The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson

The Murders of Molly Southbourne

Every time she bleeds a murderer is born. Experience the horror of Tade Thompson's The Murders of Molly Southbourne.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...

Details The Murders of Molly Southbourne

TitleThe Murders of Molly Southbourne
Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
GenreHorror, Fiction, Short Stories, Science Fiction, Novella, Adult, Fantasy

Reviews The Murders of Molly Southbourne

  • Heidi The Hippie Reader
    The Murders of Molly Southbourne is a short story about a girl who is born with a horrifying condition. Whenever she bleeds, the blood changes into a homicidal version of herself that won't stop until it, or Molly, is dead."The rules are simple. If you see a girl who looks like you, run and fight. Don't bleed. If you bleed, blot, burn, and bleach. If you find a hole, find your parents. Molly recites the lines to herself many times." pg 24.I'm not...
  • Schizanthus
    💉 Halloween Haemorrhage Book! 💉Trigger Warning: self harmMolly Southbourne's parents teach her four very important rules:"If you see yourself, run.Don't bleed.Blot, burn, bleach.Find a hole, find your parents."Sorry, but that's about all you're getting from me about The Murders of Molly Southbourne. If I tell you any more than what you read in the book's blurb I'm going to spoil the story for you.This novella is a quick read and I needed to...
  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    *3.5/5I thought this was striking and scary as a novella, but it concluded feeling a bit incomplete. As much as I loved the entire middle section as a story of Molly and the other mollys, I felt like the framing device for the novella itself was a bit weak and it made the entire thing a bit unbalanced. But overall, if you’re looking for a super creepy, quick read, I would still recommend this one. TW: self harm, cutting, suicidal thoughts, body...
  • Paul
    1970-01-01 is killing it with their novella line. I loved this. So strange and well-written and well-conceived. I read it in one sitting (when I wasn't planning to).
  • Sara
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Don’t bleed.I really enjoyed this, and despite it only being a novella I found the story incredibly well written and unique in its concepts.Ever since she can remember Molly has watched herself die, hundreds of times. Whenever she bleeds, a ‘molly’ is born. Her twin in every way. Except all the mollys want to do is kill Molly. And as she grows, the mollys do too - and they get...
  • Lucille
    Wow that was intense. While it is horror, I never felt terrified or felt like putting the book (or my ereader most like) down. I was eager to know what was going on and how it would end. It's pretty gory, bloody, and at times really weird in a gruesome way. I must mention this story needs a trigger warning for self-harm.I really had a great experience reading this novella and had already been recommended the SF novel of this author out in 2016, p...
  • Amie Gaudet
    Title: THE MURDERS OF MOLLY SOUTHBOURNE   Author: TADE THOMPSON Release Date: OCTOBER 3, 2017  Rating: 4 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟  REVIEW: Despite only consisting of 128 pages, and officially being considered a "novella" rather than a "novel," THE MURDERS OF MOLLY SOUTHBOURNE does not lack readability. Yes, it is a quick read, but that is due to the fact that once begun, it is nearly impossible to put down.   The concept of the "Dopp...
  • Aentee
    This haunting novella will grab you by the throat and won’t let go, even after you’ve turned the last pages. I woke up this morning thinking about it, it fills me with morbid fascination. While the novella has a perfectly fitting end, I can’t help but beg for more.
  • Kaleb
    The Murders of Molly Southbourne is what I’d call an existentialist nightmare. It’s a bone chilling tale about a girl with a terrifying affliction that creates clones of herself when she bleeds and fails to burn it. A void appears in the ground and out comes a molly, identical to her in each and every way. The clones assail her with animal like ferocity and pursue her until they succeed in killing her or die trying. This is Molly’s story of...
  • Ariadne
    This was a very quick read chronicling the life of Molly Southbourne. It reads like a whip fast memoir giving you snippets of her life in fast succession, some of them only a paragraph long. It would be easy to sit down and read this cover to cover (as is I read it in two sittings). The central idea, essentially of evil clones arising from any of Molly's spilled blood, was an interesting one but not terribly complex. I didn't find myself craving ...
  • USOM
    This was a great novella that was a quick paced entertaining read. I was surprised with how drawn into the story I felt from such a short page count, but it's just a testimony to the fabulous plot. The entire premise is intriguing - our blood having a life of its own. It only became more fascinating as we sort of quick page through Molly's growing up process. She is a rare and unique character, burdened with some very sinister circumstances. I al...
  • Thomas
    Molly Southbourne was taught four simple rules from a very young age:If you see a girl who looks like you, run and fight.Don't bleed.If you bleed, blot, burn, and bleach.If you find a hole, find your parents.The reason is also simple: Whenever she bleeds, she creates a perfect, murderous duplicate of herself.It's tempting to go deeper into that premise, but to do so takes away the joy of discovering this odd, compelling story. Thompson thought it...
  • lacy
