The Returned by Jason Mott

The Returned

By Jason Mott

  • Release Date: 2014-04-01
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 3.5
From 77 Ratings
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"The Returned transforms a brilliant premise into an extraordinary and beautifully realized novel. My spine is still shivering from the memory of this haunting story. Wow." -Douglas Preston, #1 bestselling author of The Monster of Florence

The sensational New York Times bestselling novel about an impossible miracle and a family given a second chance at life…

Harold and Lucille Hargrave’s eight-year-old son, Jacob, died tragically in 1966. In their old age they’ve settled comfortably into life without him…. Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep—flesh and blood, still eight years old.

All over the world people’s loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why, whether it’s a miracle or a sign of the end. But as chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited family finds itself at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality.

With spare, elegant prose and searing emotional depth, award-winning poet Jason Mott explores timeless questions of faith and morality, love and responsibility. A spellbinding and stunning debut, The Returned is an unforgettable story that marks the arrival of an important new voice in contemporary fiction.


  • Great read

    By Castillopatsy
    I watched the series of the Returned which I enjoyed, it is the reason I bought the book which turned out to be very cleansing as I too had a very explosive relationship with my mother, I was lucky I got to say goodbye to her and recently I dreamed her, she told me she was happy and the book helped me.
  • I agree!

    By Rick 7140
    I agree with the "Great Idea" poster. The premise of the book had a lot of promise but the author couldn't pull it off. You end up with a myopic, claustrophobic mystery with no resolution. How sad
  • Great idea but.....

    By elsie50
    I think this is a very good writer, with a great idea. Having said that.....I felt it was anticlimactic. It built up but didn't go anywhere, I felt dissatisfied, even after reading his prologue as to how he came up with the story.