Red Hill

Red Hill

by Jamie McGuire
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Red Hill: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 101 reviews.
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
Let me start off by saying that I don't read Zombie books. I don't read Apocalyptic books. BUT, I was blown away by Red Hill. How is that possible you ask? Well, this book wasn't about Zombies for me. Yes, there are Zombies in the book, but for me, it was more about the people, their survival. Page after page, I was consumed by this story. I truly feel like Red Hill is about this group's journey, but I did connect with a few of the characters more than others. Scarlet was one of those characters for me. I felt that her voice was the strongest throughout the book. And as a mother, I could relate to her endless search for her children. She never gave up hope and she was determined to survive for them. Scarlet is one tough chick. I want to be like her when I grow up. Nathan probably touched my heart the most. His marriage has been in trouble for years and in a lot of ways, he's been a single parent. Nathan's devotion to his daughter was heartwarming. But, Nathan is also a tough guy in his own way. He will do whatever it takes to get his daughter to safety. I loved Nathan from the moment I met him. While these two characters made the most impact on me, I still felt like I was involved in the other characters lives too. Some of them made me laugh, some made me want to scream. One thing was certain though, their stories were interwoven brilliantly. There is something I feel that I need to advise. While there is a romantic element to this story, it is not the focus. So, if you're going into this book looking for romance, you may be disappointed. The best advice I can give is to be prepared to let the book take you on the ride. See where it takes you. Overall, I loved this book. Honestly, I never expected to become so involved in the story. And I have to say, Thank you, Jamie McGuire, for not romanticizing the Zombie. I also appreciated the fact that McGuire portrays humanity in a very realistic light. People will do ugly, violent things when they feel their lives are threatened and some...take advantage of that vulnerability. Red Hill read like a movie for me. Meaning, the story flows so seamlessly and vividly that you feel as though you can see the story unfold. I'm so glad I gave this book a chance and I recommend that you do too! Quotes: I normally include quotes at the end of my reviews, but I have to say that I was 3/4 through the book before I realized that I forgot to mark key quotes! That should give you an idea about how involved in the story I became.
Dawn19 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book, it was so scary because it seemed so real and possible!  The characters were fantastic and even though you may night like the decisions they made you understood why they did what they did.  It makes me wonder what I (and my family) would ever do in such a situation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spoilers Possible Ahead: The book starts each chapter off with a different character and their group’s perspective. A horrible virus has come from overseas and is spreading like wildfire. You follow Scarlet, Nathan, Miranda, and Joey in their quest to escape to safety and locate loved ones. Each character is very well written and I felt as those I knew them all. The writer did an awesome job of making me feel for them and be a part of the story. The descriptions of the devastation and building of fear were right on. I couldn’t put this book down. I’m not a huge zombie fan, but have read a few books and I do love the show The Walking Dead. This book felt like I was watching the Walking Dead. How the family units functioned and new families formed and how their emotions played out while life went on. The closer I came to the end of the book I began to wonder if this was the start of a series. From what I can tell it’s not. I was shocked by Joey and Coop’s death and the arrival of Scarlet’s children. I was more than a little disappointed when the army showed up and were rebuilding. I was hoping for an impossible recovery and a series. But this was my only complaint; I didn’t want this great story to finish. If you like The Walking Dead, read this. If you enjoy a good adult romance amidst the crash of civilization, read this. I’m definitely going to read more from this author. Being the page turner this book was, I read it in one day and it has earned a spot on my keeper shelf.
