Woman in Red
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Acknowledging her past may haunt her, Alice Kessler returns to her home by ferry to an isl...more
Grays Island, located in Puget Sound, Washington, held many wonderful recollections for Alice. But they were overshadowed by dark, vivid memories, full of pain, anger, and injustice. One desperate act had left her young son, Jeremy, without his mother. That was nine years ago. The complete em...more
The story begins with the death of 9-year-old David, hit by Owen White (popular, wealthy man-about-town), while riding his bicycle near his home. David's mother, Alice, is witness to the accident and e...more
What I liked about the story was the story within a story. The 'other' story deals with the woman's grandmother during WW2. Goudge weaves the two stories together very well and brings it to a neat and tidy end. A little too neat and tidy for my personal taste, but other people will like it.
What I didn't like was she tended to use certain phras...more
Even though I LOVE to read , I am not one of those folks you'll see on the bus with book in hand , in the grocery store check-out line flipping pages, or waiting in the car for hubby to return something in the hardware store with my nose in a book . I'd like to be one of those people , but ...
Truth is , I am not...more
The island setting is integral to understanding the motivations of the characters: They seem to be trapped in space. The time, however, shifts around in the past, involving recent ancestors and their influence on events in the present.
My problem, as usual, was that I just didn't care about the characters. Sure, the protagonist goes off and almost kills the m...more
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The end was satisfying. I was a bit bummed tha...more
It was nice to read something realistic and see tragedy turn into happiness.
I really liked how the story revolved around the painting of the woman in red and the characters of Eleanor Styles and William McGinty and how their actions resounded through the story bringing all the characters together.
All the different n...more
Rebuffed by most of her neighbors and even her remaining son, she gradually becomes friends with Colin, a recovering alcoholic who hit bottom after hi...more
Alice Kessler is your average mom in every way except that she has lost her oldest son to a freak accident. Driven by grief she cannot let go when the driver is found innocent. This in turn sets forth a chain of events leading her to make choi...more
I gave this book a B, a 1/2 point off because of the sloppy research about the cardinal being in the San Juans (mentioned more than once) but 1/2 point added due to the setting (a fictionalized Orcas Island, called Gray's Island in the book). Basically it's about Alice Kessler who has just returned to Gray's Island after nine years in prison for attempted murder of the man responsible for the death of her young son. Arriving on the same ferry is Colin McGinty, a 9/11 widower there to settle his...more
A beautiful read! I wouldn't change a word.
Easy read if you have nothing else in the house to challenge you! I wouldn't skip it as an option but I wouldn't run out and buy it full price in a snowstorm as a 'must have to read"