It had a fun balance of horror and friendship drama. Oh little did they know! Rachel Harrison has reinvented this genre and will surely be hailed as a pioneer among her peers'Wendy Walker, bestselling author of The Night Before, 'Hair-raising horror and pure entertainment in Harrison's compulsively readable debut . Not sure if you like body horror, but um…yeah just be prepared for some grossness , Ooh nice! It’s free and takes less than 10 seconds! The clues are evident throughout, but her friends try to ignore them and pretend everything is okay. Algonquin Police Department Non Emergency Number, Her friends, however, are just happy that she’s returned. julie was killed by some sort of supernatural creature in the woods while she was hiking. When all is said this was an above-average read and I'm absolutely thrilled to read Harrison's follow up to this one! The Return by Rachel Harrison reminded me a lot of an Amy Lukavics novel, which I always like but they run pretty middle-of-the-road for me. The synopsis sounded right up my alley, and I LOVE a good pink cover. Steff (Mogsy), Tiara and Wendy are proud moms, geeks, gamers and bibliophiles. I have a lot of feelings! This book was like a bad horror movie that you watch over and over and over again because you are just so Hooked. I’m glad to hear this one’s been getting attention! That’s love. In terms of atmosphere and body horror, this book is not subtle but it sure is effective, starting with an overpowering sense that something is just Not Quite Right. Tuesday after Tuesday, the couple falls more deeply in love, and Bahman soon proposes marriage to Roya. A Thought. THE RETURN is the first novel I have read by Rachel Harrison. March 24th 2020 Berkley. But as the weekend wears on amidst the growing tensions and the increasing dread, it’s clear they’re dealing with something much worse…and not at all natural. Laurel Mack’s life stopped in many ways the day her 15-year-old daughter, Ellie, left the house to study at the library and never returned. Our Goodreads lists are an eclectic assortment of genres -- and we love to share our thoughts. Category: 4 stars, Horror     As far as horror creature, I felt this resembled a We. I get whiffs of it sometimes, randomly. I don’t mind dialogue but this was painful, boring, and littered with nicknames that eventually grated on my nerves. When Julie goes missing they are all devastated, where is their Bestie? Grau, A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman. The entire novel is a spoiler minefield, but ultimately this one didn't work well for me due to 2 reasons: 1) The first 250 pages are mostly repetitive dialogue between the four women, and at that, mostly talking about Julie behind her back, AKA "What's wrong with her?" She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their cat/overlord. As with many such relationships, however, as time goes by, they've begun to drift apart. I was sold on this book by the promise of feminist horror, and that’s what I got, so if feminist horror is your jam then you will probably like this book about four friends and a very bad hotel. We also may use affiliate links in our posts, as well. Thanks for setting me straight. Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail. If you are in a rom-com, especially a musical rom-com, then by all means go stay at a kitschy hotel in the woods. Seriously. Well, that took me on an unexpected journey. 4.4 Stars, rounded down. The book also stuck with me because of what it says about grief, love, and denial. Bookshelf Roundup 03/28/20: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads | The BiblioSanctum. The entire novel is a spoiler minefield, but ultimately this one didn't work well for me due to 2 reasons: 1) The first 250 pages are mostly repetitive dialogue between the four women, and at that, mostly talking about Julie behind her back, AKA "What's wrong with her?" However, Elise in particular is an inconsistent figure. I loved it. Marlon King Now, Everyone close to Julie was certain she was dead except for Elise, and on the two-year anniversary of her vanishing, Julie proves Elise right. After Ellie’s funeral, Laurel begins a relationship with Floyd, a man she meets in a cafe. First, the story was not well built at all. This is a horror debut novel written by a woman! Date. julie was killed by some sort of supernatural creature in the woods while she was hiking. We have a page for you! Wonderful things will occur and you will open your heart in a non-literal fashion. Country Inn And Suites Schaumburg, I’ve had my eye on this one for some time! Kamali (Together Tea, 2013) sets Roya and Bahman’s love against the tumultuous days of Mohammad Mossadegh’s rise and fall as prime minister of Iran, infusing their affair with political passion and an increasingly frantic sense of the shortness of time. She drifted away from her other two children, Hanna and Jake, and eventually she and her husband, Paul, divorced. This a scary story because scary things happen (chases and gore and jump scares, oh my!) Well, suffice to say, the lightness didn’t last long. The horror sequences were all very well done and fantastically described, so if what you want is a chilling read, this book will certainly not disappoint you. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. [spoiler]It seemed to have a haunted hotel vibe, which I wish was actually utilized as a device. the creature turned her into a creature like itself & she li, [spoiler]It seemed to have a haunted hotel vibe, which I wish was actually utilized as a device. When all is said this was an above-average read and I'm absolutely thrilled to read Harrison's follow up to this one! They are united by the fact that they are cynical, shallow, self-pitying, judgmental, self-centered, and resistant to any honest discussion of feelings: For being close friends, the closest friends any of us have, we don’t often talk about our life struggles or our emotions. Aspiring author, poet, bookworm, copyeditor, single mum, wine drinker, INFJ. I can't be bothered to finish this. It gives me the feeling that I shouldn’t be here. But it doesn't change how I feel.”. But will he break her heart again? latest thriller moves at a brisk pace even as she plays with narrative structure: The book is split into three sections, including a first one which alternates chapters between the time of Ellie’s disappearance and the present and a second section that begins as Laurel and Floyd meet. That sucks…this virus is ruining everything! Overall it’s about grief. She received her bachelor’s in Writing for Film & Television from Emerson College. I get whiffs of it sometimes, randomly. Any story that involves a group of friends going away to a resort where shortly after bad things begin happening will automatically catch my eye and this book had me captivated throughout. Any story that involves a group of friends going away to a resort where shortly after bad things begin happening will automatically catch my eye and this book had me captivated throughout. Points again to Elise who thinks this will be too much, too soon. SUSPENSE by After a year, a funeral was held with no body. Oh guys, I cannot handle creepy books, and this was a creepy book, and not a romance, and also gross and scary. To see what your friends thought of this book, [ THE RETURN is the first novel I have read by Rachel Harrison. by Berkley. If you want to support female horror writers please pick this one up, I got it for one dollar on kindle. There was a heavy, atmospheric chill in the hotel, and the rooms felt as though there were a presence lurking in the shadows, watching over the girls as they slept. The plan works, and the two even plan to elope, but Bahman does not show up in Sepah Square. . spoilers are welcome! Lisa Jewell Rachel Harrison was born and raised in the weird state of New Jersey.