Woman in RedA generations-old secret can either shatter the lives of a man and a woman or give them a second chance at happiness in this powerfully felt novel of love and redemption from New York Times–bestselling author Eileen Goudge
Alice Kessler has lived through a mother’s worst nightmare. While riding his bike, her eight-year-old son, David, was killed by a drunk driver. Out of her mind with grief and rage—especially after losing the wrongful death suit—Alice runs down the driver, Owen White, crippling him. After serving nine years in prison, she returns to Grays Island in the Pacific Northwest, divorced and destitute, to reunite with her surviving son, Jeremy.
But the child she has not seen in almost a decade has become an angry teenager, and when Jeremy is falsely accused of rape, White, who is now mayor, seizes his chance for revenge.
To defend Jeremy, Alice seeks the help of former Manhattan DA Colin McGinty, who lost his wife on 9/11 and returned to Grays Island after the death of his grandfather—an artist famous for his haunting portrait Woman in Red. As the story of the painting is revealed, the past becomes intertwined with the present, and Alice and Colin discover that they are bound together by a deadly wartime secret on the verge of being exposed.
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“Once you start this wonderful book, you won’t be able to put it down.” —Kristin Hannah, New York Times–bestselling author
“Beautifully intertwines . . . two stories, two generations . . . [Goudge’s] characters are appealing both despite of and because of their problems.” —Library Journal
“Page-turning . . . A satisfying tale of survival and redemption.” —Publishers Weekly
“Sweeping and intimate. . . . [The Woman in Red] is nothing short of brilliant.” —Luanne Rice, New York Times–bestselling author
“A beautiful tale of loss, redemption and hope. . . . [The Woman in Red] is a masterpiece.” —Barbara Delinsky, New York Times–bestselling author
“[An] often surprising tale of secrets kept and promises broken.” —Booklist
About the author
Eileen Goudge (b. 1950) is one of the nation’s most successful authors of women’s fiction. She began as a young adult writer, helping to launch the phenomenally successful Sweet Valley High series, and in 1986 she published her first adult novel, the New York Times bestseller Garden of Lies.
She has published fifteen novels in all, including the three-book saga of Carson Springs, Thorns of Truth—a sequel to Gardens of Lies—and 2012’s The Replacement Wife. She lives and works in New York City.