Review: Red Hill by Jamie McGuire

September 15, 2015 Lindsay's reviews 0

Review: Red Hill by Jamie McGuireRed Hill by Jamie McGuire
Series: Red Hill #1
on October 1st 2013
Genres: Horror, New Adult
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When the world ends, can love survive?

For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals.

When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined. Recognizing they can’t outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy—an enemy who no longer remembers what it’s like to be human.

Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you’d die for becomes the one who could destroy you?

Red Hill grabs you from page one and doesn’t let go until its stunning conclusion. This is #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire at her unforgettable best.

Okay, so I am waaaaaay behind on reviews, thanks to summer holidays. Kids were in my space 24/7, plus I went on vacation without a computer. While I became wildly unproductive, I did manage to read a bunch of books merely for fun. This was the first of them. I had been meaning to read this book for years. Literally. I never seemed to find the time. Until now, that is.

I almost want to describe Red Hill as a beach read. Keep in mind, I am NOT your typical girly girl, and I don’t particularly enjoy laying on the beach in a bikini, reading a fluffy romance. No, I’m the one hiding in the shade because my pale skin never sees the light of day without blistering, and I prefer my light reads to be dark.

Red Hill wasn’t the darkest of the dark. It was more like a medium grey. I think it goes without saying that there’s a whole whack of death. Most of the characters you meet won’t make it through the story alive. I really respect when an author has the guts to kill main characters. It takes a lot of skill to have a beloved member of the team mercilessly devoured, and have your fans love you for it!

And the characters really were beloved! Between all the death and chaos, there was some serious character development happening. I was invested in each of them, even as I tried my best to not get overly attached. Believe me when I say that there is no shortage of walking dead, but the book really isn’t all about the non-stop action and gore. There was a legitimate story.

I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about the ending. I really expected to have a sequel in the works, since I feel like there’s still a lot of story to tell. There is a companion story, to fill in some of the blanks, which sounds perfect. But… I wouldn’t say no to more. This was, without a doubt, my favorite Jamie McGuire book to date.



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One woman stuck in a house full of boys, I immerse myself in books and save my sanity by reading, writing and blogging. I'll read just about anything, from any genre, and LOVE supporting Indie authors. <3
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