The murders of Molly Southbourne

Tade Thompson

Book - 2017

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 she also knows that as long as she survives she'll be hunted. No matter how well she follows the rules, eventually the mollys will find her. Can Molly find a way to stop the tide of blood, or will she meet her end at the hand of a girl who looks just like her?

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Genres
Horror fiction
Science fiction
Published
New York, NY : Tor [2017]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Physical Description
119 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
0765397137
9780765397133
Main Author
Tade Thompson (author)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Since childhood, Molly Southbourne has known she was different, with her parents setting a specific rule that she must never bleed. For when she bleeds, another identical molly is born to kill her. Molly has watched herself die many times, both at her parents' hands and at her own. She has learned how to survive her many selves, developing skills that would shame serial murderers and prevent her from living a normal life. No matter how much care she takes, Molly will bleed, and the other versions of herself will eventually find her. While she's accepted the specter of death chasing her, she wonders if there is any way to change her fate? VERDICT Horror fans will love Thompson's (Making Wolf; Rosewater) sordid, dark, and coldly logical tale.—KC Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In Thompson's chilling novella, Molly Southbourne has an unusual problem: when she bleeds, a copy of her is made, and it eventually turns murderous, forcing her to kill it. There are precautions she can take, and from the time she's a little girl, growing up on a farm with her mother and father, she's taught how to deal with her blood when it escapes her body. The rules are thus: "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." The psychological implications of a child having to kill identical copies of herself (called mollys) is nightmarish, but otherwise Molly thrives, and eventually she heads out on her own. She attends college and attempts to use sex as a balm, hoping to find meaning in her existence. At a particularly grim point, she calls the rules "useless, an attenuation at best." Thompson (Rosewater) ratchets up the body count, but this isn't just gore for gore's sake; there is a real aching sadness in Molly's isolation, and when she discovers a possible explanation for her condition, it does nothing to assuage her hopelessness. This bloody exploration of identity and self in a changed world will stay with readers long after they finish the last page. (Oct.) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Every time Molly bleeds, another version of herself is born, intent on killing her, so in order to survive, she must find a way to stem the tide of blood.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

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 she also knows that as long as she survives she'll be hunted. No matter how well she follows the rules, eventually the mollys will find her. Can Molly find a way to stop the tide of blood, or will she meet her end at the hand of a girl who looks just like her?

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"A bold outpouring of flesh and crisis at once horrifying and familiar." —The New York TimesWinner of the 2018 Nommo Award for Best NovellaEvery time she bleeds a murderer is born. Experience the horror of Tade Thompson's The Murders of Molly Southbourne. A finalist for the 2017 BSFA Award, the 2017 Shirley Jackson Award. 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 she also knows that as long as she survives she’ll be hunted. No matter how well she follows the rules, eventually the mollys will find her. Can Molly find a way to stop the tide of blood, or will she meet her end at the hand of a girl who looks just like her?