• Hardcover: 384 pages
• Publisher: Harper (May 12, 2015)
This electrifying, addictive, and hypnotically beautiful debut spins suspense and literary fantasy into a stunning epic—the first volume in the Night Song Trilogy—ablaze with fear, mystery, and possibility.
Katherine Emerson was born to fulfill a dark prophecy centuries in the making, but she isn’t aware that this future awaits. However, there is one man who knows the truth: A killer stalking the women of New York, a monster the media dubs the “Sickle Man” because of the way he turns his victims into canvasses for his mesmerizing, twisted art.
Unleashed upon Manhattan after lying dormant for centuries, the Sickle Man kills to harvest the precious hues of his victims. As his palette grows, so too does his power. Every death brings him closer to the one color, and the one woman, he must possess at any cost.
While the city hunts the Sickle Man, Katherine must decide what to do about two men who have unexpectedly entered her life: handsome and personable David, and alluring yet aloof Sael. Though she’s becoming increasingly torn between them, how well does she really know them? And why is she suddenly plagued by disturbing visions?
Told from the alternating viewpoints of Katherine and the Sickle Man, Love Is Red is a riveting thriller that unfolds into an intense story of obsession and control, desire and fate. Katherine may not realize it yet, but with this haunting novel—as arrestingly original as Marisha Pessl’s Night Film, Patrick Süskind’s Perfume, and Lauren Beukes’s The Shining Girls—her moment of awakening is here. And soon she will find herself fighting a battle at the edges of our world, among forces more dangerous than we can possibly imagine.
Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Love is Red written by Sophie Jaff. I would like to give a warm thank you to both Sophie Jaff and TLC Book Tours for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book when I started reading it but I was so drawn by the cover (which is gorgeous), the title and the book description. I don’t read many suspense novels so this was a welcome change from what I usually tend to read. I read an ARC edition of this book but I am so happy that the final version kept the beautiful cover that I saw on the ARC edition.
I was hooked on this story right from the start and could tell from the start also that I would really enjoy the writing. The writing was definitely beautiful throughout. The story itself was confusing at times because there is so much going on with the narratives – we receive the story from the perspective of our killer and his beloved. There is also a small folk tale embedded into this story as well that laces into the story at the end. This book was brilliant.
For a small portion of the book I had no idea how to even feel about it. I knew that it was good and I was impressed with the writing and the concept of it was just so complicated, I had to put it down and think about it and then dive right back in. About halfway through is when I realized that I freaking loved it. I stayed up far past my bedtime reading this book because I could not tear my eyes from it and also because every sound or movement I thought I saw in the darkness surrounding my bed made me pull the covers over my head! It’s definitely one of those books that is so creepy that it makes you question every shadow and it will keep you up at night. I loved this book and will be recommending it to friends and family! If you are a suspense fan, read this book!! I gave this book a full five star rating! It is literary, intense, creepy and impressive. I can’t believe it’s going to be a trilogy…I’m really looking forward to the rest. Definitely going in my top reads of 2015!
About Sophie Jaff
A native of South Africa, Sophie Jaff is an alumna of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and a fellow of the Dramatists Guild of America. Her work has been performed at Symphony Space, Lincoln Center, the Duplex, the Gershwin, and Goodspeed Musicals. She lives in New York City.