(82)Red Hill by Jamie McGuire

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Red Hill

Pages: 368
Publication Date: October 1, 2013

For x-ray tech and single mother, Scarlet, a typical day is a busy day at work and means utter chaos with lots of hurting people.  For Nathan a typical day means picking up his daughter, Zoe, at school and going home to his unhappy wife. For Miranda and Ashley their normal day usually involves their boyfriends Cooper and Boyd.  But today is not like your typical day.  The country is on fire with news of this pandemic sweeping the country.  A pandemic where the infected come back to life after dying and must feed off of the living.  All four of these people start out the day as strangers and by the end of the day they have one thing in common, they want to get to Red Hill. A secluded farm that is well stocked with both food and ammunition.   Will they be able to make it to Red Hill before the shufflers get to them?

You know I am a sucker for a good zombie novel.  And a zombie novel by Jamie McGuire, well without a doubt I was all over it.  Red Hill was an incredibly fast read,  told from the alternating viewpoints starting with Scarlet.   I enjoyed Red Hill, I really did, but I think that if the author had focused on just one story to tell or even two, I would have become more invested in them than I did and end up loving the book.  I flew through the book, but I found myself wanting more.  I think I wanted the same connection to the characters that I got with Beautiful Disaster. I think if the author had just focused on Nathan and Scarlet I would have gotten that connection, but having said that, I understand why she included Ashley and Miranda.  They brought the story full circle.  I did like the way the story ended, there was closure, but also let a little window open for a sequel.

Bottom line, if you are a fan of post-apocalyptic novels then you will read this book and enjoy it - notice I say enjoy, not love. If you are fans of Jamie McGuire's other novels then you should read this novel and you will enjoy it - notice I said enjoy it, not love it.  Go into without high expectations and you will find yourself enjoying an afternoon or two of reading.  Let me know what you think!

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