A Flash of Red


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Praise for A Flash of Red:

A Flash of Red does a great job developing its three main characters; I’m still wondering what happened to them after the book ended.”
-Nancy Pearl,  America’s librarian and author of the Book Lust series and the novel, George & Lizzie 

“Highly recommended. . . cleverly plotted. The story itself was full of such intense intrigue and psychological manipulation that I could not put it down.”
-Underground Book Reviews

“Stephens offers readers a new perspective on crime psychology, enhanced by her professional expertise. Fans of books by Mary Kubica and Fiona Barton will enjoy the story of Anna Kline, her disintegrating marriage, and her very dark secrets.”
-Bethanne Patrick, NPR Books reviewer, National Book Critics Circle Board Member, and LitHub contributing editor



Read Chapter 1 here.

Publisher: Pandamoon Publishing; 1 edition (December 8, 2016)
Publication Date: December 8, 2016
eBook: ASIN: B01N5DR40X
Print Book: ISBN-13: 978-1-945502-14-9, CreateSpace Printing
Print Book: ISBN-13: 978-1-945502-24-8, Ingram Printing and Distribution
Pages: 234
Binding Type: US Trade Paper, Perfect Bound
Related Categories: Fiction / Thriller & Suspense / Psychological Thrillers


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 seeks solace from his perfect wife in the cold intimacy of love and sex offered online, while Anna copes by offering her own oppressive version of devotion. Becoming an ever more tangible presence in their weakening marriage is the question of Anna’s mental state and whether she will follow the same path as her now institutionalized mother.

When Bard, a student of Anna’s with a family history of schizophrenia, discovers Sean’s addiction, Bard’s admiration for Anna morphs into a delusion of special intimacy. Guilt-ridden with his own past failure to protect his older sister, Bard’s skewed mind begins to see Anna as another woman in need of rescue.

As Sean and Anna’s marriage becomes a battleground of manipulation, Bard privately crafts a strategy to save Anna from her husband, sending their three worlds spinning out of control with irrevocable and deadly consequences. A Flash of Red’s driving plot and multi-faceted characters detail the destruction that ensues when mental illness attacks our most intimate relationships.

Available on Amazon, Barnes&Noble, and at Webster’s Bookstore Cafe.