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Red Ribbons

(Dr. Kate Pearson #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,003 ratings  ·  119 reviews
A Serial Killer
When the body of a missing schoolgirl is found buried in the Dublin Mountains, her hands clasped together in prayer, two red ribbons in her hair, the hunt for her killer reaches epic proportions with the discovery of a second girl's body 24 hours later.

The Criminal Psychologist
Desperate to find the murderer, police call in criminal psychologist Kate Pearson,
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published September 3rd 2012 by Hachette Books Ireland
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Diane S ☔
3.5 Debut novel set in Ireland. A young girl's body is found, her body has been staged, her hair braided and tied with a brilliant red bow. D. I. O'Connell brings Kate, a profiler into the case and she becomes their best hope of catching the murderer. I think I am just getting tired of all these stories told from multiple perspectives, in this one we hear from the D. I., Kate, the murderer himself and a young woman who has been in a psychiatric hospital for fifteen years. Her story was my favori ...more
Alex is The Romance Fox

Red Ribbons by Louise Phillips is one of the most fantastic debut novels I have read in a very long time. I discovered this author by chance....after reading a lot of great reviews on GR's, I just wanted to get "stuck" into this book.
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This is the 1st book in the Dr. Kate Pearson Series and it's a brilliantly clever and riveting psychological crime thriller, set in Dublin, featuring Dr Kate Pearson, Criminal Psychologist/Forensic Profiler who works with and assists the Gardai, in the p
 Li'l Owl
Loved it!

The characters were engaging, interesting, and genuine. The story line was well written and very believable. Irish author, Louise Philips, created a beautiful setting that clearly reflected the Irish countryside, giving it a refreshing change of scenery. Caroline Morahan did a superb job of narrating this book. With both her natural Irish accent and the way she used different inflections ,it made it easy for me to picture in my mind which character was speaking, as well as "feel" the e
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Brilliant Irish crime fiction! Totally engaged me from start to finish.I can't believe I've not read more of Louise's books but can believe it's won a host of awards already. If you love crime, is you especially love crime featuring a top criminal psychologist then you need this in your life!

What can I say? The plot is riveting with a creepy sinister taint that I loved. Meet a creepy serial killer. Dead girls with red ribbons in their hair. The past and the present linked with dark secrets and y
Liz Barnsley
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When the body of a missing schoolgirl is found buried in the Dublin Mountains, her hands clasped together in prayer, two red ribbons in her hair, the hunt for her killer reaches epic proportion with the discovery of a second girl’s body 24 hours later.

First of all, this is how I love my crime fiction. Great story, complicated without trying to be TOO clever, one that gives your brain a work out and has terrific characters, all of which, even the minor ones, bring something to the story. And tha
Annmarie Miles
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book!
Fantastic, gripping story!
If you love Criminal Minds you'll love this!
Book Addict Shaun
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Louise Phillips is an author I have wanted to read since starting the blog almost a year ago, one of the many that came to my attention when I discovered this wonderful part of the Internet where readers, authors and publishers alike discuss books all day long. Sharon's (Shaz's Book Blog) Irish Fiction Week was the perfect time then for me to finally pick up Red Ribbons, and I am so glad that I did.

Red Ribbons focuses on three main characters. The serial killer, responsible for the murders of mi
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
Oh lord! Talk about a slog! I thought I'd give this one a try and boy, do I regret it! This was terrible, simply put. It suffers from two problems, a major and minor one. The major makes the minor seem a lot worse but whatever... There may be *minor* spoilers here.

The major: this book is entirely one of telling. What 'action' there is is sparse. Very, very sparse.

For example, 75% of the way through, the doctor's hubby leaves her. We're told this. We're told how things changed with a suitcase an
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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When the body of a missing schoolgirl is found buried in the Dublin Mountains, her hands clasped together in prayer, two red ribbons in her hair, the hunt for her killer reaches epic proportion with the discovery of a second girl's body 24 hours later.


Desperate to find the murderer, police call in criminal psychologist Kate Pearson, to get inside the mind of the serial killer before he strikes again. But the more Kate discovers abou
Margaret Madden
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A huge 5 stars!! Read my review below....
Cleopatra  Pullen
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the perfect example of a good thriller, there is a cohesive plot line, not too many instances where the reader has to suspend belief and characters who you feel you know.

Red Ribbons is told from three main different viewpoints. Dr Kate Pearson who is a psychologist helping the police to discover the profile of a killer. A young girl was found buried in Dublin Mountains with red ribbons in her hair, soon afterwards another young girl is found, again with unknown red ribbons. Ellie Brady w
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I came across this book recently in my local library and the blurb on the back cover looked interesting, so I gave it a go. It is a debut novel from an Irish writer and it is set in Dublin. It turns out that this is a rather good read and I hope that the writer continues with a series. The body of a young girl is found in a shallow grave in the Dublin mountains and the ritualistic manner in which the body is laid out gives D.I. O'Connor reason to consult Kate Pearson, a Psychologist, on whether ...more
Elaine Tomasso
Kate Pearson has been a very successful criminal profiler but now works with young offenders to try and change their ways. She still hankers after profiling and jumps at the chance to help the police profile the killer of two young girls who gave been strangled and posed with red ribbons in their hair.
With all the glowing reviews I have been keen to read Red Ribbons for a while and never got round to it but I must admit to being disappointed in it. The plot premise is good - a disturbed killer p
Rob Kitchin
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Louise Phillips’ debut novel, Red Ribbons is a psychological police procedural set over a few autumn days. The story is told through three alternating voices: the killer’s, Kate Pearson’s and Ellie’s. Ellie’s voice in particular is very strong and engagingly written, but the characterisation of all three is well developed. In contrast, the other characters are a little thin and two dimensional. In particular, Detective Inspector O’Connor as the fourth central character is somewhat of an enigma a ...more
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It was a very enjoyable gritty psychological crime thriller with a gradual increase in suspense which has the reader quickly wanting to turn page over page to find out what happens right up to the very end. Enthralling stuff :)
Anna Maria
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I really liked this book, was pleasantly surprised and looking forward to reading other books of this author.
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most comprehensive reviews I've read on RED RIBBONS, shortlisted for best Irish Crime Novel of the Year. (Cormac O'Keeffe)

