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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 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 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?


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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 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 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?

30 review for The Murders of Molly Southbourne

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    We all bleed, right? Yes. Yes, we do. So. This is an addictively creepy little short(ish) story about a girl named Molly Southbourne. And it's weird as fuck. Like, the premise makes no sense and it shouldn't work, but it totally does. Every time Molly bleeds a doppelganger intent on killing her rises up from a hole in the ground. WTF? But if you are even slightly intrigued by the idea that someone might spend their entire life killing themselves over and over agai We all bleed, right? Yes. Yes, we do. So. This is an addictively creepy little short(ish) story about a girl named Molly Southbourne. And it's weird as fuck. Like, the premise makes no sense and it shouldn't work, but it totally does. Every time Molly bleeds a doppelganger intent on killing her rises up from a hole in the ground. WTF? <--is what you're probably thinking. But if you are even slightly intrigued by the idea that someone might spend their entire life killing themselves over and over again? Then you won't regret spending your time on this one. 128 pages. Give it a shot.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    I read this in two sittings. That might not sound impressive due to its shortness, but I hardly ever read books, however short, this quickly. But I could not put this down, I needed to keep reading, and I needed to see where Tade Thompson would take this story next. He takes an already brilliant premise and then manages to make the execution an allegory for growing up female in a way that I found surprising. He does not shy away from from the most disturbing parts of his premise (like: what happ I read this in two sittings. That might not sound impressive due to its shortness, but I hardly ever read books, however short, this quickly. But I could not put this down, I needed to keep reading, and I needed to see where Tade Thompson would take this story next. He takes an already brilliant premise and then manages to make the execution an allegory for growing up female in a way that I found surprising. He does not shy away from from the most disturbing parts of his premise (like: what happens to the mollys born when Molly is very young?) and the phrase "a slow growing molly" gave me actual chills. I don't read horror often (or at all) but this had me craving more which is quite possibly the highest praise I can think of. While not without its flaws (the novella format does limit the length), I cannot WAIT for the next book in this series to drop. I need to know more about this world and mostly about Molly's mother, who I found highly interesting and not quite fleshed out enough. First sentence: "I wake into a universe defined by pain." PS: I did have nightmares because of this, make of that what you will. You can find this review and other thoughts on my blog.

  3. 4 out of 5

    karen

    my very first monthly horror box from pagehabit!! 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 myself all the author notes and the booklet of deleted scenes, and a short story by Carmen Maria Machado 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 my very first monthly horror box from pagehabit!! 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 myself all the author notes and the booklet of deleted scenes, and a short story by Carmen Maria Machado 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!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Heidi The Reader

    The Murders of Molly Southbourne 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. "The rules are simple. If you see a girl who looks like you, run and fight. Don't bleed. If you bleed, blot, burn, and bleach. If you find a hole, find your parents. Molly recites the lines to herself many times." pg 24. I'm not sure I understood what the author was going for w The Murders of Molly Southbourne 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. "The rules are simple. If you see a girl who looks like you, run and fight. Don't bleed. If you bleed, blot, burn, and bleach. If you find a hole, find your parents. Molly recites the lines to herself many times." 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: "She cannot stand children. They remind her of the mollys, with their innocence and their half-formed personalities, and she expects them to burst into violence any minute. They never do, but they might." pgs 63-64 Or, beyond the death-through-your-children angle, I could use this story to consider the futility of life itself. "How is it that humans bleed so much? Or maybe Molly herself bleeds more than the average human. The rule are useless, an attenuation at best. Lifeblood escapes all the time, minor hemorrhages, a little a day. Maybe that is how we age. Maybe that is how we die." 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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    This is a very nice genre-bender, parts SF, Fantasy, and Horror, all surrounding the multiple instances of Molly every time she bleeds. Each time rising from the ground or floor to become a complete copy of herself. This isn't a humorous novella, however. Indeed, the creep-factor is turned up rather high. Every time a duplicate comes up, she's forced to murder herself. It works well on several levels. The literal is bad enough, managing to reach over to normalcy while being very horrific, but when This is a very nice genre-bender, parts SF, Fantasy, and Horror, all surrounding the multiple instances of Molly every time she bleeds. Each time rising from the ground or floor to become a complete copy of herself. This isn't a humorous novella, however. Indeed, the creep-factor is turned up rather high. Every time a duplicate comes up, she's forced to murder herself. It works well on several levels. The literal is bad enough, managing to reach over to normalcy while being very horrific, but when it becomes a metaphor, a branching out into anything we must murder within ourselves, it also works wonderfully. It might be a desire or a drive, an orientation or even just a natural preference or religious observation... And yet it still works. :) And it works very well as a straight horror, too. Being all-out creepy and disturbing is the name of the game. A subtext isn't necessary to enjoy this. Just figuring out who is narrating should keep anyone endlessly fascinating. Self-examination is a real horrorshow. :)

