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The Murders of Molly Southbourne

(Molly Southbourne #1)

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Every time she bleeds a murderer is born. Experience the horror of Tade Thompson's The Murders of Molly Southbourne.

The rule is simple: don't bleed.

For as long as Molly Southbourne can remember, she's been watching herself die. Whenever she bleeds, another molly is born, identical to her in every way and intent on her destruction.

Molly knows every way to kill herself, but
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Kindle Edition, 128 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Tor.com
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Anne
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
We all bleed, right?
Yes. Yes, we do.

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So. This is an addictively creepy little short(ish) story about a girl named Molly Southbourne.
And it's weird as fuck. Like, the premise makes no sense and it shouldn't work, but it totally does.
Every time Molly bleeds a doppelganger intent on killing her rises up from a hole in the ground.
WTF? <--is what you're probably thinking.

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But if you are even slightly intrigued by the idea that someone might spend their entire life killing themselves over and over a
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Hannah
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novella, horror
I read this in two sittings. That might not sound impressive due to its shortness, but I hardly ever read books, however short, this quickly. But I could not put this down, I needed to keep reading, and I needed to see where Tade Thompson would take this story next. He takes an already brilliant premise and then manages to make the execution an allegory for growing up female in a way that I found surprising. He does not shy away from from the most disturbing parts of his premise (like: what happ ...more
karen
my very first monthly horror box from pagehabit!!



and for the first time ever with seeecret subscription boxes, i already had the book inside, but now i get to give my old, unannotated copy to greg as a halloween prezzie! and i get to hog for myself all the author notes and the booklet of deleted scenes, and a short story by Carmen Maria Machado as well as a bloody shower curtain(!!!!!!) and a bookmark and a library card pillow case and a little plastic pumpkin keychain that does this



while making
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Heidi The Hippie Reader
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
The Murders of Molly Southbourne is a short story about a girl who is born with a horrifying condition. Whenever she bleeds, the blood changes into a homicidal version of herself that won't stop until it, or Molly, is dead.

"The rules are simple. If you see a girl who looks like you, run and fight. Don't bleed. If you bleed, blot, burn, and bleach. If you find a hole, find your parents. Molly recites the lines to herself many times." pg 24.

I'm not sure I understood what the author was going for w
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Bradley
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very nice genre-bender, parts SF, Fantasy, and Horror, all surrounding the multiple instances of Molly every time she bleeds. Each time rising from the ground or floor to become a complete copy of herself.

This isn't a humorous novella, however. Indeed, the creep-factor is turned up rather high. Every time a duplicate comes up, she's forced to murder herself.

It works well on several levels. The literal is bad enough, managing to reach over to normalcy while being very horrific, but when
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Schizanthus
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
💉 Halloween Haemorrhage Book! 💉

Trigger Warning: self harm

Molly Southbourne's parents teach her four very important rules:
"If you see yourself, run.
Don't bleed.
Blot, burn, bleach.
Find a hole, find your parents.
"

Sorry, but that's about all you're getting from me about The Murders of Molly Southbourne. If I tell you any more than what you read in the book's blurb I'm going to spoil the story for you.

This novella is a quick read and I needed to keep reading to find out how it was all going to be res
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Paul
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tor.com is killing it with their novella line. I loved this. So strange and well-written and well-conceived. I read it in one sitting (when I wasn't planning to).
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
*3.5/5

I thought this was striking and scary as a novella, but it concluded feeling a bit incomplete. As much as I loved the entire middle section as a story of Molly and the other mollys, I felt like the framing device for the novella itself was a bit weak and it made the entire thing a bit unbalanced. But overall, if you’re looking for a super creepy, quick read, I would still recommend this one.

TW: self harm, cutting, suicidal thoughts, body horror

Thanks to Tor.com for sending along a copy of
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Justine
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read, novella
Gripping and creepy. I loved the writing style and the compact yet complete storytelling Thompson accomplished here. I'm definitely up to read more by him.
Roz
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it
“Words used to be homework, a chore, but books make words do magic tricks.”


What a strange and creepy book. This has such an original concept, I’ve never read anything like this before.. and I also haven’t been so disturbed by a book in a long time.
Sara
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Don’t bleed.

I really enjoyed this, and despite it only being a novella I found the story incredibly well written and unique in its concepts.
Ever since she can remember Molly has watched herself die, hundreds of times. Whenever she bleeds, a ‘molly’ is born. Her twin in every way. Except all the mollys want to do is kill Molly. And as she grows, the mollys do too - and they get better at fighting back.

I’m amazed at how much detail t
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Lindsay
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Deeply unsettling and horrific in parts, this novella follows the life of Molly Southborne whose spilt blood generates doppelgangers bent on destroying Molly herself. Much of the horror comes because these doppelgangers seem to have been happening since she was a baby, painting an interesting picture of Molly's parents and what they've been doing to get her this far.

Ultimately it's all a fairly horrible philosophical metaphor made real, which makes for a predictable ending if you're familiar wit
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Lee Anderson
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such an original concept I was disappointed the story ended so abruptly. I will definitely be reading more by this author.
K.J. Charles
Oct 04, 2017 added it
Shelves: horror
This was amazing. I mean, glom-in-a-sitting, cold-sweat, 'going to have to buy the whole backlist now' amazing. What a terrifying, imaginative, scary ride.

The premise is deceptively simple and weird: when Molly bleeds, it generates an identical copy of herself which after a short time becomes murderously determined to kill her. This is fun when her periods start. At first Molly's parents kill the mollies, and teach her self defence; as she grows, the mollies become more cunning and powerful, an
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Jo
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fascinating and super creepy story of a girl who generates doppelgangers (hellbent on killing her) whenever she bleeds. Writing style is clear, oftentimes matter-of-fact, and makes for a very intriguing read.