If you like psychological crime with strong characters - then this might be for you.

Red Ribbons may be about the hunt for a serial killer, but for me, what really stands out from this brilliant debut novel by Louise Phillips is Ellie, Ellie Brady.

Red Ribbons

Although not introduced until the fourth chapter (fifth if you count the prologue), some six months a
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Ireland there's a serial killer preying on young girls. When found in their remote graves they look eerily similar. Posed as if in prayer, their hair is carefully braided with a distinctive red ribbon. 

Psychologist and criminal profiler Kate Pearson is assigned to the case. Each new grave gives her a deeper insight into the killer, helping her develop a profile. As she does her investigation we get brief first person narratives by the killer himself, and a surprising connection to Pearson may
Laura Pilcher
Two girls are discovered buried in shallow graves. Both are laid out in a particular way, with their hair plaited with red ribbons tied in them. Dr Kate Pearson is a profiler who is struggling to find the balance between family and work. Together with DI O'Conner they try and predict the killer's next move. Ellie is in a psychiatric hospital for the murder of her daughter. The talks between Ellie and her new doctor run alongside the other story line until ultimately we see the connection.

I near
I raced through reading Red Ribbons even though I was reading 4 other books at the same time! It's a fast paced thriller with short cliff hanger chapters that left me wanting to read more and more. It was definitely a difficult book to put down. Phillips created believable characters that each had little quirks or small passages about their backgrounds that made the reader crave to know more about them. The story was told through 3-4 voices, depending on how you look at it, in alternating and li ...more
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
AUTHOR Phillips, Louise
TITLE: Red Ribbons
DATE READ: 02/19/2016
GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Crime Fiction / 2012 / Hachette Books / 405 pgs
CHARACTERS Profiler : Kate Pearson
TIME/PLACE: 2011, Dublin,Ireland
FIRST LINES He could have taken a direct flight from Dublin to Galileo Galilei airport in Pisa.
COMMENTS: Written from 3 major viewpoints: 1) William Cronly -- middle-aged man who has never recovered from an unidentified trauma occurring in Italy when he w
Kelly Spillane
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book! Louise Phillips did a great job in creating the perfect thriller!!!

I must admit that this is not the usual kind of book I would go for, buy the minute I started this book, I was glued to it.

I was kept interested from beginning to end. The main characters were do likeable and they seemed so real. The other thing I found was that the story seemed real and moved along at a great pace.

Once I opened this book I found it hard to close it again until I reached the very en
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed Red Ribbons. It's a well paced thriller, with believable characters that you crave to know more about. It is told through three voices; the serial killer, the profiler and a woman accused of murdering her daughter years earlier. In this way, we are sucked right in as we are allowed to see and feel everything as the story unfolds. This is a debut novel that is right up there with the best of them! ...more
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite a four star but I prefer to round up rather than down for a first-time read author. This was a triple-strand novel where each strand, unlike the plaits that feature predominantly, are clearly marked in different type, a little unnecessarily I think since each voice is well enough defined for it to be quite quickly obvious who is who, especially with the chapter headings also indicating where the action is.
Place is also very well-evoked.
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book, I found it hard to put down, and usually I like to take my time and savour a novel. Crime has always been my favourite genre and the psychological aspect interests me, so this ticked all my boxes. I will most definitely be buying all books featuring Dr. Kate Pearson.
Markus Rieder
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery, irish
Fascinating, thrilling and hard to put down. It doesn't feel like a debut novel at all - looking forward to read the Doll's house ...more
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable thriller. It's unusual to read a book liked this set in Dublin- it made it interesting. I found I was hooked until the end. ...more
Oct 13, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book..... ugh! I had such high hopes for it and was really excited to read it, but it didn't hit the mark at all. I found the book to be slow, long, and just painful. I lost interest very early on, but since it was a gift, I felt the need to finish it. There was a lot of unnecessary detail that could have been cut out and possibly made the book better. Each chapter is broken down into the point of view of Kate Pearson (Criminal Psychologist), the serial killer, and Ellie Brady (an accused w ...more
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really tried to give this one a chance but ultimately gave up. The characters felt flat and it just was too slow and dry for me. I had been looking for something as enjoyable as the mysteries/procedurals of Tana French/Jane Casey but sadly this wasn't it. ...more
Aug 10, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Finished: 10.09.2019
Genre: CF
Rating: F
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LOUISE PHILLIPS is an author of four bestselling psychological crime thrillers, each shortlisted for Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year. Her second novel, THE DOLL’S HOUSE, won the award. Louise’s work has formed part of various anthologies, and she has won numerous literary awards. She teaches crime fiction wr

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