The Return by Rachel Harrison: #bookreview


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My Two Cents….

This book read like a B horror movie I would find on T.V. while channel surfing. It has a good, albeit far fetched, premise but the details and “cinematography” just weren’t there.

What happened to Julie? Why can’t she remember where she was for the last two years? Was she kidnapped? Was she just roaming the desert, living off the land? Her best friends, Elise, Molly and Mae, are determined to find out as they set out on a girls weekend in an eccentric hotel in the Catskills.

A lot of the time at the hotel, and in the book, is spent on the women talking behind Julie’s back with each other. Why is she losing teeth? Why does she look so sallow? Why is she eating meat now? Seriously this became so redundant and had me skimming pages while thinking ASK HER ALREADY! This made the chapters way too long for a story that took place over the weekend. The backstories, like Elise’s previous relationship, were long as well and had nothing to do with the story line.

The setting itself, The Inn, was creepy and definitely gave off horror vibes, but so much was built up around the weirdly themed rooms, the odd duck owner, the long, random, maze-like hallways, and the unusual staff for no reason. There is no supernatural element at the Inn, and the staff ends up having nothing to do with the story so you end up feeling like it was just filler. I really wish the Inn had played into Julie’s story.

While we do finally find out what happened to Julie, it is disjointed and left me feeling clueless and wondering what I just read. There was twist, but it too felt underdeveloped and clunky. If you are able to get out of your normal comfort zone of believability for a horror story, this book might work for you. Unfortunately it landed more on the bizarre side than horror side for me.

Thank you Berkley Publishing for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis:

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.

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 the day that Julie went missing, she reappears with no memory of where she’s been or what happened to her.

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