Red Leaves

Thomas H. Cook, 2005, Harcourt

Written by one my favorite authors, this is a book that I could not put down (almost literally). Deb grabbed it from the library on a Wednesday evening, and I finished it Thursday evening. Cook’s writing is always dark — Deb says it is often too dark for her. Reading this book is watching a man — father, husband, son, brother — as his life comes apart after an 8-year old girl disappears, last seen by his 15-year old son. Gripping. Disturbing. Sad. Thought-provoking. Beautifully written. True Cook in his depiction of relationships and how shallow and false they can be, how little we may really know about the people in our lives.

Grab your kids. Hug them. Talk to them. Love them. Know them.