Alice Kessler spent nine years in prison for the attempted murder of the drunk driver who killed her son. Now she’s returned home to Gray’s Island to reconnect with the son she left behind. Her boy, Jeremy, now a sullen teenager, is wrongly accused of rape, and mother and son are thrown together in a desperate attempt to prove his innocence.
She’s aided by Colin McGinty, a recovering alcoholic and 9/11 widower, also recently returned to the island in the aftermath of his grandfather’s death. Colin’s grandfather, a famous artist, is best known for his haunting portrait, “Woman in Red,” which happens to be of Alice’s grandmother.
In a tale that weaves the past with the present, we come to know the story behind the portrait, of the forbidden wartime romance between William McGinty and Eleanor Styles, and the deadly secret that bound them more tightly than even their love for each other. A secret that, more than half a century later, is about to be unburied, as Alice and Colin are drawn into a fragile romance of their own and the ghost of an enemy from long ago surfaces in the form of his grandson, the very man responsible for sending Alice to prison.
Or so the back of the book says:
But here is what I think. This was a book that I couldn't put down, I look forward to my breaks at work just so I can read. I loved how that author intertwined the characters and time periods effortlessly. It was smooth, enticing and made you think. I loved this book so much that I couldn't wait to share it, El already has it for her trip down south. If anyone asked me for a book to recommend to them, this would be my number one pick. One thing I did find is the tittle was odd, although the Women in red was a character, I would call her a secondary character. I wish that her story was more in depth being as she was one of my favourite characters.