Red Hill by Jamie McGuire

"I wasn't sure how long we could survive, but I knew I wasn't dying on day one of the fucking zombie apocalypse."


In Jamie Mcguire's outstanding novel Red Hill, we are introduced to a world full of panic, danger and the separation of loved ones. 

Scarlet is the mother of two girls. After the panic rises, Scarlet needs to get to them, and fast. The girl's father, Andrew, is picking them up from school, but other than that, Scarlet has no idea of where they are. 

Nathan has just arrived home to find a note from his wife, Aubrey. She's left not only him, but their young daughter Zoe too. It's now just Nathan and Zoe against the horrors of the world they're now facing. 

Miranda and Ashley are on the way to their father's ranch to stay for the weekend. During their journey towards their destination, people begin acting rather strangely. Families begin leaving their cars in the middle of the highway, and Miranda isn't sure why. With her younger sister Ashley in the back panicking, Miranda needs to stay in control and get them to their father's ranch in one piece. 

Becca's thoughts 

I know, I know. My book blog is all pink, and girly and romantic themed BUT, I do love me some zombies and apocalyptic goings on. 

Red Hill is written in first person, but we're not just limited to getting the thoughts about the apocalypse from one point of view. We're treated to the views of Scarlet, Nathan and Miranda, the three main characters. 

Scarlet is a mother of two daughters, Halle and Jenna. Working at the hospital and taking care of her children pretty much takes up most of her time. With no man in her life, she's pretty much an independent woman, getting things done and taking no crap from nobody. As the story progresses, we get to see how much of a strong woman she really is. Actually, I'm just gonna throw it out there and say she's a kick-ass zombie killer in this book, and there's nothing better than a female taking the lead role. She's feisty, fearless, and when her children are involved, she laughs in the face of danger. She takes control of situations that a normal person would probably lose their wits in. She will do anything for her girls, and that reflects through her actions within the story. I loved Scarlet. How she takes on board the fact that a zombie apocalypse is 
taking place is how I want to be if a zombie apocalypse was to happen.

Nathan is an adorable guy, I have to say it. He works damn hard, and he's married to the most miserable woman in the world. I felt so sorry for him. His confidence is at rock bottom and he's in a loveless marriage. When we meet him, he hears the radio in his car inform it's listeners, "This is a red alert from the emergency broadcast system. Canton County sheriff's department reports a highly contagious virus arriving in our state has been confirmed. If at all possible, stay indoors..." He races to Zoe's school to pick her up. McGuire really enforces the image of disarray and panic when Nathan enters his daughter's school. She tells us of "frantic mothers" and "frightened parents". Once Nathan has his daughter safely in the car with him, he takes them both home, and that's when he finds the note from Aubrey, basically saying that she can't be a mother and that she's left. From that moment on, Nathan does what he has to do to keep him and his daughter safe. But that's a lot easier said than done. 

We're first introduced to Miranda as she's driving towards her father's ranch, along with her younger sister Ashley, Ashley's boyfriend Cooper, and Miranda's boyfriend Bryce. The panic is just reaching where they are at this point; people are running past her car, banging into her wing mirrors and bumping into the side of it. After news of the outbreak reached them, their classes were cancelled and they decided their dad's ranch was the safest place for them to go. As a person is taken down beside their car and eaten by someone else, the four of them know that this isn't a game. This is real, and suddenly, their only aim is to try and stay alive. 

I think McGuire thought of everything whilst writing Red Hill. She even included zombie children, which a lot of people don't write about when writing about this type of genre. I think it just makes it even more real and more enjoyable. She really creates an atmosphere of disaster and panic. Crying, screaming, anxiety, it's all in there. Hell, I got that lost in this story, I became rather creeped out and panicked about there being zombies in my back garden. Everything seems so real and detailed, she's really put a lot of thought into this novel, and it shows. It's gripping, exciting, it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Damn, I read this in a day, that's how good it is. It's action packed, full of emotion and disaster. I genuinely can't do it justice with my words. 

I know for a fact that I'm giving Red Hill a worthy rating of 10/10
It really is THAT good. 

If you're a zombie-lover, then this is for you. If you like tense, dramatic, emotional scenes, then this book is for you. If you love action-packed novels with a kick-ass woman as the main character, then this book is for you. Y'know what? No matter what your favorite genre is, then this book IS FOR YOU. Seriously, you need to read it, and if that's not enough for you, it even has some romance in there too. Yep. She's that good. 

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