Release Date: May 12, 2015
Recommended By: Grace @ Books of Love
Genre: Romantic Suspense | Suspense | Dark Fantasy
This electrifying debut—Book I of the Night Song Trilogy—spins dark suspense and literary fantasy into a mesmerizing story of seduction and survival.
Katherine Emerson was born to fulfill a dark prophecy centuries in the making, but she doesn't know it yet. However, one man does: a killer stalking the women of New York City. People think he's the next Son of Sam, but we know how he thinks and how he feels . . . and discover that he is driven by darker, much more dangerous desires than we can bear to imagine. He takes more than just his victims' lives, and each death brings him closer to the one woman he must possess at any cost.
Amid the escalating hysteria, Katherine is trying to unknot her tangled heart. Two different men have entered her previously uneventful world and turned it upside down. She finds herself involved in a complicated triangle . . . but how well does she really know either of them?
As the body count rises, Katherine is haunted by harrowing visions that force her to question her sanity. With this unforgettable novel—one that combines the literary and the supernatural, fantasy and horror, the past and the present—Katherine's moment of awakening is here. And her story is only just beginning.
What did I just read?! From the blurb I was expecting a good 'ol fashioned romantic suspense, but I got so much more than that in LOVE IS RED by Sophie Jaff. Yes, there's a serial killer on the loose and yes, the dude's obsessed with Katherine. But who is it? SJaff did a good job in misleading me so much so that I gave up trying to guess because the many twists and turns got too much to keep up with, I just waited with baited breath for the big reveal. Oh boy!
Aside from the delicious yet creepy mystery, there's a supernatural slant in LOVE IS RED. It's not strong, more suggestive like talks about Riders, possession (?), and visions or premonitions. At first I dismissed it as nothing more than some sort of fantaticism, but as the book progress, it's becoming clear that it's a solid paranormal twist that we might see develop more in the sequel.
LOVE IS RED is a superbly written romantic suspense told in alternating POV's, one from Katherine and the other in second person featuring the antagonist. It's lyrical, it's mind bending, and I wish I have more words because, simply put, SJaff wrote a dark tale in such a beautiful and thoughtful way. The villain is reminiscent of Francis Dolarhyde of the Red Dragon novel by Thomas Harris, what with his fixations and the play on an alter-ego whose driving him (villain) to kill.
LOVE IS RED wrapped up in a good yet ominous way. I sure would want to read the sequel just to know more about the supernatural aspect and what kind of evil Katherine is about to face next.