Panic has seized New York City. Someone is brutally murdering women, a killer the media dubs the "Sickle Man" thanks to the way he disfigures his victims. People think he's the next Son of Sam, but because the Sickle Man's viscerally seductive voice forms one strand of Love Is Red, we know how he thinks and how he feels...and that the city has never seen anything like him. Taking more than just his victims' lives, the Sickle Man kills to harvest the precious hues each one carries within her, which only he can see. Each death brings him closer to capturing the one color, and the one woman, that he must possess at any cost.
While the hunt for the Sickle Man escalates, Katherine Emerson is preoccupied with finding The One. Could he be the handsome and personable David or the alluring yet aloof Sael? But how well does she really know these men? And why is she suddenly haunted by increasingly disturbing visions? Katherine may not be aware of the power she possesses, but her moment of awakening is here.
What begins as an exhilarating novel of suspense, of the hunter and hunted, unfolds into a blazingly intense epic of obsession and control, desire and fate. As Sophie Jaff's hypnotic narrative twists and turns, we learn we are not at the mercy of a madman but of great, much more dangerous forces than we could possibly imagine.
©2015 Original Material by Sophie Jaff (P)2015 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Narration by Paul Boehmer was excellent---one of the very best I've ever heard. Emily Durante was fine too, but... Ok, I know her character was a young 30's woman in 2015, but I thought she talked too much like a high school/college age person---especially (or maybe just) the intonation. It was somewhat annoying, to me anyway.
The story was very good, so far. The writing was spectacular! The descriptions of color are so intense that I want to paint while listening to it---will be a challenge to replicate the colors just so I think, but oh what a challenge!
I am so very much looking forward to the next two books in the trilogy!
Unique, engaging, embarrassing
The all too relate-able characters. It is at once a cautionary tale confronting the humbling realities faced by woman today...or the realities that should be faced by woman today, and a well crafted "who done it", with a silver strand of mysticism.
I enjoyed spreading the story out over several listens, so I could take time to review and think about the new information, dialogs and alter my assumptions and predictions.
This book reminded me of a mash up of The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule and The Golum and The Jinni by Helene Wecker. However, it stands alone in uniqueness as it breaths fresh, hauntingly contemporary, air into the plot. It was a wild ride and I would readily recommend it and seek to read other titles by the author.
From its gripping opening scene until its heart wrenching conclusion, 'Love is Red' will have you wanting to hear more. This supernatural, psychological thriller allows you a curious journey into the minds of two individuals with a lot to think about. The extensive use of simile and metaphor creates a plethora of imagery and experience. The observant listing, repetition and questioning accelerate the pace through the twists and turns of a gripping tale which straddles time and reality paradigms. Riveting and enjoyable.
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