The Return

Rachel Harrison. Berkley, $26 (304p) ISBN 978-0-593-09866-0
The reunion of a missing, presumed dead woman and her three best friends leads to hair-raising horror and pure entertainment in Harrison’s compulsively readable debut. When Julie disappears, Elise is the only one among her friends who refuses to accept that she’s most likely dead. Elise is proved right when Julie returns two years later, claiming to have no memory of the time since she vanished. Overjoyed, their other two best friends, Mae and Molly, organize a trip to upstate New York to reconnect. When the friends arrive at an isolated, extravagant hotel, they’re disturbed to find Julie a changed woman. Previously a vehement vegetarian, she now craves meat, and her body seems to be deteriorating before their eyes, breaking teeth and losing eyelashes. Chalking up her erratic behavior to trauma, Elise and the others try to make the best of their weekend, but as past frictions flare up between the old friends, the eerily empty hotel grows more oppressive the longer they stay. Mounting dread builds to a blood-soaked climax as the truth of Julie’s disappearance is revealed. The tension and nuance of Harrison’s complicated female friendships add depth to an already delicious, chilling debut. Agent: Lucy Carson, the Friedrich Agency. (Mar.)
Reviewed on : 11/15/2019
Release date: 03/24/2020
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror
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