Flashback Friday 7/11: Red Hill

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Flashback Friday is a weekly meme that was created by The Autumn Review.

I’m not flashing back as far as this meme usually calls for.  I read this book a few months before I started my blog and wanted to share my love for it.

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Goodreads Synopsis:

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?

Red Hill grabs you from page one and doesn’t let go until its stunning conclusion. This is #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire at her unforgettable best.

This was my first ever zombie/apocalypse themed read, and I loved it! I really didn’t know what to expect when I started it, and had hoped it would be realistic enough for me to get into. Not only did it suck me in, it was full of on the edge of your seat suspense that made it hard to put down. I found myself looking forward to every chance I got to read it because I was loving it so much.

The book is told in the POV of three strangers who are trying to survive the apocalypse and get to safety. The challenges and horror they experience while trying to stay alive are sometimes completely gut-wrenching and terrifying. But there are glimmers of hope throughout the book that keep you reading to see if they make it. Even I got teary-eyed a few times because it was emotional to read through the pain and terror these individuals went through.

I loved the relationships & friendships of everyone in the story.  Even the romance (although a very small part of the book) was written perfectly.  I related to these characters and I felt their fear, hope, and love throughout their journey.  Red Hill is a roller coaster of a ride, and I loved every second. 

I definitely look at zombie stories in a whole new light, thanks to Jamie McGuire. I know this was not her normal writing, but I think it’s a fantastic read and I’m glad she wrote something completely different.  I’m finding it’s these ‘different’ books of hers that I love the most!

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6 thoughts on “Flashback Friday 7/11: Red Hill

  1. Rachel @The Readers Den says:

    I remember your love of this book is one of the things that prompted me to finally pick it up. I listened to the audio version which was narrated by three different performers but one of them was Tammara Webber’s son. He was great! Wonderful flashback review, Brandie! 🙂

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