The Survival of Molly Southbourne

Tor.com. Jul. 2019. 124p. ISBN 9781250217264. pap. $11.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250217257. HORROR
Molly Southbourne is alive—or not. Actually, the original Molly is dead, and one of her duplicates has fled the burned-out house and bodies in the basement, taking on her name and life. Trying to stay under the radar and ignoring all the memories of original Molly’s training, she ends up in fights and is followed, saved by the mysterious crew on the other end of the phone number that the original Molly’s mother established. As the new Molly tries to move on, she discovers that while she may not be able to bleed and create clones as her original did, her mind keeps them alive and talking. There are people who remember what the old Molly can do; people who want to use or kill her, whatever it takes to stay in control. To put the past behind her, Molly is going to have to confront the truth about her creation, her lives and death, all in order to survive.
VERDICT The follow-up to The Murders of Molly Southbourne is just as chilling as its predecessor, exploring identity and nature in a captivatingly bloody manner. This distinctive horror novella will linger in readers’ minds long after they finish.
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