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Reunion at Red Paint Bay

3.11  ·  Rating details ·  652 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Red Paint calls itself "the friendliest town in Maine," a place where everyone knows one another and nothing too disturbing ever happens. Native son Simon Howe is a sturdy family man--a good father and husband--and owner-editor of the town's newspaper. Because there's rarely any real news, he runs stories about Virgin Mary sightings, high school reunions, and petty crimina ...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Other Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Nov 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book felt rather unfinished to me. It wasn’t poorly written, but the abrupt end somewhat spoiled the whole book for me. The resolution really felt incomplete and left a lot of questions hanging. The characters - even the main character, Simon - never truly came to life, and felt a bit flat. His paragon wife and troublesome son bordered on cliched characters, and even the villain never became a three dimensional character. There were a few moments of genuine suspense - some scenes genuinely ...more
Anna Allen
Jan 06, 2014 rated it liked it
The feminist in me had a very difficult time with this book. As the story progresses, it's increasingly obvious that a man wrote this book, and that man seems to have something of an agenda as this novel progresses. Young men do stupid and thoughtless things, but grown men should grow beyond rationalizing wrong choices. Being honest about your secrets, while laudable, is not the same as examining your thought and motivations, and actually changing the way you think and behave.

This could've been
Linda K. Savor
Hated the ending!!

Will not look for any more of this author's books. Not my of type of fiction when you don't know how the main character turned out ...
Robert Beveridge
George Harrar, Reunion at Red Paint Bay (Other Press, 2013)

Full disclosure: this book was provided to me free of charge by Amazon Vine.

I finished reading this book just before the turn of the new year, and here it is late April and I'm just starting to write a review of it; I've never really been able to come up with anything compelling to say regarding it one way or the other. It's your basic thriller with pretensions to something larger (and while a number of reviews, notably Booklist's, give
Feb 03, 2019 added it
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Can not even rate this.
First, I hated Simon almost immediately. I'm not sure why the author wrote Simon this way and had the book end so open-ended like this. Simon is just a fucking horrible person. And he didn't get what he deserved. It was so disappointing because that's the only reason I kept reading it.
There were some good chapters, some things were set up in an intriguing way, but it was very obvious where things were going (view spoiler)
Feb 28, 2013 rated it liked it
I had mixed feelings about this story. It made me feel very uncomfortable from the start, though I wasn't sure why. I think it's because the characters are so believable and they're not all that likeable. As the story progresses and Simon and Amy are stalked by a man who is clearly not sure what he intends to do, but seems intent on some kind of revenge, I found myself feeling even more creeped out by how easily these seemingly ordinary people are able to act in ways that seem out of character. ...more
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
I expected this to be more. More full of suspense, more terrifying, just more. Also, I just can't forgive the "could care less" on page 6. I know that it was dialogue, and sometime it fits, but this guy is the editor of a newspaper. If you edit a newspaper you should know how to speak the language properly. Especially if you later use words like "palimpset". It wasn't necessarily a bad story, it just want all that good. Things happened to easily and without much build up. The characters were all ...more
Jun 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Nancy Linde
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
While this book reads somewhat like a mystery (as we watch with increasing tension a postcard-writing "stalker" draws closer and closer to his target), this is much more of a psychological drama. It's an engrossing and very well written exploration of guilt and innocence. It's also a fascinating look at the stress an accusation from the distant past can put on a marriage. What does a wife do when her husband turns out to be a profoundly different person than the man she thought she married.

Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I pick up a book from Other Press I always know I'm getting something unique and superbly written, unlike anything else on the market. My latest pick, Reunion at Red Paint Bay, is no exception! More than just a psychological thriller, it's an exploration of who we are, how well you can really know another person, and how well you can really know yourself. I couldn't put it down, and I want more from this author! ...more
Diane S ☔
Loved the small town atmosphere, the idea of a man returning home to buy his town's failing newspaper. Yet something with this novel just did not connect for me. The pace was very slow, the suspense with the editor and his wife being sent strange postcards from a anonymous source, could have been better. It was just okay. ...more
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Labored and read like the characters and plot were caught in quicksand.
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
enjoyed reading the book but the ending was abrupt and made me angry!
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
Simon Howe is leading a pleasant if unspectacular life in the small town of Red Paint Bay, Maine. He's the owner/editor of the local newspaper, married to a psychotherapist who specializes in treating abused women. They have an unruly 11-year-old son that pushes every boundary they set. Simon begins to get postcards from all across the country with a menacing tone to the message. A strange man shows up in town who stalks the Howes in various ways. Tension mounts, and you begin to wond
Brian Grouhel
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good book. I admit to picking it up on the cheap table mainly because of the catchy title and then after reading the dust jacket, taking it home. It starts out as an interesting story about small town life but quickly the pages start turning faster and faster. Small town Maine, newspaper owner Simon finds life average until the postcards start arriving. Innocuous at first and growing into veiled threats he finds his everyday life quickly turned upside down and falling into a fo ...more
Feb 15, 2022 rated it liked it
Simon is the editor of the small town paper in Red Paint Bay. He has moved his family back here where he grew up after working as a reporter for a big newspaper. But Simon's 25th class reunion changes everything.
I rarely say this but I could have used a little more story at the end, it ended and left me hanging. Guess I'll just have to provide my own ending about how the town reacts to Simon's admission.
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This book, I think, was supposed to be introspective. Simon, the owner and editor of a small town newspaper gets weird anonymous postcards that dredge up something in his past. His future begins to change because he's failed to recognize and admit something from his past. His son, Davey, thinks it's easier to lie than tell the truth, which bugs him until he sees that sometimes it's true. ...more
Kim Messina
Apr 12, 2021 rated it did not like it
At first I thought I was annoyed by the narrators voice (listened to this book) but it truly is a yawnfest. The only character I cared about was the cat. Plot could have been interesting, but I felt like every character was flat or cliche, and just when I thought there would be more the story ended. So glad it was a quick read. Suggest skipping this one.

May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I struggled to relate to the characters - they just fell a little flat. That said, there were some unpredictable twists and turns and a reminder of why the past should stay put. Mysteries and wonders haunt this happy little Maine town.
Penny Dawson
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure how I came across this book, but decided to give it a try. It was a short, easy read, held my interest and made you think about how lies or things you try to push from your memory have a way of coming back to haunt us. ...more
Crystal Johnston
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
It was an ok read, which got slow in the middle. being hyped as echoing Hitchcock is what made me pick up the book but it is nowhere near that level. with the 3.50 I spent but just barely
Pat Price
This novel began well but seemed as if the author lost his enthusiasm mid-way and decided to end it as quickly and as improbably as possible. The characters were ultimately caricatures and largely unlikeable. As a clinical psychologist who ran a program for victims of sexual and physical abuse, I would say that the female protagonist's therapeutic position was untenable. Was very disappointing, and I was left feeling that I had wasted my time. ...more
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
"Revenge is often elaborate. That's part of its appeal. You get to enjoy it over and over again as you plan it." ...more
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
A page turner. A great wet weekend read
Heather Simone
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting read. Kept you wanting to find out how it ends and then the ending sucked.
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
I could not get into this book though sounded interesting
Pam Hicks
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Not so promosing at the start, but then the entanglements began. All about moral & ethical dilemmas, & human nature.
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
I just hated the way it ended. No resolution at all.
Kim Roberts
Aug 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
I wasn’t a fan of this book. I felt like it just ended with no real finish to the story. Wish I would have read something else. Very disappointed.
Sharon Korthauer
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well developed characters, good plot line....what more could you ask for? This was a real page turner but won’t keep you up at night.
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I write fiction for middle grade readers through adults and hold the distinction of having had three novels published by three different publishers for three different age groups in a single year. REUNION AT RED PAINT BAY (Other Press) is my latest book, about a newspaper editor in Maine and his family who engage in a full-scale psychological battle with a stalker without even knowing it. The nove ...more

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