If you would like to try an occult-tinged thriller with a contemporary urban setting, “Love Is Red” would be the perfect read. This debut novel by Sophie Jaffe is a haunting tale of love, revenge, fear and faith seasoned with just a touch of gothic terror.
A serial killer dubbed the “Sickle Man” is making summer in New York a bit of a trial for the police. Preying on single women who are found dead in their locked apartments, the victims all have strange symbols carved on their bodies.
Behind the rampage is a dark entity whose mission it is to seek out and destroy “The Vessel”. This is a woman who can conceive and bear a Divine Being.
That special woman, Katherine Emerson, is a seemingly ordinary single woman in her thirties who works as a temp and shares an apartment with a single mom in Astoria.
Totally unaware that she is the Vessel and the woman the Sickle Man is seeking, Katharine goes about her daily business although she becomes subject to strange visions and witnesses strange incidents she isn’t sure are real.
The first novel in the “Night Song Trilogy”, “Love Is Red” is told from alternating points of view of Katharine and her pursuer. “I wanted to be the Stephen King for women,” writes Sophie Jaff. She has taken a big step towards fulfilling this goal!
Redefining the thriller's tale of the hunter and the hunted, This electrifying, hypnotically beautiful debut spins dark suspense and literary fantasy into a mesmerizing story of survival.
Katherine Emerson was born to fulfill a dark prophecy centuries in the making, but she doesn't know it yet. However, one man does: a killer stalking the women of New York City, a monster the media dubs the "Sickle Man" because of the weapon he uses to turn his victims' bodies into canvases for his twisted art. People think he's the next Son of Sam, but we know how he thinks and how he feels . . . and discover that he is driven by darker, much more dangerous desires than we can bear to imagine. He takes more than just his victims' lives, and each death brings him closer to the one woman he must possess at any cost.
Amid the city's escalating hysteria, Katherine is trying to unknot her tangled heart. Two very different men have entered her previously uneventful world—handsome and personable David, alluring yet aloof Sael—and turned it upside down. She finds herself involved in a complicated triangle . . . but how well does she really know either of them?
Told from the alternating viewpoints of Katherine and the Sickle Man, Sophie Jaff's intoxicating narrative will pull you in and hold you close. As the body count rises, Katherine is haunted by harrowing visions that force her to question her sanity. All she wants is to find love. He just wants to find her.
Ablaze with fear, mystery, and possibility, Love Is Red is the first book in the Night Song trilogy. With this unforgettable novel—one that combines the literary and the supernatural, fantasy and horror, the past and the present—Katherine's moment of awakening is here. And her story is only just beginning.