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Red Hill

(Red Hill #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  12,899 ratings  ·  1,988 reviews
When the world ends, can love survive?

For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weeken
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Simon & Schuster
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Aestas Book Blog
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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5 stars!! OUTSTANDING!

Red Hill is a phenomenally written, deeply heartfelt journey of survival and love in the midst of the zombie apocalypse! It grabs you from the first page and holds on to your heart long after you've finished! ♥

I first fell in love with Jamie McGuire's writing with her bad boy romance Beautiful Disaster and despite the fact that zombies aren’t usually “my thing”, I was absolutely blown away by this book! It had strong writing, a gripping plot, great balance between charact
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Red Hill was on my list of highly anticipated releases. I was looking forward to see how Jamie McGuire will handle writing in completely undiscovered by her genre and what fans of Beautiful Disaster, will say after reading such a different novel.

I was full of optimism, believing that McGuire wouldn’t have published something she knows won’t be in her readers’ taste. Writing post apocalyptic novel after focusing almost entirely on romance isn’t easy, especially when someone already has stable fa
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 Survival Stars!!!

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I love all things zombie related. I’ve seen so many zombie movies and shows, and read graphic novels/books. I don’t know why they appeal to me so much. If this stuff ever happened in real life, I would be one of the first people to be a zombie, I have no doubts. I have no coordination, I can’t run very fast, I have poor aim, sharp objects freak me out and I don’t know how to use any weapons at all. Either way, I enjoy them. When I found out Jamie McGuire was writing a post
Initial reaction:Curiosity got the best of me, and I was able to end up reading a copy of this from the library that's close to the university I live near.

This isn't going to be a long review, but I'll expound my thoughts about it in a bit of detail after meditating over it (I finished it several days ago and still trying to sort through thoughts about it.)

A few starting points to this review though:

1. I've learned Jamie McGuire can't write a book without slut shaming, whether it's directed tow
Brianna H

This review contains swear words, just FYI, if you're one of those proper ladies...don't want to offend anyone.
Also! There are spoilers in this review. There is a second warning before they begin. :)

When I heard Jamie McGuire say she was inspired by The Walking Dead and was writing a book about it...

When I saw the cover...

When the UPS guy showed up...

When I saw my book...

When I realized how beautifully the story weaved together...

When I started getting jumpy around my family and they asked m
Angela Richardson
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
*LOTS OF SPOILERS* read at own risk!
This one was hard one for me to rate.
let me explain...
First and foremost - McGuire's writing is five star in this book. My rating has nothing to do with her excellent writing skills. My problem was the story...

Now I am a huge zombie fan. *HUGE* I've seen every zombie movie you can imagine and THE WALKING DEAD is one of my favorite TV shows of all time. I was prepared for lots of running and near death experiences in which, undoubtedly would mostly result in
Kristen Mazzola
I bought Red Hill on pre-order having no idea anything about it other than Jamie McGuire being the author. And I am so glad I did.

Most of the story I was either:


Because I cared about all of the characters so much. So when the happiness started to flow in, I couldn't help but be so ecstatic!

And by the end I was freaking out about how great of a book Red Hill was!

Red Hill is gripping, heart wrenching, and touching. A complete page turner for zombie, thriller, and romance all rolled together. T

***5 BLOWN AWAY stars***

DAMN, was this book amazing!! I can't stop thinking about it, about how well it was written and how perfectly paced and full of emotion it is.

First off I want to say that I'm basically sold when I hear about apocalypse and/or zombies in a story - be it a book, movie or TV show. But not everything I end up reading/seeing is always good. I've disliked hyped books such as World War Z or Warm Bodies, and now LOVED this under appreciated masterpiece.

OK, so going in we meet t
Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 Stars

I’ve always been a fan of zombie stories, and usually they’re told in an apocalyptic, end-of-the-world type scenario, and I’ve always been attracted to those types of tales. Not sure exactly what about them that appeals to me, but part of it is the challenges faced in the fight to survive. Red Hill was a thrilling, personal story that brought out a mix of emotions, and I enjoyed every second of it!

