I am here to bring you my review of Red, the highly anticipated sequel to Black, by T.L. Smith! This book was amazing!!! I was privileged to receive an ARC of this book and I couldn’t put it down. I kept wanting to read it every chance that I could get! Before I get into my review, here is the cover, summary, teaser, and links to purchase!
A wound to the heart, a hole so deep.
Can it be fixed?
Or simply replaced?
People lie. Those closest to me, tell the most lies.
Do they not know who I am? What I’m capable of?
Sometimes I wonder if they do. Because when I unravel their lies, they will be delivered to the hell I once visited. And it won’t be pleasant.
As you can see from the teaser, this is a dark novel. I like to warn people before they get into a book if it’s dark because I know some people aren’t fans. Well, I am a fan! So, Red started off just where Black had ended. And let me pause for a second and say that the cliffhanger at Black had me so anxious to read more!! It was a relief that Smith had made this choice, as many readers – myself included – needed that closure as to why the first book had ended the way it had.
It’s difficult for me to review content as there are probably many readers of my review who haven’t read the first book. Liam Black has a new persona which leaves the reader completely questioning why and how this has happened and who had conceived such an awful scheme. This of course gets answered near the end of the book, and each page I read left me wanting so much more and needing to know where the characters go.
Due to the huge character shift of Liam Black, it made me feel as if I was reading a completely different character. I think it was a nice change from the stone cold Liam Black that we all knew from the first book. But what I thoroughly enjoyed was the glimpses that we got from his past and who he truly is as a person until things come full circle.
Don’t even get me started on the tumultuous relationship between Black and Rose. It seems that even though five years have passed, they still have this deep love and adoration toward each other and yet there are still at odds with so many things. Much as with Black, Red has explicit sex scenes, but again, they are done where you don’t feel dirty reading them. I think that with Red, the focus is so much more on Rose and her dealing with the new Black and trying to rekindle everything they once had.
T.L. Smith doesn’t fail with her beautifully poetic writing style once again. I am just amazed at how well it is woven in the book with so much ease. I think that the poetic prose is necessary for a book that is so dark for it to be able to have elements of poeticism that is relative with love–such as the love with Rose and Black.
I have a minor nitpicky note on a couple things. There are a few places where the dialogue is confusing on who is talking, but it isn’t distracting to a huge degree. And as with the previous novel, there were a few places also where there was vagueness on who was talking to Black. The story is first person, so it betrays that first person point of view because Black would have been acknowledging who the person is and not saying “he.” Other than those small notes, I fell in love with Red much as I did with Black.
Huge warning! There is another cliffhanger!! I think T.L. Smith likes to torture my soul! This book was even better than Black, and I didn’t think that would be possible with how much I loved Black. Red gets a 5 star rating hands down!!!
And if you haven’t read Black yet…what are you waiting for?! Honestly! Pick it up today so you can read Red right after it! Links below!!
CATCH UP ON THE FIRST ONE HERE – BLACK