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A Flash of Red - A Psychological Thriller

What happens when you can't tell the difference between desire, obsession, and reality? Thanks to her husband, Anna is about to find out.

Psychology professor Anna Kline and her architect husband, Sean, are a young couple in a fractured marriage, each struggling with their own misperceptions of reality. Sean s
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Paperback, 234 pages
Published December 10th 2016 by Pandamoon Publishing
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Lindsay Detwiler
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Not having noticed the warning signs, Anna now saw that she had become embalmed in her carefully constructed life."

A Flash of Red is a thriller about the perils that some marriages face, the difficulty of letting go of the past, and the harsh reality of mental illnesses. As a professor of Psychology, Anna Kline has devoted her life to teaching about mental illnesses and disorders. To her students, her life seems picture-perfect. However, behind the scenes she's harboring some diffic
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Susan Hampson
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Oh wow loved this novel by Sarah Stephens that focuses primarily on three characters. Firstly there is Psychology Professor Anna Klein and her husband Sean, an Architect.  In this couples case one and one doesn't always make two because they are a bit multi layered. Mental illness has been a curse in their families and to put it mildly it certainly makes you think that the gene pool hasn't been very kind to them. It must be a constant worry when, as Anna has seen, a parent can be lost in a shell ...more
Heidi Lynn’s BookReviews
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
First, I want to thank Sarah K. Stephens and Pandamoon Publishing for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review.

A Flash of Red by Sarah K. Stephen’s brought me out of my comfort zone with her overall story and meaning. It is a book that makes you think and analysis what was going on. Her writing style is incredibly descriptive and goes into in Anna’s and Sean’s thoughts and feelings on many different diverse topics.

Sarah K. Stephen’s focus on this book seemed to be menta
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emily
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. Overal ...more
Elsa Joseph
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The author sent me a copy of her debut novel ‘A Flash of Red’ some time ago in exchange for an honest review.
Mental health problems are real, with more people experiencing depression and anxiety than one can imagine. Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK report experiencing depression and anxiety in any given week.
I admire Sarah K. Stephens for using her academic skills as a university psychologist lecturer to tackle the stigma associated with mental health. In many instances, TV shows and mov
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Ellensue Spicer-Jacobson

Wikipedia defines a psychological thriller as a story emphasizing the psychology of its characters and their unstable emotional states. A Flash of Red fits this description quite accurately, as the three main characters are definitely unstable adults who seem perfectly normal, but harbor neurotic inner thoughts from their difficult childhoods and backgrounds that emerge as the novel unfurls.

What starts off as an interesting tale about a professor who teaches abnormal psychology, we soon realiz
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Michael McLellan
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
People are seldom precisely how they appear to be from the outside. Sarah Stephens’ debut novel shows us one such example in stark and disturbing detail.
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 emotiona
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Sage Adderley-Knox
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reading this novel was a wild ride. Sarah K. Stephens has created two characters, a married couple - Anna and Sean - who from the outside look incredibly perfect, but things are much darker on the inside. I am still not sure how I feel about Anna. She came off as pretty bougie and was not very likable. Don't get me wrong; Sean has plenty of issues. Together they are a hot mess.

One of Anna's students becomes delusional about their relationship. While Anna is staying professional, Bard starts men
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Francis
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Professor Klein and her husband Sean are successful young professionals living the perfect life until one of Klein's students, Bard, begins to take an unhealthy interest in her. With a family history of mental illness, Professor Klein questions her own sanity as Sean flees behind locked doors and online. Sean is at once an unhealthy presence in Klein's life while somehow remaining sympathetic which is a credit to Sarah K. Stephen's masterful writing. In the end, Bard is the observer through whom ...more
Pgarthe
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah Stephens wrote a thought provoking psychological thriller. I'm not typically a fan of this genre but A Flash of Red drew me in like a giant magnet. Limiting the book to three main characters was a good thing as it really kept the reader focused on even the smallest details. The ending was mildly disappointing as it seemed to wrap up a bit too neatly. In spite of that I would highly recommend this book and could visualize it on the big screen someday!
Cheri Champagne
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Flash of Red is a superb, fascinating read that is wrought with tension. It's exceptionally well written, the characters are fascinating, and their stories are intense. I loved it! Well done, Sarah Stephens!
J.L. Delozier
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Strong debut. Asks the question of the three main characters: who's contriving, who's insane, and who might be a little of both!? Keeps you guessing.
Donna Trapp
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good read - the characters are intriguing and it leaves you with the question - what is sanity?
Kristyn
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it
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Chantelle Atkins
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it



