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The Returned (The Returned #1)

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  13,497 Ratings  ·  2,478 Reviews
"Jacob was time out of sync, time more perfect than it had been. He was life the way it was supposed to be all those years ago. That's what all the Returned were."

Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortab
Paperback, 338 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Harlequin MIRA (first published January 1st 2013)
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'becca If you're looking for more information about the television show, the book is not where you'll find it. The characters from the show largely do not…moreIf you're looking for more information about the television show, the book is not where you'll find it. The characters from the show largely do not appear in the book, and those few that do are very different from their television counterparts.

It's a good book to read if you're a fan of the show (that's why I picked it up, actually,) but it's best to consider it a separate work in a similar vein, rather than direct source material. (less)
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Faye, la Patata
I am still at a loss for words. It's amazing how the stories of fictional characters can push you to look deep within yourself, encouraging you to find your own answers to the same questions asked. Very rarely do I feel so connected that my heart bursts with emotions so raw and intense, that my soul feels broken but also warm and complete at the same time. Reading this book was a unique and uplifting experience, and I kind of understand why it had a bidding war for film rights. It's that good, f ...more
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, depressing
This book doesn't just have a sagging middle--it has an enormous beer gut.

The set up is intriguing -- what would happen if dead people started returning to earth. Not zombies, but just returning? The book takes that interesting premise and then...nothing.

Most of the story is told through the Hargraves -- an elderly couple in Mississippi who's son Jacob drowned 50 years ago. Now the 8 year old is back after mysteriously appearing in China. (This weird location problem is something else that is n
Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: definitely not fans of the snow child
Recommended to Stuti by: Faye, la Patata
There's this line in The Returned that can describe my mood throughout the book.

...but mostly the soldier only stood-or sometimes even sat- at the barricade, looking either very detached or very bored, depending on the lightning at that particular moment.

Depending on the POV at that particular page, I either dozed or just skimmed through the pages. No, not really. It's weird but I can never skim through anything; I just gotta take it ALL in, no matter how constipated* or uninterested I feel.

Jul 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, arc, dystopian
For the first time ever, I’m giving a book I DNF three stars. This is not a bad book, it’s well written and on many levels, it’s a fascinating read. But…meh. I guess it’s just not really for me.

This book is, at its heart, a character study. The thing is I couldn’t really bring myself to care about the characters. Mostly this is because I have no desire to discover the inner secrets of a preachy elderly woman obsessed with vocabulary and good manners. Nor did I want to spend a couple of hundred
Andrea ❤Ninja Bunneh❤
I'm going to attempt to write a review that makes some sense. Forgive me if I go off on a tangent or two. It can't be helped in this case.
I almost walked away from this book only a few chapters in. I couldn't handle it. Not because of the writing, because of myself. My mother died 6 and 1/2 years ago. My daughter was 3 at the time, my middle son was 7 months, and I was 5 months pregnant with my other son. She died way too soon and too young, missing her grandchildren growing up. My daughter pre
Neil (or bleed)
"Some folks locked the doors of their hearts when they lost someone. Others kept the doors and the windows open, letting memory and love pass through freely. And maybe that was the way it was supposed to be".

The Returned didn't wow me. Hence, 3 stars. It felt short for my expectation. But it doesn't mean that this book is bad. It wasn't. It's just a case of "it's not you, it's me" again.

I am looking for an intense attack about the concept of this book that when the author gave me a silent kin
Lauren Henderson
I received an advance copy this book for free in a GoodReads FirstReads giveaway.

I'm slightly torn about this book. The story line idea behind this book is a great idea. Also, I love how the author switched chapters with telling the story from the view of the "True Living" and the "Returned". I also loved the ending with respect to the emotional issues of Jacob's parents. Those are the good things I can say about this book.

That being said... I never really completely got into the story. The writ
I liked the idea of this book but in the end the author did not do enough with it. I wanted to be involved with the characters but they were not sufficiently rounded for me to be interested. And to be honest not enough happened. I read it, I quite liked it and then I moved on. Three stars is actually very generous.
Leanne Ellis
Two and a half stars. When I began this book, I loved it. Loved the thought-provoking premise. Loved the poet-turned-author's delicious use of language. (His passage about Lucille and Harold and her use of the word flippant had me laughing out loud.) I had that deeply-satisfied-with-life feeling that comes from knowing you are reading a great book. Except then I got bored. Harold and Lucille are great characters. I enjoyed their individual quirks and the way they interacted as a long-married cou ...more
Steffi ~mereadingbooks~
What happens if everyone who ever died returns? How does humanity react? Who or what are these Returned? Are they the same people they were before they died? Are they people? These are interesting questions that are addressed in this novel. Its premise sounded to me like the perfect set up to meditate on death and what happens afterward. But also to show various reactions to something some might call a miracle and others the end of days – and again others might call a scientific oportunity. It e ...more
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Jason Mott lives in southeastern North Carolina. He has a BFA in Fiction and an MFA in Poetry, both from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His poetry and fiction has appeared in various journals such as Prick of the Spindle, The Thomas Wolfe Review, The Kakalak Anthology of Carolina Poets, Measure and Chautauqua. He was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize award and Entertainment Week ...more
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“Some folks locked the doors of their hearts when they lost someone. Others kept the doors and the windows open, letting memory and love pass through freely. And maybe that was the way it was supposed to be, Harold thought.” 14 likes
“There is a music that forms sometimes, from the pairing of two people. An inescapable cadence that continues on.” 9 likes
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