Advance Review: The Need

★★☆☆☆

A mother alone with her two children, settling in for the night as her husband is abroad. An intruder who knows them intimately, lurking in their home. The Need is eerie and gripping from the very first page.

This is the first of Helen Phillips’s books that I’ve read, and I was thrilled with the captivating quality of her writing, especially her raw portrayal of motherhood. The pacing is quick, with frequent changes of scene, bouncing between the present and days earlier. I tore through the first half of the book, but found myself beginning to lose momentum as the plot progressed further. The Need became more dreamlike and ambiguous and ultimately ended this way. The final act of this book was unsatisfying and left me with a bitter taste in my mouth, but this was an interesting read nonetheless.


 The Need by Helen Phillips
Genre: Thriller
Length: 272 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pub. Date: July 9, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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4 thoughts on “Advance Review: The Need”

  1. I hate when a book draws you in with a great beginning but then lacks when it comes to the ending! It’s probably my biggest pet peeve!

    Great review though xo

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