Love Is Red

  • by Sophie Jaff
  • Narrated by Paul Boehmer, Emily Durante
  • 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Fantastic story, so far...

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!
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- Ella C.

Hauntingly contempory, with surprising twists.

If you could sum up Love Is Red in three words, what would they be?

Unique, engaging, embarrassing


What did you like best about this story?

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.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.


Any additional comments?

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.

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- Paige Turner

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-12-2015
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books