_laneyluck_ More than 1 year ago
Red Hill gears away from romantic love story and focuses on the theme of survival as a zombie apocalypse takes over the world. The book is told in three different points of view. Nathan is an unloving marriage but has his daughter Zoe who keeps him grounded. His cold wife leaves Nathan and Zoe the day the world came to an end and zombies roamed the Earth. Scarlett is a divorcee headstrong mother who will do anything and everything to keep her two girls safe. Miranda is a tough and opinionated teenager who is struggling to get her boyfriend Bryce, sister Ashley, and Ashley’s boyfriend Cooper to her father’s ranch, Red Hill in one piece.  A deadly “outbreak” has taken the nation by storm. As the virus spreads fear and panic is in the air as the characters try to find a safe haven. McGuire creatively twines the characters together and we see how their journey is connected. She gives vivid details of the characters background story and how they evolve with the zombies roaming the streets. Old and new relationships are tested as survival out weighs all other emotions.  McGuire is an extremely talented writer as she takes you along for the eerie and realistic journey of survival. From the beginning to end you will find yourself completely sucked into the chaotic world the characters are faced with. The ending is bittersweet with the loss of major characters but it will invoke tears, laughter, love, loss, and suspense. After reading Red Hill you will become a firm believer that a zombie apocalypse can come true.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure if i would like this book, but once i read a few pages I was hooked! This is a must read. Highly recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a page turner. Once you start you will not want to put it down. The action starts from the very beginning and does not stop until the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very satisfying take on the end of the world, and the premise was quite believable. I couldn't put it down. I rarely rate anything 5 stars, but this book was that good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have you ever read something that you expected to hate? Then ended up loving. Well I have.... The thought of Zombies just had me cringing but I had to give this book a shot. Especially since Jamie Mcguire is my favorite author. Boy am I glad I did. This book doesn't grab you from page one it grabs you from the first sentence. I couldn't even form words on how I felt because I hate the ending and loved it all at once. The book was perfect and anyone thinking they are going to hate this book. Just give it a chance. It was worth the 7.99. I would spend that amount twice. Just go buy this book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All Jamie Mcguires books are great!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While Red Hill is far from Beautiful Disaster, Jamie McGuire still writes a great book. Fast paced, on the edge of your seat thrilling book. As a mom myself, I identified with with main character and her struggles. If you are looking for the romance of Beautiful Disaster this book contains hints of that, but if you are a post apocolyptic junkie who loves zombie books this one is for you!
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
Red Hill is one of those books that I simply could not put down. As a normal day in the lives of Scarlet, Miranda and Nathan turn into the end of the world as they know it, they all head for what they believe would be safety. For Scarlet, as well as Miranda her sister, and their boyfriends, this means Red Hill ranch. For Nathan it means anywhere he can keep his daughter, Zoe, safe. In the end the fates of all these people entwine. This book captivated me in a way few books do. Apart from the riveting action and heartbreaking tragedy, the romantic experiences of all the key characters are skillfully woven into the story. As zombie movies and literature are their only reference as to how to deal with a zombie apocalypse, it was interesting to see how they coped with the crisis. Said movies and literature could, however, never prepare them for the reality and true horror of such an outbreak. The characters in this book are so realistic, they could be people that one meets in everyday life. From determined Scarlet and protective Nathan, to the extremely sensitive Ashley, and Miranda with her strong leadership qualities, these characters found a place in my heart.   Scarlet, the typical mother, while fearing for her daughters, tries to believe that they will be safe, and protects all the young people fiercely. Nathan, also very protective, lives to see his daughter, Zoe, safe and contented; not an easy task as Zoe does not seem to be a normal child. Miranda is a born leader and takes charge even though she is the younger of the two Hayes girls. When Kevin, the child molester, arrives with a girl, all these people deal with him in an appropriate way. All the time they hope and, in some cases, believe that unexpected survivors will arrive. A wonderful tale of fear and survival, loss and faith and, ultimately, love, I would recommend Red Hill as a must read. The tender hearted may, however, want to keep the Kleenex close by. (Ellen Fritz)
kopsahl More than 1 year ago
From many viewpoints, Jamie McGuire tells the story of a world after an outbreak hits. Survivors must make their way to safety and for many to the farm house otherwise known as Red Hill. There are many characters that we are introduced to. Scarlett who ends up separated from her children turns into Mommy Zombie (or Teds as they end up being called) Killer. Her instincts kick in and she fights her way to the farm house and decides that she will wait for her children to show, because they will, she knows it. As she sets up shop, the people start coming. Nathan is able to grab his daughter and make it to his brother-in-law’s house and eventually he also makes it to the farmhouse where he plays a key part in Scarlett’s life. Also traveling is sisters Miranda and Ashley with their boyfriends Bryce and Cooper and a hitchhiker ex-military man, Joey. All the characters work well together but since they are not fully fleshed out there are times that it was hard to connect with them. Even though there wasn’t a strong connection between reader and characters it didn’t stop me from feeling their heartache at times. This was definitely a light dystopian read and perfect for young adults just getting into this genre. The audiobook was perfectly narrated by Emma Galvin, Zackary Webber and January LaVoy. It was nice to have the different viewpoints narrated by a different person making it easier to remember which character was talking. The tale was there and minus the holes in the story where I wanted a bit more this proved to be an entertaining read.
