Red Leaves, Paullina Simons

I have to confess that I have been to known to be a big Paullina Simons fan. I absolutely relished The Bronze Horseman and its sequel Bridge to Holy Cross – although I wasn’t too excited by the third in the trilogy! I particularly like the way that Simons weaves a magnificent story with some very complex and universal themes. The trilogy was more than just a love story (although it was a simply superb one), it dealt with the intricacies of life in Russia during the war, of the siege of Stalingrad and the implications of that time for the civilians living there. It opened my eyes to all this and more.

As a result of my Simons awe, I was thrilled when my Aunt revealed another Simons title which I had as yet not read. Red Leaves did not disappoint. It is a very unusually structured narrative told in two parts. Firstly, from the perspective of an interesting and yet peculiar young female protagonist and then, later, from the vantage of a male police detective investigating a murder.

To say much more would spoil the book so I will leave you with the teaser from the book’s cover: When friends are not what they seem.

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