The Need

The Need

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 he When Molly, home alone with her two young children, hears footsteps in the living room, she tries to convin...

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Title:The Need
Author:Helen Phillips
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:1982113162
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

The Need Reviews

  • karen
    Mar 06, 2019
    NOW AVAILABLE!!!! four months before pub date and it?s already clear that this is a very polarizing book. it?s also a book best gone into blind, with no expectations about whether you will exit through the ?love? or ?hate? tunnel. i know that?s a big risk, righ...
  • JanB
    Jul 18, 2019
    DNF @ 25%. The story took a very weird turn and I grew weary of hearing about the MC's pumping and constantly leaking breasts on every other page. Speculative fiction is not for me. ...
  • Josh
    Jul 04, 2019
    Imagine being in two places at once; as a parent of young children, I can appreciate the appeal, however, this suspense filled surreal fiction centered around domestic family life flips the script on that notion to deliver a truly engrossing tale where nothing is quite as it seems. ...
  • Kelli
    Jul 26, 2019
    Upon finishing this, I had to look up the definition of speculative fiction. Had I done this in advance, I would not be writing this review. Sci-fi and fantasy are elements of the genre, both of which almost never appeal to me. This book is best tackled reading nothing about storyli...
  • Diane S ☔
    Jun 01, 2019
    Well............what a strange story. Speculative fiction has been hit or miss for me. This one a hit. Every mother who has juggled the many responsibilities in her life, I believe, will find this book meaningful. The less said better here, it's really better to read without any precon...
  • Bradley
    Jun 04, 2019
    If this is one of those polarizing books people are talking about, I think I may fall into that meh category. I felt the same way about Baby Teeth, too. Yes, motherhood. Fear for the kids. Maybe not *fearing* the kids, but this is one of those "immerse you in the realities of mother...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Mar 08, 2019
    4.5 stars. A fever dream about the deepest and most urgent fears of being a parent. I adored this book, it wrapped me very very tightly around its finger and toyed with me like a cat batting at a feathered toy. It is very hard to write about this book for people who have not yet read i...
  • Judy
    Jul 08, 2019
    Very strange story and not at all what I expected when I started this book. I can't even categorize the genre because it was a mystery, psychological thriller, and sci-fi. I heard it called speculative fiction but I've never heard of that category before and don't have any idea what fa...
  • sue
    Jul 16, 2019
    Help! I don?t know where to start. I?ve just read reviews on this book and I?m now thinking I?m kinda dumb. I just didn?t ?get it?. The writing is very good, but following the gist of the story made my head hurt. I get that she has two young children, I get...
  • Elaine
    Jan 29, 2019
    Thanks to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of The Need. This is my first book by the author and the blurb caught my eye so I went into this with an open mind. Molly is a paleobotanist excavating a site known as the Pit of various archaeological items that defy conventional explanatio...
  • Monica
    Apr 23, 2019
    Interesting, not at all what I expected! I related to the exhausted mom juggling a young child, nursing baby, and job. Those descriptions were spot on! Other than that, the story takes a serious detour - one that is never completed or explained. Overall this story had a lot of pote...
  • Linda
    Apr 30, 2019
    We become our thoughts. Our thoughts, in time, become the battleground. Molly balances on a hair's breadth between her professional life and that of distant wife and bleary-eyed mother of two. Her heart is wrapped up in the ribbons of mommyhood with four year old precocious Viv a...
  • Brenda - Host of Traveling Sisters & Friends
    Jul 11, 2019
    The Need is a unique, complex, brilliantly written story that is one of the strangest books I have ever read. Now, this is a good one to go in blind however if you are like me and want to know what direction a story is going I think it?s good to read a little bit about this one befor...
  • Zoeytron
    Aug 01, 2019
    I don't have kids, and am not particularly enamored of books that are full of kid stuff. The snuffling, the sticky hands, the tantrums, the whining. These things are not endearing to me. But it was the continual mentions of breast feeding and everything associated with it that ab...
  • Mackey
    Jul 12, 2019
