By Sarah K. Stephens
Genre: 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 the definition of a psychological thriller. It's amazing how drawn in A Flash of Red. At some points, I felt like Bard, I was obsessed with what was going to happen next with Anna and Sean. It felt wrong to read their story, their secrets are so intimate, but that's the exact reason that drove Bard. I love the constant theme of sanity, Anna trying to figure if she is sane or others knowing Bard isn't sane. I want everyone who loves a good thriller to read A Flash of Red. Overall A Flash of Red is five stars!
Sarah K. Stephens earned her doctorate in Developmental Psychology and teaches a variety of human development courses as a lecturer at Penn State University. Although Fall and Spring find her in the classroom, she remains a writer year-round. Her short stories have appeared in Five on the Fifth, The Voices Project, The Indianola Review, and the Manawaker Studio’s Flash Fiction Podcast. Her debut novel, A Flash of Red, will be released in December 2016 by Pandamoon Publishing.