  6. 4 out of 5

    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).

  7. 4 out of 5

    Schizanthus Nerd

    💉 Halloween Haemorrhage Book! 💉 Trigger Warning: self harm Molly Southbourne's parents teach her four very important rules: "If you see yourself, run. Don't bleed. 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 res 💉 Halloween Haemorrhage Book! 💉 Trigger Warning: self harm Molly Southbourne's parents teach her four very important rules: "If you see yourself, run. Don't bleed. 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. (view spoiler)[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. (hide spoiler)]

  8. 5 out of 5

    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!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I really liked this one despite the story being downright bizarre. It's about a girl who has to avoid bleeding because if she does a duplicate of herself is created from the blood and is intent on killing her! The strength of the main character Molly kept me interested and made this work so well. It's short, brutal and absorbing.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Richard Derus

    A near-enough future novella that blends the horror inherent in a mutating, collapsing Earth and the human response to it with the species-level will to live no matter what. I was utterly sucked into the narrative early on: An example has aspects of a thing, but is that the thing itself? The mollys have aspects of Molly, but that doesn't make them Molly, does it? I'm not going to tell you what mollys are because this is a very difficult concept to get across. I want the whole reading experience to A near-enough future novella that blends the horror inherent in a mutating, collapsing Earth and the human response to it with the species-level will to live no matter what. I was utterly sucked into the narrative early on: An example has aspects of a thing, but is that the thing itself? The mollys have aspects of Molly, but that doesn't make them Molly, does it? I'm not going to tell you what mollys are because this is a very difficult concept to get across. I want the whole reading experience to be as full and rich for you as it was for me. And I want to encourage you to spend $3.99 on a novella of surpassing strangeness, violence, and transcendent oddness. What isn't odd, though sometimes is transcendent, is Author Tade's writing. He finds angles and corners where others don't look, or if they look don't see. Her shoes wait in formation for her feet to quicken them. *** Alarms are going off like the mating calls of robotic insects. *** As she cuts the cadavers on the slabs, she realizes there is no sense to be made out of life. With the exception of one, and only one, hideous and disfiguring instance of the w-bomb, the text is chillingly, even eerily, smooth and flawless. It resembles in its affect the narrative monologues of Rod Serling. You know the point is there, you can see it rising like the number Pi above foggy lowlands of text, but it shifts and your gaze has to slip away from it as you negotiate the steps of the ziggurat. Climb, I urge you; the view is fine and the journey's toll is just the beginning of a quest.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Justine

    Gripping and creepy. I loved the writing style and the compact yet complete storytelling Thompson accomplished here. I'm definitely up to read more by him.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lee drunkonbookz

    "The rules are simple. If you see a girl that looks like you, run and fight. Don't bleed. If you bleed, blot, burn, and bleach. If you find a hole, find your parents. " Such an original concept I was disappointed the story ended so abruptly. I will definitely be reading more by this author.

  13. 4 out of 5

    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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Roz

    “Words used to be homework, a chore, but books make words do magic tricks.” What a strange and creepy book. This has such an original concept, I’ve never read anything like this before.. and I also haven’t been so disturbed by a book in a long time.

