Helen Phillips – The Need

From the award-winning author of The Beautiful Bureaucrat comes a subversive, genre-busting thriller about a woman who grapples with the complex dualities of motherhood – joy and dread, tenderness and anxiety – after confronting a masked intruder in her home.

There were footsteps in the other room….

So begins The Need, a sharp and haunting exploration of the joys and perils of modern motherhood. Molly is a paleobotanist who spends her days working at a fossil quarry where she sometimes unearths artifacts that defy understanding, including a controversial Bible that has recently attracted gawkers and conspiracy theorists. By night, she cares for her two young children – four-year-old Viv and one-year-old Ben – while her musician husband is away on tour. Shes frazzled, sleep-deprived, and it seems the edges of her reality blur more each day.

When she hears an intruder in the house, Molly is desperate to keep her children safe. She confronts the figure in the deer mask – and discovers that this stranger knows everything about Molly and her family. Molly fears the most sinister motives even as she reluctantly, terrifyingly acquiesces to the intruders demands. What happens once she learns the true identity of the trespasser is chilling and otherworldy.

With tight, gorgeous prose and the urgent pacing of the best psychological thrillers, Helen Phillips unfurls a story that is at once cerebral and transcendent. The Need toggles between Mollys surreal work life and her harrowing home life, excavating deep truths about modern motherhood even as it poses provocative questions about the nature of the universe and the ethics of empathy. The hopes and heartaches of parenthood exposed in this audiobook, coupled with the gripping sci-fi speculation, makes for a haunting, propulsive, and unforgettable listen from an author The New York Times calls breathtaking and wondrous.

Author: Helen Phillips
Narrator: Alexandra Allwine
Duration: 6 hours 19 minutes
Released: 19 Sep 2007
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Language: English

User Review:

inaccuracy sedentary

A story with no purpose. Useless waste of time, especially for those of us hoping that things will get better near the end, but it doesnt. It is still a waste of time. Repetition is rampant. How many times can you have your character sit in the corner of the kitchen on the floor or under her desk hugging her children for some nonexistent intrusion. The narrator is the only positive part of this audible and I suggest she find another story to narrate the next time.