Review & Tour: Love is Red by Sophie Jaff

love is red

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.

As most of you know I’ve been on a huge reading slump lately. I’m still in the dumps but Love is Red was a rare reprieve! I gobbled it up and wanted more!

When you’re in the dumps it’s so refreshing to find a book that’s unputtdownable; that can scratch that itch for you. It’s lovely that Love is Red was not only what I expected but had a twist of that something extra. I was expecting a psychological thriller/suspense and was pleasantly surprised to find not only that but a dash of the supernatural!

The suspense keeps ratcheting up as you read and can’t help but wonder which of Katherine’s new beau’s (who are best friends themselves) is the “bad guy.” Jaff does a great job keeping us guessing until almost the very end. When we do figure it out, it’s not an end to the suspense either, suddenly Katherine is desperate for her life and we have to wait with breathlessness wondering what’s going to happen next.

I found so much of the book fascinating, especially how the killer saw the world. This is where the title comes into play, but I won’t spoil it This is a killer unlike any other I’ve ever read about and it was a complete thrill ride!

Considering how much I loved Love is Red, I can’t wait to see what Jaff does with the next two books in the trilogy. This is an author to watch people!

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