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
What starts out as separate stories quickly becomes intertwined before your very eyes. We follow Scarlet as she scours cities looking for her daughters, Miranda and her sister as they head off for the sanctuary of their father's house, Nathan as he tries to find a safe haven for him and his young daughter, Zoe. Soon more and more people are thrown into the chaos and life is played out in front of us. A new life full of monsters that were once believed to exist only in Hollywood: Zombies. No one is safe and no is immune to the destruction at the hands of these flesh eaters. ** I know the world ended on a Friday. It was the last day I saw my children. ** The moment I realized the first intertwining of these people I literally gasped. It wasn't something I was expecting at all. I was telling myself that we would just hear these stories and how the ZomApoc affected them, not how they would all merge into one. Yeah, I didn't read the blurb. (Big surprise.) I guess if I did I would have known it was going to happen. I did however know that RED HILL focused on zombies and that was all I needed to know. That and the fact that McGuire wrote it. I knew I would be in good hands since she was the one behind the pen. Or computer. Whatever. I knew I was going to be okay. And I was. ** Everyone seemed to be suffocating. We were surviving, but every passing day felt less like living. ** The story was great and had me eagerly reading until I couldn't read any more. I devoured it when I could and hated putting it down. I enjoyed seeing the relationships that formed throughout the story. People who never would have come together before the end of life as they knew it, found their home in one another. But the sad thing is the saying goodbye to those that wouldn’t make it. That was heartbreaking. Some of those people you quietly prayed that McGuire wouldn’t end or give them a little longer. But in a ZomApoc, there isn’t any 2nd chances and life happens whether you want it to or not. That is just the way it goes. But I absolutely recommend it to all those loving a great zombie read. It was perfect and I am happy with how it ended. Maybe a little sad. But like I mentioned earlier...no one is safe. No one. 5 Fleshy Stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I guess I should start off by saying that I was really skeptical and nervous to pick up this book. I think I debated for months on whether or not I would actually read it. I’m not big into zombies or that apocalypse theme – it’s just never interested me. However, I truly enjoyed Red Hill. While there are zombies and the mass destruction, I didn’t feel like it was the overall main focus of the story. Now if you’re looking for a lot of man-eating gore, I’m sure you won’t feel the same. However, this seemed to be the perfect amount for my tastes. The story is told from three different viewpoints – Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda. Each have their redeeming qualities as well as their “drive me crazy” traits. You’ll certainly be applauding characters one minute and wanting to scream at them the next! What I probably loved most about this book is how seamlessly their stories seemed to intertwine. I loved that we’d be introduced to a scene, and then have it referenced in another character’s point of view later on, or meet a character to then have a mysterious connection to someone else who comes into the picture. It was a fascinating puzzle that kept you want to reading more and more. I was also incredibly invested in the secondary characters as well. Jamie McGuire writes in such a way that you just want more of them. I wanted to be inside their heads and learn the stories of their lives. If I had to come up with a complaint, it would really be that I didn’t get enough of these other members of the story. Overall, I was impressed with how a different genre could really hold my interests, especially after loving Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster so much. While the synopsis describes a virus and end of the world, Red Hill was so much more than that. It was a tale of survival and camaraderie and relationships. It was about learning how to adapt to physical, emotional, and mental changes – and not giving up hope when all seems lost. It kept you on the edge of your seat wondering what was going to happen next because it was just so enthralling. I also loved the ending. While it wasn’t your perfect happily ever after, it worked for me given the premise of the book. Five wonderful stars and a definite recommendation for other readers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book from a great author, i couldnt put this book down, it had so much action, drama, was a great story.