  15. 4 out of 5

    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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Deeply unsettling and horrific in parts, this novella follows the life of Molly Southborne whose spilt blood generates doppelgangers bent on destroying Molly herself. Much of the horror comes because these doppelgangers seem to have been happening since she was a baby, painting an interesting picture of Molly's parents and what they've been doing to get her this far. Ultimately it's all a fairly horrible philosophical metaphor made real, which makes for a predictable ending if you're familiar wit Deeply unsettling and horrific in parts, this novella follows the life of Molly Southborne whose spilt blood generates doppelgangers bent on destroying Molly herself. Much of the horror comes because these doppelgangers seem to have been happening since she was a baby, painting an interesting picture of Molly's parents and what they've been doing to get her this far. Ultimately it's all a fairly horrible philosophical metaphor made real, which makes for a predictable ending if you're familiar with the metaphor being referred to. It's great writing, deeply creepy and evocative, but really not for me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    Fascinating and super creepy story of a girl who generates doppelgangers (hellbent on killing her) whenever she bleeds. Writing style is clear, oftentimes matter-of-fact, and makes for a very intriguing read. Finished the book and feeling very unsettled and slightly uncomfortable.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Well that was creepy AF!

  19. 5 out of 5

    lucky little cat

    Pitch-perfect creepy novella, where the young heroine unintentionally produces a murderous doppelgänger every time she bleeds. Science prodigy Molly doesn't mean to be threatening. But that doesn't mean she's not a menace. And since she's also cursed with a healthy sense of decency, she has to figure out what to do about herself. (Not unlike the reader's cursed dilemma: what will I do when I run out of Tade Thompson books to read? Must. read. more. slowly.) Thompson's such an intelligent writer I Pitch-perfect creepy novella, where the young heroine unintentionally produces a murderous doppelgänger every time she bleeds. Science prodigy Molly doesn't mean to be threatening. But that doesn't mean she's not a menace. And since she's also cursed with a healthy sense of decency, she has to figure out what to do about herself. (Not unlike the reader's cursed dilemma: what will I do when I run out of Tade Thompson books to read? Must. read. more. slowly.) Thompson's such an intelligent writer I could never guess what would happen next in this story, and I'm still walking around thinking about it. Extra love to Thompson for creating Molly's über-educated off-the-grid parents who are ever supportive of her and teach her survival (and coping, containment, and housekeeping) skills.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mindi

    If you see yourself, run. Don't bleed. Blot, burn, bleach. Find a hole, find your parents Molly Southbourne creates a perfect copy of herself every time she bleeds. Regardless of how much she bleeds or why (monthly periods, for instance) Molly creates another Molly every time she spills a drop of her own blood. And while the Mollys are initially docile and friendly, they soon become killing machines, bent on murdering their creator. Molly's family has been dealing with Molly's condition since she wa If you see yourself, run. Don't bleed. Blot, burn, bleach. Find a hole, find your parents Molly Southbourne creates a perfect copy of herself every time she bleeds. Regardless of how much she bleeds or why (monthly periods, for instance) Molly creates another Molly every time she spills a drop of her own blood. And while the Mollys are initially docile and friendly, they soon become killing machines, bent on murdering their creator. Molly's family has been dealing with Molly's condition since she was born, and because they live on an isolated farm, they are able to coach Molly on how to prevent making new Mollys and how to dispose of the ones she cannot avoid creating. If Molly bleeds, she needs to blot up the blood, burn the towels, and then bleach the area. However that may not be enough. She then needs to search for holes on the property, because holes are where the Mollys are born. Being a farmer, her father has extensive knowledge on butchering that he teaches to Molly. Once she's on her own in the world she will need to know how to dispose of all the extra Mollys. And her mother has fighting and survival skills that suggest a different life in her past than being just a farmer's wife. Molly learns much from her parents, and after a time she decides that she is capable of taking care of the Mollys herself, so she goes off to college and leaves her family for the first time. But her parents made a mistake years ago that will eventually catch up with them while Molly is away, and she will learn more about herself and her condition during her time away from the farm too. Because Molly doesn't just create other Mollys. There are other consequences of her condition that she never even dreamed of.

