The Need by Helen Phillips is a strange nightmare of a novel.
from description: 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.
Real, supernatural, science fiction, psychological? I never could decide. Toward the end, I began to find it tedious, but kept on hoping for more enlightenment. The Need reads like a bad dream and has the same open-ended feeling of being unable clarify or interpret with any genuine understanding. That wispy feeling of trying to remember, interpret, and understand an eerie nightmare.
Maybe that was just me. I've never been particularly good at being able to synthesize dreams, to meld the elements into a coherent whole. I ended up with the same vague emotional reaction to something that failed to emerge as a comprehensible description.
Read in Jan.; blog review scheduled for June 24
NetGalley/Simon & Schuster
??? July 9, 2019. 252 pages.