Saturday, January 20, 2018

[Novella Review] The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson

Novella Review of The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson

The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson is such an original horror story filled with life, death, and lots of blood. While reading, I felt very unsettled and anxious throughout; I loved it!

Let's dive in!

The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson

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?

My thoughts:
What an amazing plot! I thought it was so interesting that clones were created whenever Molly bled and didn't dispose of it properly. What a terrifying idea, especially for a woman! And then to top it off, you could never guess how quickly a molly would turn on her. One second they could be friends, the next they're fighting to the death! Phew!

Check out this quick passage:

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. 

I get the chills each time I read that!

I thought that Molly was such an incredible character! I really enjoyed seeing her grow up while dealing with her very unique issue. I also really enjoyed her relationship with her parents and how real it all seemed, especially her teenage years!

The writing style and the pacing of the novel was perfect; it started with a bang and swept right me along. I was totally captivated with each and every page!

When I finished the last page, I was so happy with where the author had taken the story. I loved that it circled back to end this book in a wonderful way that could be left as a standalone (if you wanted to stop there of course), but an ending that also that leads perfectly into a second book.

My favorite passages:
She is mostly surrounded by darkness. Her back is cooled by the roofing slats and the sky is made of ink, with an untamed spray of glitter, the Milky Way.

After this, James takes blood samples and biopsies at different times, depending on Molly's emotional state. He deliberately provokes her to anger, then tries to take a sample. This does not quite work out, because Molly punches him in the face.

My final thoughts:
This novella really packed a punch! It was chilling but also heartfelt. The level of suspense made it an unsettling read, but a fantastic read nonetheless.

This is a book that I immediately wanted to begin reading again as soon as I had finished reading it the first time. I highly recommend this book to fans of light body horror, or to readers that simply don't mind a lot of blood!

Thanks for reading!
What is your favorite horror novella?


  1. This does sound really good, but I'm not a big fan of lots of blood and gore so I don't think I'd enjoy it!
    So happy you did though, and great review!

  2. This sounds great! Do you know if it'll be left as a standalone, or get a sequel?

  3. I've seen lots of reviews on this, and not a single one of them have been bad. Yours is the one that finally persuaded me to place a hold for it at the library. Here's hoping I love it as well :)

    1. That's awesome! If you're into slightly gritty horror reads, I think you'll love this one! I'd love to hear what you think once you get your hands on it!! :)

  4. How have I never heard of this one? Excuse me while I run to add it to my TBR. Great review! :)

    1. I think you're going to love it! It's such a cool idea!

  5. Umm, wow that is such a creepy idea! I mean, having that happen every month if you're not careful would be such a shocker! I am glad you were able to enjoy the creepiness of this one.

    1. Right?! I wouldn't be able to deal with it... that's for sure! haha