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The Homecoming

(Niceville #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  927 ratings  ·  125 reviews
From its explosive opening to its eerie climax, The Homecoming is a page-turning, labyrinthine thrill ride that returns to Niceville . . . where evil lives far longer than men do.

When two plane crashes set off a spellbinding chain reaction of murder, inadvertent kidnapping, corporate corruption, and financial double-dealing, it’s not enough that Niceville detective Nick K
Hardcover, 414 pages
Published July 16th 2013 by Knopf (first published 2013)
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so all you motherlumpers who didn't listen to me when i squeeed all over Niceville when i reviewed it last year are going to be SO EMBARRASSED! because the sequel is coming out, and it is a legitimate squee-quel, better than the first!!

it is such a "me" book that i am too blinded to even know who else i should recommend it to. and by "it," i mean niceville, because if you attempt to read this one before you read that one i will slap my keyboard and pretend it is you.

i mean, it's your life to l
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Carsten Stroud's "The Homecoming" (Knopf 2013) is the second in the "Niceville" trilogy. It picks up where "Niceville" left off, with our hero Nick Kavanaugh, called in when a flock of crows brings down a private jet of Chinese nationals by mucking up their engines. Nick is already knee deep in a dozen other police problems (many carried over from the first novel), including the disappearance of his father-in-law, several mysterious deaths, and a bank robbery no one can solve. To add to the conf ...more
Tobin Elliott
I can't tell you how happy I was to see this, the followup to Niceville. I truly thought this was the end, but now I just found out there'll be a third novel. Fantastic.

Anyway, I said most of what I wanted to say in my review of Niceville. As far as I'm concerned Niceville and this book are one, a single entity.

Others seem to be either quite taken, or quite disappointed in the story's tone. There's a large chunk that's part police procedural and part action thriller. It feels a lot like a slight
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
man oh man
this guy can W R I T E
there's so much detail in everything he puts in front of you
all these characters!
this book filled my heart with tension during police chases and deers and shootouts and ghost sightings
i was even crying over a character i thought i hated but i've followed them for so long....
carsten stroud knows how to weave a story and make everything tie together perfectly
there's so much going on but it all comes together in the best and worst ways
i highly recommend this trilogy
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Homecoming by Carsten Stroud is the second novel in a series that started with Niceville two years ago. My initial review of Niceville was very positive with the regret that I felt Stroud had tried to do too much with the book. Was it a mystery? A crime novel? A ghost story? Or somehow with great ambition, Stroud tried to make it all three. He did well but I felt he left much unsaid. In The Homecoming, Carsten Stroud continues the tale and begins to fill in what was missing in Niceville.

Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's been a year since I read Niceville, and there's a bit of catching up to do in this sequel. Not only are the plots strands from the first book alive and well, but a bunch of new ones are introduced in the first twenty pages of The Homecoming. My feeble brain had trouble keeping track of who was who, who was dead and who was alive, or who was a ghost for that matter. Luckily, all characters are quite memorable and impressively named.

There's no snappy way to summarize why I liked the book so
After being to put it mildly underwhelmed by the first book in Carsten Stroud's Niceville Trilogy i am sure many of you are asking "why read the second one?" Well i suppose it was a case of morbid facination as to if things have improved and for the most part things have. For a start the story centers mostly on Rainey Teague and unlike before we don't have the seemingly unlimited side stories that plagued Niceville.

Rainey is completely different from the innocent lad who disappeared without a tr
Nicole D.
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Since this is the 2nd book in a trilogy, the first thing you should wonder is "Do I need to have read this first book?" - You don't, necessarily, but I would recommend it. If you read Niceville and are wondering if you need to re-read it, you don't. The author does a good job of including enough details of the prior book to spark your memory, but if you skip the first book all together, I think you are missing something.

