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The Returned

The Returned by Jason Mott

What if your dead relatives and loved ones came back, not like a movie zombie that wants to eat brains and flesh, but came back much like they were before their death? Why would it happen, how could it happen, would it really be them, would you want to see the person that came back, and how long would you be able to have them back in your life? If you have ever lost a loved one, chances are you’ve probably said something like “oh, I would give anything for just one more day” when in reality one more day would never really be enough.

Why I read this book: I was participating in an online book reading group set up by the local library in my area. This was their July selection. I also wanted to read it because I watch the show, Resurrection, that is based on the book.

What I liked: Mott is a very talented story teller and I really enjoyed his writing style. The emotions came across as real and the characters came alive on the page for me. I also like that he didn’t answer the questions of why the returned were back, etc. The reactions to the returned were varied and the layers of joy and fear and skepticism were great.

What I didn’t like: Mott didn’t answer any of he questions of why the returned were back. As much as I liked that about the book, I also hated it. I also wasn’t a fan of how the returned left again.

Overall, a good read and an author worth checking out.


About Marsha Blevins, Author

Marsha Blevins lives in West Virginia with her boyfriend and six fur-children. She earned her B.A. in English with a concentration on writing from Marshall University. Two of her short stories and several poems were published in the university’s literary magazine, Et Cetera. She is an active member of the writing group Wicked Wordsmiths of the West and WV Writers. Follow her at on Facebook at, on Twitter @marbleswords.

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