Wednesday, 16 September 2015
The Returned by Jason Mott
The living, the true living - those who haven't died- don't know what to make of this change. Are these really their departed loved ones or just shadows of them.
As I read this novel, I was struck cold by the possibility of this happening. As much as I love those who have passed from my life, how could I want and ill person to live again in such a state, how could I welcome back a person who I have lived longer without that I did with. Is this a miracle sought by many, or is it something else entirely. These and many other questions confront the people and society as a whole in The Returned.
As much as I wanted to rush through this story to find out what happened, I had to keep putting it down to consider my feelings about the event and how I would react. Would I accept this situation as a miracle and be patient and let it play out, or would I be spurred to some sort of action. Author Jason Mott has handled this topic with a restrained hand. He gives just enough information to move the plot forward, without revealing too much.
A most thought provoking read. I have been somewhat haunted by these questions since I first read this book and I still have no answers. This would make a good Book Club selection.
Cover image courtesy Harlequin Mira Books.