The Girl in Times Square by Paullina Simons

The Girl in Times Square

International bestselling author Paullina Simons delivers a riveting novel about a young woman whose search for her missing friend turns into a life-shattering odyssey.The truth will change her forever.Living in bustling New York City, Lily Quinn has plenty of distractions and is struggling to finish college as well as pay her rent. But that all pales in comparison when Amy, her best friend and roommate, disappears without a trace.Spencer O’Mal...

Details The Girl in Times Square

TitleThe Girl in Times Square
Release DateDec 19th, 2017
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreFiction, Romance, Contemporary, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Reviews The Girl in Times Square

  • Maylin
    I can honestly say this book changed my life. In fact it was instrumental in saving my son's life.Above and beyond the excellent story - human interest, mystery, romance, Ms Simon's habitual excellent writing - this has a personal memory for me.The day after I finished reading it I had a phone call from my son who was run down. Besides being tired he had bleeding gums and was bruising. The doctor said he was stressed and to take it easy. However,...
  • Natalie
    Paullina Simons has done it again. What a beautiful, beautiful book. --Poor poor Lily Quinn. She leads a hard life. She is in her early twenties and is poor as a church rat, she barly makes rent (to her crappy and smaller then smaller-appartment) and hasnt even enough money for food. She is in collage, but never seems to get enough points to graduate. And her whole familly treats her as a doormat. Literally. And if that is not enough, she is now ...
  • Fiona
    Hmmmm.You create a character. You murder her best friend. You bring in a sexy police detective.You want people to have sympathy for your protagonist. So you give her cancer - Leukaemia.That's what it's about. Lily's best friend is murdered, a storyline which is left in the background whilst she falls for the copper and sells her artwork. Her family is selfish. Her mother's a cow.There isn't anything remotely interesting. The cancer storyline is a...
  • Judi Anne
    Even though Paullina Simon's novels are usually over-wordy she still has the writing ability to pull me into the story until the end because her characters and the situations are involved, multilayered and almost always surprising. "Girl in Times Square" (formally written under the title "Lily") is just one of those novels. Lily, a happy go lucky but lacking in self confidence, is a 25 year old woman that is barely making ends meet when her room-...
  • AJ
    And again Paullina Simons rips out my heart, chews it up and spits it out. Every single time! The Bronze Horseman remains my favourite book of all time, but this has become another Simons favourite. Our heroine Lily defines bad luck (I mean, how much can one girl go through - as Spencer says in the book "the hits just keep on coming" - so true!). When we meet her she is a struggling student in New York, her boyfriend has just left her, she has no...
  • Trace
    I had read the Bronze Horseman by the same author a few years ago. It was amazing. I'm looking forward to reading another of her novels. UPDATE:DONE! Absolutely riveting. I could not put it down. Read it in 3 days despite it being exactly 599 pages long (and I have the bags under my eyes to prove it!). This author is gifted at creating real, authentic characters and is VERY gifted in particular in creating love stories that tug at the heartstring...
  • La Mala ✌
    EDIT: Mayo, 2015: 3.5La novela era perfecta (incluso, me atrevo a decir, la MEJOR de esta autora) hasta que(view spoiler)[ el final, la GRAN resolución del misterio lo cagó todo. (hide spoiler)]Reseña original: Agosto, 2012I loved Lilly! (view spoiler)[Note : .Read the next excerpt with the following soundtrack: .The Lonely Island - I just had sexLily could not believe the dizzying waves of happiness washing over her. She was having sex again!...
  • Meagan
    My copy is actually called "Lily". I have not had the brainpower required to write a decent review over the past 8 weeks (although Cooper is starting to sleep through the night so hopefully it will return soon!) and so I am going to keep this simple. I really enjoyed this book and liked it even more when I realized a large part of the book was a mystery. Just like Simon's other books, I would not recommend to my more conservative friends. She def...
  • Renae
    This author has the ability to take me to a place no other can. The character development in her stories is amazing. I felt Lily's pain. I felt Spencer's pain (and addiction). This author is not for the light hearted. It's actually quite depressing. Fortunately, the ending was satisfying to me. She writes a fabulous mystery too. Although I rate this a 5 star, I wouldn't recommend it to everyone.
  • Sheziss
    Para empezar, reconozco que he hecho trampa, el protagonista de este libro aparece ya en otra novela de la autora, pero era tan irresistible la tentación de leer éste que no pude evitar saltarme el anterior. Y no sé si arrepentirme, cuando lea “Red leaves” lo sabré.A estas alturas ya conoceréis mi obsesión por esta autora, y a los que no lo sabían, lo digo ahora: ME ENCANTA ESTA AUTORA. Así no queda nadie sin aviso. La verdad es que n...
  • Grace
    3.5-4 stars
  • Sanaz
    Why I decided to read this book:I was looking for a book that no one had recommend to me or I had herd of so I decided to go to the library and chose a random book, the book was on display facing backwards, so I had a quick skim of the synopsis and decided to give it chance.Which category on the bingo board this book completes:This book completes the 'A book with a female main character' on my bingo board. I find the category very easy to review ...
  • Sara
    I REALLY loved this book. There are enough plot summaries, so I won't add mine. This book has everything: murder mystery, suspense, family skeletons, great plot/character development, and a tender love story. Lily is just such a lovable character. She remains loyal to her dysfunctional/shady family--all the while battling cancer. As much as I was captivated by all the subplots, it was the love story between Spencer and Lily that had me turning pa...
