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
Release DateJul 9th, 2019
PublisherSimon Schuster
GenreFiction, Horror, Thriller, Science Fiction

Reviews The Need

  • Miranda Reads
    "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
    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
    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 ☔
    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....
  • Lisa
    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,...
  • Michelle
    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...
  • Brenda - Host of Traveling Sisters & Friends
    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...
  • Linda
    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...
  • Zoeytron
    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 absolutely wore me thin.  The leaking, the aching, the pumping, the feeling of the milk coming down. . . please God, let it be over soon.  Blerg!  I swallowed my d...
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    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...
  • Mackey
    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 ...
  • Monica
    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...
  • j e w e l s
    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 distantly related to The Vegetarian. It is strange, haunting and weird. LOL. How's that for a review?Definitely targeted for new mommies feeling overwhelmed with all the respo...
  • sue
    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...
  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    2.5 starsThis 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 it is a work of literary brilliance if you value its depth and hidden reasonings. It wasn't what I was expecting at a time with my brain tuned in on summer, light heartedne...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    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 ...
  • Tucker
    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...
  • Josh
    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...
  • Luvtoread
    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 by a masked intruder in her home and this sets the stage for a very strange and tense story that will leave the reader either loving this book or pulling their hair out...
  • Carrie
    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...
  • Judy
    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
    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
    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...
  • Lark Benobi
    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 to keep that I couldn’t take her dilemma any more seriously than I can feel sorry for those kids in horror films who insist on investigating the noise in the basem...
  • Marjorie
    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’...
  • Rachel
    Right book, wrong reader. I don't have much else to say. I think The Need is a smart, unexpected book that blends genres and arrives at something unique that I can see working for plenty of readers who are willing to embrace a bit of weirdness. I just don't like books about motherhood, and at the end of the day, that's what this book is. The science fiction/speculative element is only there to enhance the main character's anxieties about juggling...
  • Elaine
    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...
  • Kelli
    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 storyline, so I won’t spoil it by even commenting beyond saying that it was unique and for me, perplexing with its intentional blurred lines. Salient points were made throug...