REVIEW – Red Hill by Jamie McGuire

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Title – Red Hill
Author – Jamie McGuire
Standalone Novel



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.


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!



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