June 1, 2016

Loved It: Love Is Red by Sophie Jaff

Series: Nightsong Trilogy
Format: Hardcover
Release Date:  May 12, 2015
Publisher: Harper
Source: Gift
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.

Talk Supe


  1. Great description for this, it makes me want to pick it up and read it too. :D

    1. It is a surprising read for sure. I know it's a suspense, I didn't expect the extras to be there.

  2. This doesn't sound it like it would normally be up my alley but I'm drawn to it for some reason. :P Adding to my TBR.

  3. This sounds pretty chilling. Happy to hear that it was so much more than you'd thought it would be!

  4. Oh a great romance as well as a great mystery, what more can we ask for?

  5. Oh, nice! I like how you didn't find out who until it was revealed!

  6. Replies
    1. Check out the paperback cover, I think you might like it more.

  7. Ohhhh romantic suspense with a touch of paranormal? Sounds like my type of read!

  8. Omigosh, Braine! Yet another thriller/mystery for me to check out. The sound of the gorgeous prose is a big draw for me. And that you just gave up trying to figure it all out. :) Lovely review, my friend!

  9. Not sure this one is for me, but I'm glad you enjoyed it!

  10. Wow, this is totally new to me, but I love these type of thrillers and want to know what happens!

  11. Sounds like a good fit for me. I love movies like this and I'm always looking for a book with a similar theme. The supernatural aspect adds to the allure. Might have to grab this one.

  12. Good yet ominous. And I like the mention of the paranormal and all the tricky twists. You are finding some good ones lately.

  13. Woah, this sounds insane. Gonna have to pick this up at some point

  14. Sounds fabulous! And I would have missed it if you hadn't had reviewed it!! We need more little gems like these :) Great review!

  15. The twists here sound wonderfully ominous and really compelling Braine! I can tell you really enjoyed this one!

  16. The twists here sound wonderfully ominous and really compelling Braine! I can tell you really enjoyed this one!

  17. You know what made me really want to read Love is Red, Braine? The fact that there is so much misdirection when it comes to the serial killer that you actually gave up on trying to figure out who it was. I love stories where it's completely impossible to figure out who the bad guy/gal is :)
    Great review!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  18. This sounds like a really great read that might be right up my alley. I wonder if it is available on audio. *runs to Audible*. Thanks for the great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  19. Oo interesting on the little paranormal twist. I love some good rom-suspense that keeps me guessing on the bad guy. I probably would have skipped on the cover so thanks for the heads up!


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