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The Homecoming

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  886 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Seven years ago, young Stella Pierce vanished from the face of the earth. Now her grieving, broken family—along with Detective Orson Cheever, who never stopped working her case—is stunned by her mysterious return.

The now-teenage girl claims to have spent her missing years in the company of Travelers—extraterrestrial nomads—voyaging through space.

Despite her family’s effort
Paperback, 332 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by Thomas & Mercer
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Cathy I would like to get to know Cheever a bit better, this cop with a big heart. Please bring him back again.
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People will either love or loathe this story. I am on the love side and Luke Daniels narrative sealed the deal for me. This is kind of a YA meets sci-fi, but I hate to say that because I would not have started reading it if someone told me that’s what it was. A young girl goes missing one night right out of her family home and then years later shows up right when her family is on the brink of disaster. Really liked the premise behind this one.
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
A daughter’s mysterious return seven years after disappearing during a family beach outing has everyone overjoyed and yet baffled. Stella is different from the missing girl her family once knew. What happened to her? She tells a mesmerizing story. The story of the Travelers and their journeys beyond the stars. Stella story becomes of public scrutiny. What is the truth? The story of the travels beyond our dimension or the story of a young teenager’s trauma.

What a captivating and well-written nov
First Sentence: “Don’t get too near the fire, Stella.”

Seven years ago, a perfect day at the beach became a family’s worst nightmare when young Stella disappears from her home during the night. Now, a teenaged Stella has reappeared with a story of having been taken by a company of Travelers; extraterrestrials who communicated telepathically. Detective Cheever, who has been working the case the whole time, searches for answers while another mysterious group is tracking Stella as well.

Russell’s voi
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it
When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained. - Mark Twain

This was a story that I very much liked sections of but the pieces kind of fell apart when trying to mesh it together.

There were vignettes scattered throughout the story that were thought provoking and sometimes quite beautiful. But then there would be another stretch of dry narrative or out of sync narrative that would jar me out of the story.

Seven year-old Stella comes from a loving nuclear family -
Cathy Ryan
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Set in California, Alan Russell opens the story with several couples and their children having a Valentine’s Day BBQ at the beach. A ghost story told by the fire, sworn to be true by the teller, fascinates Stella but makes the adults uncomfortable. Introducing Jason’s story lays the groundwork for what was to come.

After such a lovely get together Eleanor and Duncan Pierce had no idea their lives were about to shatter. That night seven year old Stella Pierce disappeared from her bedroom. Ste
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Luke Daniels's expert narration made this slightly better than average story better.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
3.5 stars rounded up to 4
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To Like, or Not to Like...

I went back and forth throughout the book, seesawing between enjoyment and frustration. The characters kept me drawn in, especially Luke and Cheever. The "woo-woo" of the story was a little much. Who were the mysterious men pulling the strings of the psychiatrist? CIA? Hard to say. That subplot was left hanging. Stella's father appeared to imply there was some top secret government project going on. Were these mysterious people part of it? Who knows? If so, they weren't
Lindsay Nixon
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.75 stars!

The cult classic “flight of the navigator” is one of those movies that haunts me... I catch myself thinking about it and if that’s you, or you loved that movie, you’ll devour this book. The description and premise sounds hokey but it’s fantastic! Another fantastic audible daily deal!

Summary: 7yo Stella disappears. Then 7 years later Stella returns with a story she’s traveled through space. Everyone around Stella, including her therapist, thinks this far-fetched story is a coping mec
I have no idea what happened in this book but I loved it. I almost wish this was a series so I could have more of these characters. It felt pretty young adult as far as content went. And what is up with authors always using the proverbial queen bee high school girl as the villain? I never experienced this queen bee / clique phenomenon in high school, but maybe it really was or is still typical? At any rate. That was really my only complaint. The mystery was complex and captivating and I really r ...more
Jessica | Booked J
As a note, a review copy of this novel was provided on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. Thank you! Review also posted here.

Despite what my 3.5 rating says, I liked The Homecoming far more than I disliked it. While it had its flaws and a sort of slowness to it in spots, I liked the complexities in it that reflected family life and one massive mystery. Alan Russell crafts both topics into a tale of... well, everything. It can be very thrilli
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: prime
I am going to go with a 4 even though at times I think it was a 3.5 but that is just me. I don't really care for endings that don't wrap things up.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have preferred to have the spies and coverup take the main stage of the story. It would have made for a more action packed and interesting read. Instead, this is more of a family drama with a little excitement at the end.
I'm having a spot of bother with this review because this story is something of a departure in genre terms from the three "Gideon & Sirius" books and "A Cold War" all of which I enjoyed immensely. This one involves the paranormal and the unexplained, a genre I do not like. Why? Simply put I think it is an easy plot cop-out. That said, I find his writing style very easy to get involved in, and the details of the locations show extensive research, which always lends greater depth. Had I realis ...more
D. Starr
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults/teens
Mystery mixed with sci-fi
Some strong language
No sex - some romance
Limited violence - not cringe-worthy

At age 7 Stella, a beautiful child, was abducted. Seven years later, she returns at just the right moment. Her family has been steadily unraveling since her disappearance, and her return is a true miracle. However, unlike was expected, she claims that no evil-doer abducted her but instead she has been exploring the universe in the company of travelers.
Family and friends must deal with not
Breakaway Reviewers
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
It is better to have loved and lost

Stella Pierce is just seven years old when she disappears from her bedroom one night after an evening with her family and friends on the nearby beach. Her room is tidy with everything in its place and there are no clues as to where she can be. After a frantic search, her family contacts the police and a widespread search take place. The officer in charge is Detective Orson Cheever, an officer who can empathise with the parents of a lost child.

As investigations
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Highly recommended and intriguing read !!