Annamarie2505 More than 1 year ago
If you had asked me a month ago if I’d ever consider reading a zombie apocalypse novel I’d have laughed at the thought, I mean I don’t even watch The Walking Dead because I get scared too easily LOL. BUT seeing as how I loved Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster series and  I just HAD to have more of her writing I decided to give her newest novel a go.  I knew going in I might not like it as I’m not much of a “Zombie Apocalypse” person but from the very beginning this story pulled me in. Red Hill is told from three separate POV’s and I really loved it.  I laughed, I cried, I hid under the covers! It was such a fun read :) “Viral outbreak. The infected are attacking and biting people. They said cadavers this morning. What do you think it is, Ash? Herpes?”    I really enjoyed most of the characters in this novel. I did have an issue with some of the characters behaviors at times and I’m a little sad that some of the casualties happened the way they did but hey its the zombie apocalypse not everyone’s gonna make it! I really think Joey was my favorite character even though we didn’t see from his POV he’s a character I really became attached to in the book.  All in all I really loved this book and I’m a total Jamie McGuire fan for life! #MacPack! I highly recommend this book to everyone even if you aren’t a fan of zombies or as Zoe called them “Ted’s” it was a fast paced read that pulled me in right from the get go I couldn’t put it down! Rating: 4/5 Stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First off, I must say that this is NOT what I normally read. But Jamie issued a challenges to her MacPack and I accepted! If anyone came make me step out of my book comfort zone, it's her. Holy freaking amazeballs!! I couldn't put t down!! It wasn't overly gory which was a huge plus for me. It was a real page turner! I couldn't stop. 24 hrs later I was done. It was simply, amazing.
Valerie_Blankenship More than 1 year ago
Best Zombie Book For Women! Loves the characters and how their storied entwined. Jamie brought me into a world that Had me biting my nails one minute then bawling the next. You won't be disappointed with this book.
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Skorr599 More than 1 year ago
Red Hill by Jamie McGuire is a post-apocalyptic novel reminiscent of AMC’s The Walking Dead. The first scene takes place in a hospital where the ER is overcrowded with patients having bizarre, unexplainable symptoms. Each scene after is told in the perspective of one of the three main characters, with each chapter alternating viewpoints. The story has a neat ending that ties up all the strings and there are flashbacks in which a character realizes the point earlier in the story when they’d crossed paths with another character that they don’t meet until later in the story. I know this sounds confusing but it’s really not. The story flows along really nicely and the characters are very well developed. The main characters are motivated by love and the things that they will do to survive or to help each other to survive. Certain points in the story I was so engrossed that I felt like I was a part of the story. I felt the fear, pain and loss experienced by the characters. Scarlet was such a strong character, a determined mother who is willing to risk everything to save her daughters. Nathan is the father who sacrifices everything for his daughter Zoe. Miranda is the college student who is fearless and reckless in bringing her sister home to the safety of her father’s home at Red Hill ranch. It is here at Red Hill where lives collide and the power of love and sacrifice is most felt and witnessed. I read this book in a day – during lunch break, after work and had to stay up to finish it that night. It is a definite page turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the whole theme interesting but some of the character a bit disturbing the mother for one. Man that women was all about herself and the quest to find her children at the expense of all the other characters. I feel that she just killed them all and was content with new man in her life and that she got her two girls back. Don't get me wrong Jamie McGuire is a wonderful author and I have enjoyed her Beautiful series. This didn't work for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago