Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Returned

The Returned
author: Jason Mott
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.28
book published: 2013
rating: 3
read at: 2016/03/30
date added: 2016/03/30
'The Returned' by Jason Mott is a story about what happens when the dead come back to life. Only, in this story, we kind of want them to.

Harold and Lucille lost their son Jacob when he was eight. That was many years ago, and now they are older. Imagine their surprise when Jacob turns up alive, but he's still the same age. It's part of a global phenomenom where the dead wake up in a different location (for Jacob, it was in China). They are confused and disoriented, as are their still living families. This confusion leads some to fear, and before you know it the government has stepped in to assess the problem. Harold finds himself stuck in the middle of it with a sympathetic government agent on one side and some angry townspeople who want these ex-dead people out of their town.

Even though it's a global event, it's a pretty small scope. The family of three and their small town are the focus. By the end of the book, there are questions left unanswered, and some of the characters seem to lack anything but the broadest sort of movie stereotypes. Harold is the exception, and his emotions are intense and complex. The reader can understand why he feels the way he does. I liked it, but I wanted a deeper reading experience when it was all said and done.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Harlequin and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.

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