If at first you don‘t succeed, try again…

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

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Weird. Disturbing. Creepy. Off-putting. Slightly disgusting in parts. It‘s like a train wreck—pretty horrible, but I couldn‘t look away. This novella made me feel uncomfortable. I am still trying to put my fingers on the reason why. The blood? The constant murders? The horribleness of the mollys? Strangely enough, I am tempted to read the sequel. 

If you read the blurb, you already know that every time Molly bleeds, a „molly“ is created. And the mollys are always off somehow, eventually intent on killing her. So she kills them first. Around that concept the story of her life to a certain point is told. How she grew up and learned about the mollys, how her parents taught her to deal with them, her road to understanding about herself and the mollys and why some of them seem to be different than others…

I didn‘t like Molly. She was too dispassionate for my taste. But I guess with her history that was to be expected. It‘s tragic and whatever passion and positive emotions she experienced lead to revelations that would be spoilers. I really liked her parents, though. Especially her mother.

The writing is very good. I was totally immersed in the story, the characters and Molly‘s world. I am looking forward now to another offering lingering on my TBR shelf: Rosewater(same author, different world, not related to Molly, won the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Nommo Award and was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award).

This read is part of my attempt to clear my TBR pile of owned books and my #ReadBIPOC2021 challenge (entry for June).

8 thoughts on “If at first you don‘t succeed, try again…

  1. Gah. I know those books — really disturbing (like there’s something seriously wrong with the moral code here) but are absolutely impossible to put down. You just enjoy the ride, and sometimes it’s a great palette cleanser for the next good thing. 😂 Hope so for you too!

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  2. I enjoyed the Molly Southbourne books a lot more than I expected to. Normally blood and gore aren’t my type of book at all. I did like the first book better than the second book: the second one has more characters and while I did like the new characters more than Molly and I liked the premise a lot, it just didn’t work quite as well for me as book one. I’ve heard other people say they liked book two better, though, so I guess it’s all down to your preferences.

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