  21. 4 out of 5

    LEAH⇢

    MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+ FEATURING⇢ Creep-tastic & Weird AF WTF did I just read? First Half of A Complete Story Duology (of Short Stories) Horror-if-ic Sort of Science Fiction & Sort of Fantasy MY THOUGHTS⇢ I got this free from tor.com and on the one hand, it's cool that I got a book for free...but on the other hand, I have to buy the second book for $3.99 and it's barely over 100 pages.  Under-handed is what that is.  You sucked me in...and I caved, I needed the ending to this wholly unique experien MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+ FEATURING⇢ Creep-tastic & Weird AF WTF did I just read? First Half of A Complete Story Duology (of Short Stories) Horror-if-ic Sort of Science Fiction & Sort of Fantasy MY THOUGHTS⇢ I got this free from tor.com and on the one hand, it's cool that I got a book for free...but on the other hand, I have to buy the second book for $3.99 and it's barely over 100 pages.  Under-handed is what that is.  You sucked me in...and I caved, I needed the ending to this wholly unique experience that I had with this book.  Well done TOR 👏 (Reading of said book to commence soon, hopefully). With an almost frenetic pace...or maybe that was just me, that day I read it.  Whatever it was, I found myself racing to read this.  I even found myself telling people at work about it.  It was just so out there.  The premise of this book had me thinking, no way would this plot work...but it actually did.  At least for me.  Overall, if I hadn't gotten this for free, I would have never read this series, because at eight dollars (roughly $4 a book)  it's a little costly to me. THE BREAKDOWN⇢   Plot⇢ 3.8/5 Characters⇢ 3.5/5 The Feels⇢ 5/5 Pacing⇢ 3.5/5 Addictiveness⇢ 4.7/5 Theme or Tone⇢ 5/5 for the creep factor... Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 4/5 Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 4/5 Originality⇢ 5/5 Ending⇢ 3/5 Cliffhanger⇢ YUP! _____ Book Cover⇢ It's Creepy. Setting⇢ I'm not sure...maybe Ireland or the United Kingdom. Source⇢ Freebie from Tor.com Length⇢ 122 pages

  22. 5 out of 5

    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.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rosaline (Rosaline's Rolls & Scrolls)

    This was fun! I have not read a book like this ever! For me this story is very original, and I honestly did not know what to expect the entire time I was reading. I was glued to the pages and eager to see what would happen next. I was so curious where Tade planned to take this story, and I don't think there was any way I could be disappointed. This is a story about Molly, a girl who has doppelgangers created out of her blood who are eager to kill her. This book made me realize how easily the huma This was fun! I have not read a book like this ever! For me this story is very original, and I honestly did not know what to expect the entire time I was reading. I was glued to the pages and eager to see what would happen next. I was so curious where Tade planned to take this story, and I don't think there was any way I could be disappointed. This is a story about Molly, a girl who has doppelgangers created out of her blood who are eager to kill her. This book made me realize how easily the human body actually bleeds and how hard it is to keep track of that blood. I mean, I think I manage to bleed from somewhere at least every week. I'm so glad other Rosalines are not coming to kill me. Even though I usually don't like short stories, this book managed to get me interested in the character and the story early on, and I did not feel detached the way I usually do when I'm reading short stories. The book moved on smoothly, and managed to be fast and gripped me tight the entire time. I am so pleased with this exploring I am doing out of my bookish comfort zone and I will definitely be picking up the second book right this second.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina Grafenberger

    What a strange book. Every time Molly bleeds, a short time later an exact duplicate of herself appears and tries to kill her. You can guess that this is a bit problematic when she's on her period. The plot is weird but interesting and Molly works perfectly as the narrator. She is intriguing and strong and I practically teared through the pages to know what happens next. I also enjoyed the writing style and pacing. The only thing that bothered me was the conclusion at the end. It felt weak compared What a strange book. Every time Molly bleeds, a short time later an exact duplicate of herself appears and tries to kill her. You can guess that this is a bit problematic when she's on her period. The plot is weird but interesting and Molly works perfectly as the narrator. She is intriguing and strong and I practically teared through the pages to know what happens next. I also enjoyed the writing style and pacing. The only thing that bothered me was the conclusion at the end. It felt weak compared to the rest of the book and the reasoning for Molly's decision seemed rushed and not plausible to me. It felt as if Tade Thompson didn't plan out the whole plot and just winged the ending. I hope the sequel expands on the premise and takes more time to explain everything.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    4.0 Stars The concept behind this novella was incredibly imaginative. This story reads like a tragedy, examining the psychological effects of living with such an unusual medical ailment. While more weird than outright scary, there are still some visceral and disturbing scenes in this little book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie (That's What She Read)

