The Survival of Molly Southbourne

The Survival of Molly Southbourne

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Tade Thompson returns to his bloody exploration of of identity and self in a changed world (Publishers Weekly) in The Survival of Molly Southbourne.

Who was Molly Southbourne? What did she leave behind?

A burnt-out basement. A name stained in blood. Bodies that remember murder, one of them left alive. A set of rules that no longer apply.

Molly Southbourne is alive. If she wants to survive, she'll need to run, hide, and be ready to fight. There are people who remember her, who know what she is and what she's done. Some want her alive, some want her dead, and all hold a piece to the puzzles in her head. Can Molly escape them, or will she confront the bloody history that made her?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 129 x 204 x 6mm | 109g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1250217261
  • 9781250217264
  • 476,617

Review quote

Thompson's terrifying and poignant follow-up to 2017's The Murders of Molly Southbourne poses thoughtful questions about identity and what it means to be human, and packs in all the tension of a crackerjack thriller. --Publishers Weekly

Just as chilling as its predecessor, exploring identity and nature in a captivatingly bloody manner. This distinctive horror novella will linger in readers' minds long after they finish. --Library Journal

Give this to readers who like stories that cross the borders between horror, dystopian tales, and science fiction. --Booklist

A must read for any lover of dark fantasy fiction. --Aurealis

Praise for The Murders of Molly Southbourne

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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About Tade Thompson

TADE THOMPSON lives and works in the South of England. He is the author of The Murders of Molly Southbourne, Rosewater, The Rosewater Insurrection and Making Wolf, as well as the short stories The Apologists, Yard Dog, Kassem's Way and other works. He is a multiple winner of the Nommo Award, winner of the Golden Tentacle award at the Kitsches, a John W. Campbell Award finalist, a Shirley Jackson Award finalist and a nominee for both the British Fantasy Award and the British Science Fiction Association Award. His background is in medicine, psychiatry and social anthropology. His hobbies include jazz, visual arts, martial arts, comics and pretending he will ever finish his TBR stack.
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Rating details

1,557 ratings
3.61 out of 5 stars
5 15% (229)
4 41% (643)
3 35% (544)
2 8% (123)
1 1% (18)
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