Red Hill Hardcover – 1 Oct 2013
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'Red Hill is a fascinating look at humanity and endurance and is a nice, solid, standalone novel that would make a perfect Halloween read!' -Jess Hearts Books
'I prefer to end my playlists the same way I end my novels: on an upbeat note. So the Red Hill playlist ends with Gone, Gone, Gone by Phillip Phillips. It's a savory yet sweet tune about loving someone even past their last day, because loving someone like you might lose them tomorrow is the best way to love.' --USA Today
About the Author
Jamie McGuire is the New York Times bestselling author of three other novels: Providence, Requiem and Eden. She and her husband Jeff live with their children just outside Enid, Oklahoma, with four dogs, four horses, and a cat named Rooster. Visit her website at JamieMcGuire.com and follow her on Twitter at @JamieMcGuire_
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Red Hill is written in first person, but we're not just limited to getting the thoughts about the apocalypse from one point of view. We're treated to the views of Scarlet, Nathan and Miranda, the three main characters.
Scarlet is a mother of two daughters, Halle and Jenna. Working at the hospital and taking care of her children pretty much takes up most of her time. With no man in her life, she's an independent woman, getting things done and taking no rubbish from nobody. As the story progresses, we get to see how much of a strong woman she really is. Actually, I'm just gonna throw it out there and say she's a kick-ass zombie killer in this book, and there's nothing better than a female taking the lead role. She's feisty, fearless, and when her children are involved, she laughs in the face of danger. She takes control of situations that a normal person would probably lose their wits in. She will do anything for her girls, and that reflects through her actions within the story. I loved Scarlet. How she takes on board the fact that a zombie apocalypse is
taking place is how I want to be if a zombie apocalypse was to happen.
Nathan is an adorable guy, I have to say it. He works damn hard, and he's married to the most miserable woman in the world. I felt so sorry for him. His confidence is at rock bottom and he's in a loveless marriage. When we meet him, he hears the radio in his car inform it's listeners, "This is a red alert from the emergency broadcast system. Canton County sheriff's department reports a highly contagious virus arriving in our state has been confirmed. If at all possible, stay indoors..." He races to Zoe's school to pick her up.Read more ›
I found it so difficult to put down. I loved the beginning as was done in a different setting than any other zombie type book I've read before. So instantly it had my attention, and my attention didn't flag one little bit throughout. There were no boring bits that made me want to skip a few pages. There were no dull fluff pieces to fill out the chapters.
I loved the alternate characters and how their lives intertwined and how they developed throughout the book along side the plot.
I would definitely read this again and again. I recommend that you do to, you wont regret it.
Given my lack of experience in this genre I have nothing to compare this to, I don't know if it's following a stereotypical pattern, I don't know if it's been told a thousand times before, I do know that I loved it and would definitely check out other similar books.
The novel is set as the outbreak starts, on the Friday morning there is word that they've managed to reanimate the dead on the other side of the world, by tea time the pandemic is worldwide and we follow three people as they try to get to safety. Nate, who is trying to escape with his daughter to safety; Scarlet who is trying to get to her daughters who are spending the weekend with their father and Miranda who is trying to get to her father's ranch with her sister and their boyfriends.
I found this to be surprisingly emotional, I know that should the zombie apocalypse actually happen I would undoubtedly be emotional when trying to protect or get to my family but I didn't expect this to be so well portrayed within the novel. It's something that really doesn't come across in a tv show or a movie, you don't get the same internal dialogue and description of feelings that you get in a book. I suppose that this is a prime example of why books are better than movies.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed it. Still a Maddox fan, but this was something else. Love authors who can write something different but still be true to their writing.Published 20 days ago by Josie
JUST FINISHED RED HILL!!! OMG! I just don't even know what to say. So many emotions. WOW! *sigh*
I love a book that sucks you and completely wraps itself around you. Read more
1st zombie book I've read it was recommended by my niece I couldn't put it down very good readPublished 15 months ago by Tracie Pickering
What a book!! What a read!! Not a genre I normally read but this is one GREAT read. Couldn't put it down. Love love LOVED it!!!Published 16 months ago by Bev Hunt
I bought this book from The Works in a 3 for £5 deal, which I always have a weakness for. I chose this after picking up two books from The Walking Dead series, and I actually... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Rebecca
I was dubious about this at first. After reading the description, it seemed somewhat silly but decided to give it a go anyway. I was blown away! So compelling. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Zoe
If you thought Jamie McGuire could only write epic New Adult books, you are wrong. Waaay wrong.
Reading Red Hill is like watching an episode of The Walking Dead. Read more
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