Jennifer UhlarikBarbour Fiction / 2021 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$9.994.5 out of 5 stars for The Scarlet Pen. View reviews of this product. 37 Reviews
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jdp5 Stars Out Of 5loved it!September 1, 2021jdpQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I finished reading The Scarlet Pen and it was good! 5 stars. I really love this series of fiction that's strange but true. This story was great! I recommend this book & all the books in the series if you love true crime with some romance thrown in.
Thank you Barbour Publishing for the read. All opinions are my own.
Ayla Will5 Stars Out Of 5A chilling tale based on true eventsAugust 17, 2021Ayla WillQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Scarlet Pen is the latest in the True Colors series; a series that combines true crime and fiction into epic standalone stories. Like the previous books, The Scarlet Pen tells a horrific tale that kept me riveted from the very first page . Although the events have been fictionalized and embellished in places, the 19th century serial killer, Stephen Dee Richards and the cruelty he inflicted on those around him was very real.
Emma Draycott has fallen in love. Her childhood friend, Stephen Dee Richards, has returned after years away and he's no longer the awkward teen that she knew so long ago. He's quickly stolen her heart, but when he suddenly leaves again under the guise of preparing for their future together, Emma's family and their new friend, Secret Service Agent Clay Timmons, are quick to cast doubts on their relationship. At first, the law is only looking for the source of the fake money Stephen seems to be spending, but when the scarlet pen and inkwell Emma gave her fianc is linked to a murder, the situation escalates. Could Emma have been wrong about Stephen's true character? What will it take for her to finally see the truth?
I can't say too much without giving away the story, but The Scarlet Pen was definitely worth the read. Clay makes an incredible hero and I enjoyed watching Emma's character develop. I loved the Bible verses Emma sent in her family's letters, and the characters' faith in God. Stephen's POV was definitely difficult to read at times, and isn't for the faint of heart, but I felt like it was essential to the story.
If you enjoy true crime, or have enjoyed any of the previous True Colors novels, you won't want to miss this one.
*I received a complimentary copy of The Scarlet Pen through the publisher and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. My positive review is not required.
TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Will her innocence get them both killed?August 13, 2021TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Well, I can definitely say that The Scarlet Pen was quite a story. I'm still shaking my head over it and trying to sort out my thoughts. Flat out, Stephen Dee Richardson was one cold customer, how a man could commit that many murders, and so violently, is completely beyond me. Thankfully we don't see evil like that every day.
This is the twelfth True Colors novel, Jennifer Uhlarik's first, and in many ways is one of the more chilling ones. Serial killers always give a sane person a touch of the heebie-jeebies but when you realize how easily they can be someone you know and even like, well, that is a different story entirely. Emma and Clay find that one out the hard way in this rather spine-chilling novel from Jennifer Uhlarik.
The Scarlet Pen was one dark book and after Googling Stephen Dee Richardson when I was about halfway through I can see why it was. I will caution more sensitive readers that there is a disturbing scene near the beginning of the book and it is referred to several times throughout the book. I did appreciate, though, how Jennifer Uhlarik used such a horrible true crime story to point towards the Ultimate Hope. Even though Emma is almost hopelessly naive and headstrong, and Clay has been scarred by his childhood, both of them lean on their faith for answers and for strength.
There are 3 points of view in this novel, Emma, Clay, and Stephen's, which was quite different from most of the other True Colors books, and it was something that took me a little while to get used to. However, I did like The Scarlet Pen and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the entire True Colors series to any true crime fan...
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
Patti P.5 Stars Out Of 5Suspensful Masterfully Written Novel based on real eventsAugust 12, 2021Patti P.From the very beginning, I have followed the True Colors series of historical works of facts meshed together with fiction. The Scarlet Pen provides another interesting look into real-life events mixed with fiction. This story focuses on a young woman, Emma Draycott, who believes the man, Stephen Dee Richards, who wants to marry her deserves her love and trust. However, Secret Service agent Clay Timmons appears on the scene and unravels the life of crime and destruction Stephen Dee Richards embarked on in cold-blood.
The author impresses me with the attention to detail, including the description of the pen and the inkwell. The characters and the emotions from this book drew me into the story. I have to say; I was uncertain how the story would end up. But I always appreciate how the authors of the books in this series provide information at the end to show what parts of the story are factual and what parts the authors fictionalized. So check out this book for yourself.
I received a complimentary copy of this book, but it in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.
eLyndaAge: 35-44Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Well-Written and DisturbingAugust 11, 2021eLyndaAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This book is well-written and thoroughly disturbing. Normally, I would not combine those two things, but since we are reading about a serial killer from the past, it fits. I was not quite sure what I expected after reading the back cover, but maybe more of a romance-centered storyline, which is more my usual fare.
There is a sweet romance in this book, but the characters are kept apart for much of the story. We get their thoughts about the other and the torn feelings within our heroine, but the novel focuses more on the case that inadvertently brings them together.
The reader is never in doubt about who the bad guy is, but we are left wondering if he will be caught before he claims his next victim. Every time he interacts with the heroine, it is very tense and kept me on edge.
Given the subject matter and its disturbing nature, I can only recommend this book for mature readers. The author does an exceptional job of keeping anything from crossing into inappropriate territory, but there can be no denying that I felt uncomfortable as I read this book. That only serves to highlight the talent of the author, and I look forward to reading more of her in the future, though maybe not of the crime fiction variety.
I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit but was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.