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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: The Damned by Andrew Pyper

Author: Andrew Pyper
Title: The Damned
Genre: Supernatural Thriller; Suspense; Horror
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Number of Pages: 304
Narrator: Danny Orchard
Amazon.com Reviewer Grade: I, Insufficient data; there are not enough ratings to accurately gauge the average reader rating.

The Damned by Andrew Pyper

What’s It About?

Danny Orchard is a thirty-something year old Detroit native coasting along on the dwindling fame and fortune from a book he wrote over a decade ago. The book, an inspirational memoir about his experience coming back from the dead, has led him to associate with a group of people with similar experiences who hold largely optimistic beliefs about the afterlife. Danny never really thinks about hell but, as the events of the story unfold, he finds out that it is just as real.

Danny had died attempting to save his fraternal twin sister, Ashleigh, from a fire. After he is brought back, the memory of his sister continues to haunt him. But Ash was no innocent victim–she was a developing psychopath that destroyed their family and left a path of destruction everywhere she went. While Danny is glad she’s dead, he cannot shake the feeling of her presence as he goes about his everyday life.

When Danny falls in love with a woman and her young son, Ash becomes more than a memory. Her ghost comes back from the dead seemingly to drag Danny back into the fire she feels he should have died in. With the safety of his new family in jeopardy, Danny must solve the mystery behind Ash’s death and find out exactly what she wants–before he runs out of time and she kills him for good.

Should You Read It?

If you’re into fast-pasted, supernatural horror–a good haunting story–you’ll probably enjoy this book. With a few chapters of backstory, the author jumps right in with scene after scene of disturbing imagery surrounding the haunting. If you’re sensitive to such content, you may want to pass. But if you enjoy the genre, this book embodies it. The writing is quick and the mood eerie–with graphic descriptions of terror largely outweighing depth of characterization and complexity of plot.

Links and References

Author Information: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads

Book Reviews: NOW Toronto, Kirkus Reviews, That’s What She Read

Purchase: Buy It On Amazon.com

Other Books By Andrew Pyper: The Demonlogist (2013), The Guardians (2011), The Killing Circle (2008), Etc.