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{Book Review} THE HOMECOMING by Andrew Pyper

 
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: February 26, 2019
Pages: 368
 
Best-selling author Andrew Pyper returns with a riveting psychological thriller about how the people you’ve known your whole life can suddenly become strangers. 
 
What if everything you knew about the people you loved was a lie?
 
THE HOMECOMING centers around the Quinlan family. After the death of their absentee father, Aaron and Bridge travel to a remote property in the Pacific Northwest to hear the reading of their estrange father’s will. They are met by their mother and sister at this compound-like wilderness retreat. The will’s terms states that in order to claim their inheritance they must remain at the estate for thirty days without any contact with the outside world. This little morsel of information piqued my interest. Despite the family’s gut feeling, they all agree to stay to get their inheritance. I would’ve done the same thing for a good chunk of change. That kind of money can change a person’s life over night. 
 
The setup is bewitching to say the least. You should carve out some time to read THE HOMECOMING because it’s unputdownable. The short chapters make for a relatively quick read. With a cup of coffee in hand, I fully immersed myself in this story. As the world faded away, I took in the sights and smells of the secluded rainforest property in the Pacific Northwest. Andrew Pyper uses the less is more approach when it comes to descriptions–this allowed for a more satisfying and personal reading experience. 
 
The Quinlans soon come to learn their family has more secrets than they ever imagined–revelations that at first inspire curiosity, then fear. 
 
It turns out, the mysterious patriarch had a secret family on the side. Sounds about right, using work as an excuse for being gone all the time. Absent father is never around, shacking up with another woman. They arrive at the secluded property soon after the Quinlans and the family gets a little bigger, but at the same time, everyone’s portion of the will gets a little smaller. While the Quinlans grapple with the revelation, they must learn how to cope with the situation. This is when we learn a good bit about all of the characters. The characterization is incredible because Pyper goes with both direct and indirect approaches, making the characters three-dimensional and complex. As the story progresses, each character’s backstory plays a pivotal role. The two families realize they have more in common than they thought. 
 
The Quinlans start looking around the expansive property, trying to find answers. They still didn’t know why their father wanted them all in the same place together. Bridge has faint memories of the estate. The Quinlans begin having the same nightmares. Cool, huh? They start seeing things in the woods. Creatures? Monsters? People? They can’t be sure until it’s too late. Everything is revealed. The story unravels perfectly. Pyper doesn’t rush it. The ending is absolutely heart-stopping. I’m still reeling from that incredible third act. 
 
Andrew Pyper’s prose is beautifully written, making for a quick read. The plot is seamless. The dialogue is great. I enjoyed the authentic exchanges between the characters. The font is easy on the eyes, too. A good font enhances the reading experience, for sure. I dig the cover. I love a good cover, guys. 
 
THE HOMECOMING is a blood-curdling tale of mind-bending horror wrapped in a harrowing suspenser. I’ve never read anything like THE HOMECOMING before. It’s wholly original. I hope this story gets optioned. I would love to see it on the big screen. Andrew Pyper has done it again, folks. He keeps churning out great work. If you dig great horror and thrillers, then you’ll want to grab this novel. 
Strongly Recommend!
 
Bestselling author Andrew Pyper returns with a riveting psychological thriller about how the people you’ve known your whole life can suddenly become strangers.

What if everything you knew about the people you loved was a lie?

After the death of their absentee father, Aaron and Bridge Quinlan travel to a vast rainforest property in the Pacific Northwest to hear the reading of his will. There, they meet up with their mother and troubled sister, Franny, and are shocked to discover the will’s terms: in order to claim their inheritance they must remain at the estate for thirty days without any contact with the outside world. Despite their concerns, they agree.

The Quinlans soon come to learn their family has more secrets than they ever imagined—revelations that at first inspire curiosity, then fear. Why does Bridge have faint memories of the estate? Why did their father want them to be sequestered there together? And what is out there they feel pulling them into the dark heart of the woods?

The Homecoming is at once a gripping mystery, a chilling exploration of how our memories can both define and betray us, and a riveting page-turner that will have you questioning your very existence.

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