Strange things are afoot in Niceville. Unsolved crimes, mafia connections, a
Jan 09, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was on my radar because it has supernatural elements, but it is more a thriller than fantasy. The main characters are law enforcement personnel, criminals and an extended family that is in the middle of it all- a bank robbery, stolen American intelligence, mysterious evidence, a teen who had been buried alive, ex-FBI agent with Mafioso enemies and more. I had not read the first book in the series (Niceville), and I don't think it detracted a great deal, but reading it first would have ...more
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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The Homecoming starts right up where Niceville left off, with the crash of a Chinese Lear full of possible Chinese spies. Also, Byron Dietz has been arrested in connection with a bank robbery that involved the execution style slayings of four cops that were pursuing the suspects, and Nick Kavenaugh, brother in law to Dietz, is shocked. Byron is a thug, and a wife beater, but he certainly doesn’t think he’s stupid enough to
Jul 03, 2013 rated it liked it
I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

I like noir fiction, and this book started off very well with a slam bang action opener. A plane flies into the side of a mountain, and on that plane are some Chinese secret police. A couple of bad cops pull off a heist and blame it on another crook. Then some mob guys in Leavenworth hire a hitman to go after the wrong crook.

Our hero is good cop Nick Cavanaugh. He's chasing the same (wrong) crook for other reasons, and this guy happens to be his bro
Louann Carroll
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am a fan of Carsten Stroud so when I saw the second book in his Niceville's series, The Homecoming, I grabbed it. The Homecoming is one of those books you want to read slow so you can savor every sentence. Maybe it's because Niceville has a southern setting, or maybe it's because Stroud is such a great writer. His style is fluid and while there remain unanswered questions the book stands on its own as did Niceville.

While some may consider The Homecoming horror, some psychological, some multidi
Zeke Gonzalez
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Carsten Stroud's The Homecoming was a great second volume to the Niceville Trilogy. It was just as much wicked fun as the first book, and for the same reasons: interesting and memorable characters, unpredictable twists and collisions amidst the several well-braided stories that make up the novel, & the hybrid, genre-defying mash-up that encapsulates it all. And while The Homecoming suffers from the same pitfall that Niceville did: a lack of clarity or cohesive mythology to the supernatural e ...more
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
The second book in the Niceville trilogy was every bit as good as the first, though I found this one to be less creepy than the first, it was perhaps more interesting because it delved into the history and lineage of a lot of the characters. I also really enjoyed learning more about Coker and Danziger and how their story evolves. I was a little surprised at how much I ended up liking both of them, especially after what they did! Cannot wait to read the final book! Would love to know when the aud ...more
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved Niceville, really loved Homecoming. Hard to set down (one more page, I'll just read one more...well, this chapter...I can't stop! :). Suspenseful, original, creative. A great horror saga with comic relief. Excellent. Well-written, dimensional characters, clever plot twists, full of the unexpected. Monsters and mysteries, cops and cosa nostra - something for everyone! AAA+++! Highly highly recommend!
Paula Lyle
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Niceville is a horrid little town which has some great people living in it. The Homecoming starts up minutes after the end of Niceville. It provides satisfying answers to many if not all the open questions. It still has some weird elements, but they are more integrated into the story. Loved these people. Loved this story. I am totally in for a continuation.
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved the creepiness of this book. I cannot wait to see where this goes next.
Debbie Carnes
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love paranormal/supernatural books and this was a good one. I will be looking for the rest of this trilogy.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great read in this series! A fascinating mix of horror, occult, mystery, thriller and crime novel, Stroud really has something going here.

In this second book of the Niceville trilogy, we have Kate and Nick trying to deal with Rainey Teague, the orphan son who has quite the mysterious past, as well as Kate's sister Beth and her two kids, estranged from their crazy husband / father. That guy is trouble throughout the book, as they try to bring him to justice for something, although Nick an
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
I am glad I did not give up on reading this series part way through book 1. The plot was making sense by the end of book 1, so this one was much easier for me to understand. There were a lot of characters in book 2, but I kept a list of the new ones for reference and I think this helped me immensely. These books have so many things happening, past, present, real, supernatural. .....they are not to be chosen for those times when you want a quick, mindless story. But if you are ready for an intere ...more
Robert McGrath
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
My review of the first installment was spot on. The multiple threads have bgeun to come together and the story made much more sense this time around. As such, it is an improvement on the first, but not by enough to gain another star.

