Woman in Red

Eileen Goudge, Author . Perseus/Vanguard $24.95 (355p) ISBN 978-1-59315-444-8

I n this page-turning novel, Alice Kessler, the married mother of two sons, is living on the fictional Grays Island, in the Pacific Northwest, when her eight-year-old son is run over while riding his bike. Alice is convinced the driver, Owen White, was drunk—though her husband, Randy, is not. Neither is the court system. So, on the day Alice loses her wrongful death lawsuit, she runs Owen down in the courthouse parking lot, crippling but not killing him. Alice serves nine years and returns to the island near-broke and hoping to reunite with her surviving son, Jeremy, now 16. (Her husband, Randy, has divorced her.) At the same time, Colin McGinty, an ex-Manhattan prosecutor, has returned to his dead artist grandfather’s island house after losing his wife in 9/11. Alice and Colin’s fates become bound with a little help from Colin’s inherited border collie and, more concretely, a portrait of Alice’s grandmother. Cutting between WWII-era depictions of the lives of Colin’s and Alice’s grandparents and the melodramatic present (including Alice’s son being accused of rape and Owen White’s machinations as island mayor), haute-romance veteran Goudge (Immediate Family ; Wish Come True ; etc.) unspools a predictable yet satisfying tale of survival and redemption. (June)

Reviewed on: 04/23/2007
Release date: 06/01/2007
Genre: Fiction
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