- Paperback: 122 pages
- Publisher: St. Martins Press-3PL (3 October 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765397137
- ISBN-13: 978-0765397133
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.8 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 368,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
"A bold outpouring of flesh and crisis at once horrifying and familiar." --The New York Times
"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
"An enormously vivid, enormously peculiar novel... compellingly written." --Locus
"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
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THIS WAS INCREDIBLE.
I’m utterly astounded at how much Tade Thompson was able to cram into so few pages! This was a compelling concept that effortlessly blended medical horror, mystery, and spy thriller elements, with a deliciously ambiguous ending that’s equal parts satisfying and maddeningly vague.
Molly’s character development and complexity is inconceivable for such a short tale. She’s easy to connect with in spite of her complete emotional unavailability and utilitarian approach to relationships, and watching her grow from naive child into boss woman was epic.
It’s been weeks since reading this and I am STILL thinking about it.
It’s that good.
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The rules are simple.
If you see a girl who looks like you, run and fight.
If you bleed, blot, burn, and bleach.
If you find a hole, find your parents.
So yeah, here we go. For those of you who aren’t at all familiar with the premise:
For as long as Molly Southbourne can remember, she’s been watching herself die. Whenever she bleeds, another molly is born, identical to her in every way and intent on her destruction.
Molly knows every way to kill herself, but she also knows that as long as she survives she’ll be hunted. No matter how well she follows the rules, eventually the mollys will find her. Can Molly find a way to stop the tide of blood, or will she meet her end at the hand of a girl who looks just like her?
Needless to say, this novella is a bit of a doozy. Molly leads a pretty sheltered life, obviously, and while her parents are fairly integral in her younger years, you don’t really get to know a ton about them until the last few pages (which give you the OOOOOOOOOH moment of the story). Up until then, it is life filled with the need to survive, along with a murderfest of duplicates that only intensifies when Molly reaches her teens.
I knew from reading Thompson’s ‘Rosewater’ that I was in for some superb writing and an original story. What I didn’t expect was to constantly keep coming back to this novella for more. It had some sort of hold on me and I couldn’t get it out of my mind. If you are looking for a creepy, downright horrific novella to set your nerves on edge, check it out.
I mean, come on… Could you imagine seeing another You come out of a hole in the ground and straight up want to murder you? Not to mention when there are multiple… GTFO.
Molly Southbourne makes for a compelling protagonist, forced to become a cold blooded killer at a young age. The manner in which Molly handles her peculiar condition is so gloriously brutal, it hurts. Eventually, you begin to feel her dread as she is forced to kill herself to survive only to be met with the suffocating paranoia that comes with such a cruel existence. Molly begins to question her own humanity and whether or not she’s even the original Molly. Her story makes for an engrossing character study that will make any human being question their own existence.
Stephen Graham said it best in his blurb, "This premise fleshes out the strangeness and the grace of the human condition…”. The Murders of Molly Southbourne will have you floored from beginning to end. It’s a harrowing story about the harm humans will inflict on themselves to survive and the wicked brutality we are faced with day to day. Highly recommended!
Molly Southbourne's parents teach her four very important rules:
"If you see yourself, run.
Blot, burn, bleach.
Find a hole, find your parents."
Sorry, but that's about all you're getting from me about The Murders of Molly Southbourne. If I tell you any more than what you read in the book's blurb I'm going to spoil the story for you.
This novella is a quick read and I needed to keep reading to find out how it was all going to be resolved. There's a nice twist and potential for another book. I'm usually a fan of endings that don't form question marks above my head but for Molly I really feel the ambiguity of what happens after the final sentence works in its favour. Having said that, should there be another Molly/molly book I would be interested.
Despite rule #2, there is a fair bit of bloodshed in this book so if you've got a case of haemophobia and an overactive imagination, buyer beware. It's in context with the storyline and I didn't feel it was gratuitous at all.
There was one section that really annoyed me because it didn't feel like it belonged in or added any value to the story. ⚠️ SPOILER ALERT: [I didn't see why there had to be a threesome with Molly, the professor and a molly. Call me a prude if you want but I just don't see why you'd be interested in having sex with your doppelgänger and if for some reason you were, why you would when you know you're going to kill them in a few hours time.] ⚠️