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The Murders of Molly Southbourne (Molly Southbourne #1) by Tade Thompson

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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?

*Synopsis and photo from Goodreads

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*Thank you to Macmillan-Tor/Forge, Tor.com, and NetGalley for the copy in exchange for an honest review.

Cover. Title. Blurb. Come on, check them out and tell me that doesn’t pique your interest. Mine is certainly roused. I could say The Murders of Molly Southbourne is one of the strangest books I’ve ever read. Not to mention creepy. At a very young age, Molly’s parents instilled some very important rules on to her: If you see a girl who looks like you, run and fight. Don’t bleed. If you bleed, blot it all up and burn it. Go back to the spot and flood it with bleach. If you ever find a pit or a hole anywhere, find your parents. It couldn’t be that hard to follow, right? But what if everytime you bleed, a new version of yourself appears, such as the case with Molly. She calls them mollys. They are like clones who materialize every time she bleeds. The worst thing is, their only mission is to kill Molly. But no matter how careful she’d been, no matter how she follows the rule religiously, the mollys keep on coming, more determined and skilled than ever. And though Molly knows a lot of ways to defend herself and to kill the mollys, she is certain that it is only a matter of time before one of them get to her. Will she ever be free of them?

Though it’s a weird one, I totally enjoyed this well-written novella. Something different from the usual mystery novels that I’ve read the past few weeks. It is engaging from the very first up to the last page. The story is so creepy and yet unique at the same time. Everything about this book is interesting, from the book cover to the plot and even the characters. Most of all Molly. She is strange and flawed in so many ways and given how she was raised by her parents away from people, and how at an early age she knows and fully understand the concept of killing, it is not a wonder. But there is also no denying how intelligent and fascinating she is. I like how despite the short story, Molly’s character development is evident. Her parents are also intriguing and I like the relationship between them and Molly.

It is also surprising how the author managed to get all the information crammed into such a short book. I am torn about the length of the book, though. I love to read about Molly Southbourne as it ends with such a cliffhanger that left me wanting for more. I am disappointed that it ends so soon. On the other hand, I feel like the story works so well because it is not a lengthy novel. Admittedly, I am looking for a more detailed explanation as to Molly’s condition, it is also such a relief to know that there will be a second installment.

There might be some disturbing content and hard to grasp instances but nevertheless it is a fantastic book. Short but definitely worth the read. It is something that will stay with you even after finishing it. So, if you’re looking for some strange and scary book to read, you should definitely try this one out.

RATING: 5/5

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