The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson

The Murders of Molly Southbourne

Every time she bleeds a murderer is born. Experience the horror of Tade Thompson's The Murders of Molly Southbourne.The rule is simple: don't bleed.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...

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The Murders of Molly Southbourne Reviews

  • Lucille

    Wow that was intense. While it is horror, I never felt terrified or felt like putting the book (or my ereader most like) down. I was eager to know what was going on and how it would end. It's pretty gory, bloody, and at times really weird in a gruesome way. I must mention this story needs a trigger warning for self-harm.

    I really had a great experience reading this novella and had already been recommended the SF novel of this author out in 2016, pretty sure I'll read it this year then!

    Wow that was intense. While it is horror, I never felt terrified or felt like putting the book (or my ereader most like) down. I was eager to know what was going on and how it would end. It's pretty gory, bloody, and at times really weird in a gruesome way. I must mention this story needs a trigger warning for self-harm.

    I really had a great experience reading this novella and had already been recommended the SF novel of this author out in 2016, pretty sure I'll read it this year then!

  • Paul

    Tor.com is killing it with their novella line. I loved this. So strange and well-written and well-conceived. I read it in one sitting (when I wasn't planning to).

  • Schizanthus

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    Molly Southbourne's parents teach her four very important rules:

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    Sorry, but that's about all you're getting from me about

    . 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 res

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    Molly Southbourne's parents teach her four very important rules:

    "

    "

    Sorry, but that's about all you're getting from me about

    . 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

    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.

  • Amie Gaudet

    Title: THE MURDERS OF MOLLY SOUTHBOURNE  

    Author: TADE THOMPSON

    Release Date: OCTOBER 3, 2017 

    Rating: 4 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟 

    REVIEW:

    Despite only consisting of 128 pages, and officially being considered a "novella" rather than a "novel," THE MURDERS OF MOLLY SOUTHBOURNE does not lack readability. Yes, it is a quick read, but that is due to the fact that once begun, it is nearly impossible to put down.  

    The concept of the "Doppelganger" is not new, even so, author Tade Thompson has taken the co

    Title: THE MURDERS OF MOLLY SOUTHBOURNE  

    Author: TADE THOMPSON

    Release Date: OCTOBER 3, 2017 

    Rating: 4 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟 

    REVIEW:

    Despite only consisting of 128 pages, and officially being considered a "novella" rather than a "novel," THE MURDERS OF MOLLY SOUTHBOURNE does not lack readability. Yes, it is a quick read, but that is due to the fact that once begun, it is nearly impossible to put down.  

    The concept of the "Doppelganger" is not new, even so, author Tade Thompson has taken the concept to places no one ever has before.

    This story is all about Molly.

    Molly may look normal, but she suffers from a unique genetic quirk, one that makes her the only person alive with her bizarre condition.

    It's all about the blood.

    Every time Molly bleeds, another copy of herself grows from that blood and a new molly is created - a perfect physical copy of Molly at the moment in time when her blood was shed.

    The problem occurs because the new molly may start out seemingly normal, but inevitably, the new copy turns on the original and attempts to murder her.

    Imagine knowing that at least once a month (thanks to her gender,) a new molly will come to life and that you have no choice but to commit murder in order to preserve your own life.

    What would that do to your pysche? Could you ever hope to lead a normal life?

    You will need to read this novella to find out if Molly ever figures out a way to control her disorder or if she ends up dead at the hands of one of the mollys. 

    If you enjoy reading books where the storyline begins with a high degree of suspense which continues to build until it is at a frenzy, then THE MURDERS OF MOLLY SOUTHBOURNE is the perfect book for you.  

    The best thing about this book is the totally unexpected and explosive ending which also opens up the potential for a sequel. Personally, I hope Tade Thompson does write an additional book based on this one. I give THE MURDERS OF MOLLY SOUTHBOURNE a rating of 4 out of 5 Stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟  

    Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this book.

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  • Sara

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    Don’t bleed.

    I really enjoyed this, and despite it only being a novella I found the story incredibly well written and unique in its concepts.

    Ever since she can remember Molly has watched herself die, hundreds of times. Whenever she bleeds, a ‘molly’ is born. Her twin in every way. Except all the mollys want to do is kill Molly. And as she grows, the mollys do too - and they get better at fighting back.

    I’m amazed at how much detail t

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    Don’t bleed.

    I really enjoyed this, and despite it only being a novella I found the story incredibly well written and unique in its concepts.

    Ever since she can remember Molly has watched herself die, hundreds of times. Whenever she bleeds, a ‘molly’ is born. Her twin in every way. Except all the mollys want to do is kill Molly. And as she grows, the mollys do too - and they get better at fighting back.

