Customer Review

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever mystery - opens up the whole life after death debate., 12 Sept. 2013
This review is from: The Returned (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The novel follows a similar, very similar, plot to the recently much acclaimed French TV drama 'The Returned'. We're asked to consider the consequences of what might happen if the dead came back to life; not as zombie's but as the people they once were. They haven't aged, they're fit and healthy, show no signs of any physical injury or illness - they just turn up where they left off and want nothing more than to continue their lives - or do they?

As you can imagine, the community is divided when a little boy, victim of a drowning incident, reappears after many years dead to pick up his former life with his now elderly parents. It would rather freak you out if it happened and the couple are a believable mixture of joy, suspicion and fear to which their son seems oblivious. As time moves on and more strange events unfold the local community begin to change. Anti-Returned/Pro-Living groups begin to flourish and the couple, once loved and respected, become isolated and distrusted.

The author opens up clever threads concerning life after death but also concentrates on the more realistic issues that would impact such as overcrowding, lack of resources and the deep personal costs to the living as their dead relatives/friends/children/lovers begin to return. Quite scary when you consider it might not just be the young and the good who come back. Who knows who'll knock at the door? I thought that sense of mystery and 'secrets yet to be revealed' was the strongest element of the novel and helped move along a plot that's quite slow to build.

There is some violence, which you'd expect, but it's done in harmony with the rest of the story and doesn't become gratuitous. In fact, considering how violent events might have become, James Mott has produced quite a gentle, enquiring mystery completely lacking in any sense of gore and horror.

Do I have a negative? Not really but there are two comments I'd like to share. There perhaps isn't enough of the 'the dark side' in The Returned and some darker threads would have helped move along a plot that's slow to build. The ending is flat and could have done with something more to surprise the reader. Having made those comments I'm still more than happy to recommend this novel to anyone enjoying a thoughtful, slower, intelligent mystery thriller.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

3.8 out of 5 stars (130 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (39)
4 star:
 (46)
3 star:
 (29)
2 star:
 (10)
1 star:
 (6)
 
 
 
£12.99 £12.08
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Reviewer

JK "J. K."
(TOP 50 REVIEWER)    (VINE VOICE)   

Location: UK

Top Reviewer Ranking: 26