THE NEED by Helen Phillips I find reviewing thrillers/10/8/2021, 5:10:02 PM
THE NEED by Helen Phillips I find reviewing thrillers/ mysteries to be quite difficult usually because I don’t like to reveal anything more than what’s on the cover. But THE NEED has me stuck because it’s short and weird and quite genre-bending, I don’t know what to say about it at all. So here’s the summary: “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 herself face-to-face with an intruder who knows far too much about her and her family. As she attempts to protect those she loves most, Molly must also acknowledge her own frailty.” I really enjoyed this, but again I struggle with how to describe it. It was kind of a thriller with some mystery and sci-fi mixed in, but ultimately didn’t conform to any one genre completely throughout. It ended up being a really weird mash up of a story- and it really worked! If you’re looking for a page-turning “thriller” with a creepy atmosphere but you don’t want anything inherently scary, I’d highly recommend you pick this one up! “Tennyson said that if we could but understand a single flower we might know who we are and what the world is. Perhaps he was trying to say that there is nothing, however humble, that does not imply the history of the world and its infinite concatenation of causes and effects”. —JORGE LUIS BORGES, “The Zahir” Do you know of every genre-bending “thrillers”? What are your favorites?