The Need

The Need

A Novel

Book - 2019
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From LA Times Book Prize finalist and author of The Beautiful Bureaucrat comes a subversive speculative thriller about a mother of two young children who, by confronting a masked intruder in her home, slips into an existential rabbit hole where she grapples with the dualities of motherhood--joy and dread, longing and suffocation--in blazing, arresting prose.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [2019]
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781982113162
1982113162
9781982113179
Characteristics: 261 pages ; 23 cm

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In this intense speculative thriller, working mother Molly is exhausted yet also exhilarated by the relentless demands of motherhood. When an intruder enters her home while her husband is away, the fragile balance she has put in place is upset, and Molly's reality descends into chaos. The novel's... Read More »

In this intense speculative thriller, working mother Molly is exhausted yet also exhilarated by the relentless demands of motherhood. When an intruder enters her home while her husband is away, the fragile balance she has put in place is upset, and Molly's reality descends into chaos. The novel's... Read More »


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laphampeak
Sep 22, 2019

The beginning really engaged - What's that noise?, Why is there a masked person in my living room?, etc. The dual Molly (Moll) appears and parallels her life sans kids. Overall, the idea and flow were great but got bogged down by too many milk let-downs and mommy moments.

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mtipping
Aug 14, 2019

OK, started off good but kind of pettered out. Post Pregnancy stress.

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Katie_Dublin
Jul 26, 2019

This book is like a surreal, mind-bending episode of the Twilight Zone. The synopsis doesn't really scratch the surface of what is going on, but I think it is better to be surprised.

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KatG1983
Jul 24, 2019

The Need totally caught me off guard. I was anticipating a thriller, and the first few chapters definitely sets it up as one; but the reveal regarding the intruder turns out to be surprising and compelling. The book is much more an examination of parenting, love and the dual selves that exist (the person you are vs. the parent you are). I don't want to give too much away, but I recommend reading this one. It'll have you thinking for a while - but don't expect the conclusion to be tied up in a neat bow.

OPL_EllyR Jun 25, 2019

The Need is delightfully unsettling. There's not much that can be said about it without doing readers a huge disservice by spoiling the plot, but it's the kind of book that I knew would be a one-day read after I finished the third chapter. Though it is a little speculative, the facets of the story that lean towards science fiction are minor and keep the world The Need takes place in eerily close to our own.

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ker0wyn
Jun 19, 2019

Holy moly, this book was riveting! It's got some great James VanderMeer-esque creepiness where everyday things take on a sinister shine, and it really makes you feel the intensity and paranoia of motherhood on a visceral level. Read this if you like great, sharp writing and don't mind a little weirdness or ambiguity.

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