The Need

The Need

Book - 2019 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
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"When Molly, home alone with her two young children, hears footsteps in the living room, she tries to convince herself it's the sleep deprivation. She's been hearing things these days. Startling at loud noises. Imagining the worst-case scenario. It's what mothers do, she knows. But then the footsteps come again, and she catches a glimpse of movement. Suddenly Molly finds herself face-to-face with an intruder who knows far too much about her and her family. As she attempts to protect those she loves most, Molly must also acknowledge her own frailty. Molly slips down an existential rabbit hole where she must confront the dualities of motherhood: the ecstasy and the dread; the languor and the ferocity; the banality and the transcendence as the book hurtles toward a mind-bending conclusion. In The Need, Helen Phillips has created a subversive, speculative thriller that comes to life through blazing, arresting prose and gorgeous, haunting imagery. Helen Phillips has been anointed as one of the most exciting fiction writers working today, and The Need is a glorious celebration of the bizarre and beautiful nature of our everyday lives"--FantasticFiction.com.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781982113162
1982113162
9781982113179
1982113170
Branch Call Number: F PHILL-H
Characteristics: 261 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Need

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OPL_EllyR Jun 25, 2019

The Need is delightfully unsettling. There's not much that can be said about it without doing readers a huge disservice by spoiling the plot, but it's the kind of book that I knew would be a one-day read after I finished the third chapter. Though it is a little speculative, the facets of the story that lean towards science fiction are minor and keep the world The Need takes place in eerily close to our own.

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