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Need (Paperback)

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I have never stayed up all night reading a book until this one. The building anxiety of this masterpiece of suspense…just woah. Is this mother of two young children crazy? Is she suffering post-partum symptoms? OR is there legit an INTRUDER in her house, threatening the lives of her and her children, while her husband is away?  This is a totally thrilling read, and yet, a commentary on the unrelenting anxiety that comes with motherhood. Read The Need now, thank me later.

— Liz

July 2019 Indie Next List


“I firmly believe I will be hard-pressed to pick up a book in 2019 I love more than The Need, a genre-bending novel that explores motherhood and identity. Molly is the most authentic character I’ve had the pleasure of reading in quite some time, accompanied by baby Ben and lively Viv, the most fully realized fictional four-year-old ever. Is The Need a fever dream, a psychological thriller, a cosmic twist of fate unveiling a parallel world? The author leaves her readers to wonder while highlighting the dualities of domestic life. In gorgeous prose, Phillips shows how the mundane is often revealed to be just that, but sometimes that mundanity is sacred. A deeply immersive human story.”
— Hanna Yost, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT

Product Details
ISBN: 9781982130145
ISBN-10: 1982130148
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: July 9th, 2019
Pages: 272
Language: English