Seeing Red

Seeing Red

by Susan Crandall
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Seeing Red 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
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Zosia82 More than 1 year ago
This was a very emotional, enjoyable read. The lead characters, Ellis and Nate, were both complex and interesting, and the development of their relationship - the rediscovery of a childhood friendship and the revelations about how past events have shaped who they are - was fantastically written. The mysteries surrounding the characters - both dead and alive - were fascinating; the author did an amazing job of showing how people are rarely what they seem, how public opinion can be so cruelly directed. This was an impulse buy, but I am very glad I purchased this book.
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KarenWhite More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of this writer since her first book, BACK ROADS. She just keeps getting better and better. The gorgeous South Carolina setting and multi-dimensional characters--not to mention the nail-biting plot--kept me up reading late into the night. This is yet another not-to-be-missed book by Ms. Crandall. I'm preordering her next book as soon as it's available! More than 1 year ago
Seeing Red Susan Crandall Forever, 2008 ISBN: 0446178578 Reviewed by Kay Ramsey for, 02/09 5 stars Great reading. When Ellis Greene testified against the man that committed a crime that left her cousin dead, he vowed revenge. Now he is out on parole. Nate Vance has vowed to watch over Ellis and keep her safe. Love follows, as they reveal all the secrets of the past and attempt to live through it. Seeing Red by Susan Crandall is an edge-of-your-seat read. Crandall knows how to let the romantic tension build into a tender finish, while allowing the tense plot to move at a brisk pace. Seeing Red will stay with you long after you read the last page. I predict that this one will hit the best seller list.
Judy_F More than 1 year ago
Seeing Red by Susan Crandall is a suspenseful tale that will keep you guessing. Ellis Greene was a very young girl when she witnessed a horrific crime against her cousin. Its affected every part of her world. Now 15 years later the man convicted has been released and Ellis knows he is gunning for her and her family. Nate Vance was friends with Ellis and her cousin Laura back then. He had left under suspicion after the trial and was putting it all behind him. Now with a convicted criminal out to harm Ellis, Nate comes back to protect her. Ellis and Nate have grown and changed over the years. Their core friendship is still there but now they are seeing each other with adult eyes. As their friendship and romance grows the menace is all around them. Nate will not let anything happen to Ellis, who has come to mean the world to him. Seeing Red is a masterful story of romantic suspense. The terror is edgy and pulse pounding. The romance of Ellis and Nate is emotional and powerful. Susan Crandall is an author to read and enjoy.
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As with Pitch Black, A Kiss in Winter and all of Susan Crandall's books...this was a great read! I love the dialog and romance between her characters. Good twists and turns throughout each book.
jjmachshev More than 1 year ago
Reviewed for; book release Feb09

A tense and thriller of a read, ¿Seeing Red¿ by Susan Crandall will have you double checking your locks at night. I enjoy reading romantic suspense. I especially enjoy reading suspense that sends a shiver down my spine and keeps me guessing as to exactly who the bad guy is. Crandall¿s latest delivers both of these sensations in spades.

Ellis was just thirteen when her beautiful cousin, Laura, was kidnapped from their room, raped, beaten, and left for dead. The initial suspect was Laura¿s boyfriend and Ellis¿ secret crush, Nate. It was Ellis¿ insistence that resulted in the real attacker being caught and her testimony that put him away. But the horrible events of that time resulted in the loss of her friend Nate who left town immediately after the trial and the loss of her cousin Laura after four years in a vegetative state. Even fifteen years later, Ellis still lives with her fears. Walls of security and self-defense lessons don¿t seem to help when Laura¿s attacker is paroled and Ellis can¿t forget the words he spoke after his conviction, ¿You¿ll pay.¿ Suddenly Nate is back to protect her, those associated with the trial are attacked and more young women are dying. But the only `new¿ faces are both the parolee and Nate. Surely, Ellis wasn¿t wrong all those years ago?

With enough twists and turns to impress a LeMans driver, the plot of this novel has liberal red herrings and what feels like endless possibilities. I didn¿t really guess the bad guy until the author threw him at me at the last minute, but looking back, the clues were there. I love stories like that. The author leads the reader on a merry chase after first one suspect, then another with each having means, motive, and opportunity. There are flashbacks to a younger Ellis with the woman now understanding nuances a teenager would have missed. When the action gets rolling, it¿s pretty much non-stop until the intense ending that I¿m not sure I breathed through until it was over! Truly a very satisfying read.

