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Review of Red Hill by Jamie McGuire

Red Hill - Jamie McGuire

Title: Red Hill
Author: Jamie McGuire on October 1st 2013
Narrator: Emma Galvin, January LaVoy, Zachary Webber
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Genres: Adult, Apocalypse, Zombie
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
Buy it | Goodreads

 

PJV Quickie: Red Hill by Jamie McGuire was your typical zombie novel with an emphasis on the characters and the character relationships in the end-of-the-world setting. McGuire's writing was spot on and her character creation was a great addition to the normally horrific portrayal in zombie novels, but  with her emphasis on character relationships it lost a lot of the momentum and gore that you find within a really good zombie apocalypse.

 

Review: The novel, Red Hill is from three different point of views. We begin the novel with Scarlet, with some poignant foreshadowing as she drops her kids off at school. This set the emotional tone of the novel, focusing on Scarlet and the obvious loss of her children, which is the unknown situation, because her ex-husband  was the one to pick them up from school as the zombie apocalypse unfolded while she was at work.

The second narrator was Nathan, who I connected with immediately. Nathan is in a very loveless marriage, but centers all of his emotions on his seven year old daughter, Zoey. We open with Nathan figuring out something is really wrong in the world and rushing to Zoey's school to grab her. He goes to fetch his wife, before he heads to the more rural areas, when he finds that his wife has left him, with a "Dear John" letter.

 

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