Julie is missing, and the missing don't often return. But Elise knows Julie better than anyone, and she feels in her bones that her best friend is out there, and that one day she'll come back. She's right. Two years to th ...more
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"An edgy and haunting debut novel about a group of friends who reunite after one of them has returned from a mysterious two-year disappearance... Two years to the day that Julie went missing, she reappears with no memory of where she's been or what happened to her."
Also me: Where do I sign the dotted line to read this one?
*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
PATIENT NAME: Nilufer (we couldn’t get proper last name, she confused us with a waiter because she determinedly pointed the empty glass she held in her hand and shouted us to pour more Chardonnay)
SYMPTOMS: Cursing, punching on the walls, yelling, screaming “give my money back” and then she calms down and adds: “Oh thank God! This is ARC COPY! I didn’t pay for it” and she makes some undefinable, horrifying moves betwee ...more
Julie, Elise, Mae, and Molly have been lifelong best friends. Then one day they are told that Julie has gone missing while out on a hike in the Maine mountains. Mae and Molly succumb to their grief but Elise is sure that Julie isn't dead. She knows that Julie likes the attention too much so she holds out hope for her return.
Two years later and Julie does return with no memory of what happened over the last two years.
The four women decide that a weekend away will be t ...more
Many thanks to Elisha at Berkly Publishing Group for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review
”’Don’t let the clock scare you,’ she says. ‘It’s only time.’”
If The Shining and Mean Girls had a baby, that baby would be The Return. Holy sh*t. You guys this book was truly one of the creepiest books I have read since Little Darlings . Nearly a week after reading this, I am still reeling. This book will forever leave a mark on my soul.
➵ Elise - I know that there have been complaints about Elise as a character. I agree with these complareview ...more
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The story is weird and eerie and it goes places you definitely don’t expect.
No spoilers here. I’ll just say that the description of the book is bare bones compared to the actuality of the plot.
While it take a bit to get to the meat of the story, I found the journey worthwhi ...more
This book has a great concept, which is half the battle in Horror. If your concept isn't good, the dread and suspense just kind of flop over because there's no real heft to it. But the other half the battle is being a good book. Having interesting characters, stylish prose, and something to say. THE RETURN does some of these things but it does not do them all, so ultimately it was a disappointment for me.
The two biggest issues I had were the prose itself and the voice ...more
The other part of the book is just the author telling us things. This is definitely a book of telling. It tells yo ...more
A woman disappears for two years, then reappears. Her friends, straight out of central casting for a Sex in the City rip off take her on a girls' vacation. The girl has changed in the two years she's been gone. She's transforming into something else. Or is it all in the head of the protagonist.
2-years after her disappearance, Julie shows back up on her doorstep, with no memory of the past 2-years. Mae gets the idea that the 4 of t ...more
I have to say I was really invested in the characters and the plot. I felt like Elise was super relateable and that all her friends could have been people I knew and would have been friends with. So A+ on the believe character front.
As for the plot I was totally into it. It's got this atmospheric horror vibe that I dig, it the things you think about, the invasive thoughts that scare you the most. I don't want to give it away but I really li ...more
I'm going to start off by saying I wanted to like this book. I love this genre and it just didn't hit the mark for me.
There are many reasons this book just didn't make the cut for me. The writing I'll be honest felt juvenile at most times. I spent more time trying to figure out if I was in a flash back or who out of the four friends were talking. Anytime there was a big fancy word thrown in, it felt like that's what it was there for, just ...more
Thank you Berkley Publishing for the free arc in exchange for an honest review!
Molly, Mae, Elise and Julie are best friends. As with most friendship constellations, there are 'cliques' within the four-mation (fun curiosa: I was looking for a more suitable alternative to quadrilogy and found that there's a page dedicated to the naming of friendship groups of four. You're welcome.): Molly and Mae and Julie and Elise.
When Julie disappears during a hike, Molly and Mae are convinced that she's ...more
When I saw those two lines on the front of the book I was hooked. This book was everything I wanted. It was a story about strong friendships and it was hauntingly creepy. I normally don’t read books on the creepier side but I am so glad I read this one!