career in 1995, it is a great introduction and her talent at holding the reader's interested and engaged is pretty impressive.

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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
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 &a
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
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
Melissa ownsbey
wow very good
strap ur self in and enjoy the ride
cause its a good one fasrt pacded
lots of twist turns loved it
Mandy Stewart
Great book :) The main character endured so much pain from her past but showed so much bravery when she went in search of a better life.She had such a love for photography and pushed until she achieved her dream.
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
This novel just proves that drama has and will continue to be the same type of plots and problems. All I know is that i finished the book, but it felt like I could have finished it in 2 hours instead of the 2 days it took. I think Spindler did a great job at writting and developimg both plot and characters. Only the plot was to predictable or overussed.
I wouldnt recomend it, too long for what it was really worth.

I say this, thinking there where too many characters and then not enough of them. Ye
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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
 Lady Krishna
Angst overload!
I first got attracted to this book because of the manga. I got tired of waiting for the manga to update and when I found out it was based on a novel I decided to look the book up. To tell the truth, the start of the book was pretty slow. I was able to keep reading because I was looking forward to Jack and Becky Lynn meeting. I was disinterested with all of the discription that made the beginning kind of dull, but her family drama and what the community was putting her through kept me interested. ...more
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
An oldie but goodie!
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
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
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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
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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
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
The moral of this story is to let a man cheat on and humiliate you and come back for more. The book seemed endless, as the author blathered on and on, repeating the same message throughout. I guess she caters to desperate women who see themselves in the pathetic character. Sad.
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.
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.
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.
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This was nothing like I expected. More of a Danielle Steel or Jackie Collins saga than the suspense/mystery style books I have grown to love from Erica Spindler. To me it was just so so and way too long.
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
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