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The Girl in Times Square [Paperback]

Paullina Simons
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Book Description

6 May 2008

A stunning and powerful contemporary love story from one of the best storytellers this century. What if everything you believed about your life was a lie?

Meet Lily Quinn. She is broke, struggling to finish college, pay her rent, find love. Adrift in bustling New York City, the most interesting things in Lily’s life happen to the people around her. But Lily loves her aimless life … until her best friend and roommate Amy disappears. That’s when Spencer Patrick O’Malley, a cynical, past his prime NYPD detective with demons of his own, enters Lily’s world. And a sudden financial windfall which should bring Lily joy instead becomes an ominous portent of the dark forces gathering around her.

But fate isn’t finished with Lily.

She finds herself fighting for her life as Spencer’s search for the missing Amy intensifies, leading Lily to question everything she knew about her friend and family. Startling revelations about the people she loves force her to confront truths that will leave her changed forever.

From a master storyteller comes a new heart-wrenching, magnificent and unputdownable novel.

This is the odyssey of two young women, Lily and Amy, roommates and friends on the verge of the rest of their lives.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (6 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007118937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007118939
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Tully
'Pick up this book and prepare to have your emotions wrung so completely you'll be sobbing your heart out one minute and laughing through your tears the next… Read it and weep – literally’ Company

Praise for Tatiana and Alexander
'This has everything a romance glutton could wish for: a bold, talented and dashing hero, a heart-stopping love affair that nourishes its two protagonists even when they are separated and lost, a long and bitter military campaign, plus personal excavations into the past. It also has – thank goodness – a welcome sense of humour and discernible characters rather than ciphers' Victoria Moore, Daily Mail

Praise for The Bronze Horseman
‘Pulling off the passionate love story embedded in a truly epic narrative is a difficult thing to do. Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind remains the blueprint for the genre… it's quickly apparent that the Russian-born author Paullina Simons has the measure of this kind of epic romantic saga. The power of her descriptive writing, the vividness of the historical detail and, most of all, the strength of her central characters mark out her novel as a considerable achievement.’
Barry Foreshaw, amazon