Red Hill was the zombie apocalypse told from three perspectives: Scarlet, Nathan, and Mira
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
**4.5 Skeeter Stars**

Wow...when I found out that Ms. McGuire wrote a Zombie Apocalypse book - I was stunned and just had to get my hands on it. I loved her Beautiful Disaster book and am a big fan of her writing.

And I have to tell you that I wasn't disappointed in the least ---- except for a few little things I would have liked to have seen done differently. For example the romance between Nathan and Scarlet could have been drawn out and described a bit more. the last 30% of the book -
I’ve been really looking forward to a new zombie novel with lots of creepy zombies and suspenseful moments and maybe a little bit of romance; unfortunately this wasn’t it. The whole book felt like a washed out version of The Walking Dead with mostly flat and lacking characters, less world-building and a lot less creepy.

When I first read the title “Red Hill” I thought of “Silent Hill” – the horror movie and I expected at least a little bit of that: Horror, suspense, adrenalin, nail-biting moment
Frank Phillips
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, well Mrs. McGuire! You may have just redeemed yourself in my book! I picked this book up at a thrift store because the plot sounded interesting, and I must confess I had never read a zombie apocalypse themed novel before. I went into this not expecting a whole lot, as I read McGuire's Beautiful Disaster earlier this summer and it did not do much for me. I'm very glad to say I was pleasantly surprised and even more so, impressed! This book read much better than Beautiful Disaster in my opin ...more
Aug 22, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: dystopian, audio-book
DNF audio version - No rating (yet anyway) apparently audio books aren't for me. I wanted to give it a try but I definitely prefer reading to listening when it comes to books.

So I'm putting this one away and when I find the time I'm going to try it reading style this time :P


Tough Critic Book Reviews
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Conjunction junction what's your function, Lord have mercy I have been conundrumed. <----Yes, Red Hill has officially turned conundrum into a verb. Nouns are so 1990s anyway.

I must admit, that if this book had been written by anyone other than Jamie McGuire, I probably (most definitely) wouldn't have picked it up. Zombies??....ehhh. Even in the beginning, I was a little (a lot) concerned when I wasn't immediately hit over the head by romanc
Gena Puro
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
**2 disappointing stars**

Expectations too high?

Red Hill was one of my most anticipated releases for this year. Having read The Warm Bodies (which I totally loved), I feel like this book doesn't have a unique story line when it comes to the usual zombie drama. Don’t get me wrong I love the writing, but I felt that the story was lacking of creativity and I only connected with Scarlet’s character ONLY in the beginning. Then I hated her for the latter part of the book. The beginning of the book had
Monica (is working the heck out of
Edit 5/22/20:

Red Hill works as a garden variety zombie apocalyps novel.

I'm not a huge fan of this particular horror subgenre, so it took me a bit to get to this one.

When I finally did, I found it to be more enjoyable than I thought.

You've got the requisite gore, grief,, hope, and romance.

You've also got the kickass heroine who runs toward the screams and biting rather than whimper, cry, and hide behind the men in the group.

If you enjoyed Dawn of the d
Alexis *Reality Bites*
Mar 25, 2013 marked it as to-read
9/17/13 GOT MY ARC!!! This will be a detour from my normal reads I can't wait to check it out!

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Wendy Lohr
My Thoughts:

Gripping. Suspenseful. Emotional. Heart-wrenching. Devastating. These are words that should describe any zombie apocalyptic novel with the rare exception of those zombie novels that were meant to be more humorous. Unfortunately, Red Hill did not fit with any of these descriptions and quite frankly dashed all of my hopes of escaping into a good zombie novel.

The story is told from 3 POV’s – Scarlett, Nathan, and Miranda. So, let’s talk about the characters first and break down what wor
I became seriously disappointed, about halfway through reading this.

I guess it didn't live up to my expectations when I think of reading a book by Jamie McGuire - and a book such as this one I expected to be an awesome read, it did try to be that, but failed in doing so in my eyes.
Zombie fandom is huge. From the Zombie Survival guide books to The Walking Dead, and to write such a book with only having written romance novels is a huge risk, and it's either going to be a hit or miss, sadly it was
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
“I wasn’t sure how long we could survive, but I knew I wasn’t dying on day one of the fucking zombie apocalypse.”

From the very beginning, this book is an intense ride as we watch three separate characters react to the onset of the zombie apocalypse. Told in mixed POV, we follow them from their initial understanding of what is happening, and through the events that follow in brutal, terrifying, emotional and, sometimes lighthearted, detail.

“Why do you keep saying that? It’s not zombies, that
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A romance that takes place during the zombie apocalypse. What's not to love, right?

Well, there were several things that I did love about this book.
I liked that the zombie aspect wasn't watered down (yet definitely not overly gory).
I enjoyed the differing POV's. I know that multiple points of view in a story annoy some people, but I quite enjoy them when done well, as they were here. I loved how each character's storyline intersected with each other throughout the first half of the book, so w
Feb 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
The author is despicable and I'm ashamed I've ever read anything by her. ...more

What happens when a virus spanning the globe reaches your home and turns ordinary people into mindless man-eating monsters? Through the eyes of three very different characters, Red Hill explores the human condition when faced with unexpected and untold horrors.

The lives of three different people become intertwined when their world is ravaged by a virus that turns people into zombies! Scarlet, a hardworking divorcee searching for her two daughters, Nathan, a young father trying to protect his onl
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
It is no secret that I adore McGuire's work but even though I love her work, it still sometimes makes me nervous when a beloved author goes to a totally different genre. Not only a different genre but also a subject matter that I don't always adore but am inexplicably drawn to, zombies.

And while I had the utmost faith that she could pull it off and make me fall in love with her work all over again and not only her work but zombies, I was still slightly apprehensive going into this. But I knew t
It was no World War Z or a Stephen King novel but it was still a great read about the zombie apocalypse. Obviously, Jamie McGuire is a romance writer so Red Hill didn't have the kind of detailed storytelling that most thriller books have. I'm not going to nitpick but it's just because I'm probably used to reading lengthy and very descriptive horror/thriller/sci-fi books. Having said that, I very much loved the plot and how everything seemed to be connected. Very entertaining! :) ...more
Kelli Spear
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Even though Jamie is my favorite author, I fully admit to being nervous and hesitant about this book. I haven't been into paranormal for quite awhile and all of the zombie books I've come across lately did nothing for me. The thought of romance and zombies in the same book made me cringe - the last one with those elements made me laugh. But not in the good or appropriate way. I trusted Jamie to write a good book, I just wasn't sure that I would love it.

Yes, Beautiful Disaster and Walking Dis
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
I was very pleased to see that Red Hill placed 3rd in the GoodReads Choice Awards for Horror, with over 10 000 well-deserved votes, losing only to Stephen King and Joe Hill. While I myself voted for Parasite by Mira Grant, I considered Red Hill to be a close second and it thrilled me to see its quality recognized.

There are so few old school zombie books these days, pure end-of-the-world survival stories. Red Hill reminded me of movies like Dawn of the Dead, with its overall story, individual ch
Nika  ♥Marie♥
Oct 28, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book from beginning to end and I probably should have quit when I reached page 100 and it wasn't doing anything for me but I kept pushing through. There was absolutely nothing I liked about this book. It seemed like it was a romance with the occasional zombie appearances. It took too long for the book to make progress and by the time I got to the end I was so disappointed that I really wanted to give it half a star. I couldn't connect with any of the characters because they were just ...more
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing


Zombies. Infected. The Dead Ones. The Undead. Walkers. Shufflers. Biters.
I blindly began this story as a zombie book novice. Jamie McGuire, I know… zombies… not so much, at least not within the pages of a book. But let me tell you… IT. WAS. AWESOME. Action. Heartbreak. Loss. Anger. Forgiveness. Romance. And above it all, love. These sentiments raged together throughout, as this emotionally-charged story took us on an gripping adventure with so many nail-biting (or perhap
Toria (some what in hiatus)
I have conflicted feelings about the book. It was well written and did engage me in the story. But for a zombie novel it wasn't anything special. While I liked reading about the characters I wasn't overly attached to any of them and the romance could have been skipped for me personally but I get that this was a zombie end of the day romance. It was decent over all ...more
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Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She attended Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.

Jamie paved the way for the New Adult genre with the international bestseller Beautiful Disaster. Her follow-up novel, Walking Disaster, debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Jou

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