    Sadly, I had no need for "The Need." This is an extremely fast paced, quick read; a fairly short book. It's sort of speculative fiction or perhaps more sci-fi. There are suggestions of alternative universes so whatever genre that applies to, that is sort of what this book is - however ...
  • Bookworm
    Jul 04, 2019
    Darn it! I was fooled yet again by a misleading description. WARNING ***THIS IS NOT A THRILLER! I would describe this book as speculative fiction so if you're looking for a 100% pure adrenaline, heartpounding thriller...look elsewhere! The first part of this story is fantastic! It i...
  • Marjorie
    Apr 26, 2019
    Mary is a paleobotanist who has discovered some odd artifacts in a fossil quarry, seemingly almost but not quite of this world, including a controversial Bible. Word gets out about these finds and people are flocking to the pit for tours. Their discovery has also sparked quite a bit of...
  • Lisa
    Jun 28, 2019
    My thanks to Simon & Schuster, and Netgalley. I really wanted to love this book. I didn't. I think the synopsis was rather misleading. Still, this book started strong. I was intrigued, and a wee bit freaked out! Quickly, I realized what was up. You will too. It's stated fairly soo...
  • Carrie
    Jul 08, 2019
    OK, first I should admit that The Need by Helen Phillips was a book that quickly lost my interest and I had a hard time following this one from the start. There are plenty of people that love this one so it?s probably more a case of it?s me and not the book this time. The Need is a...
  • Luvtoread
    Jul 31, 2019
    This is a uniquely different book on the complexities of a working mother with a touch of the supernatural. Molly is the mother of two, a precocious four year old daughter and a baby boy. She also works full-time as a paleobotanist in nearby dig site. One evening she is traumatized ...
  • Sarah
    Jun 20, 2019
    I was intrigued by the genre here, and before reading I couldn?t decide if it would be more horror, more science fiction or thriller. It?s not quite science-fiction, more speculative, and more thriller than horror. It reminds me a lot of Blake Crouch?s Dark Matter. Genre aside...
  • Tammy
    Apr 01, 2019
    My husband was out of town so I went to bed with a pile of ARCs fully intending to read several pages of each before making a decision about what to read next. I picked up The Need and woke up the next morning amid a slew of untouched ARCs with a large golden retriever contentedly snor...
  • Michelle
    Jul 03, 2019
    This book had one of the best beginnings I have read in a very long time and I was so on board flipping those pages furiously to figure out what the hell was going on. Molly, a young exhausted mother of two, works as a paleobotanist at a dig site where some strange, otherworldly it...
  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    Jul 30, 2019
    2.5 stars This is a strange one! I have to check with my friends on who has read this! I would love to analyze this novel in a more literary sense then my review could possibly describe it. It is deserving to be loved for the deeper meaning and defragmentation of it all. Perhaps ...
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    Jul 19, 2019
    Four dimensional, timeless space as infinity, between science fictional and supernatural, fear attracting, shocking stars! WOW! This book is the dimension of imagination! It stands at the area which we call the TWILIGHT ZONE! NANANANANA! Eerie music theme stops! This book is a...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    Jul 09, 2019
    I was going to skip this one since I've been avoiding thrillers centered around moms because there are only so many domestic thrillers I can read about drunk unreliable moms who just got out of a coma with a husband cheating on her... But apparently there's a sci-fi twist in this on...
  • j e w e l s
    Aug 26, 2019
    THREE STARS Apparently I had this gem on hold and one day ALL of my OVERDRIVE holds came to life! Yes, seven amazing little audio books to consume in 21 days. I buckled myself up and started in on them--I can do it, I can do it !! In a very remote universe, The Need could be dis...
  • Tucker
    Jun 26, 2019
    Many thanks to Elizabeth at Simon & Schuster for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review ? And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake befor...
  • Miranda Reads
    Jun 04, 2019
    "You're scary, Mommy." Viv was laughing. "I mean, you're scared, Mommy." Molly, archaeologist, mother of two (Viv and Ben) and possibly insane, has just stumbled upon a mystery so dangerous that she can feel her mind breaking. It started at work. In "The Pit" - a dig site that ...
  • Lark Benobi
    Aug 02, 2019
    A terrifically promising premise but the prose is very flat and the action so repetitive that I ended up feeling like it could have made a good short story. Also it?s one of those stories that relies on the protagonist keeping a secret so large and ridiculously against her interest t...