The Need by Helen Phillips


The Need by Helen Phillips

"Molly is a mother of two young children whose husband is away on business. One night she confronts an intruder who seems to know everything about her and her family. From there the novel goes on a very strange and wild trip that, I promise, you WILL NOT be able to put down. However, what I truly loved about this story is that at heart it is a very deep and beautifully written meditation on the joys and losses that come with being the mother of young children. Suspenseful, exciting, and empathetic: a book like this is the reason I love reading."  - Recommended by Wayne

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ISBN: 9781982113162
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Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - July 9th, 2019

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.