January 08, 2021

#BookReview: Red Hill (Red Hill #1) by Jamie McGuire

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.


Rating: 3 Stars
My Review: This one got me from the first page. But somewhere around the middle I started losing interest.  I enjoyed the multiple POVs to start but as the story went on it got a little confusing with the switching.  Once everyone was in the same location it was much easier to follow.  I wished that the feelings I had at the start of this would have kept with me through the entire thing.  But sadly it just didn't, around the 50% mark I just started to get bored. I did keep with it because I wanted to know what happened at the end.  But I don't think this will be one that I would reread at a later date.  I will say that I think this would make one killer movie though.  There is a novella that goes with this one about side characters like Scarlets kids. That I think I might want to check out at $2.99 but I don't know if I am invested enough to really care.  


“A fast-paced apocalyptic tale… McGuire effortlessly switches genres with this novel, giving readers plenty of satisfying backstory and well-constructed characters." (Booklist)

"Spooky, gripping, and relentlessly tense." (Closer Magazine (UK), 4 out of 5 stars)

"This hauntingly evocative tale had me on the edge of my seat as I gasped, cried, and cheered. Set against a barren, post-apocalyptic landscape, Red Hill is a true testament to Jamie McGuire’s skill as a storyteller. You’ll love every heart-pounding minute of it." (Tracey Garvis Graves, New York Times bestselling author of On the Island and Covet )

“Once you get inside Travis Maddox's head, you won't want to leave.” (Colleen Hoover, New York Times bestselling author of Slammed )

About the Author

Jamie McGuire is the New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Oblivion, A Beautiful Wedding, Red Hill, Walking Disaster, and Beautiful Disaster. She and her husband Jeff live with their children just outside Enid, Oklahoma, with three dogs, six horses, and a cat named Rooster. Please visit JamieMcGuire.com

From Booklist

When a very ill young woman shows up in the ER after being bitten by a stranger, nurse Scarlet realizes the news reports she’s been listening to about a mysterious epidemic taking hold in other parts of the world has struck close to home, and it’s no ordinary virus. That’s right, some scientist was finally smart enough to figure out how to make zombies but not smart enough to contain an outbreak. Nathan gets the news as he’s picking his daughter up from elementary school, and he races home to find that his wife has selected a very bad day to run off. College student Miranda thinks the worst thing that can happen is missing out on her weekend plans, but her road trip is about to take a decidedly different turn. These three strangers end up on the run together, looking for a safe place to wait out the end of the world in this fast-paced apocalyptic tale. Contemporary romance novelist McGuire effortlessly switches genres with this novel, giving readers plenty of satisfying backstory and well-constructed characters. She even tosses in a love story. --Rebecca Vnuk --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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