Given a chance, who wouldn't want a few more minutes with their loved ones? If a deceased friend or relative showed up on your doorstep, complete as they were prior to death (but not all zombie like), would you welcome them back into your home and life with no questions asked, or would you be skeptical of them?
When Harold and Lucille Hargrave's eight year old son, Jacob, shows up at their door, Lucille doesn't care how it happened, she's just glad he's there. Harold, on the other hand, is more than a little skeptical. They buried their only child in 1966, now here they are over 40 years later and while they have aged, he hasn't. He's very much alive and he's very much the same eight year old he was so many years ago.
The Returned, as the government has taken to calling them, are popping up all around the world. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to who returns and who doesn't. At first they're welcomed back, but for reasons known only to them, the government begins to round them up and place them in modern day internment camps.
When I first started reading this, it reminded me of the USA show, The 4400, from a few years ago. In that show, the returned hadn't died, they'd simply disappeared years ago. Upon returning, they came back with powers that weren't always immediately apparent. They were almost a superhuman species. In this first book in what I've learned is a series, the returned don't seem to possess any powers.
It's an interesting concept, one that seems to keep popping up in movies and television. In fact, the book is being made into a series called The Resurrection, coming in 2014, developed by the author and Brad Pitt. Though I was hesitant to read this initially, I was drawn in enough by book one to seriously consider giving the rest of the series a try.
Published: August 2013
Disclaimer: Copy of book received from publisher, opinions are my own.