The Need by Helen Phillips

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 herself face-to-face with an intruder who knows far too much about her ...


Details The Need

TitleThe Need
ISBN9781982113162
Author
Release DateJul 9th, 2019
PublisherSimon Schuster
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Horror, Thriller, Science Fiction
Rating

Reviews The Need

  • Miranda Reads
    1970-01-01
    "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 contained dozens of vibrantly new plant species perfectly preserved in rock.Often people find a few new species, but so many in one location? Almost impossible.But then came...
  • karen
    1970-01-01
    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, right - to not know anything about a book except that people have strong, and strongly divided, opinions about it? but it’s extremely landminey to talk about, because not only do...
  • Tammy
    1970-01-01
    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 snoring next to me. Clearly, I couldn’t put this book down.With her husband away on a business trip, a working mother cares for her young children alone and hears foo...
  • Diane S ☔
    1970-01-01
    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 preconceived notions. I do want to say though, that despite the book summary, this is not a thriller. Yes it is intense in parts, but not for the reasons one would think....
  • Michelle
    1970-01-01
    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 items have been discovered. After returning home from work one evening she hears footsteps in the other room and her fear for her childrens safety is her only concern. Th...
  • Lisa
    1970-01-01
    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 soon. What I didn't get was all the lactating. I do understand how the author tied it all into being a mom, and all that goes with it. Yet, I kept thinking, "for shits sake,...
  • Linda
    1970-01-01
    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 and toddling one year old Ben. Her husband, David, is out of the country on one of his musician treks. Molly's hired Erica, a young woman babysitter, to fill in the gaps.The...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    1970-01-01
    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 before going in. It’s a hard one to review because I feel saying anything about this story might be a spoiler as it really is very original and a very different readin...
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    1970-01-01
    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 amazing mashup of Twilight Zone, Orphan Black TV series, David Lynch’s “Lost Highway” movie and Blake Crouch’s “Dark Matter”! It reminded me of “Shatterday”ep...
  • Monica
    1970-01-01
    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 potential but was just not satisfying to me. If you enjoy an unresolved ending, this is the book for you! 👍🏻Thanks to NetGalley and publishers for the advanced reader...
  • sue
    1970-01-01
    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 that it’s very hard work and that’s not to be underrated I’ve been there. Gosh, hard work, constant, no time for yourself but very rewarding.She works as a paleobotanistI love...
  • Mackey
    1970-01-01
    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 - it is so strangely written that it's more horror/domestic horror than anything else and the ending, well, you would have to read it to see why the ending is "the ...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    1970-01-01
    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 it. It defies simple categorization. It also defies tropes and expectations. It seems to be one thing then becomes another. At first, this appears to be yet another ...
  • Josh
    1970-01-01
    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. Comprising elements of sci-fi and horror, drama, The Need has a little something for everyone. Primarily centered around Molly and her two young children, the story is...
  • Carrie
    1970-01-01
    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 sort of weird horror, scifi mix that did remind me a lot of being tossed into the Twilight Zone for a few hours while reading and as weird as it sounds with me bei...
  • Tucker
    1970-01-01
    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 before the king.23 Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the l...
  • Judy
    1970-01-01
    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 falls into it. The story was well written and certainly showcases the fears of mothers, but with a very strange and creepy scenario. The beginning of the story got me...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    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- the core of this book is about motherhood, and Phillips nails that part. In some ways, while reading this, I was relieved to know I wasn’t alone and I wasn’t craz...
  • Bradley
    1970-01-01
    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 motherhood" thrillers that then get... strange.I don't mind strange. I like strange. The stranger, wilder, the better. Give me something new, glorious... oh... well... This i...
  • Marjorie
    1970-01-01
    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 hate mail and Mary is a bit on edge. She’s also sleep deprived and stressed from caring for her one-year-old son and four-year-old daughter during her husband’...
  • Bee
    1970-01-01
    A mother alone with her two children, settling in for the night as her husband is abroad. An intruder who knows them intimately, lurking in their home. The Need is eerie and gripping from the very first page. This is the first of Helen Phillips’s books that I've read, and I was thrilled with the captivating quality of her writing, especially her raw portrayal of motherhood. The pacing is quick, with frequent changes of scene, bouncing between t...
  • Bookworm
    1970-01-01
    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 is gripping, tense and mysterious. There is an early reveal that knocked me RIGHT OFF MY FEET! But then....it fizzles...like "air out of the balloon" fizzles. It delves ...
  • Elaine
    1970-01-01
    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 explanation or categorization.At the same time, she is an overworked, exhausted, sleep deprived mother of two children under the age of five; her husband is a struggling musician who...
  • Jessica Sullivan
    1970-01-01
    This taut novel is a brilliant fever dream about motherhood and identity. It’s a perfect combination of thrilling page turner and cerebral, literary transcendence.I hesitate to reveal too much about the plot because you should definitely go into it knowing as little as possible, but I will say this: it’s about an exhausted mother of two young children who works at a fossil quarry where she has recent unearthed a handful of strange items that ...
  • Marisa
    1970-01-01
    While Helen Phillips is a talented writer, I couldn’t quite get into this one. Maybe I lack maternal understanding, and maybe I’m not the target audience with the genre blend going on here. Just based on reading the description, The Need sounds like it’s going to be a home invasion horror novel, and as someone who LOVES horror and gets most scared by home invasion plots, I was super into it. However The Need isn’t the novel its descriptio...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    This is not what you will expect from reading the blurb. It's so hard to say anything about it without giving away major plot points, so I'll just say it's about a very dark realization of a common fantasy of motherhood.(view spoiler)[ (Being able to be in two places at once.) (hide spoiler)] I would recommend to fans of Blake Crouch who are also interested in diving into all the dark and ugly parts of motherhood. I'm not a parent, so I couldn't ...
  • Roz
    1970-01-01
    DNF @ 40%I don't even understand why I read so much of it. This book.. well, it's definitely not for me.
  • Jen
    1970-01-01
    The Need by Helen Phillips is a strange nightmare of a novel. from description: From the award-winning author of The Beautiful Bureaucrat, comes a subversive genre-busting thriller about a woman who grapples with the complex dualities of motherhood—joy and dread, tenderness and anxiety—after confronting a masked intruder in her home.Real, supernatural, science fiction, psychological? I never could decide. Toward the end, I began to find it te...