  • Happy2read
    Although most people's favourite Paullina Simons' novel is The Bronze Horseman, it was The Girl in Times Square that captivated me the most. A completely absorbing tale of Lily, a broke, struggling college student who discovers everything in her life is a lie.She battles physically and emotionally through the revelations that shock her and those around her and she grabs hold of those precious moments in life that give her hope.I devoured this nov...
  • Kate
    Poor. Far too much emotion and bad luck. The murder is kind of incidental to the unfortunate life of the main character, and I just really didn't care.And I loved the character of Spencer O'Malley in Red Leaves, buin this he was just pathetic.I was sorely disappointed by this book, and felt I had really wasted my £5.99!
  • katnissbraid.
    and effing Paullina Simons did it again. She broke my heart too many times.
  • Melinda Elizabeth
    Lily seems to be particularly ambivalent about a lot of things in her life. Her boyfriend, her studies, her flatmates, her life in general. The one thing she appears to be passionate about is her art, but throughout the book we only ever experience her painting in extreme joy or sadness.A number of events occur simultaneously in the book, as Lily experiences hardship, health issues, and some strange truths about her family. None of it seems to ph...
  • Lidia Craveiro
    Confesso que há algum tempo que andava para comprar um livro desta autora e como gosto de livros grandes - demora mais a ficar de ressaca literária - escolhi este. São 556 páginas de uma história que vale a pena ler. Ao inicio achei um pouco monótono, mas como raramente desisto de um livro, persisti. Valeu a pena. Lily e Spencer formam um par amoroso, inusitado e que demonstra bem como o amor é curioso nas suas escolhas. O livro aborda dua...
  • Ana Paula
    Well, I was hoping for something else. The relationship between Lily and Spencer was so slow to develop that I gave hope they'd ever get together. I'd read about INTENSE sexual tension on a review, but there was no such thing. I skipped a lot. The plot was also slow, I was curious to find out what had happened to Amy, but sometimes it faded into the background. Lily's family was really irritating to read, and the ending didn't please me very much...
  • Sheila
    Paullina Simons writes strong characters. She doesn’t leave herself much choice. With the suffering she heaps on them, they have to be strong to live through some 600 pages of fictional life. What keeps me coming back to her stories though, are those very same characters. She writes them so true to life that they rattle around in my head every time I put the book down. Irritating, really, when you set a book down, but it won’t leave your head...
  • Myrtle Yvonne
    I really liked the book! I really liked Lily because of her strong personality, lovable, and she paints. I would love to paint someday. Here's the story goes:To find yourself, you must first risk everything. The most interesting things in Lily's life happened to other people, and that was just how Lily liked it. She loved sitting around into the early morning hours with Amy, Paul, Rachel, Dennis, hearing their stories of violent, experimental lov...
  • Shelley
    4.5 StarsWhen I first read this book (about a year ago), I wasn't sure what to think as I went along. It wasn't typical in any way, in fact, the female lead is young and rather unpredictable, facing a uniquely difficult situation. The person with whom she confides has his own struggles, which we as readers strive to understand throughout the whole book. Who are these characters, what drives them? I found it fascinating that although they seemed a...
  • Lavinia
    It was a somehow fast read, and it was particularly funny because by accident I read it during my first trip to New York, so I was able to situate most of the action. But the story itself... Come on! Not even the writting was particularly interesting. I mean every time the author is saying about some question of O'Maley something like "he asked with his usual astonishing intuition and clarvision" it makes me laugh. How can you say about an inspec...
  • Anna Spargo-Ryan
    I'm just not sure that I'm going to be able to finish this book. The whole premise of it is based on something so unbelievable (winning the lottery but not cashing it in, not caring when your housemate inexplicably goes missing) that the rest of the story is almost unreadable. Building a house on sand, and all that.I loved the Bronze Horseman trilogy and I remember loving Tully as well, years ago, but this book is just trope after trope, a contri...
  • Rachel Zylstra
    While Tania and Shura will always have number one spot as my fave fictional couple, Spencer and Lily now come second. I loved their story, and now understand why people were always asking Paullina to write more on them. And I've read somewhere that she is actually working on something, which makes me excited!Paullina always mixes enough romance, with enough suspense, thrills and drama to keep you hooked the whole way through. I'm a bit sad now th...
  • Tasmin
    This is one of those books that will stay with me for a long time. The prose draws the reader in really quickly and I love the characters of Lily and Spencer. Spencer is one of my favourite fictional characters ever. The twist shocked me and even though it was mostly a sad book, some of the dialogue was genuinely funny. It made me think about how much I appreciate my life and what I should be doing different.
  • Antonella
    4.5Paullina Simons, you never cease to amaze me.It may took me a while to get into this book, but once I did I was totally hooked.This is such and incredible and beautiful story, in wich the mystery/lovestory are perfectly combined. I was not expecting it, but Lily's journey just took me on an emotional rollercoaster, one that I hardly am going to come down any time soon.
  • Miz
    Simons is a great writer and I do get caught up in her writing. Unfortunately this one seems to drag in the latter parts when there seemed too to be too much action and plot holes tied up. All very nice and tidy but still felt rushed at the end.