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The Return by Rachel Harrison

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Book Summary

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?


Condition: New

Hardcover, Published March 24, 2020 by Berkley Books

ISBN: 0593098668


2 reviews for The Return by Rachel Harrison

  1. Chandra

    Well, this was quite the interesting read. Julie, who went missing for two years, has returned. Her three closest friends decide to take her for a girls weekend but something doesn’t seem right with her. For a good portion of the beginning it’s a lot of “What’s wrong with Julie?” But no one wants to quite ask her. Let me tell you, my friends would be all over me with questions and comments! The story is told through Elise’s POV. She’s concerned about what’s going on with her friend but also within the hotel they’re staying at. Are things really changing or is she just drunk all the time and not remembering correctly? (Girl, been there.)

    While the story does ramp up later on, I’m still left wanting. There are certainly some eerie and gross moments… but there are also a lot of questions I still have. I’m torn between loving the horror portion of the read and not being fully satisfied with the entirety of the novel.
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  2. KC (verified owner)

    𝕿𝖍𝖊 𝕽𝖊𝖙𝖚𝖗𝖓 by Rachel Harrison was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020, I finished the Return in a little over 24 hours. This book was Girls Trip meets The Shining.

    The story centers on four best friends, one of the friends, Julie, has been missing for 2 years and has just returned. Desperate to reconnect, the ladies plan a girls trip to stay at The Red Honey Inn. A fancy, but still creepy hotel in the Catskills. The ladies notice Julie is acting different, but can’t put their finger on why.

    This book is being marketed as a horror book. It is very atmospheric, the details of the inn were phenomenal it left me wanting to know if this was inspired by an actual place. Parts of the book made me feel uneasy and tense, but I didn’t find anything too gorey, scary, or disturbing. I don’t consider myself a horror reader so I would be curious to hear how horror lovers view this book.
    I found the relationships between the women relatable, as they faced the hardships of how friendships change and people grow apart.

    Ultimately this book lived up to my extremely high expectations and deserves all the stars. I thought this story was very unique and entertaining. I found it very interesting, and am extremely impressed this was a debut novel. I can’t wait to read what Rachel Harrison comes out with next! I think this book would make a great movie as well.
    I would recommend this to lovers of the supernatural, women looking to try out the horror genre, mystery lovers, and those like me, who were intrigued by this beautiful and creepy cover.

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