    I really enjoyed the imaginitive premise in this novella. Everytime Molly bleeds, a new Molly appears that she must kill before it kills her. I thought this had a great mix of horror and science fiction with some genuinely creepy parts.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amie's Book Reviews

    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. Visit my blog for more reviews at http://AmiesBookReviews.wordpress.com Follow me on INSTAGRAM @Amiesbookreviews Follow me on Twitter @Amiesbookreview

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michael Hicks

    Every time Molly Southbourne bleeds, a new molly is born. With every opening of her flesh or her monthly period, a hole forms in the ground and a mysterious, murderous, doppelganger appears. It's a fresh and bizarre concept played wonderfully straight by Tade Thompson, who delivers a smattering of scares and genuine creepiness alongside some soft sci-fi mojo in the book's latter half. But what really impressed me was the character of Molly herself. Molly is a psychologically complex figure, and Every time Molly Southbourne bleeds, a new molly is born. With every opening of her flesh or her monthly period, a hole forms in the ground and a mysterious, murderous, doppelganger appears. It's a fresh and bizarre concept played wonderfully straight by Tade Thompson, who delivers a smattering of scares and genuine creepiness alongside some soft sci-fi mojo in the book's latter half. But what really impressed me was the character of Molly herself. Molly is a psychologically complex figure, and she left me thinking a lot about nature versus nurture. Because of her condition and the pseudo hemophiliac-like countermeasures of her life (furniture with no corners, for instance), as well as the rules she must live by (If you see yourself, run. Don't bleed. Blot, burn, bleach.), I couldn't help but wonder how much of Molly's behavior and quirks was a direct result of her odd condition and the fashion in which her parents were forced to nurture her, and how much was her natural state simply being given an outlet. Having to confront her evil twins on a routine basis, she is allowed to explore certain dark impulses that she might have otherwise repressed. Although Thompson doesn't delve deeply into such an exploration, it's still leaves me curious, and the mannerisms of several of the other mollys leaves it as a nagging question, a sort of mental puzzle box to explore without authorial hand-holding. Equally impressive was the writing itself. Thompson runs a tight ship and infuses this novella with a startling amount of depth in such a short span of time, yet keeps the story moving fast. He pulls off character development and spectacle with equal aplomb, accomplishing so much with both in so few pages. This book is expert-level stuff all the way through. Although I have a few questions, and plenty of suspicions, about Molly, the biggest question is how the hell haven't I heard of Tade Thompson before, and how quickly can I buy more of his work? [Note: I received an advanced copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley.]

  29. 4 out of 5

    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! I received 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! I received this eARC from the publisher!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)

    What did I just read, and why am I grateful for the chance? I do not read horror as much as I'd like. Maybe I should because this novella deserves readers. It's odd yet captivating. Ghastly yet mind-blowing. Read. Read. Read. It's original as I've never read a concept like it before. I do not wish to spoil the tale as the blurb's enough to raise your curiosity. Suspend your disbelief and go for the ride. The only thing I would have like would have been a full-length novel, but you can't get everyt What did I just read, and why am I grateful for the chance? I do not read horror as much as I'd like. Maybe I should because this novella deserves readers. It's odd yet captivating. Ghastly yet mind-blowing. Read. Read. Read. It's original as I've never read a concept like it before. I do not wish to spoil the tale as the blurb's enough to raise your curiosity. Suspend your disbelief and go for the ride. The only thing I would have like would have been a full-length novel, but you can't get everything you desire. Can you? 4/5

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