Finished the book and feeling very unsettled and slightly uncomfortable.
lucky little cat
Pitch-perfect creepy novella, where the young heroine unintentionally produces a murderous doppelgänger every time she bleeds.

Science prodigy Molly doesn't mean to be threatening. But that doesn't mean she's not a menace. And since she's also cursed with a healthy sense of decency, she has to figure out what to do about herself. (Not unlike the reader's cursed dilemma: what will I do when I run out of Tade Thompson books to read? Must. read. more. slowly.)

Thompson's such an intelligent writer I
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Amanda
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well that was creepy AF!
Amie's Book Reviews
Title: THE MURDERS OF MOLLY SOUTHBOURNE  

Author: TADE THOMPSON

Release Date: OCTOBER 3, 2017 

Rating: 4 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟 

REVIEW:

Despite only consisting of 128 pages, and officially being considered a "novella" rather than a "novel," THE MURDERS OF MOLLY SOUTHBOURNE does not lack readability. Yes, it is a quick read, but that is due to the fact that once begun, it is nearly impossible to put down.  

The concept of the "Doppelganger" is not new, even so, author Tade Thompson has taken the co
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Aentee
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This haunting novella will grab you by the throat and won’t let go, even after you’ve turned the last pages. I woke up this morning thinking about it, it fills me with morbid fascination. While the novella has a perfectly fitting end, I can’t help but beg for more.
Sabrina Grafenberger
What a strange book. Every time Molly bleeds, a short time later an exact duplicate of herself appears and tries to kill her. You can guess that this is a bit problematic when she's on her period.

The plot is weird but interesting and Molly works perfectly as the narrator. She is intriguing and strong and I practically teared through the pages to know what happens next. I also enjoyed the writing style and pacing.

The only thing that bothered me was the conclusion at the end. It felt weak compared
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Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
4.0 Stars
The concept behind this novella was incredibly imaginative. This story reads like a tragedy, examining the psychological effects of living with such an unusual medical ailment. While more weird than outright scary, there are still some visceral and disturbing scenes in this little book.
Stephanie (That's What She Read)
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, novella, creepy
I really enjoyed the imaginitive premise in this novella. Everytime Molly bleeds, a new Molly appears that she must kill before it kills her. I thought this had a great mix of horror and science fiction with some genuinely creepy parts.
Michael Hicks
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, netgalley
Every time Molly Southbourne bleeds, a new molly is born. With every opening of her flesh or her monthly period, a hole forms in the ground and a mysterious, murderous, doppelganger appears.

It's a fresh and bizarre concept played wonderfully straight by Tade Thompson, who delivers a smattering of scares and genuine creepiness alongside some soft sci-fi mojo in the book's latter half. But what really impressed me was the character of Molly herself.

Molly is a psychologically complex figure, and
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Mindi
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you see yourself, run.
Don't bleed.
Blot, burn, bleach.
Find a hole, find your parents

Molly Southbourne creates a perfect copy of herself every time she bleeds. Regardless of how much she bleeds or why (monthly periods, for instance) Molly creates another Molly every time she spills a drop of her own blood. And while the Mollys are initially docile and friendly, they soon become killing machines, bent on murdering their creator.

Molly's family has been dealing with Molly's condition since she wa
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Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
This review and others can be found on BW Book Reviews.

So, this is the first read I've completed for my Yule bingo! And, it wasn't a bad start, either. I talked about this book in our last First Lines Friday, and if you guys read the opening lines, you'd see why it's so interesting.

It held my attention the whole time, despite watching various movies or documentaries while I was reading. I was impressed by this book, too. It's small, just over 100 pages, but packs a punch. I kept wondering what w
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Lucille
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow that was intense. While it is horror, I never felt terrified or felt like putting the book (or my ereader most like) down. I was eager to know what was going on and how it would end. It's pretty gory, bloody, and at times really weird in a gruesome way. I must mention this story needs a trigger warning for self-harm.
I really had a great experience reading this novella and had already been recommended the SF novel of this author out in 2016, pretty sure I'll read it this year then!

I received
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Latanya (CraftyScribbles)
What did I just read, and why am I grateful for the chance?

I do not read horror as much as I'd like. Maybe I should because this novella deserves readers. It's odd yet captivating. Ghastly yet mind-blowing. Read. Read. Read.

It's original as I've never read a concept like it before. I do not wish to spoil the tale as the blurb's enough to raise your curiosity. Suspend your disbelief and go for the ride.

The only thing I would have like would have been a full-length novel, but you can't get everyt
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Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
You know, I say over and over again that I prefer full fleshed out novels over novellas and short stories but I have been surprised over and over again these past couple of years with novellas that just end up shoving my initial statement down my throat and making me choke on my own words.

This novella is only 117 pages. Admittedly, I had a little trouble with the writing style at first and I think this may deter some readers. However, I highly recommend you stick with this story because it reall
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The Captain
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy there me mateys!  Here I continue me trend of awesome novellas published by Tor.com.  The first mate is the one who found this sci-fi offering at a local library and wanted to read it.  I read the premise and had to read it first!  Arrr!

I actually didn't realize that this was a Tor novella until after I had read it.  Given the pure awesomeness of the story, this didn't surprise me.  I have other works by the author on me ports for plunder list but this was the introduction to his writing st
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Hayley
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Creepy, interesting, and I hope there are many more books in the series
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