Red Leaves Book Summary and Study Guide

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Red Leaves is the story of four friends who attend Dartmouth College in New Hampshire: Kristina Kim, Albert Maplethorpe, Jim Shaw and Constance Tobias. They are a close-knit group, and share all their secrets with each other, or do they?
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Suddenly the body of Kristina is found buried under the snow, having been there for nine days. Who killed her? And why didn't her friends report her missing? Enter Detective Spencer Patrick O'Malley of the Hanover Police. Detective O'Malley had met Kristina briefly before her death, and is intent on finding her killer and bringing him to justice.

The review of this Book prepared by Sandra

I really enjoyed this book and have read it several times. It is a very intelligent and suspensful mystery about a young college student who is found murdered by a police officer that she knew. She is estranged from her family, and stranger still, her so-called best friends are being very uncooperative with the police investigation. Finally, the main detective has to take matters into his own hands when he discovers the real killer and nobody believes him...
The review of this Book prepared by carlin

This is the story of a group of four friends at Dartmouth College who are the elite students: attractive, smart, and ambitious. They are a society amongst themselves and are envied by everyone else on campus. When Kristina, the 'leader' of the group is found murdered, secrets are layed open that no one could have ever guessed about them.
The review of this Book prepared by Julie L.

Chapter Analysis of Red Leaves

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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   depressing/sad How difficult to spot villain?    -   Moderately Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Murder of certain profession?    -   students/teachers Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   "All in the family" murder Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids

Writing Style

Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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