I received a free copy of The Returned from TLC Book Tours for my honest review. I received no compensation for this post.
About the Book:
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (August 27, 2013)
About the Author:
Jason Mott holds a B.A. in fiction and an M.F.A. in poetry, both from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and is the author of two poetry collections. His writing has appeared in numerous literary journals, and he was nominated for the 2009 Pushcart Prize. Jason lives in North Carolina. The Returned is his first novel.
This is one thought provoking novel. Just imagine sitting in your living room and hearing a knock on the door. When you open it you see a government official and your 8 year old son who died 30 years ago. He is one of The Returned – dead people suddenly popping up all over world but no one knows how or why they are Returning. Are they human? If not, what are they?
As more and more people Return the government scrambles to handle them and finally makes the decision to intern them “for their safety.” But soon there are too many for the camps to hold and some of the living do not behave well. All the while the reader is given snippets of the lives of various Returnees who are just as confused.
If you think of what might happen if the dead started coming back just imagine how it could cause consternation; the Returned have their memories so if they were murdered there are people who would now be afraid of discovery. There would be abusers in fear of being called out. Add guilt to the fear of the unknown and you have a world in total confusion. Mix in some Biblical end times and you have a novel that keeps you reading until the very end. Do you get all the answers? No, but you get a ripping good read with characters that are both distant and close, intense and cold. This is a book I’ll read again for I suspect it will be a different book at a different time.
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of The Returned from TLC Book Tours for my honest review. I received no compensation for this post.