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Then Sean thought he had the perfect wife, Anna had never been with a man before Sean so he could mould her into the perfect bed partner for his more diverse needs but when his mother in law went over the edge so did Anna's libido. Tensions run high as the marriage is stretched to its limits when mind games take over.
Bard is the third wheel in this story, the only male student of Anna's, and no one is aware that his mum had schizophrenia. Now is Anna looking at him? he is sure that there is a connection between them. He knows he wants to know more about her and he knows her look says please look after me. See she is looking again.
This is a brilliant story that is a bit of an eye opener because so many mental illness problems are not obvious. You don't get a limp or bandage that other people can see. It can hide behind a smile. This is a super psychological thriller that starts steady and builds into an uncontrollable frenzy of eeny meeny miny mo which of the three is going to blow! Awesome!
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and even more so how it often works against one's self and others. This book is rich in detailed psychological underpinnings of the character's thoughts and interactions. The author, who is an expert educator in the field, focuses on idiosyncratic behavior, inherited traits and the level of paranoia we all have that maybe our mental processes are flawed. The three main characters form a strange kind of obsessive triangle, one that is not directly based on sexual attraction. A married couple is experiencing a divide artificially introduced into their relationship by the male's obsession with internet pornography. The female, who like the author is an educator, has that one kind of over eager student who grows more and more interested in her personal life, more as a self-made friend, and her marital problems as the story unfolds. The result is a bizarre, suspenseful series of events fraught with potential risk and growing danger. It underlines one of the greatest concerns we all have with those to whom we is commit to an intimate relationship and what happens when betrayal of trust intrudes.
Sean, Anna’s husband, has a secret, too. He views Anna as someone he can mold into whomever he desires. But even though she’s compliant, his true preference is for online sex rather than intimacy with his wife.
Anna’s student, Bard, harbors a secret as well. He has a family history of schizophrenia. He fantasizes that he and Anna have a connection. When he discovers Sean’s predilection, he imagines it’s his duty to rescue Anna, something he failed to do for his own sister. And when he acts on his impulse, tragic results follow.
“Things are not as they appear” is my favorite theme in psychological suspense stories, and author Sarah K. Stephens delivers. The characters are multilayered and well developed. The story moves along at a steady pace, hurtling toward its surprise conclusion. This was a book I could not put down until I’d reached the final page.
It will appeal to fans of Paula Hawkins’ THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, and A.S.A. Harrison’s THE SILENT WIFE. If you love psychological suspense, this one is for you.
Centered around the deteriorating marriage of college psychology professor Anna Kline, and her architect husband, Sean, A Flash of Red sits neatly between a dark character study and a psychological thriller.
What begins as a seemingly picture-perfect marriage, slowly evolves into something else. Something more complex, and full of emotional booby-traps. As Anna’s self-assuredness erodes, she becomes more controlling and manipulative. Sean retreats into a secretive world where he addictively chases his fantasies.
Anna discovers a disconcerting, but alluring kinship with her mysterious and intense student. As it turns out, she and Bard share similar pasts. Pasts they both fear may dictate their futures. One soon develops a fixation on the other…
That’s as far as I’ll go. I’ll leave the spoilers to the real critics. I will say that this book is remarkably well-written, Sarah Stephens’ considerable skill with language is on full display, and her characters are of a complexity that eludes many authors.
Oh, and pay attention to the very end. There might be something to be found there, if you’re looking.
I was really looking forward to an explosive climax courtesy of this guy. It did not happen.
Up until the ending, this was a four star read. One star knocked off for a banal ending that wasn't believable. One star knocked off not because of the writing [which was very good] but because I think that ending should have been reworked to fit the rest of this very interesting book.