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5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing, 27 Aug. 2013
This review is from: The Returned (Hardcover)
Utterly amazing! It is hard to believe this is the author's first novel! A book that picks you up from the first pages and carries you along for an incredible emotional ride until its final page. I am especially attracted to books that deal with death and the everlasting life and when I heard about this book I was intrigued to say the least. A very unique concept that I haven't come across before which made me think of a reverse sort of "Rapture" that was all the fad some years ago. Instead of people disappearing ... what if the dead returned? Brilliant idea and carried off so well. Written in a third person narrative with alternating chapters from the point of view of a "Returned" person. Some of the Returned appear once while others tell their story over several of these chapters. As a Christian I'm always leery going into a mainstream book like this on how the author will deal with the issue of religion and I was pleasantly surprised to find two of the major characters were Christian, the 8yo's mother and the small town's preacher. These characters were both strong in their faith and endured crises of doubt. Other characters were strongly atheist and altogether the author handled this aspect extremely realistically and wrote his characters beautifully. His expert use of language makes it no surprise when one reads his short bio. to find out that Mott is a previously published poet. I am thoroughly head over heels in love with this story and found the ending to be pure poetry itself. After reading the novel I found out about the trilogy of prequels and read them as well. They can be read either first, as published, or after as I did, for a return to this amazingly unique world.
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