A Flash of Red
By Sarah K. StephensGenre: Psychological Thriller
Focusing on three main characters, A Flash of Red details the chaos that ensues when mental illness invades our most intimate relationships. Professor Anna Klein and her husband, Sean, are a young couple each struggling with their own misperceptions of reality. While Anna’s daily anxieties turn on the axis of her mother’s path into psychosis, Sean escapes to the alternate reality of love and sex offered online. When Bard, a student of Anna’s, develops his own obsession with the couple, their already unsteady world collapses with irrevocable consequences. As focused on providing a driving plot as it is in presenting multi-faceted characters, A Flash of Red ultimately asks the question: What happens when we can no longer tell the difference between what we want and what is real?
A Flash of Red is nothing short of a mind bender. Mental illness is exactly that – a sickness. Ms. Stephens writes about multiple characters who have mental issues but at different levels. A real representation of how mental illness changes the perspective of reality. Add a twisted marriage and a stalker, and you have yourself one heck of a story. 5 stars!