Scarlet in Blue

Penguin Random House Audio. Mar. 2022. 11:10 hrs. ISBN 9780593510148. $22.50. F
Artist and award-winning author Murphy (I Love You More) has penned a gripping tale of love, revenge, art, and more. Artist Scarlet Lake and her teenage pianist daughter, Blue, have been on the run for years from HIM, the Shadow Man. Blue yearns for an ordinary life and hopes to find it in the small beach town of South Haven, MI. Told over several decades from multiple points of view, this mostly fast-paced title includes mentions of art history, death, mental illness, and abuse. With their clear and forceful readings, the narrators help set the mood in this eerie and mysterious psychological novel and coming-of-age story as the struggles between a mother and daughter unfold.
VERDICT Although the middle drags a bit, the plot twists are suspenseful, and the prose is almost poetic. Reminiscent of Michaelides’s Silent Patient, Murphy’s tale will appeal to fans of psychological suspense.
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