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Book Review: Love is Red by Sophie Jaff

Author: Sophie Jaff
Title: Love is Red
Genre: Suspense; Horror
Publication Date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins
Number of Pages: 384
Narrator: Katherine Emerson, The Sickle Man
Quality Rating: TBD

Love is Red by Sophie Jaff

What’s It About?

As the city of New York suffers from the fear of a relentless serial killer dubbed “The Sickle Man, Katherine begins a new relationship with pleasant and personable David. Her interest is rocked, however, when he introduces her to his best friend. The friend is sullen and aloof–everything David isn’t. And, still, Katherine finds herself drawn helplessly and erotically to this mysterious man.

Meanwhile, The Sickle Man strolls from victim to victim, recounting how he gains the trust of his prey just before slaying them and describing the peculiar way he sees the world. These victims are nothing to him, though. They are merely the build-up to the one who will fulfill his dark purpose. In the end, he will complete his sinister mission by taking the life of Katherine. It is, he believes, their destiny.

When The Sickle Man murders someone close to Katherine, she must fight for the one she has left. But, how can she protect him when her own life is in danger? If she is to escape the inhuman psychopath pursuing her, she may just have to lose some of her own humanity in the process.

Should You Read It?

It’s difficult to pin this book down to a particular kind–it’s fairly unique. First and foremost, it is a psychological thriller. The methods and descriptions of the serial killer are harsh and disturbing. There is also a trace of romance/erotica–with a few intense sex scenes and sexual imagery embedded throughout. Finally, and this really comes to fruition in the final chapters, there is a touch of the supernatural horror–complete with ghosts and dark prophecies. What really stands out about this novel, though, is the rich language of the serial killer. His metaphors are vibrant in texture, abundant in quantity, and utterly original. If you’re looking for a thriller written with a poetic flair, you should definitely give this a shot. If you’re sensitive to vulgar content, though, you may want to avoid it. This novel is intense.

Links and References

Author Information: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads

Book Reviews: Kirkus Reviews, My Bookish Ways, Under My Apple Tree, Blog Critics

Purchase: Buy It On Amazon.com

Other Books By Sophie Jaff: Love is Red is Sophie Jaff’s debut novel.


Book Review: Saint Odd by Dean Koontz

Author: Dean Koontz
Title: Saint Odd
Genre: Paranormal; Supernatural thriller; Mystery
Publication Date: January 13, 2015
Publisher: Bantam (Random House)
Number of Pages: 352
Narrator: Odd Thomas
Amazon.com Reviewer Grade: A-, Excellent; of the first 1,840 reviews, the average reader rating was 90.85%.

Saint Odd by Dean Koontz

What’s It About?

Odd Thomas, a 20 year old fry cook with a gift for communicating with dead people, is returning from Nevada to his hometown of Pico Mundo, California. Years ago, a massacre had occurred at the now-abandoned town mall. Odd has the feeling that something is going to happen again–and, this time, it’s going to be even worse.

As he reconnects with old friends, Odd begins to investigate the savage cult that pulled off the massacre so long ago. Attempting to discover their plans for his city, Odd finds himself as their target and must continually try to avoid drawing them to himself. Nevertheless, he can’t shake the premonition that his end is near and he has come back home not just to save his city but also to die in it.

Will Odd be able to prevent the coming tragedy? And, if so, at what cost? Along with introducing a few new characters, this final installment in the “Odd Thomas” series concludes with tying up some loose ends and resolving some mysteries that have been pervasive throughout.

Should You Read It?

If you enjoyed the rest of the “Odd Thomas” series, you’ll probably find some closure in the finale. With less action and more introspection, those who enjoy Dean Koontz’s more character-driven works will probably enjoy Saint Odd more than than those who prefer his more fast-paced stories. Although the genre would still fall under the supernatural thriller umbrella and there are some gritty and somewhat spooky scenes, Odd communicates more with himself than he does with the dead in this final installment of his “memoirs.”

Links and References

Author Information: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Interview with USA Today

Book Reviews: CheerUp Magazine, Horror Novel Reviews

Purchase: Buy It On Amazon.com

Other Books By Dean Koontz: Saint Odd is the final installment in a series of seven. The first six novels in this series are, in order of release, Odd Thomas (2003), Forever Odd (2005), Brother Odd (2006), Odd Hours (2008), Odd Apocalypse (2012), and Deeply Odd (2013).