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The Murders of Molly Southbourne Paperback – October 3, 2017
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"The Murders of Molly Southbourne is so strange and well-written and well-conceived. I read it in one sitting and yet it follows me around wherever I go. I loved it." ―Paul Tremblay, author of Disappearance at Devil's Rock
"Inventive, chilling, and professionally rendered." ―Elizabeth Bear, author of Karen Memory
"This premise fleshes out the strangeness and the grace of the human condition as well as anything I've read." ―Stephen Graham Jones, author of Mongrels and Mapping the Interior
"Tade Thompson's writing is as inexorable as a march to the executioner's block, layered with cold dread and an exquisite understanding of body horror." ―Cassandra Khaw, author of the Persons Non Grata series
"The Murders of Molly Southbourne is bloody, quiet, haunting, and sharp―a book worth savoring." ―Max Gladstone, author of the Craft Sequence
"This bloody exploration of identity and self in a changed world will stay with readers long after they finish the last page." ―Publishers Weekly
"A bloody, intriguing puzzle of a novella." ―Kirkus
"Excellent, bloody, unsettling." ―The Book Smugglers
"The Murders of Molly Southbourne reaches deep into the heart of existence and drags our fears into the sunlight. An excellent, terrifying read." ―Fran Wilde, award-winning author of Updraft, Cloudbound, and Horizon
"Tade Thompson weaves a subtle, surreal tale of life, death, love and damnation around an absolutely unforgettable heroine. Molly will terrify you, even as she breaks your heart." ―Stephanie Saulter, author of the (R)Evolution books
"By turns disturbing, fascinating and heartbreaking, and mesmerizing from first to last." ―Simon Bestwick, author of the Black Road series and The Feast Of All Souls
“Viciously real. Chillingly absurd. There's a visceral, bloody logic to Tade Thompson’s tale of self murder.” ―Jon Courtenay Grimwood, author of The Fallen Blade
"A story to make your skin crawl and your veins feel full of dark secrets." ―Sophia McDougall, author of the Romanitas trilogy, Mars Evacuees and Space Hostages
“A darkly compelling, offbeat tale punctuated by memorable characters and an endlessly fascinating mystery. The dark imagination of Tade Thompson is a wondrous thing to behold.” ―Maurice Broaddus, author of Buffalo Soldier
“A novella that showcases the emotional depth of this writer, Tade Thompson’s The Murders of Molly Southbourne is utterly compelling, dark and disturbing.” ―Kaaron Warren, author of Slights
About the Author
TADE THOMPSON lives and works in the south of England. His background is in medicine, psychiatry and social anthropology. His first novel Making Wolf won the Golden Tentacle Award at the 2016 Kitschies. His second novel Rosewater is a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award and is on the 2016 Locus Recommended Reading List, and his short story The Apologists has been shortlisted for a British Science Fiction Association award. He enjoys jazz, comics, and baking deformed bread.
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The concept is so utterly strange, yet so utterly compelling. And through the whole book, though I wondered about one character we met in the beginning, I never even approached the truth of it. I was shocked and delighted.
I do suggest reading a sample first. You need to be okay with bizarre (because it is very bizarre) and you need to be okay with the kind of book that plays with your head. It took me a long time to decide if the things in the book were really happening or if it was all some long mental breakdown of one character. (No spoilers for you on that point!) It's also so very uncomfortable a read.
I would read the author again, though I'm sort of scared-yet-excited about what he'll throw at us next.
*ARC Provided by Net Galley
I would talk about the plot but since this is a novella, saying too much would spoil the whole thing. I’ll just sum it up by saying this: Molly shouldn’t bleed ever. Sorry folks, that is all you’re getting out of me. Whatever you want to find out, you’re just going to have to read.
This novella will not take you long to read at all. I finished it in about an hour. I do suggest this book if you are looking for some weird sci-fi or just need to mix it up and read something totally out there. I just hope you all don’t get queasy at the sight/mention of blood.
Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
I received an advanced readers copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
I was a bit dubious about this one to begin with, as it was so unlike anything else I have read. The basic concept turned out to be fascinating (imagine one drop of your blood spilt creating a new you, with a murderous intent!) and the story is eminently readable.
Kept me gripped throughout - recommended