My GP recommended me to go home and read a good book. As a child I had always had my nose in a book. My father read me a story every night before bed and it was a great incentive to go to bed. As I got older, had my own family, read bedtime stories to them every night, leaving them begging for just one more chapter, it was a good way to get them to go to bed the following night, for the next instalment, then I had other events that happened in my life a
Not particularly believable (although one can always hope) but still an enjoyable read. The Pierce family is All-American. Mom's (Eleanor) a teacher; Dad's (Duncan) a lawyer. They have two well-behaved, good-looking kids - Michael (age 11) and Stella (age 7). They enjoy each other's company. Dad reads to Stella and she loves a good story. Stella thinks Michael's best friend Luke is great and sends him a handmade valentine. Luke loves the unsigned valentine. He knows it's from Stella but doesn't ...more
Tiffany B
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are two things that I prefer to experience when reading a new book: unpredictablity and great character development. The Homecoming delivers on both in phenomenal ways. While I initially thought that I knew where the plot was headed, within a few chapters I had no idea. Rather than be bored as I waited for the plot to go to its expected destination, I was enthralled as the story moved in unforseen directions. I literally was unsure what would happen next or how the book would end.

The char
Brennan Miles
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
3.4 overall - This was another Audible book that my wife picked out a few months back, and I had honestly never heard of it. I was just looking for something to listen to during a couple long workdays.

It turned out to actually be a surprisingly entertaining story. I didn’t expect much from it, but I found myself very intrigued by the events surrounding Stella, her disappearance, and her unexpected return. The characters were decently fleshed out, and their motivations were all pretty clear. The
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seven year old Stella is abducted from her room one night. Her family is devastated. Detective Cheever is sure she must have been murdered by a child molester but he can't find enough evidence for him to be charged.
Another seven years pass and the day her mother decides to commit suicide, Stella returns. She claims that aliens invited her to come with them. Did she? Or did Wilkerson, her childhood stalker, hide her somewhere before he returned to prison on other charges? Could someone else hav
Ellen Shirley
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is one of the most unique books I’ve read. It’s definitely in the sci-fi family and explores a lot of really cool ideas, at least to a geek like me, like aliens, and the origin of us as a species. The overall story, the plot, is amazing. It’s such an out there idea but the author makes it all so believable.

The reason I didn’t give it five stars was that although the characters were interesting I never felt like a lot of them were fully developed. They all had potential most of all, of cour
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
So, I try not to assume a book’s quality based on the fact that it is an Audible or Kindle Daily Deal. Shoot - I bought “It” for 99 cents and it’s an amazing story and Audio book.

In the case of THIS book, I got what I a paid for. There was promise in the conceit - a young woman reappears 7 years after her disappearance, claiming she was traveling with aliens. But in execution, it fell flat with a lot of useless plot points and characters. It was a weird genre mash up that didn’t seem to click. I
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway-winner
Being a fan of Alan Russell's work, it was a no-brainer for me to pick this up and lose a few hours to it. I was compelled by the story surrounding Stella's disappearance and her return. There were a lot of element that kept me interested: Detective Cheever, Guy Wilkerson, Stella and Luke, and Stella's family.

The only thing that kept me from giving this five stars was the fact that I had so many unanswered questions. It felt like there were a lot of excess characters and not enough movement tha
Elle Klass
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stella Price vanishes at 7 years old after a family day at the beach then reappears 7 years later. The family goes through a rough time and the mother goes as far as contemplating suicide. The father drowns himself in his job. taking position as an elected official. When Stella reappears their joy is mixed with questions.

The story isn't completely unique but was enjoyable and fast paced. Everything the family went through was realistic as well as their reactions to having her back. There was sus
Anne Skenzich
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Open you mind -- and your heart to this book

Alan Russell has the lightest touch with God's gentlest creatures, and in "The Homecoming," this holds true again and again.

There is definitely evil here, in the forms both hated by all of society, and hated by majority of society but immune (too mean and truly too stupid) to self-recognition. The sad thing of the "teen Queens" of the world is that their beauty (what wee thin sheen there may be) lasts only long enough to capture a man stupid enough to
Jim Misko
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
While this subject is not my usual genre read, the author is a friend and I enjoy reading whatever friends write. I thought the book started on the slow side but then it burst into a most complicated set of conditions. I don't know how he thought of those things. They are beyond the realm of most thought and he must have closed the door to his writing room and drifted off by himself to come up with the tremendous character of Stella. She is worth the whole read. When you finish the read, you wis ...more
Nancy Silk
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Amazing Story"

This is a stunning story of Stella Pierce mysteriously returning home after missing for seven years. She had only been 7 years old, and the police could never find her and no one knew if she was alive or dead. Her story is unbelievable. She claims she's been with the Travelers ... a group of extraterrestrial nomads, voyaging through space. No one believes her, but Detective Cheever wants to know the truth ... the absolute truth. Crying and laughing, you'll love this wonderful stor
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I turned the page and saw, “Author’s note”. My first reaction was, “No, I’m not ready for this to end yet. I’m enjoying it too much.” It was an interesting book which left the reader free to choose which of the perspectives to believe and how seeing only one part of the whole can often be misleading. Reactions to events vary based on a person’s own experiences which is what keeps this book engaging. Some things in the universe will always remain a mystery. The author asked if Cheever was a stron ...more
Vivien Joan Lynn
A thought provoking mystery

A young seven year old girl goes missing on Valentine's day after a fun day on the beach with family and friends. She turns up again after 7 years on the very day her mother decided to end her own life. She appears to have very special powers and abilities and explains that she has been with travellers of the Universe and only used to mindspeak. A fascinating story that delves into areas most mortals do not yet understand. I really enjoyed reading it.

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