Red Leaves

Red Leaves

Book - 2005
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Eric Moore has reason to be happy. He has a prosperous business, a comfortable home, a stable family life in a quiet town. Then, on an ordinary night, his teenage son Keith is asked to babysit Amy Giordano, the eight-year-old daughter of a neighboring family. The next morning Amy is missing.

Suddenly Eric is one of the stricken parents he has seen on television, professing faith in his child's innocence. As the police investigation increasingly focuses on Keith, Eric must counsel his son, find him a lawyer, protect him from the community's steadily growing suspicion. Except that Eric is not so sure his son is innocent. And if Keith is not . . . and might do the same thing again . . . what then should a father do?

Red Leaves is a story of broken trust and one man's heroic effort to hold fast the ties that bind him to everything he loves.
Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780151012503
Branch Call Number: PS3553.O55465 R43 2005
Characteristics: 289 p. ; 24 cm


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Mar 04, 2016

This a story about a family and all the things that go on within it that no one really knows. As the father states in the book - do we really know anyone. It is a tragic story about the unfolding of one family's journey and discovery of each other and how they have been affected by the past and the present. Well worth the read.

Dec 06, 2015

Came across this older book while volunteering at my local library and decided to give it a try. Turned out to be a good page turner. Kept changing my mind on whether the boy did it or didn't do it. Quick read, glad I gave it a try.

Aug 20, 2014

This was a heartbreaking book. It really reaches out and smacks you in the face with feelings, and it is amazing for it.

Mar 13, 2013

I really enjoy Thomas H. Cook's books. If not for the subject a little bit worn - I would give five stars. You can think that it is a genre of literature about crime, police investigation, mystery. The author has a talent to write about profoundness of human emotions, and that why, sometimes, his books cannot be narrowed to a genre of detective mystery. Like in other books he raises the issue of relations between father and son, and how this affects next generations in the family.

Sep 16, 2012

This is a sad story about the breakdown of a family. When the teenage son is suspected of a crime involving a 8 year old girl he was babysitting, his father has doubts about his son's innocence. He wants to protect his son but does not know how. The father came from a disfuncitional family and cannot form close family ties with his wife and son. Just as things are being resolved tradegy strickes. This book makes one realize how important close family relationships are to a happy and healthy family. I do recommend this book.

mikey24 Apr 04, 2012

One of the best books I've ever read. Tragic story about family relationships and paranoia. I've given this book to 3 others to read and they all loved it as well.

Sep 26, 2011

Tragic story of what happens when suspicion takes over.

Amy Giordano is abducted and the focus of the investigation and townspeople's suspicion is on Keith Moore, a teenager who is a secretive almost surly boy. His father thinks he is a normal teen going through a faze while his mother worries that he needs help before he retreats into himself and his antisocial behaviour forever.

As the story progresses you learn more about Eric the dad and how his life mirrors somewhat that of his son. The tragedy is that neither know each other, and as secrets unfold, you get a terrible sense that it might be too late for them.

The story is well-crafted and makes you want to read to the end. Bits are revealed that keep your nose firmly in the book to the very end.


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