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“Harrar skillfully echoes Alfred Hitchcock’s theme about how a seemingly innocent man can be sucked into a disturbing vortex of forces that lie just below the surface of ‘normal’ life.” —Kirkus
"More than a conventional mystery or thriller, "Reunion at Red Paint Bay" lays bare the consequences of guilt, denial, and moral absolutism. The novel can be read on several levels, but it devolves into a book tailored to spur readers into examining the limits of responsibility for one's actions." —Huntington News
“George Harrar tells a remarkable story about a newspaperman who struggles to tell the truth, feeling reluctant to bear the consequences, a story of human failure and hard redemption. The writing, razor-sharp and wildly insightful, creates characters who seem to jump off the page—becoming people we know, people we are. Read this book, each page mysterious and compelling, hiding within it the deep core of being human.” —Elizabeth Cox, author of The Slow Moon
"Harrar's novel...is an intriguing and provocative take on some standard themes of contemporary fiction....Reunion at Red Paint Bay is well written even if it invites controversy and criticism. It is a memorable work that could spur some heated debate." —Metapsychology
"Secrets can haunt us. In George Harrar's novel Reunion At Red Paint Bay, secrets hunt us down for revenge." —Interview Magazine
"This is a gripping thriller, utterly convincing and alarming, as people struggle to justify past deeds, weigh the costs of the truth and decide that maybe a half-lie is just as good." —Bill Bushnell, Morning Sentinel (Waterville, Maine)
"Ironies abound here in this suspenseful study of universal themes of guilt, innocence, punishment, atonement, and absolution as seen through the seemingly simple life of a hitherto respected man in Red Paint Bay." —Seeing the World Through Books
"George Harrar’s incisive look at the soft-focus lens through which we view our respective pasts" —Book Page
"The story resolution is quite wrenching. To say more would be to spoil a good read...It's a great tale of moral consequences, ethical dilemmas, differing perspectives, secrets, guilt and absolution." —Tutu's Two Cents
Posted March 18, 2013
I had no idea what to expect with this book and I was pleasantly surprised!
what a tangled web we weave when at first we do deceive…. I have a friend who actually went through something quite like this, so it did hit home and bring back some uncomfortable memories.
This is not a mystery or thriller as such but more psychological, slowly creeping into your head…Simon Howe is just your average happily married man until one day he receives a postcard in the mail and his once simple, quiet life starts to slowly spin out of control.
His son is being stalked…or is he? Someone is lurking outside their home and his wife is getting suspicious. Everyone in the little town
of Red Paint Bay is suspect. Can an incident that happened back in high school come back and destroy your life one postcard at a time?
This book was great, hard to put down and not your average mystery. I never knew what was going on and I like that about a book.
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Posted May 8, 2013
Great book for writers and for book clubs. Very interesting handling of multiple narrators or narrative points of view. The main character (narrator) is in conflict with the alternative character (narrator) about an understanding of the past. Handled in a non traditional way but works extremely well. For book clubs, the book offers an opportunity to talk about date rape from various points of view. The characters are real -- ones you relate to -- and try to deal with problems as best they can.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 3, 2013
Posted June 12, 2013
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