Title: Red Hill
Series: stand alone
Author: Jamie McGuire
Genre: Adult, Post apocalyptic
Published: October 1st, 2013 by Simon & Schuster
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?
When the world goes to hell, I’m going to Red Hill.
On the one hand I’m an avid fan of Jamie McGuire and her captivating Beautiful Disaster series, filled with romance and intense characters. On the other hand I’m addicted to The Walking Dead TV show. I love the realism of that world and the hardships the characters encounter are mind bending. Put those two hands together and what do you get, the perfect combination: Red Hill, a heart gripping story of survival and love that pulls you in and holds you till the end.
I was absolutely fascinated by this thrilling, heart pounding, blood pulsing, hauntingly beautiful story. If the Apocalypse does happen I want to be like Scarlet, she is one kick-ass mama.McGuire’s writing is a force to be reckoned with in this phenomenal thriller.
Red hill is everything I never thought I would love in a book.
You know the saying “It’s a small world”? Well, in Red Hill it gets even smaller as we follow the paths of three groups of survivors, fatefully intertwined with one another on their way to find a safe place to ride out the pandemic that has quickly and unexpectedly spread; a deadly virus that reanimates the dead turning them into zombies.
Scarlet, a nurse separated from her two daughters and desperately trying to reach them. Nathan, an unhappily married man fighting to keep his young daughter (Zoe) alive; and Miranda, a college student on her way to the country with her sister and their boyfriends. At first glance, these three groups have nothing in common other than the will to survive. As fate would have it though, they cross paths in multiple occasions, narrowly missing each other until their final destination brings them together at Red Hill, a ranch in the middle of the country and away from the infested towns.
“We’d all seen the end-of-the-world flicks to know how this was going to go down: mass chaos and carnage until the population whittled down. That’s when the walking dead would start leaving the cities to find a meal, but by then we’d be settled in and well educated in the art of zombicide. We had to survive the next few weeks first.”
McGuire never ceases to amaze me with her ability to create strong plot-lines, fantastic world building and unique, believable characters that stand out from one another, bringing depth and real emotions to her stories. That’s a talent that isn’t easily replicated or achieved and she does it flawlessly.
The characters in Red Hill practically leap off the pages and attach themselves to your heart. I loved their strength, they were smart and driven by the need to survive and keep their loved ones safe, even from themselves. Throughout the story they are faced with difficult choices and still they did what needed to be done, no hesitation, and that was truly admirable; to see that kind of motivation amidst such unforeseen circumstances. Their stories blended perfectly with one another and it was easy to sympathize and relate to all of them. This is the apocalypse so it goes without saying that there will be deaths, better to go in prepared. McGuire giveth and McGuire taketh away.
“I wasn’t sure how long we could survive, but I knew I wasn’t dying on day one of the fucking zombie apocalypse.”
Overall this is a strong, emotionally driven book, not for the faint hearted. The story will grip you, make your heart pump and your adrenaline spike. Mcguire takes you on an intense journey of survival where you feel everything the characters are going through as if you were living it yourself. You will feel all ranges of human emotions, fear, dread, happiness, uncertainty, desperation, hope and love. There were parts where I was literally shaking and I couldn’t seem to swallow because my throat was refusing to work from how choked up I felt. The love aspect is subtle but ever present, tastefully done and believable, considering the apocalyptic backdrop. We usually find love where we least expect it, sometimes it takes the world ending to find it. The action is well balanced with the emotional moments, making the flow of the story seem effortless.
There were no cliffhangers so that was a relief. Altogether I really enjoyed reading this book, it was a page turner I couldn’t seem to pull away from, even though sometimes I had to come up for air. I was undeniably submerged until it’s breathtaking conclusion.
About the Author
Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.
Her most recent novel, Walking Disaster debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She has also written bestselling contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster, and the Providence series.
Jamie now lives in Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.
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