    A special thank you goes out to Tor Publishing and Netgalley for allowing me to read this early. All thoughts and opinions are my own!This has got to be the most strangest novella I have ever read. It was just so out there but I found that I liked it. It was some dystopian aspects involved along with some science fiction thrown in as well. I found that it was really well done and I was satisfied with the ending and everything in, being that it wa...
  • Sebastian H
    An amazing, disquieting, tense, mastefully crafted novella. Did not expect to like it as much as I did, but am sure glad I stumbled upon it on my to-read digital pile.Seriously, I can't recommend this one enough for its tense pacing, effective narrative and deft manipulation of the information flow: questions such as 'why does this happen?' and 'what are the consequences of it happening?' pop to mind as essential in most narratives, yet these are...
  • Soline
    Actual rating : 4,5/5That. Was. Awesome.Perfect read for October. I'm not used to short stories like that but it's actually a great format and an interesting alternative when you don't have a lot of time to read. I really liked the concept (everytime Molly bleeds, another molly appears and tries to kill her) and the dark atmosphere. Molly was an interesting character for sure !
  • Jason
    a clever book with a deeply troubling premise and an intriguing protagonist. Thompson's clean, sparse prose style kept each page feeling light even as some rather heavy existential questions dropped upon them. I enjoyed it.and that cover design is boom-pow gorgeous.
  • Sana
    'As she cuts the cadavers on the slabs, she realizes there is no sense to be made out of life.'SO FUCKED UP THAT I NEEDED MORE RIGHT AWAY AND STILL DO
  • Julanne Wicks
    This was a really interesting concept and it was an intriguing story. I found the character development a little underwhelming and some of the plot difficult to comprehend, but overall I enjoyed it.
  • Belinda Lewis
    Creeping under-skin uncomfortableness, weirdness that never quite gets explained.I'm still not entirely sure what I just read, but it was utterly fantastic.
  • Fiona
    "I think," says her father, "that you might be the real Molly. You don't seem to have gone bad."This grabbed me from the first word, and unlike some of the novellas I've read this year, it felt just as long as it should be.It's a dark story, and Tade Thompson doesn't take it easy on his readers (view spoiler)[ I'm still not sure how many Mollys were the "real" Molly.. (hide spoiler)]. The writing is exceptional and I'll be very excited to see wha...
  • Michelle
    Imagine if every time you bled, be it a drop or more, a new you formed and that new you wants to kill the old you. An interesting and unique novella that is easily able to be read in one sitting. I received an advanced readers copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
  • Tammy
    The nitty-gritty: Strange and horrific, I loved this novella, even though it’s still giving me nightmares. Once, while they are sweating together, a molly appears in the doorway and joins them. It does not go bad while the three of them make love, and Molly kills it with regret and an ice pick the next morning. This was one strange little story, and not what I was expecting at all. After reading and loving Thompson’s Rosewater , a story...
  • Myf
    A truly phenomenal Sci Fi Novella that reads like a fantasy for the majority of the book. I'm going to include spoilers because the blurb does and the core conceit is revealed within pages of starting the book.(view spoiler)[Every time Molly Southborne bleeds that blood spawns an identical clone which slowly becomes more and more aggressive until it attempts to kill the original.WOWOWOW, this book absolutely knocked it out of the park. Beautiful ...
  • Obsessed Girl
    Thank you so much to Tor/Forge for giving me an ARC of The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.3.5/5 That was such a short but dark read. This is my first time reading a novella, I didn’t even know it was a novella! And boy, never did I regret reading it! It was dark, not really scary (Well Molly was scary), but it was enough for me to be pinned. Couldn’t put it down! Definitely perfect...
  • Maxine Livingstone
    Richly imaginative Molly is a young woman that when she bleeds a clone of herself is born. Each time another Molly is made she must kill it before the other Molly kills her. Highly disturbing this is one of the best short stories of adult horror I have read so far. I enjoyed Thompson'so writing and plan to read some of his other works. This book is a must read if you're looking for something chilling to read.
  • Andrea
    This is what I'm talking about!! Great characters, writing, tension, and concept. I really loved this one and am happy to say that the execution of the story matched the innovative concept. Molly is a great character and may be slightly sociopathic, her parents are interesting, and the horrifying circumstances that arise throughout the story never felt gimmicky or silly. Really well done, I could not put this down!
  • Kim
    I loved this! Went into this not knowing much about it and the story blew me away. It's not a long read but it's a powerful one that packs a punch.Tough to write much in a review that doesn't spoil the whole story for others. This is the first Tade Thompson I've read and now I will seek out more work. Started this before bedtime and ended up reading it in one sitting.This is a fast and spooky read.
  • Korey
    Super nifty premise, sharp writing with dark and vivid imagery, a gut punch of an ending, and some moments where I said to myself "I really wish this was longer." A lot of creativity packed into a small package here. I'd love to read a full length novel rather than a novella from this author. Glad I read this.