The Return

The Return

eBook - 2020
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A group of friends reunite after one of them has returned from a mysterious two-year disappearance in this edgy and haunting debut.
Julie is missing, and no one believes she will ever return—except Elise. Elise knows Julie better than anyone, and feels it in her bones that her best friend is out there and that one day Julie will come back. She's right. Two years to the day that Julie went missing, she reappears with no memory of where she's been or what happened to her.
Along with Molly and Mae, their two close friends from college, the women decide to reunite at a remote inn. But the second Elise sees Julie, she knows something is wrong—she's emaciated, with sallow skin and odd appetites. And as the weekend unfurls, it becomes impossible to deny that the Julie who vanished two years ago is not the same Julie who came back. But then who—or what—is she?
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

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darladoodles
Mar 19, 2020

If a Ruth Ware book and a Stephen King book had a baby, it would be this debut novel by Rachel Harrison. I was captivated by the relationship dynamics of the four women. All four had baggage from their past experiences and most importantly had been dealing with Julie's disappearance in different ways. Then Julie returns and they gather at the Red Honey Inn. The inn is a character all its own and as the weekend begins unraveling we do not know how many of the spooky occurrences are the setting or the strange new being that is Julie. Horror is not my favorite genre, but this one kept me reading. If it had been a movie, my hands would have been over my eyes with fingers separating to glimpse the action on the screen. It also reminded me of Little Darlings by Melanie Golding. I am definitely going to be watching for Harrison's next title.

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