About the Author

Paullina Simons was born in Leningrad in 1963. As a child she emigrated to Queens, New York, and attended colleges in Long Island. Then she moved to England and attended Essex University, before returning to America. She lives in New York with her husband and children.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She's done it again! 7 Mar 2006
By A Customer
Love Paullina Simons, Tully is on my top ten list of the best books I've ever read. Was dissappointed when I read Red Leaves, didn't think it quite matched up to her other works, so when I read that The Girl In Times Square had one of the same characters from that book I wasn't convinced, but decided to give it a go. I started reading it on a sunday afternoon and could not put it down until I finished it around 3 o'clock in the morning! What a book! It's amazing, Paullina Simons has managed to write a beautiful love story and a crime story at the same time. The book left me with a few questions, so I hope that Paullina Simons will write a sequel, I really want to find out more about what happens to Lily.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I should say from the start I am a great Paullina Symons fan, my friend and I have read all her books and search Amazon from time to time for her latest and are always delighted when there is a new one as we just know we are in for a treat and this book is no exception. If you have read the others, it's a good cross between Red leaves and Tully (Bronze Horseman and all are similar but different). I think Paullina is a quirky writer, her characters quirky also but this just adds to the interest to them. I find I have to really concentrate especially in the beginning and this is not a book you can put down and pick up some time later, as I go through I can find myself reading back over the first few pages to make sure I am where the author wants me to be, but this is not a bad thing and is always worth it! Her historical and day to day references are always fascinating and in this case, via the Grandmother, brilliant. All the little sub-plots are very clever and every character interesting and I also really enjoyed all the references to New York City but at the heart (without giving the story away) is the relationship between Spencer O'Malley (and his demons)and Lily Quinn (and her life). I have also found with all Ms Symons books, there comes a point in the middle where I do think it is time for everyone to move on and just as I think this, they do! As with all this author's characters, I truly miss them when the book is finished and you can't get better than that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book with everything! 13 Aug 2006
I have just finished "The Girl in Times Square" even though I read until 4.30 this morning - I am a voracious reader and have to say how much I enjoyed this book. The characterisation was great - I really felt I was there in the room with the "dramatis persona" - but also what a clever clever story line - mystery, love, betrayal, suspense, sickness and obsession - is there anything else left?
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Girl In Times Square 15 Feb 2006
What can I say about Paullina, easily one of the very best and every word she writes is delicious. She takes an average girl with an average life and shows how each day can change without our being able to stop it. The disappearance of Lily's friend Amy opens doors that she would rather keep closed, and she is suddenly thrown into the turmoil of life. Happy to plod through her days, she is now unable to ignore what comes to hit her. Something had to wake her up, something had to make her fight, and as one event after another unfolds, Lily is suddenly faced with deceit in her family, lies from her friend, illness that is to plague and weaken her as her mind searches for answers, and finally, unfolding in the depths of all the turmoil and treachery, something beautiful and fragile and pure...Lily finds love that explodes through her heart and pours into the pages on this unputdownable, brilliant book. You will be frustrated, you will laugh, cry, be mesmerised, and at the end, you will want to start reading again.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 2 April 2006
This book took me totally by surprise - this is the story of Lily, a 25 year old girl living in New York, whose flatmate and bestfriend Amy suddenly goes missing. In comes Detective Spencer O'Malley, who by searching for Amy unravels more than Lily and himself could ever have imagined. This is an amazing story of a girl struck by luck, both good and bad, who tries to make her way through life when revelations on herself, her family and her loved ones come crashing down on her. Paullina Simmons has done an amazing job with this difficult story. I read the book in less than a week and couldn't wait to find out about Lily, Spencer, and those around them. Truly truly wonderful book, I cannot recommend it enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive 30 Aug 2008
This book was amazing, I lost myself in it for 3 days and then handed it over to my mum who complained only because she no longer had a life as she couldn't put it down. I have not read any of her other books but am very eager to now. At points I had to put it down as it was too overwhelming to read. I would recommend it to anyone, one of the best books I have read in my life.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing 12 Jan 2006
By A Customer
I am a huge Paullina Simons fan. In fact so much so that I pre-ordered this title in hardback. Unfortunately it failed to live up to expectations.
It is hard to see which genre this book is meant to fit into. The love story is rather hackneyed and uninteresting. The mystery/crime aspect completely lost my interest by the end. In fact, the plot often seemed all over the place and frequently lost focus. The main characters are tedious in the extreme, and the others not developed sufficiently despite this being a long book.
Worth buying if it's cheap enough in paperback, otherwise don't bother.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Of Cancer, Cash and Cults
'The Girl in Times Square' is the story of Lily Quinn, a young waitress and art student struggling to graduate and work out how to earn a living as an artist. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Kate Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked
I could not put this book down. Lost some much needed sleep during the nights I read this book. Brilliant.
Published 2 months ago by Tammy
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
A story of loss, love and fighting death. I loved the love story and felt the pain of the main character as she fought her illness . Read more
Published 8 months ago by 76 HILTON
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I absolutely love this book, it is engaging, beautifully written and the characters just draw you in. Could not recommend this higher, it really is a fantastic book.
Published 15 months ago by Bamba
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Brilliant novel, Simons has done it again! Beautiful written novel about a girl who loses everything, and learns to pick herself up along the way. Read more
Published 15 months ago by SarahAshdown
4.0 out of 5 stars Great characters but storyline is a bit weak
I find Paullina Simons to be quite a schizophrenic writer. Her novels are all so different it is almost as if they have been penned by more than one author. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Camilla Macaulay
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be fooled by the girly cover, this is a clever clever book
It has been a while since I read a Paullina Simons book and I had forgotten just how clever this author is. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Dannimac
4.0 out of 5 stars A busy family saga novel in the vein of Binchy
The Girl In Times Square was recommended to me more than six years ago by an Internet pal, and I just never got around to it, one of those "always meant to pick it up, never did"... Read more
Published on 4 Feb 2012 by R. A. Davison
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely ..........

Lily, we are to believe, is broke. Her mother pays her rent and she is so short of money she has to choose between buying a bagel or a newspaper at the... Read more
Published on 2 July 2011 by StarPlayer
4.0 out of 5 stars one of my favourites
This really is one of my favourite comfort reads which demands curling up in a comfy chair with a mug of hot chocolate. Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2011 by Ali
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