#Review: The Returned

cover-returned-350x532The Returned (The Returned #1) by Jason Mott

Published: August 27th 2013
: Harlequin MIRA
E-Book: 338 pages
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Sci-Fi
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Next: The Returned #2
Source: Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin MIRA
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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 comfortably into life without him, their wounds tempered through the grace of time … Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep—flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old. – Goodreads

My Thoughts:

Harold and Lucille’s son returns from the dead. And he is not the only one. Suddenly a lot of people are just appearing out of nowhere, even though they are thought dead. People are scared. People are happy. And some have no idea what is going on.

What I loved is that the book explored the ethical dilemmas of this situation and how the world reacted. I thought it was a pretty accurate guess of how the world would react. It was a good indication of how people would feel if faced with a loved one returning from the dead. I look forward to watching the new TV series and seeing how all of this is portrayed, because I found the book very interesting and I think some interesting discussions can come out of this book!

The small town setting was great and made it easier to get to know the people who reside there. The characters were wonderful and I feel like I knew them and their feelings while reading this book.

I just needed more. I had lots of questions and I felt the book relied a lot on feelings and kept you in the dark as much as the characters were. I just wish I knew more of what was happening all over. Even though I did get some little flashes of others that Returned. I really want to know what was going on! I feel like this book yielded more questions than answers.

Favorite Quote:

“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.”


1. How do you think the world would react if people started returning?
2. How would you feel if a loved one came back? Would you accept it? Be suspicious?


This got a 5/10 from me.



  • Oh I remember seeing a snippet of some sort for the tv series. I didn’t even realize it was a book. I’m curious now. Seems like an interesting story. Thanks for your honest review. Glad you liked it for the most part.