Blame the Amygdala

Brain Stains, Killers, and Psychopaths

Seeing Red

I have written a thriller, Seeing Red (75,000 words), which sees a young martial artist with synesthesia pitted against a serial killer. I have included a synopsis here, and the first three chapters.

If you’re interested in providing literary representation or buying the production rights, please feel free to reach out.

Seeing Red artwork by Katie Kelleher


Seeing Red – Synopsis


Jack Pemment

Only he can see the serial killer’s true colors.


MICHAEL SINCLAIR has a rare form of synesthesia and a boring job in hospital administration. Michael lives with synesthesia—his brain interprets the human form outlined by a colored glow—and boredom until he sees the color red for the first time. It soon becomes clear that a red aura equals a violent offender, and only Michael can see them.

Armed with his new ability, Michael begins investigating and following those with red auras. He soon witnesses criminal acts, and calls in tips to the Huntington Police Department. He has proven himself after the successful rescue of a missing boy, when Michael took matters into his own hands.

DETECTIVE RACHEL CONNORS is a young brazen detective, but she needs help tracking a serial killer among the citizens of Huntington. With the help of police psychologist, Dr. Lockwood, they test Michael’s abilities and discover that he is quickly identifying psychopaths in police lineups. Dr. Lockwood, noting Michael’s enthusiasm for police work, convinces the Captain to bring Michael onto the team. They need someone to identify the killer who is sewing the mouths shut and removing the eyelids from the people of Huntington.

Michael works closely with Connors and her team, as well as with the two FBI agents that have somewhat mysteriously shown up, to try and assist in the identification of suspects. As Michael becomes immersed in a world of violence, hidden pasts, and a corrupt government-funded research facility, people close to him are ruthlessly murdered.

It’s a race against the clock to see the murderer’s true colors that have been hiding in plain sight.


Seeing Red is serial killer novel with gripping twists that won’t allow you to close your eyes.

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