It suffers some of the same issues the first had. A great number of sub plots and perspectives that could perhaps have been filtered out, info dumping, stereotyping of characters, and not quite knowing what genre it wanted to belong to.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think I liked the first one in the series best, but I'm really enjoying this story. I'm looking forward to the third book because I can't wait to see who wins - the ghosties or the people. At this point I'm thinking it will be the ghosties because the people are really being stupid. For example: if you know someone died, knew they were in the morgue, then knew their body disapeared or got stolen, and then they appeared on a porch, wouldn't you think there might be something wrong? Not in this ...more
Lissa Wells
Nov 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: hard-cover
I realize I am in the minority but I found this book very off-putting. The storylines are very scattered and nonsensical. I was reading one story which started out seemingly ok and interesting but then went into a second story that to me was no correlation to the previous. wasn't sure if this book was a thriller/mystery or a paranormal romance, very confusing.
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This is the 2nd book in the Niceville trilogy and it is amazing. I am in love with a couple of the characters and truly saddened that one of my favorites bit the dust, even though he was a bad guy, I totally was crushing on him. This book has lots of characters and lots of story lines, but they all come together incredibly well. It's like multi-tasking, if you can handle it, read this!
Mar 22, 2017 rated it liked it
A haunted town, ghosts, mysterious entity, murder, all good plot topics for me but I found myself not looking forward to reading it each time I picked it up. It was a good story, just didn't click with me. I'll still grab the last in the series but I'm not sure why.
Rick Urban
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Carsten Stroud comes up against the peculiar problem of the middle volume of a trilogy in "The Homecoming", but since this "trilogy" seems to be more like one long book that has been split into three parts (for economic/length reasons?), there’s no radical attempts to mix things up, a la “The Sothern Reach Trilogy” second book, “Authority”. Where that novel reimagined the first book’s narrative from the vantage point of the bureaucracy that made it possible, Stroud just keeps things chugging alo ...more
Review originally published here:

After I reviewed the first book in this series, Niceville, I swore I wouldn’t buy the second book. But then I got it as a present from someone who meant well, and obviously thought I’d enjoy it. Based on the synopsis, it sure sounds like the kind of book I’d enjoy. Except that it isn’t. The Homecoming, the second book in the Niceville series, is only slightly better than its predecessor, and it still isn’t very impressive.
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Homecoming
Carsten Stroud

My sincere thoughts about this book...

I read the first book that this author was creepy, chilling, scary and just a little strange. It was also so hard for me to grasp the meaning of it. It had disappearances and all sorts of weird and fascinating stuff. I can only say that this book...The just about following that same path. We have many of the same characters still dealing with situations that began in the first book. This bo
Heather Blaylock
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book is very odd. I suppose it is meant to be. It is about a town called Niceville where supernatural happenings occur. This would have been fine if there was not another non-supernatural storyline occurring at the same time. This other storyline is a bank robbery. Because of these two completely unrelated story lines, the book is very scattered. And when I say unrelated I mean completely and totally unrelated. It is a though two different books fell on the floor and the pages just got stuf ...more
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Carsten Stroud is the author of the New York Times bestseller Close Pursuit, and the award-winning Sniper's Moon, both set in the New York City Police Department. He lives and writes in Thunder Beach, Ontario, Canada.

* Arthur Ellis Award Best First Novel (1991): Sniper's Moon
* Arthur Ellis Award Best Novel (1993): Lizardskin

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Niceville (3 books)
  • Niceville
  • The Reckoning (Niceville, #3)
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