The legacy of Molly Southbourne

Tade Thompson

Book - 2022

"Whenever Molly Southbourne bled, a murderer was born. Deadly copies, drawn to destroy their creator, bound by a legacy of death. With the original Molly Southbourne gone, her remnants drew together, seeking safety and a chance for peace. The last Molly and her sisters built a home together, and thought they could escape the murder that marked their past. But secrets squirm in Molly Southbourne's blood--secrets born in a Soviet lab and carried back across the Iron Curtain to infiltrate... the West. What remains of the Cold War spy machine wants those secrets back, and to get them they're willing to unearth the dead and destroy the fragile peace surrounding the last copies of Molly Southbourne."--Amazon.

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Series
The Molly Southbourne series ; book 3
Subjects
Genres
Horror fiction
Science fiction
Published
New York : Tordotcom 2022.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Physical Description
151 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9781250824707
1250824702
Main Author
Tade Thompson (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Molly Southbourne (last seen in The Survival of Molly Southbourne, 2019) is learning to live with her siblings—fellow duplicates, really—and integrate as best she can into society. She wants to break the violent cycle and live in peace with her sisters. They're able to manage together, supporting one other, and even visit a therapist for group sessions. But there are grisly murders occurring in random small towns—someone is embarking on a violent killing spree, and it looks to be another rogue molly. Myke is a former spy who is recruited to investigate the murders, and she is especially well qualified, as she is intimately familiar with the killer. Other old friends surface, as Tamara and her duplicates are recruited as well, and it's a race to see who finds the mollies first. Things come to a head with the novella alarmingly close to the end. Just when readers think they'll have to wait for another installment, Thompson sews things up nicely. Burning questions from the first two novellas in the Molly Southbourne series are put to rest, and readers won't want to put this one down. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

A legacy of blood and death follows Molly Southbourne: any drop of her blood can create a clone whose prime directive is to kill its progenitor. In this final novella in Thompson's trilogy (after The Survival of Molly Southbourne), the original Molly is gone, and the last surviving mollies have come together to try to live the rest of their lives in peace. However the blood of Molly Southbourne still holds secrets, secrets that started in a Cold-War Soviet lab and have carried through to the present. There are some left who know where those secrets originated. Their pursuit will lead the last of the mollies to reignite their inborn murderous traits for one final battle to the death, in order to get a chance at life. The clones grow within their own character arcs, and Thompson highlights the internal battles they each wage in forging individual identities. VERDICT The "Molly Southbourne Trilogy" ends in as much blood and heartbreak as it started. Themes of redemption and found family sliding the last puzzle pieces into place in this exciting and haunting series.—Kristi Chadwick Copyright 2022 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Arthur C. Clarke Award winner Thompson's third Molly Southbourne novel (after The Survival of Molly Southbourne) is a crisp, gritty tale at the intersection of horror, sci-fi, and crime fiction. When Dumfries car salesman Noel Berg is murdered, retired operative Myke is recruited to track down the molly—a deadly doppelgänger of the original Molly Southbourne—who is believed to have committed the crime. The case is complicated by the introduction of Tamara Koleosho, a martial artist who also has doppelgängers, and Myke's violation of her agreement terms when she sets fire to buildings housing molly cadavers. Though the novel's alternating perspectives can be disorienting, the action scenes are hard-hitting and adrenaline-stimulating, and serve as the most powerful and immersive parts of the novel. While the culminating twist isn't mind-blowing, it does raise some intriguing questions. Newcomers won't want to start with this one, but series readers and lovers of strong female characters will be pleased. (May) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Whenever Molly Southbourne bled, a murderer was born. Deadly copies, drawn to destroy their creator, bound by a legacy of death. With the original Molly Southbourne gone, her remnants drew together, seeking safety and a chance for peace. The last Molly and her sisters built a home together, and thought they could escape the murder that marked their past. But secrets squirm in Molly Southbourne's blood--secrets born in a Soviet lab and carried back across the Iron Curtain to infiltrate the West. What remains of the Cold War spy machine wants those secrets back, and to get them they're willing to unearth the dead and destroy the fragile peace surrounding the last copies of Molly Southbourne"--Provided by publisher.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

From Arthur C. Clarke Award-winner Tade Thompson, The Legacy of Molly Southbourne continues his chilling series.Whenever Molly Southbourne bled, a murderer was born. Deadly copies, drawn to destroy their creator, bound by a legacy of death. With the original Molly Southbourne gone, her remnants drew together, seeking safety and a chance for peace. The last Molly and her sisters built a home together, and thought they could escape the murder that marked their past.But secrets squirm in Molly Southbourne's blood—secrets born in a Soviet lab and carried back across the Iron Curtain to infiltrate the West. What remains of the Cold War spy machine wants those secrets back, and to get them they're willing to unearth the dead and destroy the fragile peace surrounding the last copies of Molly Southbourne.The Legacy of Molly Southbourne brings the story to a bloody end.