The Need

The Need Review

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 and her family. As she attempts to protect those she loves most, Molly must also acknowledge her own frailty. Molly slips down an existential rabbit hole where she must confront the dualities of motherhood: the ecstasy and the dread; the languor and the ferocity; the banality and the transcendence as the book hurtles toward a mind-bending conclusion.

In The Need, Helen Phillips has created a subversive, speculative thriller that comes to life through blazing, arresting prose and gorgeous, haunting imagery. Anointed as one of the most exciting fiction writers working today, The Need is a glorious celebration of the bizarre and beautiful nature of our everyday lives.

Title:The Need
Edition Language:English

    The Need Reviews

  • 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 ...

  • 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 thr...

  • 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 nex...

  • 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 boo...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 fr...

  • 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 di...

  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

    I was going to skip this one since I've been avoiding thrillers centered around moms because there are only so many domestic thrillers I can read about drunk unreliable moms who just got out of a coma...

  • 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...

  • 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...