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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,698 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paullina Simons Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9780062660855
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As the star player of Dartmouth College’s women’s basketball team, Kristina Kim is beautiful, intelligent, and fearless. But though she’s just twenty-one, Kristina has already had her share of heartache, loss, and dark secrets that haunt her. She’s best friends with Conni, Albert, and Jim, but the only one who seems to really know her is Albert. With long dark hair, tattoos, and a rebellious streak, Albert doesn’t fit in with the rest of the clean-cut Ivy Leaguers. Like Kristina, he has his share of secrets—secrets that are beginning to unravel this intimate circle of friends.

One wintry Thanksgiving weekend tragedy strikes. When Detective Spencer O’Malley goes to investigate something suspicious at the foot of a steep hill on Dartmouth’s campus, he doesn’t expect that the frozen, naked body found in deep snow would belong to Kristina Kim—the remarkable young woman he met recently who entranced him. Now Spencer will never know if the chemistry he had with her was real. All he can do is find her killer.

Spencer is pulled into the strange, complex web of the surviving friends. Many important questions about Kristina’s murder cannot be answered, such as why none of them reported her missing for nine days before her body was discovered. The more Spencer digs, the clearer it becomes that each of the three had a motive for killing Kristina. And as Spencer, seeking justice for a dead girl, is led down a labyrinth of deceit, every new revelation proves more shocking than the last … and more dangerous.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A haunting page-turner.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A wondeful mystery-suspense story with marvelous twists and turns that keep you guessing—and turning pages—right to the very end.”

    Detroit Free Press

  • “Simons’ characterizations are excellent, and she quickly draws the reader deeply into the nuances of the story. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hairy Member | 2/17/2014

    " Load of incestious shit! The backwards/forwards dialogue especially at the beginning would be good enough to drive people to violence against the author. Worth recycling for toilet paper. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meagan | 2/10/2014

    " Somewhere between 3-4 stars. This was written by the author of my all time favorite book, The Bronze Horseman. I was impressed to see that she is capable of writing in a completely different style than the TBH trilogy. Red leaves is a whodunit murder mystery about a 21 year old girl with a close knit group of friends who all have motive for her death. Not only does this book focus on the murder but Simons focuses a lot on the characters and human nature. This wasn't my favorite book but it was an interesting one. There is an incestuous little twist but not QUITE as bad as you are first led to believe. An interesting ending...one to think over. To conservative readers there is a little bit of language and sexuality. Not as bad as her other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Capparello | 1/31/2014

    " Enjoyed yet Another book by Paulina Simmons "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Cobb | 1/29/2014

    " I loved this book just as I enjoy everything by Paullina Simons. She is an amazing writer. I am hunting down her other stuff on Amazon.com so I can read everything she wrote and patiently waiting for her new release in February. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anam Ali | 1/18/2014

    " Whatever anyone says, this book will always be one of my favorites because I associate it with a very special period of time in my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nichole Marshall | 1/17/2014

    " Wish the whole book was as surprising and intriguing as the end. Not the bronze horseman - but it was ok "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sashi | 12/13/2013

    " Loved the book. The elegant style it was written in with minimal words made it thoroughly enjoyable. Loved the story and the suspense. To me it was a perfect story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodie | 11/20/2013

    " This was a great book that kept me hanging in till the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sunflower | 11/9/2013

    " Light holiday read; free with a Sunday paper. Pity I wasn't on holiday. A book in two parts, and the second part is more interesting but less believable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosalind | 11/8/2013

    " Excellent read. I really enjoyed Tully so I went looking for more Paullina Simons "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Saya Hashimoto | 10/29/2013

    " Somewhat unworthy yet enjoyable thriller about a bunch of jealous and incestuous (in the original sense of the word) university students and the world weary cop who unravels their secrets. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 10/12/2013

    " I liked this book. It was a little dark, and usually that is not my type of book. But, for me, it was compelling that I find out how it ended. It is not a quick read, but I had a hard time putting it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsty (overflowing library) | 10/1/2013

    " enjoyed this story - much much better than tully "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Safia | 5/4/2013

    " Loved it! Still my favourite book of all time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hayley | 1/13/2013

    " I wasn't prepared for how much I'd enjoy this book,the twisted web of lies kept me completely gripped. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dimples88 | 12/21/2012

    " This is one of the best contemporary books I've ever read (I usually prefer reading old classics). It's full of suspense, and also beautifully heartbreaking. I couldn't put this book down, and there are parts of it I keep re-reading. It's beautifully written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 6/8/2012

    " I read The Girl in Time Square first and it's one of my favourite books...this book however was a bit slow and I had a hard time getting into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 4/8/2012

    " An excellent and riveting book! Couldn't put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 2/25/2012

    " Dartmouth setting, mystery. An enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/31/2012

    " Bookcrossing Book. Took a while to get into it, but had a good twist. Sent it on to my niece who's going to join Bookcrossing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 8/4/2011

    " This book was recommended to me by a friend/co-worker. The story is interesting and compelling even if the writing is stilted at some points. The tone reminded me of Donna Tartt's "The Secret History", but I don't think "Red Leaves" will stay with me the same way "History" has. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carli Malcolm | 6/30/2011

    " Great, will read it again one day "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 5/21/2011

    " Best book I have ever read!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maraki | 5/7/2011

    " i read this book beacause my favorite book is the bronze horseman by paulina simos and i wanted to find out what else she has written !! it is a very good book :) with a lot of mystery;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 4/8/2011

    " Dartmouth setting, mystery. An enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 3/11/2011

    " I liked this book. It was a little dark, and usually that is not my type of book. But, for me, it was compelling that I find out how it ended. It is not a quick read, but I had a hard time putting it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 1/24/2011

    " I read The Girl in Time Square first and it's one of my favourite books...this book however was a bit slow and I had a hard time getting into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jirinka (sony08) | 9/23/2010

    " This was ok. I liked it but found it too long and bits of it uninteresting. 6/10 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katelyn | 7/27/2010

    " Paullina never disappoints me... i didnt see the ending coming and I loved it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsty (overflowing library) | 6/13/2010

    " enjoyed this story - much much better than tully "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 5/12/2010

    " Surpisingly, I can't get into this. Most of the reviews say the first half is tedious, and the second half actually makes the book. I just don't think I want to endure 200 pages of being bored to get to the meat. Going to put it aside for now. "

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About the Author
Author Paullina Simons

Paullina Simons is the author of the acclaimed novels Tully, Red Leaves, and Eleven Hours, as well as the Bronze Horseman Trilogy. Born and raised in Saint Petersburg, Russia, she graduated from the University of Kansas and has lived in Rome, London, and Dallas. She currently lives near New York City with her husband and most of her children.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.