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Red Leaves by Thomas H. Cook
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Red Leaves (2007)

by Thomas H. Cook

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This was the first of Thomas H. Cook's I have had the pleasure to read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. You are the father of a 15-year old boy. You begin to believe he is responsible for the disappearance of an 8-year old girl. You see the family life you have so carefully constructed begin to fall apart. Those are the lines along which Cook has written an admirable novel. ( )
  JohnJGaynard | Dec 31, 2018 |
The narrator lives in a small town with his wife and teenage son, Keith who is a troubled teenager, age 15. Keith babysits for a pretty 8 year old girl, Amy who then disappears. The police suspect Keith. The narrator, Eric, also suspects him but he tries not too. He also faces pressure from Amy's father who just wants her back. Eric has a brother, Warren, who was the target of a very cold father who gave Eric what he needed, but withheld from Warren. The police continue to put the pressure on and want Keith to confess. Eric has difficulty controlling his dislike of his son. He also suspects his wife of having an affair. Eventually Eric suspects his brother who then kills himself. He then finds the pizza delivery man smokes the same cigarettes as Keith. For some reason, Eric doesn't want to contact the police about this as he believes the police probably already cleared the delivery man. Keith makes the call and starts communicating with his father. Sadly, Amy's father can't stand it anymore and kills Keith and then himself. Amy is then found and rescued from the real kidnapper. Throughout the story, Eric also looks back on his own childhood. Interesting book.
  taurus27 | Dec 26, 2017 |
A young girl disappears and the sullen, loner 17-year old boy who had been babysitting her prior in the evening becomes the main suspect. The story is told from the point of view of the teenager’s father, who suddenly suspects he knows little about the members of his own family. This story was great but I had to reduce a star because of the intense foreshadowing that was as subtle as a sledgehammer. I must give extra praise for the cover of the hardcover edition, which is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. ( )
  dorie.craig | Jun 22, 2017 |

In haste . . .

I don't have time to review stuff at the moment (though I'm on the final straight of the huge film noir encyclopedia, hurrah!), but fury has driven me to make a note here. This would probably have had five stars from me had it not been for its repeated illiteracy of using the word "peddle" in place of "pedal" (the adolescent at the tale's heart rides a bicycle). Mr Cook's copyeditor has served him ill.
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  JohnGrant1 | Aug 11, 2013 |
A beautifully written, tragic story of a family's struggle to withstand a catastrophic event in their lives. ( )
  susannelson | Jun 12, 2013 |
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Oh, return to zero, the master said. Use what's lying around the house. Make it simple and sad. STEPHEN DUNN, 'Visiting the Master'
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For Susan Terner, courage under fire
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0156032341, Paperback)

Eric Moore has a prosperous business, a comfortable home, a stable family life in a quiet town. Then, on an ordinary night, his teenage son Keith babysits Amy Giordano, the eight-year-old daughter of a neighboring family. The next morning Amy is missing, and Eric isn't sure his son is innocent.

In his desperate attempt to hold his family together by proving his-and the community's-suspicions wrong, Eric finds himself in a vortex of doubt and broken trust. What should he make of Keith's strange behavior? Of his wife's furtive phone calls to a colleague? Of his brother's hints that he knows things he's afraid to say?

In a "heart-wrenching and gut-wrenching" (New York Daily News) race against time and mistrust, Eric must discover what has happened to Amy Giordano and face the long-buried family secrets he has so carefully ignored.

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When his teenage son, Keith, is accused in the disappearance of an eight-year-old girl, Eric Moore struggles to shelter Keith from the police investigation while seeking legal counsel and wondering about his son's possible guilt.

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