Set in the lazy tempo of a South Carolina beach town, the close-knit community is a perfect backdrop for all things wicked. The contrast between the innocence of a peaceful small town and youth and the larger city loaded with college age vices makes the crimes committed that much more shocking. This was my second read by Susan Crandall and I must say that it certainly won¿t be my last. Of course, I¿ll need to wait a bit after reading ¿Seeing Red¿¿to let my blood pressure level out.
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AuthorKellyMoran More than 1 year ago
Author Susan Crandall lived in Chicago and worked as a dental hygienist before pursuing her writing career. This title, Seeing Red, follows other titles: Pitch Black, A Kiss in Winter, On Blue Falls Pond, Promises to Keep, Magnolia Sky, The Road Home, and Back Roads. She resides in Indiana with her husband and two children.
Fifteen years ago, Ellis Greene was the only witness to the horrendous kidnapping and murder of her beloved cousin, a crime that still had her small town cautious and stumped. The man who she testified against and helped to convict is now out on parole and damned determined to get his revenge. Ellis was tired of living her life in terror, fearful to go out into the night or even form an attachment to anyone. She was lonely, guilt-stricken, and worse- scared senseless that her cousin¿s killer was going to come after her. When her childhood friend, Nate Vance, left town shortly before the trial, the small South Carolina community began to suspect that he played a part in the murder. So, he stayed away to keep her safe. Emerging from the shadows, Nate returns to the only person who believed him then, to protect the woman capturing his heart now. No longer the teenager of all knees and elbows, Ellis has grown into a beautiful and strong young woman. As two friends become reunited, startling secrets begin to unfold making everyone wonder what really happened that night fifteen years ago. And was the truth worth seeking if another girl would die?
First of all, I want to give the author a massive amount of credit for truly understanding what it is like to be a victim and able to portray that so the reader can feel that devastation, fear, and torment that they face. It doesn¿t end with a conviction and in some cases it never really goes away. That understanding gave these characters life in a realistic manner not often seen and had you relating to each word you read. The book was hard to put down and I didn¿t find any areas where I lost interest. The suspense was fast-paced and the romance was irresistible. The little bits of point-of-view change were clever, giving you just enough to bite. I found the secondary characters very intriguing, as well. Bravo for understanding the Carolinas and a southern mindset, too.
Seeing Red, by Susan Crandall, is a complex, compelling, and well-written book. Most definitely an author to keep your eye out for.

Kelly Moran,
Author and Reviewer
harstan More than 1 year ago
Fifteen years ago on Belle Island, South Carolina, Laura Greene was kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and murdered. Her family blames Nate Vance, a boy from the wrong side of the tracks who wanted Laura as his girlfriend. Laura¿s cousin teenage Ellis defends Nate; insisting he was innocent and in court on her fourteenth birthday testified against Hollis Alexander, who went to prison.

In the present, many islanders still believe the wrong man went to jail as they insist Nate killed Laura; out of prison on parole Hollis bribes reporter Wayne Carr to investigate the case as he swears he was innocent. He also goes after the Greene family that never emotionally recovered from the trauma of the homicide. Nate returns to Belle Island after being away for years, but is no longer the helpless teen being driven off by the haughty Greene clan; he is also attracted to Ellis, a schoolteacher. Ellis reciprocates though she has been seeing Rory for several years. As Ellis and Nate dance around their feelings, they begin to uncover what really happened fifteen years ago; however, this is one time the truth will not set them free because someone wants the past to remain as is and is willing to kill to insure secrets remain concealed.

This is an exciting romantic suspense in which the victim¿s family never received closure although someone went to jail for the crime; as most of the Greene brood believes like most islanders that the wrong man went to jail. The action-packed story line moves briskly from the moment Ellis and Nate see each other for the first since just after the tragedy and never slows down as Hollis sets in motion his scheme. Readers will enjoy this tense thriller as the truth will set you free if it doesn¿t kill you.

Harriet Klausner