Title: The Return
Author: Rachel Harrison
Publish Date: March 24, 2020
My Rating: 3/5
A group of friends reunite after one of them has returned from a mysterious two-year disappearance in this edgy and haunting debut.
Julie is missing, and no one believes she will ever return—except Elise. Elise knows Julie better than anyone, and feels it in her bones that her best friend is out there and that one day Julie will come back. She’s right. Two years to the day that Julie went missing, she reappears with no memory of where she’s been or what happened to her.
Along with Molly and Mae, their two close friends from college, the women decide to reunite at a remote inn. But the second Elise sees Julie, she knows something is wrong—she’s emaciated, with sallow skin and odd appetites. And as the weekend unfurls, it becomes impossible to deny that the Julie who vanished two years ago is not the same Julie who came back. But then who—or what—is she?
Julie, Elise, Molly, and Mae have all been friends since college. Julie has gone missing, and she is presumed dead. Two years later, Julie returns. The women decide to meet up at a remote and kitschy hotel. When Julie arrives at the hotel, it’s clear she is not the same person she was two years earlier.
Told from Elise’s point of view. She is the closest to Julie, and the one tasked with finding out what happened to her. Unfortunately, Julie has no memory of the past two years. A enjoyable group of characters. I especially enjoyed the strong female friendships.
A creepy horror novel. The hotel is unusual, but didn’t add the eerie atmosphere I was hoping for. Mysterious and entertaining.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.