4.5 Stars From Underground Book Reviews!!

A Flash Of Red is an intriguing psychological thriller which introduces some rather unlikable characters. On the surface, Anna, a psychology lecturer, is the perfect wife to Sean, an architect. She makes his lunches, leaves him love notes and tries to ignore how much time he spends alone in his home office ‘working’. Sean adores his wife but has a secret addiction to online porn. They have been unable to conceive a child and this perceived fai
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Charlie Elliott
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In A Flash of Red, three main characters grapple with their lives as their genes cast dark shadows on their existence. The dynamic between Anna and her husband, Sean, is one to study in how marriages have sick little challenges. Throw in Bard, a student of Anna's that struggles with mental illness inherited from her mother, and you get a stew of cerebral havoc. Stephens puts in a great debut with some descriptive writing.
Matt Coleman
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love when it is obvious an author knows her subject matter. In this case, Sarah K. Stephens shows off her extensive knowledge of psychology while also crafting a suspenseful tale. Psychological Thrillers are so hot right now. But it is refreshing to read one by an expert in the field. There is so much to learn here about obsession and addiction and the intricacies of relationship. And it's learning done at the edge of your seat.
Cori
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book grabbed me and made me immediately, deliciously uncomfortable. I had to walk away from the intensity at times, only to pick it up again a few moments later. I read so quickly that I often wander and lose interest, but this (happily) required my full, focused attention. A great read.
Claudie
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Anna Kline, a psychology professor, seems to have it all—a great job at a prestigious university, a handsome architect husband, and a devotion to her institutionalized mother. But looks can be deceiving. Anna is consumed by the secret fear that she’ll develop mental illness and become like her mother.

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
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Andria Morningstar-Gray
You think you know people, especially those closest to you. We all think that we have people pretty much figured out, that we are pretty good judges of character. Sarah Stephens book, A Flash of Red, will make you question those abilities. It's a psychological thriller, one that nags at you in the most disturbing, yet satisfying way. A trio of characters is presented, with Anna at their center. She is intelligent and poised, but her carefully constructed persona begins to fray at the edges as th ...more
Penni Jones
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A FLASH OF RED is an intense psychological thriller that centers on three characters: an unhappily married couple and a disturbed college student who becomes obsessed with their relationship. The story shifts between the three, keeping the reader guessing as to who is the reliable narrator. It's impossible to put down and sticks with you long after you read the last page.
Sarah Pearce
Jan 13, 2017 rated it liked it
A clever, psychological thriller with sick minds galore, it starts off by really sucking you in to try and figure out who is the more damaged of the characters. If a really pathetic and unsalvageable marriage interests you, the one in this book will remind you of that old Q&A column in Good Housekeeping: "Can this marriage be saved?" If a quirky, whacko undergrad psych student makes you worry about the mental health of your college roommate, there's a good one here. The kind of guy you don' ...more
Andria Morningstar-Gray
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You think you know people, especially those closest to you. We all think that we have people pretty much figured out, that we are pretty good judges of character. Sarah Stephens book, A Flash of Red, will make you question those abilities. It's a psychological thriller, one that nags at you in the most disturbing, yet satisfying way. A trio of characters is presented, with Anna at their center. She is intelligent and poised, but her carefully constructed persona begins to fray at the edges as th ...more
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Sarah K. Stephens is a developmental psychologist and a senior lecturer at Penn State University. Although Fall and Spring find her in the classroom, she remains a writer year-round. Her short stories and essays have appeared in LitHub, National Book Critics Circle: Critical Mass, Five on the Fifth, The Indianola Review, and (parenthetical). Her debut novel, A Flash of Red, was released in Decembe ...more
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