    I’m amazed at how much detail the author managed to pack into this novella. Molly is a deeply complex, intelligent character with a rich background. I warmed to her plight immediately, and enjoyed the relationship she shares with her parents, as they fight to preserve her secret, and later with the people she meets at college. I thought she was well developed, and in essence also deeply flawed. I’ve never really read a character quite like her, and I loved her for it. Her emotion, or lack thereof, at certain points throughout the story really appealed to me. Her parents come across as deeply loving and obviously protective of Molly, yet also allow her a certain degree of independence in a world which would never accept her if they knew what Molly was capable of.

    The plot itself is also extremely interesting. Molly’s exploration into why she can produce the ‘mollys’ was great, and the fast pace kept me entertained right until the end. Although wrapped up well, there were also several points hinted at near the end of the story that were left unanswered, and if the author so desired, I would love to see Molly again and learn about the wider world in which she inhabits.

  • K.J. Charles

    This was amazing. I mean, glom-in-a-sitting, cold-sweat, 'going to have to buy the whole backlist now' amazing. What a terrifying, imaginative, scary ride.

    The premise is deceptively simple and weird: when Molly bleeds, it generates an identical copy of herself which after a short time becomes murderously determined to kill her. This is fun when her periods start. At first Molly's parents kill the mollies, and teach her self defence; as she grows, the mollies become more cunning and powerful, an

    This was amazing. I mean, glom-in-a-sitting, cold-sweat, 'going to have to buy the whole backlist now' amazing. What a terrifying, imaginative, scary ride.

    The premise is deceptively simple and weird: when Molly bleeds, it generates an identical copy of herself which after a short time becomes murderously determined to kill her. This is fun when her periods start. At first Molly's parents kill the mollies, and teach her self defence; as she grows, the mollies become more cunning and powerful, and start to self organise. It's terrifying, and the book is partly about this dreadful looming threat with bursts of extreme violence, and partly the result of all this on Molly's psyche.

    The backstory/hinterland to all this is very lightly sketched in and I will admit, I'm not entirely sure if there's a message/metaphor here or what it is if so, but as a thoroughly compelling, weird experience this novella is unbeatable. Get your Halloween terror here.

  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

    *3.5/5

    I thought this was striking and scary as a novella, but it concluded feeling a bit incomplete. As much as I loved the entire middle section as a story of Molly and the other mollys, I felt like the framing device for the novella itself was a bit weak and it made the entire thing a bit unbalanced. But overall, if you’re looking for a super creepy, quick read, I would still recommend this one.

    TW: self harm, cutting, suicidal thoughts, body horror

    Thanks to Tor.com for sending along a copy of

    *3.5/5

    I thought this was striking and scary as a novella, but it concluded feeling a bit incomplete. As much as I loved the entire middle section as a story of Molly and the other mollys, I felt like the framing device for the novella itself was a bit weak and it made the entire thing a bit unbalanced. But overall, if you’re looking for a super creepy, quick read, I would still recommend this one.

    TW: self harm, cutting, suicidal thoughts, body horror

    Thanks to Tor.com for sending along a copy of this to me in exchange for an honest review!

  • Aentee

    This haunting novella will grab you by the throat and won’t let go, even after you’ve turned the last pages. I woke up this morning thinking about it, it fills me with morbid fascination. While the novella has a perfectly fitting end, I can’t help but beg for more.

  • karen

    and for the first time ever with seeecret subscription boxes, i already had the book inside, but now i get to give my old, unannotated copy to greg as a halloween prezzie! and i get to hog for

    all the author notes and the booklet of deleted scenes, and a short story by

    as well as a bloody shower curtain(!!!!!!) and a bookmark and a library card pillow case and a little plastic pumpkin keychain that does this

    while making a noise like EEEEEE

    and for the first time ever with seeecret subscription boxes, i already had the book inside, but now i get to give my old, unannotated copy to greg as a halloween prezzie! and i get to hog for

    all the author notes and the booklet of deleted scenes, and a short story by

    as well as a bloody shower curtain(!!!!!!) and a bookmark and a library card pillow case and a little plastic pumpkin keychain that does this

    while making a noise like EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! best halloween mailday ever!

  • Heidi The Hippie Reader

    is a short story about a girl who is born with a horrifying condition. Whenever she bleeds, the blood changes into a homicidal version of herself that won't stop until it, or Molly, is dead.

    pg 24.

    I'm not sure I understood what the author was going for w

    is a short story about a girl who is born with a horrifying condition. Whenever she bleeds, the blood changes into a homicidal version of herself that won't stop until it, or Molly, is dead.

    pg 24.

    I'm not sure I understood what the author was going for with this short story.

    Yes, what happens to Molly is horrific. I guess I didn't make the connection between what was happening to her and the broader meaning the story was reaching towards.

    Because it was certainly reaching:

    pgs 63-64

    Or, beyond the death-through-your-children angle, I could use this story to consider the futility of life itself.

    pg 91

    It is creepy and could fit the bill if you're looking for one more short and spooky pre-Halloween read. I just didn't connect with it.


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