Staff Review: The Returned


The Returned

Jason Mott

Mira Books, $24.95

Published in September 2013

The Returned is not a book for someone who needs all their questions answered. It is a book for someone who finds mystery and excitement in the unexplained. Jason Mott, in his debut novel, The Returned, has written an intriguing story that centers on the lives of Harold and Lucille Hargrave who decades ago lost their only child when he died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age, they have settled comfortably into life without him until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep still eight years old.

This phenomenon — people returning years later — is happening all over the world and no one knows why. Some people think of it as a miracle and some react as though the returned are an evil threat. Chaos erupts when the government tries to contain all the returned and humanity itself is challenged, what endures is the basic human instinct of faith, love, and responsibility, which plays out in Harold and Lucille’s tender and often humorous relationship.

~ Cathy V.

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